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)

53. Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood

Join Jennifer and Kaylia for a discussion of this sisterhood book that is actually a mother/daughter book which is actually about serious issues but actually isn’t because it is more fun to romanticize the South and drink cocktails with no consequences. Clink!

52. Bastard Out Of Carolina

Join Jennifer and Kaylia for another rousing discussion. We discuss tribalism, shame (useful tool or no?), the importance of amends as part of apologies (do Annie’s “amends” cut the mustard), and what should have happened to Glen.

51. Rebecca

Kaylia and special co-host Jess discuss the 1038 novel, the 1940 movie, and the 2020 movie… Rebecca! Join us for a discussion where we try to answer the burning questions… Just how evil was Rebecca? Was Bee a lesbian? Who was the real villain? Why the heck did they make the 202 version? Plus the MAJOR change from book to the 1940 movie… and then slight change back in the 2020 movie. And yes… Star Trek trivia!

50. The White Tiger

Jennifer and Kaylia discuss the chilling genius of The White Tiger. We talk about how the patriarchy hurts everyone, whether or not the grandmother was a pariah, the tragedy of corruption, and if this novel turned Netflix movie does more good than harm to the people and reputation of India by being written by an “outsider.” Enjoy!