Episode 112: BF Movie Touchstones

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Somewhat in the spirit of Extra Hot Great’s television Canon, your hosts each assembled a list of favorite movies and agreed to make a universal Bellwether Friends list out of intersecting titles. In this episode, we reveal our picks to one another. Click here for the joint list! *sounds of paper rustling*

Links
Alene’s List (revised)
10 Things I Hate About You
The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
Amadeus
American Dreamer
Arsenic & Old Lace
Babe
dora
Black Panther
Blockers
Booksmart
Cabin In The Woods
Charade
Clerks (Kevin Smith)
Coming To America
Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End
Crazy Rich Asians
The Cutting Edge
D.E.B.S.
Deadpool, Deadpool 2
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Desk Set
Desperately Seeking Susan
District 9
Easy A
Fargo (The Coen Brothers)
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The Fasts And The Furiouses (all)
The Favourite
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (John Hughes)
French Kiss
Get Out
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Ghostbusters (2016)
Grosse Pointe Blank
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Hidden Figures
The Holiday
The House Bunny
How To Train Your Dragon (all)
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)
Legally Blonde
Let The Right One In
Love Actually
Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL
Moana
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Moonlight
The Nine Lives of Christmas
Ocean’s 8
Out Of Sight
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
The Philadelphia Story
Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Pitch Perfect 3
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
Say Anything
The Silence Of The Lambs
Singles
Sleepless In Seattle
Sliding Doors
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The Sound Of Music
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Spy
Step Up (all)
Stranger Than Fiction
The Sure Thing
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil
The Usual Suspects
The Vanishing (1988)
When Harry Met Sally
Wings Of Desire
Wonder Woman
Zombieland, Zombieland 2: Double Tap

Anna’s List (revised)
Beauty and the Beast
Best In Show
*Black Panther
Blades of Glory
The Blues Brothers
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bring It On
*Charade
Clue
Clueless
Cold Comfort Farm
*Crazy Rich Asians
*The Cutting Edge
*D.E.B.S.
The Dead Don’t Die
Desert Hearts
Fire
*Get Out
*Grosse Pointe Blank
Halloween
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
It’s In The Water
Labyrinth
A League Of Their Own
*Legally Blonde
Logan’s Run
The Lord Of The Rings trilogy
Mean Girls
The Meg
Miss Congeniality
*Moana
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
*Moonlight
Much Ado About Nothing
Mulan
The Music Man
*Ocean’s 8
The Parent Trap (both)
Persuasion
Pirates Of The Caribbean
*Pitch Perfect series
Pride and Prejudice (BBC)
The Princess Bride
Robin Hood (Disney)
Robin Hood (1938)
Romancing The Stone
A Room With A View
Saving Face
Say Anything
Singin’ In The Rain
Sleepless In Seattle
So I Married An Axe Murderer
*The Sound Of Music
Spaceballs
*Spy
Star Wars (original trilogy)
Strictly Ballroom
*To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Wayne’s World
When Harry Met Sally

Anna’s Honorable Mentions
*10 Things I Hate About You
Adventures In Babysitting
*The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
The African Queen
Aladdin
American Pie
Annie
*Arsenic And Old Lace
Austin Powers
Back To The Future
Bend It Like Beckham
Better Off Dead
Captain Marvel
*Coming To America
The Craft
Crocodile Dundee
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
*Deadpool
Deliver Us From Eva
*Desk Set
*Fast and Furious franchise
*Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
*French Kiss
*Ghostbusters (2016)
Gia
The Gods Must Be Crazy
The Goonies
*Guardians of the Galaxy
Highlander
Jumanji (2017)
The Karate Kid
The Little Mermaid
Love & Basketball
Mad Max: Fury Road
*Magic Mike XXL
Meet Me In St. Louis
Moonraker
*The Nine Lives Of Christmas
*The Philadelphia Story
Short Circuit
Shrek
*The Silence Of The Lambs
Speed
*Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Star Wars (new trilogy)
Tank Girl
Thor: Ragnarok
While You Were Sleeping
White Christmas
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Willow
*Wonder Woman

Other mentions:
The Thin Man
Sunset Boulevard
Wait Until Dark
Johnny Belinda
The Lady Eve
True Grit
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Blazing Saddles
The Harvey Girls
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Good Morning, Vietnam
Pearl Harbor
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
Top Gun

Musical Obsessions
Anna: Bad Blood by Taylor Swift
Alene: The Dead Don’t Die by Sturgill Simpson

Obsessions
Anna: To L and Back (podcast)
Alene: KissCon, Loretta Chase, Megan Frampton

Episode 104: Romantic Comedies Part II

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In this episode, we discuss our favorite romantic comedies that were not on the list we covered in Episode 103. More happy endings for lesbian couples! The Sandra Bullock sidebar! Aunt Lynne’s picks!

Links

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Charade
Romancing the Stone/The Jewel of the Nile
American Dreamer
Desperately Seeking Susan
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Zombieland
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So I Married an Axe Murderer
Grosse Pointe Blank
Miss Congeniality
Two Weeks’ Notice
The Proposal
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Ocean’s 8
Bend it Like Beckham
Bring it On
Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz/The World’s End
Father Goose
Walk, Don’t Run
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Funny Face
The Thin Man
Singin’ in the Rain
After Hours
Something Wild
Who’s That Girl?
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Overboard
But I’m a Cheerleader
Jeffrey
D.E.B.S.
Imagine Me and You
It’s in the Water
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Saving Face
Raising Helen/How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
The Wedding Planner/Maid in Manhattan
French Kiss
Only You
Mrs. Winterbourne
Sweet Home Alabama
The Cutting Edge
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Serendipity
Deliver us from Eva
Can’t Hardly Wait
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Set it Up
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Isn’t it Romantic?
Intolerable Cruelty
Out of Sight
Love & Basketball
The Holiday
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Earth Girls are Easy
Down With Love
A Lot Like Love
50 First Dates
Groundhog Day

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson
Alene: “Causing a Commotion” by Madonna (from Who’s That Girl?)

Obsessions
Anna: What Men Want
Alene: Pipsticks

Episode 63: Fashion Forward with @curiosityjones

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In this episode, we talk to author and jewelry designer (and former librarian) Kelly Jones about her books Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer and Murder, Magic, and What We Wore. Also personal styling tips, such as:

  • Dress the beautiful woman that you are
  • Try on everything before you buy it
  • Thrift shop for success

Links
What Not to Wear UK
Wraptillion
#argyleweek
Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer (originally published 1935)
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword, Thomas the Rhymer)
Stephanie Burgis
Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
#chuckstravaganza (episode 62)
Project Runway
Iris Van Herpen
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Gilmore Girls
Ugly Betty
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
House of Eliott
The Incredibles (also: NO CAPES)
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Forgotten Realms
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Supergirl
The Tudors
The Borgias
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Sex and the City
The Mentalist
The X-Files
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Clueless
Charade
Edith Head
Shakespeare in Love
Titanic
The Age of Innocence
Spider-Man
madonna
Desperately Seeking Susan
Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Musical Obsessions:

Kelly: Teen Titans theme song by Puffy AmiYumi
Anna: Tank! theme song from Cowboy Bebop by Seatbelts
Alene: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song by The Gregory Brothers

Obsessions:

Kelly: brownies with peanut butter cream cheese swirl
The Art of Deception by Stephanie Burgis
The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman
Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton
Anna: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (July 2017)
Alene: Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz

 

Episode 14 Show Notes: Classics and Diverse Books

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We are back from our LIVE show and answering a few more listener-submitted questions. Ally wanted us to talk about “classics” and Katie wanted to know what to give her white male children to diversify their reading experiences. Carolyn says a classic book is something she won’t want to read again, but a classic movie is something she will want to watch repeatedly. Anna’s moral of the story:

“If you think it’s a classic, it is. If you disagree with someone on this, keep your mouth shut.”

Please send us your best links to lists of diverse books for kids! We need help crowdsourcing on this one.

And please be sure to listen alllllll the way to the end. Past the talking, past the music. Trust us.

Links
Fifty Shades of Grey movie
Worst Bestsellers episode
Anna’s Fifty Shades readalike project

Classic Music
The Archies
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Led Zeppelin
ELO
Godspell
[Carolyn now realizes that it was NOT the original cast recording but the MOVIE soundtrack that she grew up and is her favorite. Victor Garber, y’all.]


The Sound of Music
My Fair Lady
Camelot
Annie
Paul Simon “Graceland” album
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Judy Garland
The Nutcracker
Mozart K467 Piano Concerto 21
Bach, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Classic Books
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Middlemarch by George Eliot
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Robin Hood by Howard Pyle and others
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Emily Brontë’s poetry (not Wuthering Heights)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Nancy Drew
Agatha Christie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar

Classic Movies
Chinatown
Casablanca
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Philadelphia Story
The African Queen
Bringing up Baby
Charade
White Christmas
Singin’ in the Rain
Meet Me in St. Louis
The Maltese Falcon
Double Indemnity
Sunset Boulevard
The Godfather
Some Like it Hot

Diverse Reads for Children
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Sugar Plum Ballerina series, Whoopi Goldberg
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
Storytime Underground
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley et al.
The Best Feminist Picture Books (via Book Riot)

Obsessions
Anna: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
Carolyn: Invisibilia podcast