Every other week, Valerie and Helen will look at a different chick flick (muff film, broad comedy, lady thriller, period movie, whathaveyou) and boil it down to its themes and how those themes affect our tender feminine emotions.
Mostly we'll just go off on tangents about Sex and the City.
We'll talk about chick flick tropes, like love triangles/squares/pentagons and sisterhood. We'll explore just how strong girl power actually is and if real vampires sparkle in the sunlight, or if that's just movie magic. And we'll reveal our (Helen's) repressed sexual feelings for Hugh Grant.
We'll get a dude's opinion, and we'll even listen to it.
High Fidelity (w/ Shane Kearney)
It's the holiday season and the 107th episode of this chick-flick podcast -- so really what choice did we have but to discuss 2000's High Fidelity with our friend and Beta-Band-stan Shane Kearney? It makes sense if you consider our continued use of John Cusack as a 2021 coping mechanism, or if you know that one of our hosts wouldn't even be here if it weren't for a meet-cute in a record store in Chicago.
Anyway, it's one of our top-5 favorite male-led rom-coms, with one of our top-6 favorite guests of the year. Happy holidays.
Footloose (w/ Ollie Brady)
Merriam-Webster defines "footloose" as "having no ties; free to roam about."
So yeah. It's our podcast and our Octobermonth episode, and we wanted to talk about Footloose with our friend, return guest Ollie Brady. So we did.
It's almost spooky how much everybody cut, everybody cut, everybody, everybody cut footloose.
Check out some of Ollie's guest turns on the Media-eval Podcast!
The very talented Jon Biegen did our spooky intro music -- hit him up if you want him to make music for you!
And if you want to hear us talk about an actually scary movie, don't forget we covered Sixteen Candles back in April.
Catfight (w/ Jan Thrapp)
Happy JAN(uary?)-September in October! For this Sept. episode we happen to be releasing in Oct., we brought in Helen's BFF Jan (Thrapp)!
After 20+ years of friendship and 5+ years of Falling in Love Montage, we wanted Jan's first visit to be really formidable, so we spent 2.5 hours (after cutting it down) talking about Onur Tukel's 2016 satirical black comedy about formidable women, Catfight.
Check out Catfight, currently streaming on US Netflix, and check your local county animal control for information about fostering animals.
The Thing Called Love
It's still technically August, which we all know is Valerie's birth month, so for a special gift, we tackled Peter Bogdanovich's 1993 dram-rom-com The Thing Called Love, starring Samantha Mathis and River Phoenix (in Phoenix's last full role). If you've never seen it (and, statistically speaking, a lot of you will have never seen it) -- don't worry, we take plenty of silly, irrelevant tangents too.
Note: Helen's audio is a little wonky at parts in this one, but it should still be listenable. And we know you're only here for Dermot Mulroney's hats anyway DID YOU KNOW DERMOT MULRONEY WAS IN THIS??
The Wedding Singer (w/ Gena Radcliffe)
Enough of the '80s, let's visit "the '80s"! Gena Radcliffe of Kill by Kill joins us to rap about the 1998 Sandler-Barrymore rom-com The Wedding Singer.
Check out the Kill by Kill podcast and Gena's writings for The Spool.
The Breakfast Club (w/ Bill O’Donnell)
"This is what an entire diaspora of edgelords is to going to base their personality on."
-Bill, The Brain
"When I smoke locker-weed, I just gotta dance, y'all."
-Helen, The Basketcase
"Did you ever have Saturday school? ...If it's expunged, you don't have to tell us."
-Valerie, The Criminal
We came together on a non-school-day to discuss one more (the last?) '80s movie mentioned by Olive in Easy A. Its chick-flickness may be dubious, but we were still delighted to have our good friend Bill O'Donnell back on to talk about the John Hughes for-real classic The Breakfast Club.
We learned a lot about ourselves -- and a whole lot about the effects of athletic tape on hairy buttcheeks.
Helen's whiny and pee-filled dog Walter also makes a cameo toward the end.
Check out Bill on our When Harry Met Sally episode!
Check out Bill's cousin Lisa Genova's new book Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting!
And download and/or stream our 100th episode -- 16 Candles -- to help us contribute to Stop AAPI Hate and RAINN!
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This is a delightful podcast with two sisters and sometimes a guest. And I’m happy to have them figuratively as my guests in my car on long commutes. It also reminds me of a slumber party chat, if your slumber party guests are incredibly funny and insightful. Keep up the amazing work!
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