Welcome to the latest episode, where we discuss 2000’s What Women Want. In Nancy Meyer’s first foray into rom com directing, she goes BIG: Two of the biggest stars at the time as leads, impressive ensemble cast, and a high-concept idea full of promise. Unfortunately for her (and Helen Hunt, and Alan Alda, and most of all Marisa Tomei) this movie fails to deliver on all points. For a film that wants you to think it’s about the struggles of the average (read: rich and white) woman, it’s really saying more that women are incapable of communicating their desires, and we need a male surrogate through which to speak. And who better to do that than its lead, champion of the people, Mel Gibson! (*Gag*)
Get comfy, friends, this might be our longest one yet!
Episode 85 – WHAT WOMEN WANT
Welcome to the latest episode, where we nurse the emotional scars handed to us from the Oscars by delving into our very first Jennifer Lopez movie, 2002’s Maid in Manhattan. We couldn’t be more divided on this movie: Alia seems to love it unquestioningly while Lisa remains sceptical. We can both agree that Jennifer Lopez was perfectly suited for this role, and the (heartbreaking) supporting cast of Miranda Richarsdon and Bob Hoskins really elevates this film to a level that its script probably never intended. Ralph Fiennes as the leading man though? Jury’s still out.
Episode 84 – MAID IN MANHATTAN
Happy Birthday to us! We turn the terrible twos this week, so we thought we’d celebrate with a special movie we’ve had in the hopper for quite a while: 1934’s It Happened One Night. It’s hard for us to hide our complete love for this movie, but really, what’s not to like? A road movie that includes an escape by sea, bus and car, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert blow every other at-odds couple out of the water with their amazing chemistry and quick wits. This film started it all off, and has an Oscar grand slam to speak for it.
Thanks for the two years of listening, friends! You can send all presents to the PO Box provided at the end of the episode.
Episode 83 – IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
Check out our latest episode as we discuss the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Brought to us by the filmmaking team of Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, it passes its ten-year anniversary as a pretty solid example that an American romantic comedy can be experiential, romantic, emotionally complex and a truly realistic depiction of the trials of falling in love, losing love, and doing it all over again. We can’t help but get excited talking about a movie that just seems to get more interesting and more fun with additional viewings.
You’ll have to forgive us for not bashing any part of it… we’ll make sure to watch something bad again soon!
Episode 82 – ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Take an ear-gander at our first movie of 2015, as we discuss 1988’s A Fish Called Wanda. With the amazing ensemble cast of John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin, this film takes equal jabs at both American and British cultures. Part caper, part weird sex and part romance, this movie was a great way to kick off 2015.
This week we’re joined by Matt Brown, half the Mamo podcast and weekly contributor to Twitch Film with his column “Destroy All Monsters”.
Happy New Year!
Episode 81 – A FISH CALLED WANDA
We celebrate the Holidays once again as we discuss the 2006 film The Holiday, which is surprisingly short on the holiday stuff and big on the painfully long scenes. A good starting premise is too-soon soaked with overblown hollywood embellishments, reminding us that two women trying to grow out of bad relationships, really just need to rebound to the next guy. Did the actors do the best they could with a bad script? We’re not entirely sure, but we do learn that Cameron Diaz cannot carry extended solo-scenes talking to herself, and that Jack Black definitely sent his robot-double to set each day.
Unlike this film, which strangely glazes over the holidays and slaps on a saccharine New Years Eve scene, we hope that you and yours have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Episode 80 – THE HOLIDAY
This week we discuss 1997’s Grosse Pointe Blank, starring John Cusack as a hit man, Dan Aykroyd as an evil hit man, and Minnie Driver as his love interest (Cusack’s not Aykroyd’s– that would be weird). We’re joined by Andrew Parker of Dork Shelf to get to the bottom of this funny, somewhat unscrupulous, action-infused romantic comedy. Oh, and it has a great soundtrack– just try and get Blister in the Sun out of your head after listening to this episode.
Episode 79 – GROSSE POINTE BLANK