Girl, grab yourself a cup before you settle in. In fact, grab a sandwich while you’re at it. We’ve got a few things to say.
Once again, we loaded up on coffee, flipped on the mics, and let spew on a range of topics. First up, we give a largely non-spoiler review of the Netflix mini-series Alias Grace:
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, who also wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale,” it deals with similar themes of oppressive patriarchy as seen through the eyes of women. Set in 19th Century Canada and based on actual events, it deals with the life and imprisonment of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant and servant accused of Murder. While we both had serious issues with the way the story ended, we nonetheless consider it HIGHLY recommended. There are biting and incisive observations made about gender, power and society, told by a shrewd woman who’s seen a lot and may or may not be jerking everyone in the story around.
After that, we launch our end-of-the-year podcast tradition of reviewing the For Your Consideration films that are on the awards track. First up, one of the biggest surprise hits of the year, and something we’re a little embarassed to admit took us this long to see, Jordan Peele’s excellent horror film, the tense and biting Get Out.
We LOVED it, even as it made us cringe and made us question a lot of our own behavior and suppositions. Peele made some brilliant filmmaking choices by paying homage to classic horror films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives; films that drew their horror less from the supernatural and more from the terrifying ways society easily and without remorse strips its disenfranchised or powerless members of their agency and humanity. We think most of the cast are eligible to be nominated for acting awards, but Betty Gabriel, pictured above, did so much with so little, offering up a performance so creepy and unforgettable that we’d rate it alongside some of the more iconic horror performances of all time. That “No, no, no” scene will make all the hair on your body stand on end, and she does it all with banal dialogue and a face twisted by physical and emotional torture.
We took the through-line of these two reviews – life under patriarchal rule – and tied it to the ever-unfolding, never-ending cultural story of the year: the sexual abuse allegations now rocking practically every major sphere in society; entertainment, media, government, industry and the arts. This week, it’s Louis CK’s turn to have his shit finally called out, and we look at the ways so many men – including ourselves – have been willfully blind about the prevalence of this issue.
Thankfully, Project Runway gave us something frivolous to talk about after all that:
And it shouldn’t be any surprise that we had PUH-LENTY to say on the matter – including a totally shocking, last minute change of heart as to who should/will win the whole shindig! NOT BRANDON, YOU GUYS!
It’s all there, kittens. All the laughter, all the tears, all the judgment. And thank you once again for all your support, dolls!
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