Episode 78: Holiday Romance Films with @helenstwin


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.

Episode 41: We Love Historical Romance!
Episode 56: Romantic Christmas Movies
Episode 74: Horror Project Checkup and Holiday Romance Checklist
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)
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)
Sharing Christmas (the other one about a mall/with the guy Alene likes)
Snowed-Inn Christmas (the one with competing journalists)
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)
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)
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]
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]

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


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



Episode 65: Fastest and Furiousest with @renatasnacks

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!


The Fast and the Furious
2 Fast 2 Furious
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Fast & Furious
Fast 5
Fast & Furious 6
Furious 7
Fate of the Furious
Vulture: How Does Fate of the Furious Stack Up Against the Rest of the Franchise?

The Blues Brothers
Silence of the Lambs
Cole Hauser v. Tom Berenger
Better Luck Tomorrow
Luke Evans
The Sound of Music
How Did This Get Made (Fate of the FuriousFurious 7, Fast & Furious 6Fast Five)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the show where they’re always in an airplane)

Musical Obsessions
Renata: “New Romantics” by Taylor Swift
Alene: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
Anna: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Renata: Trello (her nail polishes)
Alene: Facial exfoliants (Alba and Pixi), sheet masks from Daiso
Anna: Abhorsen books by Garth Nix

Episode 53: Movie Advisory and Best of 2016



In this episode, we talk about movies we’ve seen since our last movie advisory (episode 35), share our picks for best of 2016, and squeal over what we’re looking forward to in 2017.


Movie Advisory
Love and Friendship
Finding Dory
From The Washington Post: How Finding Dory and Finding Nemo Deal Beautifully With Disabilities
The Secret Life of Pets
Kubo and the Two Strings
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
From Slate: J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts Flirts With Gay Allegory. Its Sequels Should Go All the Way.
Witch, Please: Roaring Anachronisms and Where To Find Them
From Bustle: Moana Kicking The Love Interest Storyline To The Curb May Not Be Something To Celebrate
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Queen of Katwe
Rogue One
From The Atlantic: Moonlight Is a Film of Uncommon Grace

Best of 2016

Deadpool, Finding Dory, Love and Friendship, Moana, Moonlight, Trolls, Ghostbusters

American Housewife by Helen Ellis
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Behind the Throne/After the Crown by KB Wagers
Hold Me by Courtney Milan
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Conviction, The Crown, Steven Universe, Supergirl Pending: Stranger Things, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Soundtracks: Moana, Trolls, Hamilton, Hamilton Mixtape
Love You To Death by Tegan and Sara
Musical Obsessions Playlist

Tater Tot Casserole (or this recipe)
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
Styling/Volumizing Powder

In Memoriam

Looking Forward to in 2017

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

Spirit from Depeche Mode
Katy Perry, Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, Fergie, Icona Pop, Lorde, Taylor Swift
From Billboard: 2017 Music Preview: 40 Most Anticipated Albums

Illuminae Files #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
Buried Heart by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #3)
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman
Avon romance authors: Sarah Maclean, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Tessa Dare
From The Millions: Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview

Star Trek Discovery, Emerald City, American Gods, Twin Peaks, Riverdale
From A.V. Club: The A.V. Club Tells You What to Watch in 2017

Musical Obsessions
Alene: Club Tropicana by Wham! UK (La Isla Bonita by Madonna)
Anna: Careless Whisper by Wham!, Freedom! ’90 by George Michael

Alene: Pusheen
Anna: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


Episode 52: Fandom Nail Polish



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!



Darling Diva
Dollish Polish (clearance bin)
Literary Lacquers
Jamberry nail wraps
Water slide nail decals
Espionage nail wraps
Fanchromatic Nails
A-England (US stockist)


OPI Jasper Jade

Nail Advisory

For Anna:
NerdLacquer: Cthulhu, The Quantum Bluniverse
Literary Lacquers: teal, Mr. Darcy
ALIQUID Lacquer: Austentatious collection
piCture pOlishKryptonite

For Alene:
Hare Polish: For Margot Tenenbaum, The Knockouts of the Double R
Excelsior: T’challa, Danvers
Orly: Mirrorball

For Renata:
OPI: Spoken from the Heart (Hello Kitty Collection)
Excelsior: Barton
NerdLacquer: Eight Gates LE
Darling Diva: BSC collection (I Gave Her Darkness, Sleep Now, Pupok)
Delush Polish: Dames of Thrones collection
Cadillacquer: Dexter collection
A-England: Russian Soul, Ballerina, The Mythicals collections

100 coats of polish

Seche Restore

Best Names:

Buzzfeed: 23 Punniest Nail Polish Color Names Ever
KB Shimmer: Pigment of my Imagination
Julep: Zelda
OPI: Jinx, Silent Mauvie, Life Is a Cabernet
Nicole by OPI: Mer-Maid for Each Other

Musical Obsessions

Renata: “Rainbow High” from Evita (movie)
Angie: Arashi’s Digitalion, Japonism tours
Anna: Steven Universe theme song
Alene: “King Herod’s Song” from Jesus Christ Superstar



Renata: Snail mail
Angie: Skin care (sheet masks)
Anna: Breaking Cat News
Alene: Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

Worst Bestsellers
Angie on Tumblr and Instagram


Episode 46: Take My Wife with @amydieg


In this episode, we discuss Take My Wife (starring Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher) with @amydieg of @jointhegirlgang. The jury is still out as to which of us is butcher.


Take My Wife

Cameron Esposito
Rhea Butcher

Food in movies
Same Sex Symbol
Wham Bam Pow
Ricky Carmona
Fu Yuanhui
Ali Wong
Marriage Material
New York’s Funniest
Leslie Jones
Bajillion Dollar Properties

Musical Obsessions:

Anna: Good as Hell by Lizzo
Amy: Prayin’ by Plan B
Alene: Bamboleo by Gypsy Kings


Alene: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
Amy: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Anna: Looking for Group by Alexis Hall