70. Dream Story / Eyes Wide Shut

Fantasy, lust, envy, nighttime wanderings, masks, and the most boring male-gaze-y orgy of all time. That’s right! It’s time for Jennifer and Kaylia to talk sex, love, and dreams aka Dream Story (1926) and its film adaptation Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

69. How The Grinch Stole Christmas… 4 Times!

Jennifer and Kaylia talk about all four versions of the Grinch story… from a mostly black and white book to a sponsored TV special to the more adolescent onslaught of Jim Carey, and finally a sweet CGI offering, we will talk about what works, what doesn’t work, and which versions are worth your time. Plus, Star Trek Trivia and a brief lesson on the history and true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy!

68. Howl’s Moving Castle

Leah and Kaylia attempt to separate their love of the book from their disappointment in the movie and discuss the very different stories the two are attempting to tell. We try to answer the important questions like… How do these two much-loved things actually connect to one another? How much slime is the right amount of slime? Who is this movie for? What happened to Sophie’s sisters? Can you adapt an English fairy tale into a Japanese anime movie about a Middle Eastern war and set it somewhere in France? Should you?

67. Nomadland

Chris and Kaylia talk about this amazing and important nonfiction book that was adapted into a heartbreaking well-made movie that has the same name but tells a very different story. Happy Thanksgiving!

66. The Mothman Prophecies (Crossover Episode)

n this very special Crossover Halloween Episode, Matt and Kaylia talk about the folklore that became the book, the book that became the movie: the Mothman Prophecies! We talk about what works and what doesn’t, what the book/movie can tell us about US society in the 70s and early 2000s, and attempt to determine if the Mothman, the UFOs, the Men In Black, and the very scary Chapstick are worth our attention. Enjoy!

65. Interview With The Vampire

Leah and Kaylia talk about gender dynamics, the lgbt coding, the struggle of good and evil, the Biblical Easter Eggs, the concept of rising above base nature…. And of course, there is Star Trek trivia and a bunch of English major interpretations. Enjoy!

64. Stardust

Jennifer and Kaylia talk about life lessons learned through fairy tales, the failings of Hollywood tropes, and the amazing casting for a movie that simply could not hold a (Babylon) candle to the book. Plus Star Trek trivia and lots of episode name-dropping. Enjoy!

63. Story of Your Life / Arrival

Chris and Kaylia talk about thinking about time travel, the limitations of language, just how many diagrams are too many for a short story, and what makes this movie adaptation just so freakin’ awesome.

61. The Circle

Jennifer and Kaylia talk about the evils of privacy vs the evils of entitlement, the relative charm factor of Emma Watson, and how a book neither one of us loved still had some really cool provocative bits… that somehow got left out of the film. Hopefully, our episode elicits more “smiles” than “frowns