Check out our latest episode as we discuss the newly released FX pilots Married and You’re the Worst, the first in the crop of tv pilots coming this year in our very own rom-com tradition. Packed with comedy actors both familiar (hey Jenny Slate!) and new, both shows aren’t wasting any time getting right into their respective romantic entanglements, showing us a slice of both the domestic and the wild, single life. Is 2014 the year of the romantic comedy rebirth on television? We’ll have to wait and see…
Join us this week as we discuss the 1987 film Roxanne. Starring Steve Martin and Darryl Hannah, and boasting a wonderful cast of supporting characters, (hey there Fred Willard and Damon Wayans!), this Cyrano de Bergerac retelling is as wacky as it is romantic, and often very hard to dislike – unless you don’t like movies where a couple guys dupe a woman and betray her emotions – in any case, it teaches one to never pick on a grown man with a big nose – he may just know karate.
This week we watched the much anticipated 2014 film They Came Together. Packed full of silliness and absurdity, this self-reflexive parody includes an ensemble that reads like a list of your favourite comedy actors. Helmed by David Wain and written by Wain and Michael Showalter, the geniuses that brought you Wet Hot American Summer, it may be the romantic comedy genre parody to end all parodies. There’s no more jokes left, guys.
This week we welcome special guest Dan Gorman, from the podcasts See You Next Wednesday and Time Bandits on the Modern Superior network.
Check out our latest episode as we go back to 1981 when the genre was fresh and exciting, and Albert Brooks was telling it like it is with his second feature, Modern Romance. While Brooks holds a special place in the comedy lover’s heart, it’s the efficient storytelling and cringe-worthy realism that gets us excited to talk about this noteworthy rom-com gem. The film is a springboard for conversations about love, relationships, the nature of the romantic comedy, and also about drunk-dialing. We just want to watch the quaalude-scene on repeat – quaaludes, right? Oh 1981.
This week we also welcome special guest Matt Price, from the MAMO podcast.
Join us this week as we discuss the newly released 2014 film Obvious Child. Friends, we couldn’t wait to see this film and were not disappointed – in fact, we engage in the kind of gushing normally saved for the fares of Moonstruck, The Apartment, or in Alia’s case, The Housesitter. Not many of these come along in this genre, (women in four of the major creative roles? Holla!), and this is definitely a big fat present; a present that unselfconsciously covers heartbreak, foolishness, mistakes, hopeful romance and most wonderfully of all, centers on a really funny woman. We laughed, we cried, and laugh/cried, and gosh darn it were emotionally involved from the get go. This episode includes spoilers galore, so you should all just go out and see this movie. Just go, like, right now. Don’t be stupid.
Check out our latest episode as we take on Working Girl, a film that packs 80s star power with the likes of Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. Helmed by Mike Nichols, it shows us a little slice of 1988 America, a world where feminist politics on the big screen were surprisingly condescending, and everyone wants to be a cog in the wheel of the corporate machine… and everyone had big hair. All of them. We discuss unintentional but blatant sexism, objectification, our love for Joan Cusack, David Duchovny sightings and so much more.
This week we welcome special guest Anna Kay Eldridge.
For our latest episode, we braved half-empty theatres to see 2014’s The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and some guy from Game of Thrones (aka Alia’s “second favourite Lannister”). The movie, directed by the oft-maligned (by us) Nick Cassavetes, tries its hand at a tale of female friendship where you would least expect it, then seemed to think that exploring the concepts of ‘cheating’ and ‘monogamy’ in a movie about being ‘the other woman’ was maybe just too much. We discuss a lot of our problems with the movie – uneven performances, awkward direction, overly broad pranking, but hey, there’s a busty babe running down the beach in some kind of attempt to subvert the male gaze… but then she marries old Don Johnson and it all goes kaput. Spoiler Al- oh whatever.
This week we welcome back special guest, and resident Cameron Diaz expert, Kate Evans!