It’s time for March Madness and time for another What to Watch Next TV Bracket! We’re also going to tell you what we think about top Oscar categories. Vote in the poll at the bottom of this page to tell us what to watch next!
“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”
…and a moderately good librarian podcast should aspire to the same!
In this episode, we brought in author and podcaster Annie Cardi (@anniecardi) discuss things everyone likes that we don’t. Yes, it was covered in Episode 9, but that was back in December 2014, so here’s an update!
We brought in writing implement expert Cecily Walker (@skeskali) of the Riverdale Rag podcast to talk about one of our favorite things: pens! Warning: if you are at all inclined to rash internet purchases, Cecily makes buying pens and ink sound very appealing.
We brought in holiday romance expert Cory (and her mom) to help us sift through the offerings from the 2017 season. We talked about diversity, Lifetime vs. Hallmark, nude nail polish, royalty, adorable moppets, and more, using our Holiday Romance Movie Checklist as a baseline. See our spreadsheet of the 38 movies the Bellwether Friends team watched this season here.
We give our takes on the theatrical releases we watched in the back half of 2017, then talk about our bests of the past year before plunging into what we’re looking forward to in the new year! There are some spoilers, but we rarely make much sense. Movie Advisory 2017A was episode 66!
In this episode, we recap the 17 horror movies we’ve watched since we last checked in, and what we Learned About Ourselves in the process of watching them. Content warning: we couldn’t resist spoilers for some of the movies, and there is a brief discussion of sexual assault in The Evil Dead.
We visited New York City to hear from a variety of publishers about their upcoming titles, and we’re here to share some of our favorites, as well as likely candidates for library collections, against a backdrop of rustling paper! (See episodes 48 and 64 for previous Book Buzz content.)
All the checking in this episode as we discuss the progress we’ve made on watching horror movies since Episode 73 and also our plans for watching and unpacking holiday romance movies (see also Episode 56) for a future episode. If you want to follow along with us, we’ll be using the hashtag #BFHolidayRomance on Twitter and Facebook and using our Holiday Romance Movie Checklist:
In this episode, Alene tries to find horror films that Anna will consent to watch with her. We discuss our history and preferences regarding horror movies, with a brief foray into horror in other media. See Episode Six for earlier thoughts related to this topic.
For this episode, we brought in Jennie Rothschild to give strong opinions on the current state of children’s television and reminisce about a few old favorites. Including a theme song quiz! Bucking tradition, we start with the quiz, which ends at 19:00 if you want to skip ahead.
We invited Rebecca (our guest on Episode 49: Musicals) to return, along with Amanda from Episode 54: Song Covers, to talk about Stephen Sondheim and Hamilton, fill in some gaps from our previous conversations, and take another action-packed quiz that tested the depths of their musical theater knowledge.
Rebecca: “Hug Me” by Pharrell Williams and Trey Parker, from Despicable Me 3
Amanda: “Taekwondo” by Walk off the Earth
Anna: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” by Julie Andrews, fromThoroughly Modern Millie
Alene: “Telephone” by Pamplemousse
We got our favorite movie explicator, Renata, on board to discuss the latest entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise: F8 of the Furious (which is what it should have been called). But first we watched all seven previous movies! Hashtag completist. On the way, we learned some very important lessons about ourselves and about FAMILY. Spoilers abound!
Have you ever wondered “what do they do all day when they’re not recording podcasts, those Bellwether Friends? I know I should trust librarians, but why?” We sat down for an interview about collection development (the art of budgeting for, buying, maintaining, and eventually disposing of books and other materials) with Helene Williams, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington’s iSchool, for her online class (Twitter).
For this episode we discussed our obsession with Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars (and other Converse shoes, and shoes in general) in conjunction with our month-long project with @melissazd, #chuckstravaganza. We are wearing our Chucks every day in May to celebrate the fact that shoes don’t have to be brown or black! Topics include where to shop, how to wash, high vs low tops, and more!
We joined forces with Margaret and Sophie of Two Bossy Dames to take a closer look at the 1951 mystery classic The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Much cleverness, and many readalikes and watchalikes, ensued. PLUS: A Young Olds discussion of Harry Styles and his debut single.
Wolverine expert Renata returns to recap the first two (confusingly named) Wolverine movies featuring Hugh Jackman as an appetizer for our spoiler-filled discussion of the new movie Logan. You might not want to watch the movies when we’re through, but you’ll definitely want to watch movies with Renata. Apologies in advance for some sound quality issues during the episode.
Also: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was the winner of our episode 57 Bellwether Friends What to Watch Next Bracket Challenge! Thanks to everyone who voted. We will be recording an episode about the show in the near future!
Sometimes when you’re having trouble figuring out how to narrow down your choices, you do a bracket. Well, you do that if you’re Anna. Alene likes to ask everyone she knows what they think. In this episode, we do both.
In this episode, we talked about cover songs, because Hamilton Mixtape. We brought in @AmandaStretch, a librarian and musicologist, all the way from Japan to lend our conversation gravitas. Also, we made a playlist!
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Ghost in the Shell, Murder on the Orient Express, Hidden Figures, Fate of the Furious, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Despicable Me 3, Pitch Perfect 3, Beauty and the Beast, It, Baywatch, Power Rangers, Wonder Woman, Fifty Shades Darker, Before I Fall, Annihilation, Star Wars Episode 8
From E!: Movie Preview 2017: 84 Films You Should Know About in the New Year
At the intersection of pop culture and fingernails, it’s fandom nail polish! We brought in polish expert Angie and nail wrap aficionado Renata (of Worst Bestsellers fame) to help Anna make sense of it all. Plus: Nail Polish Advisory!
We made it to fifty episodes! In this very special post-election installment of Bellwether Friends, we talked to founding Friend Carolyn about comforting pop culture (and food) to consume when we’re trying to recharge our batteries.
In this epic episode, we discussed musicals with musical theater major Rebecca for nearly two hours! There were some differences of opinion (*cough* Sondheim *cough*) but we all parted as friends after a musical quiz!
In this episode, we bring you our picks from the publisher book buzz we attended in October 2016. Fiction! A surprising amount of nonfiction! Plus our usual obsessions. Prepare to be interested in some books!
We talked with our friend Paula (aka @Nerdista) to talk about a variety of hot topics and burning questions related to audiobooks. Anna had some trouble managing with twice the normal number of Alenes.