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

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!