Episode 78: Holiday Romance Films with @helenstwin

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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.

Links
Episode 41: We Love Historical Romance!
Episode 56: Romantic Christmas Movies
Episode 74: Horror Project Checkup and Holiday Romance Checklist
#BFHolidayRomance
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Enchanted Christmas (the one with ballroom dancing)
Wrapped Up In Christmas (the one with Tatyana Ali)
The Nine Lives of Christmas (the one with cats)
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The Christmas Cure (the one with Bobby from Dallas)
[The Librarians]
The Twelve Trees of Christmas (the one where she saves the library)
Sound of Christmas (the one where he is going to buy the music school)
Annie Claus is Coming to Town (the one with a third skinny redhead)
Looks Like Christmas (the one with Anne Heche)
Kristin’s Christmas Past (the one with Elizabeth Mitchell and time travel)
Sleigh Bells Ring (the one with the aunt’s antique shop)
My Christmas Love (the one with the guy Alene likes)
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Sharing Christmas (the other one about a mall/with the guy Alene likes)
Snowed-Inn Christmas (the one with competing journalists)
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The Mistletoe Inn (the one with romance writers)
My Christmas Prince (the one that isn’t A Christmas Prince)
The Perfect Christmas Present (Cory’s favorite)
[ASMR videos]
Fir Crazy (one of the ones with a Christmas tree farm)
Christmas Festival of Ice (one of the ice sculpture ones)
Farewell Mr. Kringle (the one with Christine Taylor and an early kiss)
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Christmas Getaway (the one with a double booked cabin)
The Christmas Cottage (the one with a magic cabin)
Christmas List (the one with the earliest kiss)
12 Men of Christmas (the one with sex!)
A Boyfriend for Christmas (the one with Santa waiting twenty years to grant a wish)
A Christmas Kiss (the one that starts with a kiss)
A Gift to Remember (the one where the guy gets amnesia)
One Starry Christmas (the one with the cowboy)
Christmas Dance (the one with Andrew McCarthy)
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Christmas Connection (the one with Tom Everett Scott)
Romance at Reindeer Lodge (the one with a Christmas themed ranch)
Candace Cameron Bure
Last Chance for Christmas (the one with the delicious reindeer farm)
Christmas Parade (the one with texting and driving)
A Rose for Christmas (the one with the Rose Parade)
All About Christmas Eve (the one with Haylie Duff)
Christmas Belle (the other one with Haylie Duff)
Christmas at Holly Lodge (the one with a developer trying to buy the inn)
Finding Father Christmas (the one with a secret missing dad)
Engaging Father Christmas (the sequel to Finding Father Christmas)
[Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel]
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Christmas Miracle (the one with letters to god)
Finding Santa (the one with Jodie Sweetin)
Once Upon a Holiday (the one with a runaway princess)
The Mistletoe Promise (the one with Lemon from Hart of Dixie)
All I Want for Christmas (the one with a kid asking for his mom to get a new man)
The Flight Before Christmas (the one with Mayim Bialik)
Hitched for the Holidays (the one with Joey Lawrence)
[Harpers Bazaar: 20 Nude Polishes For Every Skintone]

Readalikes:
Debbie Macomber
Shannon Stacey
Bella Andre
Alice Clayton
Jill Shalvis
Belladonna Ink

Obsessions

Cory: Check, Please! Beards and Bondage series (Haven) by Rebekah Weatherspoon, Black Panther
Anna and Alene: Proud Mary

Musical Obsessions

Anna: “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner
Alene: “Proud Mary” by Leonard Nimoy
Cory: [What is Punk?, What is Hip-Hop?] “I’m the One” by The Descendents, “Wildflowers” by Dolly Parton

 

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Episode 77: Movie Advisory 2017B, Best of 2017, and 2018 Preview

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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!

Links

Movie Advisory 2017B
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Battle of the Sexes
The Dark Tower
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The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
It
The Mountain Between Us
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Murder on the Orient Express
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Pitch Perfect 3
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Coming Soon
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
Ready Player One
Ocean’s 8
Proud Mary
A Wrinkle in Time
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Pacific Rim: Uprising
Fifty Shades Freed
Crazy Rich Asians
Ant-Man and the Wasp
The House With a Clock in its Walls
Halloween
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best of 2017
Movies: Get Out, Wonder Woman, The Last Jedi, Hidden Figures, Fate of the Furious, The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Books: #libfaves17, Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal, Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz, Broken Earth trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
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Television: Riverdale, One Day at a Time, Supergirl, Hallmark/Lifetime movies
Music: Rainbow by Kesha
Other: the power of twitter (Metro-North train rescue), phone battery replacement, eclipse, Women of NASA Lego set

Looking forward to in 2018
Midterm elections
She-Ra on Netflix
Lumberjanes Coloring Book
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
New Becky Chambers book
Painting by Numbers (Shades of Grey 2) by Jasper Fforde
Black Lightning on the CW
Grown-ish on Freeform
The X-Files on Fox

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Seasons of Love” from Rent
Alene: “Santa Fe” from Rent

Obsessions
Anna: 221B Baker Street board game, Fandom Hearts series by Cathy Yardley, Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St. Onge
Alene: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Episode 75: Book Buzz Fall 2017

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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.)

Links
#bookbuzznyc
Workman!
The Pesto Cookbook by Olwen Woodier (April 2018)
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Dreadful Young Ladies
by Kelly Barnhill (February 2018)
Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison (April 2018)
The Opposite of  Hate by Sally Kohn (April 2018)
Penguin Random House!
Sociable by Rebecca Harrington (March 2018)
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (February 2018)
The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith (January 2018)
White Houses by Amy Bloom (March 2018)
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon (March 2018)
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin (January 2018)
Educated by Tara Westover (February 2018)
Ingram!
Insidious Intent by Val McDermid (December 2018)
The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben (out now)
Life’s Too Short To Go So F*ing Slow by Susan Lacke (out now)
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Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (February 2018)
Simon & Schuster!
Make Trouble by Cecile Richards (April 2018)
The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller (February 2018)
Barbary Station by R. E. Stearns (out now)
The Elizas by Sara Shepard (April 2018)
Sterling!
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100 Days of Lettering by Jay Roeder (April 2018)
Free Will Explained by Dan Barker (February 2018)
The Good Housekeeping Instant Pot Cookbook (January 2018)
Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book (February 2018)
Homebrew World: Discover the Secrets of the World’s Leading Homebrewers (March 2018)
Macmillan!
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (March 2018)
The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum (March 2018)
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele (January 2018)
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline (April 2018)
Force of Nature by Jane Harper (February 2018)
W. W. Norton!
Swearing is Good For You by Emma Byrne (January 2018)
Why You Eat What You Eat by Rachel Herz (December 2017)
Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles by Fran Leadon (April 2018)
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Searching for the Amazons by John Man (February 2018)
Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal (July 2018)
Other Press!
Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson (June 2018)
Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes (February 2018)
Sourcebooks!
Furyborn by Claire Legrand (May 2018)
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Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson (February 2018)
Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble (February 2018)
Wicked River by Jenny Milchman (May 2018)
New York Review Books!
The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick (out now)
Basic Black With Pearls by Helen Weinzweig (April 2018)
Chronicle!
The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps by Edward Brooke-Hitching (April 2018)
Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen (April 2018)
HarperCollins!
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (January 2018)
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (April 2018)
Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Webber (March 2018)
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston (May 2018)
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern (February 2018)
Quirk!
Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman (out now)
Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies by A. D. Jameson and Andrew DeGraff (out now)
My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris (April 2018)
Hachette!
Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza (out now)
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Circe by Madeline Miller (April 2018)
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (June 2018)
The Power by Naomi Alderman (out now)
Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking by Deborah Cadbury (out now)
Bloomsbury!
Memento Mori by Ruth Downie (March 2018)
This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan (March 2018)
Grove Atlantic!
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Happiness by Aminatta Forna (March 2018)
The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon (March 2018)
Harlequin!
The Black Painting by Neil Olson (December 2017)
Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson (February 2018)
The One by John Marrs (February 2018)
My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari (January 2018)
Beacon!
ReVisioning American History series
We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America
Invisible by Michelle Lent Hirsch (February 2018)
Soho!
Death Comes in Through the Kitchen by Teresa Dovalpage (March 2018)
Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson (February 2018)
Rodale!
Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
Seed Starters Handbook

National Geographic!
Eyewitness to World War II (out now)

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
Alene: “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton

Obsessions
Anna: Mystery Mosaics
Alene: Stamping in her bullet journal
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Episode 74: Horror Project Checkup and Holiday Romance Checklist


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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:

Holiday Romance Movie Checklist

Download here

Links
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Dear Secret Santa (the one we can’t remember the name of)
The Nine Lives of Christmas (the one with a cat)
Window Wonderland (the Alex Danvers one)
Every Christmas Has a Story (the Lori Loughlin one)
Wish Upon a Christmas (the one with the actuary)
A Royal Christmas (the one with Jane Seymour)
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A Princess for Christmas (the one with Lena Luthor)

Obsessions
Alene: A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
Anna: Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis

 

Episode 72: Children’s TV with @kidsilkhaze

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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.

Links
Bananas in Pyjamas
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Saturday Morning Slow Jams: DuckTales
The Atlantic: The Problem With Smurfette
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (app)
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Peppa Pig
The Furchester Hotel
Fun Fun Elmo
Barney
Teletubbies
Sesame Street
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The Muppet Show
Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco
The Monster at the End of this Book (app)
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan
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Steven Universe
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Gravity Falls
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Adventure Time: Stakes

Zecora

My Little Problematic Zecora

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (movie)
Season Six, Episode 13: Stranger Than Fan Fiction
Wikipedia: Children’s Television Series by Country – United States
New Zoo Revue
The Electric Company
3-2-1 Contact
Square One
Kim Possible fanfic
Reading Rainbow
Danger Mouse

Musical Obsessions
Jennie: “No One Else” from Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Two Dots soundtrack
Anna: “My Little Pony Winter Wrap Up
Alene: “End of the Line” by Traveling Wilburys

Obsessions
Jennie: Fox Paws
Anna: Homescapes
Alene: Etsy and eBay (among other non-Amazon outlets)

Episode 69: True Crime TV with @kmmaher

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For this show we pulled in author (and secret famous librarian) Kelly Maher to talk about her TV true crime experience.
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Links
Kathy Reichs
The New Detectives
FBI Files
Discovery
Investigation Discovery
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American Greed
48 Hours
Dateline
20/20
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Bill Kurtis
Cold Case Files
Pat Kiernan
The Blotter Presents podcast
American Greed Episode 70: The Prisoner of Wall Street
Flavorwire: “The Case for Reenactment in Documentary Cinema
Stacy Keach
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Deadly Women
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Trey Gowdy
Solved: Extreme Forensics
Episode 18: Serial Killers with @loather
Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice
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Wives With Knives
M. William Phelps
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Smart Podcast, Trashy Books: “Reframing History, Crime, and Women – Exploring True Crime Stories with Elyse and Amanda
My Favorite Murder podcast
You Must Remember This: Charles Manson’s Hollywood series (part one)
The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane

Musical Obsessions
Kelly: “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons and “America’s Sweetheart” by Elle King
Anna: “Learn to Let Go” by Kesha
Alene: “Hymn” by Kesha
NPR: Kesha Walks Us Through Her ‘Rainbow,’ Track By Track

Obsessions
Kelly: Black Death ShawlQVC
Anna: rainbows, cats, organizing books, Seekers Notes, rainbows
Alene: Costco

Worst Bestsellers crossover event: Worst Best Friends! Plus astrological compatibility!

Episode 67: Musicals Redux with @Rebecca_Vnuk and @AmandaStretch

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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.

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Links
hamilton
Hamilton
Bring It On
In the Heights
Hamiltome
Genius
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
The Heckler: “Why I’m allergic to Stephen Sondheim”
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Company
torture
Into the Woods
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Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far
Sweeney Todd
West Side Story
Gypsy
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Sunday in the Park with George
#sondheimnight
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Stephen Sondheim’s sad life
Patti LuPone
Forbidden Broadway: “Stephen Sondheim Finale
Forbidden Broadway: “Patti LuPone/I Get a Kick Out of Me
Forbidden Broadway: “Into the Words

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People: From Dirty Dancing to Grease: Live: Ranking How the Internet Felt About All the TV Musical Adaptations
The Little Mermaid
Jesus Christ Superstar
Bye Bye Birdie
A Christmas Story
Rent
The New Yorker: Let’s Rock: In Defense of Jukebox Musicals
Phactual: 9 Rock Stars Who Wrote Broadway Musicals
Time Out New York: The 30 best film-to-musical adaptations
Broadway Cares: Carols for a Cure CDs
EW: TV’s Best Musical Episodes

Amanda sings “The Song That Goes Like This
Rakesh Satyal sings “Part of Your World

Spoiler: A link to songs from our second Musicals Quiz!

Musical Obsessions
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

Sondheim teaches “Not Getting Married Today”

Obsessions
Rebecca: IndiePicks Magazine
Amanda: Ice cream in Japan
Anna:  Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Alene: Hello Kitty notsocks