In our latest episode, we talk about trauma. We talk about introverts. We talk about nostalgia. We talk about how teenagers are mostly jerks. We name drop a few of our friends. That’s right. It’s time for Perks of Being A Wallflower.
Sooooo you know how sometimes you take a break from something and then you forget what you were doing and calendars are accidentally turning to the wrong year and so scheduled things don't appear where and when they are supposed to and then you realize you have to do something drastic but then STUFF keeps happening?
We Are Back! From our summer hiatus! And the episode that was supposed to drop on Sept. 13th (but didn't... and yes there is totally a nefarious reason why involving censorship by the church, or... something...) is dropping today… one week late.
A thousand apologies.
In this episode, we both rag on Dan Brown's writing partly because we are jealous of his book deals. We also talk about the difference between historical fiction and speculative fiction. And Jennifer curses more than Kaylia for the first (and maybe only) time! Enjoy!
A few notes:
In our discussion we talked about the Vitruvian Man.
The MAN in question
The Vitruvian Man was created by Leonardo da Vinci around the year 1487. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the famed architect, Vitruvius Pollio. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man.
Also, since it comes up rather often in the book, movie, and our discussion: Fibonacci Numbers: a series of numbers in which each number ( Fibonacci number ) is the sum of the two preceding numbers. The simplest is the series 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc.
There is also a bit of discussion about the Pentagram vs the Pentacle and so I offer you a resource:
The word I couldn’t think of during recording is “pareidolia.”
Seeing recognizable objects or patterns in otherwise random or unrelated objects or patterns is called pareidolia. It's a form of apophenia, which is a more general term for the human tendency to seek patterns in random information
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Join us as we throw our normal structure out the window and discuss Fight Club! Of course we talk about the patriarchy, toxic masculinity, white privilege, gender roles… and the responsibility artists have to how their art is interpreted. Enjoy!
Music at the top of the episode: The Pixies - Where Is My Mind
If you, like me, had never actually seen the Freaks movie or movie clip regarding the “one of us” chant… well… here you go. Warning.. it… is unnerving.
In our Bridget Jones’s Diary episode, we discuss the problems of chick lit, 90s style “feminism,” whether or not Mark Darcy is simple an insufferable ass or if he grows and changes… and Kaylia admits to not liking Jane Austen despite her English degree. Also, some Star Trek references and even a Star Wars connection because some of you like that sort of thing. Enjoy!
The song at the top of our episode is “Have You Met Miss Jones” by the lovely Robbie Williams.Listen to the whole thing here.
As we said in the episode, the Stone to Pound Conversion rate is 14:1. Don’t believe us? Check out this conversion table.
More notes regarding “Chick Lit”:
Chick lit or chick literature is genre fiction, which "consists of heroine-centered narratives that focus on the trials and tribulations of their individual protagonists". The genre often addresses issues of modern womanhood – from romantic relationships to female friendships to matters in the workplace – in humorous and lighthearted ways.. At its onset, chick lit's protagonists tended to be "single, white, heterosexual, British and American women in their late twenties and early thirties, living in metropolitan areas". The genre became popular in the late 1990s, with chick lit titles topping bestseller lists and the creation of imprints devoted entirely to chick lit. Chick lit critics generally agreed that British author Catherine Alliott's The Old Girl Network (1994)was the start of the chick lit genre and the inspiration for Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) which was wildly popular and is the "ur-text" of chick lit.
Another term we tossed about a bit was “Mary Sue”
A Mary Sue is an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character. Typically, this character is recognized as an author insert or wish fulfillment. They can usually perform better at tasks than should be possible given the amount of training or experience, and usually are able through some means to upstage the main protagonist of an established fictional setting, such as by saving the hero.
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Yup! Nothing like a summer blockbuster book to end the month of June!
In this episode we discuss the novel/film Jaws. We talk about toxic masculinity, the benefits of the bromance versus the romance, some fun movie trivia, and how nature is scary even when it is a metaphor for economic occurrences. Enjoy!
Just for fun… watch the preview!
Join us as we discuss Shoeless Joe and the movie it inspired: Field of Dreams! We talk about how much we enjoyed this baseball movie despite neither of us being all that interested in baseball. Also, when fan fiction goes to a weird tacky place, Kaylia breaks the record for times the word “whatever” is muttered, and Jennifer provides us with some very interesting trivia about the film. Enjoy!
SO MANY SHOW NOTES THIS TIME!
Apologies to the town of Chisholm for my awful pronunciation of your town.
Also… that quote from Ebert about sports movies not just being about sports movies? Yeah. I must have dreamed it. I can’t find it. So… yeah… Anyway, here is a list of some of his great quotes and I will try to figure out what I was trying to quote. https://theweek.com/articles/465866/roger-eberts-most-memorable-quotes-life-death-movies
Here, however, is the essay that Jennifer referenced regarding Neil Gaiman and his feelings on the public’s sense of entitlement to an artist’s work: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html
And now for the 4 men named Chris:
Chris Pine, also known as Captain Kirk.
Chris Evans, also known as Captain America.
Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor.
Chris Pratt, or Star-Lord.
And I’m not the only one who sometimes can’t remember which Chris is which: https://youtu.be/MGurtL83zhY
2nd to last: The memoir that I kept talking about can be found here. https://smile.amazon.com/If-You-Build-Fathers-Dreams/dp/0996057102/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=if+you+build+it&qid=1560481799&s=gateway&sr=8-2 I highly recommend reading it.
LASTLY: I apologize for the weird clicking sound that happens during this episode’s recording. I’m pretty sure it is my ceiling fan. Next time I will crank the AC.
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Join us as we discuss product placement, the problems of “living in the moment,” how much magic is too much magic for a real movie, whether or not Todd should have been real, and the feminist themes in this male-centric “just do it” mid-life crisis movie.
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The 1939 short story can be read for free HERE
And here is the preview for the 2013 movie.
The LIFE photo of the nurse and the sailor we mention? More can be read about that here.
Join us for a discussion of Silence of the Lambs (book and film). We talk about the feminist themes, the importance of the middleman character, and just how smart... or lucky?... both Lecter and Starling were. Special guest: Podcast Cat with her reaction.
Music in the podcast today is Song Goodbye Horses (Youtube Version)
Artist: Q Lazzarus / Album: Goodbye Horses
My final thoughts quote:
“There’s no doubt this is a great movie. A timeless classic that will never get old. You know that this is a good movie because the critics don’t want to admit it’s a horror film. That being said, all that is great about this film minus the performances is in this book with an added layer of depth that the movie just isn’t able to muster in a reasonable run time, and yet it’s an incredible quick and easy read. As great as this movie is, the book is so and more”. http://www.bloodygoodhorror.com/bgh/book-vs-movie-the-silence-of-the-lambs
The Book was Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The movie was The Secret of NIMH. The podcast is both and oh so much more. Join us for a conversation about the differences and the similarities, about altruism and cooperation, and about how our heroine is trolled by the patriarchy. And, yes, there's both a shout out to Star Trek and The L Word because Kaylia is that kind of queer nerd.
Our discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God, the 2004 movie based on the 1937 book by Zora Neal Hurston is now live.
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As referenced in the episode, here is that fascinating bit on the how the novel fits into the theory of self actualization: https://reelrundown.com/movies/Movie-vs-Book-Their-Eyes-Were-Watching-God
Kiss of the Spider Woman Book (Buy via this link to support us!)
Kiss of the Spider Woman Film (Rent or buy from Amazon with This Link to support us! )
***Note: We do not discuss the Kiss of the Spider Woman Musical.***
Join us for a discussion about this book and film combo. We will discuss the the role of romance in escapism, the importance of self identity, the pros and cons of experimental novels that use *interesting* narrative choices and footnotes, as well as the ideal number for sex scenes to showcase LGBTQ+ love. Also, Kaylia has a mini rant about the phrase “a girl not like no other” Enjoy!
Music in the podcast is from the Kiss of the Spider Woman film score.
Here are my sources:
Our discussion of Girl, Interrupted the 1999 film based on the 1993 memoir by Susanna Kaysen is available now.
Join Jennifer and Kaylia for a high spirited discussion about mental illness, the evils of patriarchy, the themes of freedom, choice, and identify, as well as a spontaneous song break!
Also, a Harry Potter and a Star Trek reference! All that and more in this episode. Enjoy!
*** Episode Notes ***
Trigger/Content warning. We discuss self harm, mental illness, suicide, rape, incest, and violence.
Ablest word Alert: We use the word “crazy” and others like it in this discussion. We are aware that those are ablest terms, but in the book and movie, they are used frequently.
Another note…. If the audio sounds choppy at all this time around, we apologize. For some reason during the recording of this episode we had a variety of issues leading us to have a whopping almost two and a half hours of recorded material to sift through and edit down to the hour and twenty-five minute episode you will hopefully enjoy. Yes, I did cut over an hour of material. Trust me, it’s better for it.
Ok… more fun episode notes!
The songs we reference and sample in the episode are Downtown by Petula Clark and End of the World by Skeeter Davis.
We also list the movie as being a 1999 release which is how it is listed on wiki and imdb, but it also is said to have been released in January of 2000.
Lastly, if you want to skip the recap, fast forward to the fifteen minute mark!
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Join us for a discussion of PD James’ 1992 book The Children of Men…. and the 2006 film Children of Men.
There is a lot of gushing over the camera work and cinematography. There is a discussion of the use of ableism vs racism or xenophobia. And of course, there is a shout out to everyone’s favorite robot overlord, a fart joke, and a little applesauce related trivia! Enjoy!
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And here is the preview for the movie in case you need a refresher.
The music in this episode is, of course, Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones.
Content Warning for violence, death of a child, and murder.
Here are a few of my sources / references:
Join us as we discuss the 2007 film 3:10 to Yuma and the short story that was its inspiration. Topics this time around include morality, choices, toxic masculinity, the true meaning of sacrifice... and the gayest not-gay cowboy ever: Charlie Prince. Enjoy!
"Three-Ten to Yuma" is a short story written by Elmore Leonard that was first published in Dime Western Magazine, a 1950s pulp magazine, in March 1953. It is one of the very few Western stories that has been adapted to the screen twice, in 1957 and in 2007.
Here are a few helpful links:
My research sources:
And then for even more fun: Charlie Prince!
Our most recent episode is ready for your ears!
Join us as we discuss Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
In this episode we mostly agree and we treat you to multiple musical interludes… including a never before heard parody song!
Notes about this episode: Kaylia talks fast. There is a LOT of plot and the recaps are both a little intense.
If you want to skip the blow by blow recaps, feel free to jump to the 24 minute mark. Or, if you want to hear my nuanced nicknaming and only slightly snarky spiel but it is all going too fast... use your podcast player’s “go at half speed function.”
Both are valid life choices.
As promised, here are the sources I used to prepare for this episode’s discussion.
Holly was a symbol of all these girls who come to New York and spin in the sun for a moment like Mayflies and then disappear. I wanted to rescue one girl from that anonymity and preserve her for posterity.
- Truman Capote, Playboy interview, 1968
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
In this episode, we disagree. Occasionally we disagree with volume. No friendships were damaged in the making of this episode.
In this episode we take on the highly difficult task of discussing the movie based on Jennifer’s favorite book. Of course, we talk about the book too… a book which Kaylia didn’t really care for. Yes, you read that right. Join us as we argue about changes, love, fly swatters, and the acceptability of wrong direction gags.
I… had no research notes for this episode.
Trigger warnings: violence, animal death, human / alien death, suicide, depression, mental health as butt of an joke (Marvin). Also, apologies for the frequent use of the word “crazy pants” I, Kaylia, am working on updating my language. It’s a process.
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Our latest episode is live now! Join us as we discuss Fried Green Tomatoes!
We talk about the coding of the lesbian relationship, the power of words, family, and feminism, and how very glossed over / rose tinted some of the issues (like racism) are in the movie.
And of course we find a life lesson… a very important life lesson.
We have been asked to give Content Warnings which we are happy to do. This episode features a discussion about rape, domestic violence, racism, death, and horrible injury.
We also touch on the subject of divorce in the south in the 1920s. The Wiki article on US Divorce has some fascinating nuggets of trivia:.
Jennifer also referenced The Celluloid Closet: which is a 1995 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film is based on Vito Russo's book of the same name first published in 1981 and on lecture and film clip presentations he gave in 1972–1982. Russo had researched the history of how motion pictures, especially Hollywood films, had portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.
We both pulled from Roger Ebert’s review of the film and used this quote:”It's pretty clear that Idgie is a lesbian, and fairly clear that she and Ruth are a couple, although given the mores of the South at the time a lot goes unspoken, and we are never quite sure how clear that is to Ruth. “ (Emphasis Kaylia)
Lastly I got a lot out of reading some of the critical essays you can find here. I only pulled a few things from them for the podcast (time limitations and all) but I strongly encourage you to read through them. Very interesting stuff.
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