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

60. Ender’s Game

Matthew and Kaylia discuss such topics as: Is it a kid’s book or just a book about kids? What is the message, lesson, or argument of the book? Is Ender more victim or hero? How blameless is he really? Plus all the controversy about the author and a warning not to meet your heroes. Enjoy!

59. High Fidelity

e of the best book-to-film adaptations ever made (thanks to John Cusack), the book is a living symbol of the longevity (?) importance (?) symbolism (?) of Pop music. And yes, the book IS pop music. But more than that the story deals with the shifting gender politics of the 90s, the focus of the man in the rom-com genre, and let’s not forget the music, the music, the music. Plus we gush about the amazing casting. Enjoy!

58. The Knife of Never Letting Go / Chaos Walking

Join Jennifer and Kaylia for a rousing discussion where we debate the following: the okay-ness of the pseudo nudity of Tom Holland, the casting of a black actor as a villain, whether the lack of talking animals in the movie was a travesty or a smart choice, and if the “secret of manhood twist” was a plot hole or layered writing on Ness’ part. Plus Kaylia admits to lying to her daughter about the end of The Call of The Wild. Sorry, Ella!

57. The Big Sleep

Join Kaylia and Matthew for a deepish dive into The Big Sleep. They talk mystery vs noir vs detective genres, and how a depressing man against the world taking solace in his booze turned into a screwball rom-com less worried about the plot and more interested in showcasing a romantic happy ending story for its stars. Plus, Star Trek trivia, the sexy bookseller, a few notes about epilepsy vs mental illness, and an extensive amount of title-name dropping. Enjoy!

56. Minority Report

Kaylia and special guest Shawn talk revisionist history, the “fat guy, skinny wife” trope, the varied religious overtones, the symbolism of the color red and of water…. and of course… Are our fates written in stone? Yeah, this sci-fi action flick is rather layered and deep. Plus we name-drop a zillion movie titles and have Star Trek trivia. Enjoy!

55. Brokeback Mountain

Chris and Kaylia talk about the “gay cowboy” movie that was so much more… We discuss how it holds up in a post marriage-equality world, whether the parodies were helpful or harmful, the symbolism of cultivation, and much much more. Plus some trivia that is sure to make you snicker.

54. The Woman In The Window

Join Jennifer and Kaylia as we discuss this 2018 version of “Female Protagonist In Some Sort Of Container” We revisit some of Kaylia’s childhood traumas and present-day adult fears (but in a fun way), discuss the importance of tone and committing to a style, and try to figure out if the book was a well-done thriller or a schlocky “copycat”? Also, can a stellar cast and interesting story make a good movie when there is just SO MUCH behind-the-scenes drama? (The answer is… not really)