Anglo-Filles Episode 22: Potpourritangentpalooza 2: Electric Boogaloo

Welcome to episode 22, where Les Filles talk about Sports (real and e), the Mary Sue, tartans, Snowpiercer, Game of Thrones, American Gods, the Supreme Court of the United States, and some douchebag named Robin Thicke.

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IN SPORT:

Esport tournament didn’t want to allow women to play. They have since reversed themselves.

World Cup:

Tim Howard, US Goalie and Secretary of Defense:

(President Obama did say in response to a White House petition to give Howard the job that it was filled, but if an opening occurs, he will consider it.)

Wimboldon’s men’s singles final happened while we recorded, and it was a good time to remember our fave celebrity ship, which celebrates it’s 1 year anniversary today: Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler.

The Tour de France’s first stage happened! ….in Yorkshire. We don’t even know.

The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow! The Scottish team uniforms are….a thing. A tartan clad thing.

Kayleigh’s tumblr post on the changes at The Mary Sue.

Starz is developing Neil Gaiman’s American Gods with Bryan Fuller. (He has assured us this does not affect Hannibal).

Penny Dreadful has wrapped up, as has Game of Thrones.

Snowpiercer is finally out in the US (much to Alina’s dismay, not yet in Canada). That is a link to US screening locations (including the Historic Brattle Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prepare to self-medicate after it’s over.

Speaking of self-medication, the US Supreme Court ruled that closely-held corporations have religious freedoms and can use those freedoms to infringe on other people’s (usually women and minorities) rights, because that’s America. We have some things to say about that.

So does Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, aka The Notorious RBG. You can buy a shirt here.

And then Robin Thicke is a creepy, threatening asshole, but his album shaming his ex-wife to get back with him is flopping, so there’s that.

We will be back next month with a new topic and a special guest! Happy summer, stay cool!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 21: Some of Draculae, all of Draculbee

We never drink….wine.

(that’s not true, we drink a lot of wine.)

Welcome to Episode 21, where we shanghai in Dame Cleolinda Jones to discuss all things Dracula! There’s also the moment in which we broke Cleolinda, just as she breaks Twilight Noobs. It’s delightful.

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Annotated Dracula for all your nerdy Dracula needs.

Varney the Vampire, a Victorian era Penny Dreadful.

New England Vampire Panic episode of Stuff You Missed In History Class.

The Mercy Brown Vampire Incident of 1892

Dracula 1931 with Bela Lugosi

Dracula, 1958 with Christopher Lee

Dracula 1979 with Frank Langella

Part one of a documentary/interviews about the 1979 film.


Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Gary Oldman


Dracula 2000 with Gerard Butler

Dracula by the BBC


NBC’s Dracula with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. That happened.


Van Helsing with Hugh Jackman.


Penny Dreadful, a Showtime series that is what the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen wishes it could be.

Athena’s Daughters, an anthology Cleo contributed to, is now available as an ebook. The hardback will be out later this summer!

ComicCon posters for the NBC Dracula characters, or the moment we all knew we were in trouble.

The Praying Mantis because of course.

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Anglo-Filles Episode 20: Strong, feisty, and failing the sisterhood

Welcome to episode 20, where Les Filles discuss “strong female characters” and the problems therein, with entertaining side jaunts down Comic Book Way, treatment of women in media including Hannibal, Game of Thrones, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a patented Kayleigh Rant on The Following.

(I looked long and hard for the right image, and Maria’s headshake of disappointment seemed to fit.)

(But this works too.)

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“Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.”

From Tumblr User Mad Lori (who we did not credit in the episode itself, and we apologize. That was shitty of us).

The essay in full.

BossLady Dayna’s really excellent editorial on DC’s offering during this year’s Free Comic Book Day and how they have completely and utterly failed their female audience.

DC women kicking ass

The Miss Piggy version of the “Screw writing strong women” quote.

Gina Torres on how to work race into a character.

Alisa Selezneva of the 21st Century.

Meta Mondays discussing the historical basis for Game of Thrones.

Join us next month, where we will be discussing Dracula, and why NBC should be ashamed of themselves.

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Anglo-Filles Episode 19: Undercover Avocado

Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to listen to Les Filles talk about spies and espionage in movies and TV.

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Writing spies:
Daniel Defoe.
Geoffrey Chaucer
Ian Fleming, and you can learn more in
The Man Who Would Be Bond

Bond. James Bond.

Russian Film: Seventeen Moments of Spring

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

(I just really like this picture)

The Avengers (The TV series, not the movies. Honestly.)

The Bourne Identity (et al)

Le Femme Nikita

Alias

The Americans

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

(now with bonus Anthony Mackie is a delight and a national treasure)

Unspoken but still important: one of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s posthumous films is A Most Wanted Man.

We’ll be back next month, same spy-time, same spy channel!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 18: It’s all thanks to Kevin’s mom

It’s time to reminisce about being a baby nerd and what we were obsessed with as Les Petite Filles. And also Le Petit Garçon, as we are joined by Made of Fail founder, executive producer and all around Starter of Things, Kevin!

There are some sound and editing issues, due to a lack of avocado sacrifice.

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Books:
Little House on the Prairie
Little House Cookbook
Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy World
Harry Potter
The Strugatsky Brothers
Evgeny Shvarts
Roadside Picnic on Amazon
Amazon page for Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series
Olga Larionova, writer of The Leopard from Kilimanjaro’s Peak

Movies:
Cinderella
Annie

Newsies
Labyrinth
The Little Mermaid
The Great Mouse Detective
“The Old Wizard’s Fairy Tales” an example of a Soviet-era kids movie-

Alina’s screencap-blog of Ordinary Miracle, a film based on a Shvarts play
Fantaghiro (in english – Cave of the Golden Rose) and on Alina’s Tumblr

TV Shows:
He-Man, She-Ra,
Maid Marian and Her Merry Men
The Moomins
Muppet Show

Video Games:

Sonic
Marathon
Oregon Trail
Odell Pond
Reader Rabbit
Tink Tonk
Mixed Up Mother Goose

Fandom video to “We Didn’t Start The Fire” where originally posted with notes by the creators, Scribe and Fiercynn. Watch it, cry, it’s amazing.

The Dakota War of 1862, as mentioned during the discussion of the treatment of American Indians in the Little House books.

Things our listeners tweeted at us:
L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Chronicles of Narnia, Carrie, Time for Kids, those stupid Weekly Reader/Readers Digest newsletters they gave us in (American) school), Sports Illustrated, MTV News, Steven King.

Happy nostalgia, everyone!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 17: 60% Social Commentary, 40% Spandex

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics just wrapped up, and we had some things to say. A lot of things. (We also had to deploy an Emergency Avocado. Which worked!)

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Medal Count! We are VERY proud of Team UK and their 4 medals! They did VERY well.

(Drinking game for this episode: take a shot every time Alina JUST HAPPENS to mention that Canada won the gold in both men and women’s hockey.)

Supporting LGBTQ athletes in Sochi and beyond: You Can Play Team.

Anonymous in Sochi, blog posts from an anonymous gay blogger who traveled to Sochi for this project. “The choice before me is a familiar one: Remain silent or speak for those who cannot.”

Jason Brown and the Hammer Shuffle. On Ice.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir 2010 gala performance.

Yuzuru Hanyu is cooler than you

The article positing that Ashley Wagner’s selection was based on what Marta Karolyi would have done.

Surveillance in the showers! Not the best PR move, Russia.

Breaking out of the bathroom!

Stats Canada Twitter. 100% of Canadians aren’t sorry right now.

The beer fridge that only opens with a Canadian passport.

The US sent Canada some Congratulatory Beer. It’s not crap beer, which was really nice of us!

Gus Kenworthy and his puppies!

NO REALLY LOOK AT THEM.

Team USA and their puppies.

Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska founds a dog sanctuary for strays in Sochi because his dog he had as a kid was a stray. (No one give Will Graham any ideas, okay?)

This is Commonwealth Clyde. He is terrifying.

The Olympics will be back in 2 years in Rio and 4 years in PyongChang, and we’ll be back atcha next month with a Topic As Of Yet To Be Determined!

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REPOST Anglo-Filles Episode 13: Oh my god it effing rhymes

Greetings, listeners! Fear not, a proper episode is still coming to you in February, for we have many, many thoughts about the Olympics and some of them are even about topics other than the ranking order of Olympic figure skaters’ behinds.

Meanwhile, Hannibal season 2 has a premier date of February 28th. The fannibals are preparing to feast, the only question is will you be a dinner guest or will you be dinner?

You have 2 weeks to catch up on season 1, and to help convince you that you should, here is the episode we recorded last October with the ever-gracious Cleolinda as our guest.

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Click here to see the original show notes.

Season 2 trailers!

Casting news:
Cynthia Nixon is Kade Purnell
Michael Pitt is Mason Verger
Katharine Isabelle is Margot Verger

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Anglo-Filles Episode 16.5: Coriolanus

SURPRISE! It’s a very special .5 episode!

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Both Reidan and Alina saw the National Theatre Live screening of Coriolanus and wanted to talk about it. So we did. With the recorder running.

There are multiple encore screenings over the next month, the National Theatre Live website is here: here. Other shows coming up in clude The Curious Incident of the Dog In Nighttime and King Lear. Which we will be going to see.

Fathom Events also broadcasts ballet from the Royal Ballet, Opera from the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway shows, and sports events. Check it out!

We’ll be back atcha in a few weeks with a regularly scheduled episode.

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Anglo-Filles Episode 16: Country Matters

We’re classing up the joint with 1 hour and 45 minutes on the Bard Himself: William Shakespeare. Dick jokes can be found…pretty much all over the place.

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Featuring Sonnet 130 as performed by the incandescent Catherine Tate.

Just in case you need them: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare on Project Gutenberg

Adaptations we talked about (possibly not a complete list):


Branagh’s Henry V


Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing

Branagh’s As You Like it


Branagh’s Hamlet


Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

Taymor’s Titus
The Tempest

Sir Patrick Stewart Macbeth

The Hollow Crown

Reimaginings:


10 Things I Hate About You
Scotland PA
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ShakespeaRetold (Much Ado, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, and Midsummers)

You can watch Tom Hiddleston’s Corolianus through National Theater Live at a movie theater near you! Alina and Reidan have tickets!

Shakespearean Original Pronunciation video:

Next month we will come at you with all things Olympic! Skating, skiing, curling, biathalon, luge, bobsled, skeleton and snowboarding!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 15: There’s Gotta Be Some Waxed Man-titty In Here Somewhere

Welcome to Episode 15 of AngloFilles, wherein Les Filles are joined by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books to discuss the romance genre!

(Just as a note: the conversation turns somewhat explicit at about 1:10 when we start discussing erotica. Just in case you’re listening at work or with a small child who might wonder out loud in an inopportune place what the deal with triceratops tongues is.)

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Sarah Wendell runs Smart Bitches Trashy Books, a romance review website that Reidan reviews for sometimes. She also has a podcast with Jane Litt, of Dear Author, called Dear Bitches Smart Authors, which everyone should listen to.

That infamous first review is here: Surrender to the Night, by Evelyn Rogers.

Authors we talked about:

Courtney Milan
Julie James
Victoria Dahl
Beverly Jenkins
Debbie Macomber
Sylvia Dayk
Seanan Maguire
Sarah Morgan
Theresa Romain
Sarah Maclean
Eloisa James
Delphine Dryden
Jacqueline Carey
C.L. Wilson
Lois McMaster Bujold
Helenkay Dimon

The Sapphires US Poster:

Dreamgirls Poster:

The Bodyguard Poster:

Dinosaur erotica is a thing.

Tousle Me, an absolutely brilliant sounding parody of the current trends in the Young Adult genre.

Other review websites to check out:

Dear Author
S&M’s Books Obsessions
Smexy Books
Ramblings on Romance

Have a happy holiday season, everyone! We’ll see you in 2014!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 14: Good Crackalicious Fun

Hello! Sorry we’re later than usual, but we had a good reason, we promise.

Lets talk about how the 2013 fall TV season has shaped up!

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NBC’s Dracula

Cleolinda’s recaps. Highly entertaining. (If anyone bugs her about them, I will make them very very VERY sad. Don’t do that.)

Cleo’s Victoriana Tumblr. Research purposes!

Sleepy Hollow

The Tumblr of Orlando Jones, god’s gift to fandom. Proving that a creator/actor can simply walk into fandom, if one has enough swagger. (Spoiler: he has swagger.)

Almost Human

The Blacklist

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Emma Approved

Emma and Knightley

Go forth and watch TV my pretties!

We will see you back in a couple of weeks with a special guest!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 13: Oh my god it effing rhymes

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! It’s our one year anniversary, and we are kermit flailing to welcome back Cleolinda Jones to talk about all things Hannibal. We just kermit flail in general, actually.

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SPOILERS LIKE WHOA.

This month’s sacrificial avocado:

The Sacrificial Avocado

We didn’t want to take any chances.

If you are still on the fence about watching, here is a review that tells you why this is a fantastic show.

How to watch Hannibal:

Korean Promo, complete with sparkles:

Production Designer article. Amazing amount of detail.

Janice Poon’s blog, the food of Hannibal. Spoilers and recipes and gorgeous, gorgeous pictures.

Will Graham Has a Nice Day and nothing he eats is people.

Crack vid

Gag reel

Carpets for Airports. Look, it can’t be explained, it can only be experienced.

 

Breaking news while we were recording! Charlie Hunnam cancelled the apocolypse and dropped out fo the 50 Shades movie. Somewhere, Rob Pattinson is raising a glass.

Our Senior ComicCon Correspoendent: PpyaJunebug livetumblred the Hannibal panels at San Diego Comic Con.

Hannibal Flower Pictures! We love this cast and crew SO. MUCH.

Thank you so much for listening to us ramble on for a whole year! Can’t wait to see what the next year brings us!

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A special report from our Senior TIFF Correspondent

Les Filles are grateful to Peter Murphy for his time and insight. Some of Les Filles would like to note that unlike some others, Peter is not a scrub and takes advantage of living in Toronto and having the privilege of being able to go to TIFF and see all these wonderful films. Meanwhile, Alina is a scrub and feels bad and promises to mend the error of her ways.

TIFF is wrapping up today and it sounds like some big films to look for at Oscar time will be Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor from Serenity with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, among others; John Wells’ August: Osage County with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor; and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney — and probably Benedict Cumberbatch because he’s in the first two and probably everything else in theatres this fall.

Other films at the festival that I’m looking forward to are Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Idris Elba, Philomena with Dame Judi and Steve Coogan, Parkland about JFK’s assassination, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s comedy (and directorial debut) Don Jon, and The Stag — an Irish comedy with Andrew Scott (Moriarty on BCC’s Sherlock).

At the festival I don’t usually try to see the big films that will be in Cineplexes soon, but rather those that might not get wide release in Canada. Last year I saw Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and The Last Supper, a Chinese film set at the end of the Qin Dynasty.

This year I saw three very different films: Une Jeune Fille by Québec director Catherine Martin, Libertador by Alberto Arvelo, and a Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven by Sang-il Lee.

Une Jeune Fille (which played at the Art Galley of Ontario) is about a teenage girl whose sick mother gives her a photo of the Gaspé region of Québec before passing away. The girl, Chantal, runs away to the Gaspé where she ends up working on a farm for Serge, a loner in his thirties. I was a bit apprehensive about the film because from the trailer it was clear that it was going to be a lot of landscape cinematography and silence between brooding characters. It was these things but it all worked, it had a nice story and the pace of the film while gradual, didn’t drag. One of the film’s greatest achievements was to develop the friendship between Chantal and Serge in a realistic feeling way without being creepy. It made me want to look for more by Catherine Martin.

Libertador, a Venezuela/Spain coproduction, is an historical epic about Simón Bolivar who lead the wars of independence for most of South America. Imagine a biopic about George Washington made by Peter Jackson and you have a sense of the scope and tone of this movie. I think it was more concerned with myth-making than historical accuracy, but I was okay with that. Lead actor Édgar Ramírez looks nothing like paintings of Bolivar (more like David Boreanz or Jon Snow, in my opinion [Ed. Note - you know nothing, Peter Murphy, specifically, you don't know that Jon Snow is played by Kit Harrington]) but he did a great job carrying this movie including switching, apparently effortlessly, between Spanish, English, and French as needed. He may be a household name in a couple years.

Among these films Unforgiven is the one I most expect to see nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar this year. Ken Watanabe played the Clint Eastwood role and was great as always. Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido during the Meiji period made for a cool parallel to the American Old West, as ex-Samurai outlaws fled the forces of modernisation for the northern frontier populated by the indigenous Ainu people. Like the original, this is a very well made film that is morally and emotionally sophisticated. I liked that killing is not done lightly and has consequences. Also if any director needs Morgan Freeman and he’s not available they should call Akira Emoto. I really want to see that guy in a remake of Shawshank now, please.

One more film that I did not see but friends with great taste told me was spectacular was The Past by director Asghar Farhadi, whose film A Separation won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2012. I saw A Separation and will be looking for The Past when it is released internationally.

That was my 2013 TIFF. If 100% of my films were good I don’t even want to think about how much I’m missing from the over 300 films that played at the Festival this week. As I’m writing this the TIFF People’s Choice Award has not been announced [Ed. Note - it was announced that day and it will surprise no one to know that 12 Years a Slave took it] but past winners such as Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech have gone on to win Best Picture Oscars, so keep an eye out for that if you’re looking for something good to see in the next few months or just want an edge in your Oscar pool.

~PM

Liked what Peter had to say about movies? You should hear him talk about comics! You can find him on Twitter here.

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Anglo-Filles Episode 12: Potpourri-tangent-palooza

This is episode 12, which means we’ve been talking your ears off about girl-geekery for a year. We had a bunch of topics that weren’t involved enough for a whole show, so this is a GRAB BAG EPISODE. Warning: expect tangents.

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The Liberal Democrats of Great Britain are discussing fanfiction. Google for more about this story at your own risk.

Hugo updates: You can see the voting stats breakdown of the Hugo Awards here.

Best Fan Writer went to Tansy Raynor Robertsk, who is awesome. You should read her stuff on feminism and gender roles in SF/F. Mark Oshiro is still the fan writer of OUR HEARTS.

Seanan McGuire (along with Cathrynne Valente, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, and Lynne Thomas) won Best Fan Cast for SF Squeecast. (And then, because they’ve won two years in a row, they announced they are withdrawing from further consideration, because they are classy as hell.)

In Other Seanan News, her October Daye Series has been optioned for TV development. Yay!

Other podcasts we listen to, and you should too:

Welcome to Night Vale

Stuff Mom Never Told You

TechStuff and other How Stuff Works podcasts.

A Matter of Taste.

Fucking While Feminist

Dear Bitches Smart Authors Romance Podcast

Masters of Carpentry.

NPR’s Popculture Happy Hour

This is a linkBBC Radio 5 Film Reviews

TV On the Internet

Did you know screenwriters are being actively taught not to pass the Bechdel Test? They are.

The Methadone List, Reidan and Maya (our Senior ComicCon Correspondent) watch tv shows while we wait out the Hannibal HeAteUs. Currently, they are watching Orphan Black, which is awesome. This has been on hold a little bit while Maya has been in France and Reidan’s life exploded.

The Hollow Crown- the Beeb does Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Airing on PBS in the US starting Sept 20th, and Region 1 DVDs available on Sept 17th (no, this does not make a lot of sense, but here we are). The UK got these ages ago, and by all accounts, it is wonderful.

Kayleigh has been watching The Bridge, an American show that is a version of the Swedish/Danish version called “Bron” in Sweden and “Broen” in Demark, and the UK will be remaking with France but that will be called “Tunnel.”

There are Emmy Nominations. Creative Arts awards happened inbetween recording and posting, and our Queen, Cat Deeley is again an Emmy loser. WE LOVE YOU CAT. Primetime Awards are on Sept 22nd, and Hannibal and Tatiana Maslany was snubbed so we’re mad.

Alina did not make it out to TIFF (shuuuun, shuuuun), but her friend Peter did. Click here to read his TIFF report. Thank you, Peter!

12 Years a Slave Press Conference:

The Congress Trailer

TV premier dates

Sleepy Hollow: Sept 16
Downton Abbey (in the UK) Sept 22 (In the US: Jan 4th)
Elementary Sept 26th (Clyde is a shameless Diva)
Person of Interest, Agents of SHIELD: Sept 24
Hawaii 5-0: Sept 27th
Murdoch Mysteries: Sept 30
Arrow: Oct 9th
Reign: Oct 17th
The Tomorrow People: Oct 9th
Dracula: Oct 25th
Grimm: Oct 25th
Almost Human: Nov 4th
Parks and Rec: Sept 26th
Community: ????? (Oct 19 in our hearts)
Once Upon a Time: Sept 29th
The Blacklist: Sept 23rd

Ben Affleck is your new Batman. A lot of people are cranky about this.

We have actors for the 50 Shades of Grey movie, and a lot of fans aren’t happy about that, either, and launched a petition to get them replaced. (Of course, Charlie Hunnam once famously said he wouldn’t take a role just for the paycheck, but… come on, Charlie.)

Queen JK is doing the script for a NEW POTTERVERSE MOVIE OMG.

Alina has read The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling, and thinks you should too.

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Anglo-Filles Episode 11: You didn’t complain when Watson was a mouse

Sorry this episode is later than usual- we originally recorded a week later than we’d normal do, thanks to nutty schedules, and then the Podcast Gods were angry about something, so we rescheduled, and an avocado was sacrificed, and WE’RE BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER.

Sherlock Holmes has been a part of the cultural consciousness since his inception, and Les Filles discuss (with varying levels of squee) several of them.

(There are spoilers for the end of Elementary at around the 1h45min to 1h55min mark. Proceed at your own risk.)

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First things first: Kayleigh has spent the month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival reviewing many many many shows for The Skinny!

There was also a guy who dressed up as Predator outside a Starbucks everyday. The Skinny gave him Six Stars (out of five).

On to the Holmes of it all!

Watson’s Wives (Reidan thinks he has a bit of a Cartwright Curse problem. Alina and Kayleigh have no idea what that means.)

Arthur Conan Doyle and an Ontario Ghost problem

The Basil Rathbone Era (1939 – 1946)

Russian Holmes (1979 – 1986) You can even get them on Amazon!

Russian Holmes comes complete with pimp cane:

(You can find many, many, many screen caps on Alina’s Tumblr

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Best Villain Song ever:

Jeremy Brett Series (1984 – 1994)

The Guy Ritchie movies (2009, 2011)

Sherlock (2010 – )

Moffat’s “revelation” on Irene Adler.

The Blind Banker and Sherlock’s problem with race.

Elementary (2012 – )

Credits inspired by The Great Mouse Detective

Jonny Lee Miller and his approach to Holmes.

Joan Watson is not impressed with your shit, Sherlock.

EVERYONE’S FAVORITE TORTOISE! CLYDE! (It’s okay, the Elementary writers have said that Clyde is being taken case of by Mrs. Hudson while Joan and Sherlock are in London.) (They know what we like.)

Various adaptations with Sherlock as a cat: Surprisingly accurate

Hannimentary: It’s a thing. It’s a glorious thing.

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Anglo-Filles Episode 10: Power Rangers on Very Expensive Acid

It’s summer! it’s disgustingly hot! it’s time to flee to the movie theaters and watch stuff get blown up and knocked down! A LOT.

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First, we have Kayleigh’s triumphant return from the wilds of Dundee where she reviewed a Scottish version of Let The Right One In. Enjoy!

GO SEE PACIFIC RIM. IT IS AWESOME. This review says it’s like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on really expensive acid. He seems to think this is a detriment. We think it’s a movie we’ll see about eleventy billion times.

Box Office Mojo chart for the summer so far. Numbers for Pacific Rim have improved since we recorded, but GO SEE IT.

Other summer blockbusters we discussed: Man of Steel (meh bordering on liked), Star Trek Into Darkness (really didn’t like), Iron Man 3 (loved), The Lone Ranger (None of us watched, we’ll tell you why!), White House Down (Die Hard in the White House, Alina liked it).

Anne Helen Petersen’s A Concise Case for Leo: The Perfect Gatsby.

I Saw The Lone Ranger So You Don’t Have To: a Native blogger explains the (many, many, many) problems with the representations of Native Americans in The Lone Ranger. Worth a read.

Kyle Kallgren’s Brows Held High review of Dead Man, and why Johnny Depp should know better.

Reel Injun: a documentary about the representation of Natives in film.

I will also note here that I was wrong about Taylor Lautner—he’s not as Native American as I thought. Sorry!

The last couple blockbusters of the summer are The Wolverine (aka This One Doesn’t Suck We Promise!) and Elysium (AKA the 1% live in spaaaaaaaace!). It’s a long hot summer, people. Stay cool.

(Yeah, we noticed there aren’t a lot of women involved in these movies, either.)

Frozen, and Alina’s favorite version of The Snow Queen (in Russian, no subtitles, but pretty!)

Snowpiercer trailer!

Spielberg and Lucas have Things to say about summer blockbusters. They are not flattering and also… really hypocritical.

Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler at Wimbledon. They’re ADORABLE.

As a thank you for helping Hannibal get renewed for a season 2, Mads is buying us all beer. (The beer may be people. We don’t care, Mads is buying us beer.)

Reidan still doesn’t like Pushing Daisies, and Alina and Kayleigh are betrayed.

Upcoming episodes! the fall TV season looks like it’s going to be GEEKTASTIC and we want to discuss it all.

YES THE RUMORS ARE TRUE (you can tell, because we started them): WE ARE DOING AN EPISODE ON HANNIBAL WHERE WE WILL BE JOINED BY THE LOVELY CLEOLINDA.

See you next month!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 9: Incredibly Candy Colored, Extremely Depressing

We are super stoked (like, SUPER STOKED) to have been joined by Hugo Nominated author Seanan McGuire to talk about women in Speculative Fiction, misogyny in the world and out of it, and swearing!

(It almost made up for the sadness of not having Kayleigh this episode. Almost, but not quite.) In important news, the Anglofilles are thrilled that NBC came to the conclusion that renewing Hannibal was the right thing to do, and we will be doing an episode on Hannibal in the fall.

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Seanan McGuire has written a LOT of urban fantasy, and you can follow her on Twitter at @seananmcguire, on tumblr at seananmcguire, on livejournal at http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/, and her website is here. You can also find her under her pen name of Mira Grant, where she writes horror, zombies, bloggers, and parasitic tapeworms.

Phew.

The first book of the October Daye series: Rosemary and Rue
The first book of the InCryptid Series: Discount Armageddon
The Kindle Serial: Indexing
First book in the Newsflesh trilogy: Feed
And her hardcover Parasite due out on October 29th.

Science Fiction Writers of America Bulletin: Mike Resnick and Barry Malzberg dialogue sparks internet shitstorm!

This linkspam has a scan of one of the Dialogues in question, in which they double down and accuse everyone of censoring them.

Jim C. Hines does a Roundup of people who have some things to say to Resnick and Malzberg (it’s nice how all these authors are keeping LJ going, yeah?)

Cover flips! Maureen Johnson comes up with what covers would look like if classic books had been written by authors of the opposite gender. It’s hysterical and awesome and painfully true.

Jim C Hines tries to contort himself into ways that women are contorted in many SF/F covers.

Revisiting a techrec from January: Calibre e-reader management software: Possibly the best ebook management software available right now.* First thing first: it’s free; no ads, no trials, just out there for your ebooking needs. It features a versatile tagging system, the ability to download metainfo (including covers), a robust format conversation system, it can be used to sync your ebook collection to virtually any ereaders and smartphone, and supports third-party plug-ins for virtually any need that the default software fails to fulfill (e.g., syncing to your Goodreads shelf).

*Absolutely no research was done to substantiate this claim

Other authors we talked about: The Labyrinths of Echo, Anne McCaffery, Robin McKinnley, Diane Wynne Jones, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Mercedes Lackey, Tanya Huff, Elizabeth Bear, Catherine Valenti. There are a TON of female SF/F writers we didn’t get to mention, so leave your favorite in the comments!

Special thanks to Seanan for joining us! Happy reading!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 8: Spanish Revenge Machine

Episode 8 is live, where it’s all Princess bride, all the time. WITH SPECIAL GUEST MARK OSHIRO

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25th Anniversary EW photo.

“Anyway, here’s the ‘good parts’ version. S. Morgenstern wrote it. And my father read it to me. And now I give it to you. What you do with it will be of more than passing interest to us all.”

We are joined by HUGO NOMINATED FAN WRITER Mark Oshiro, of Mark Does Stuff. He runs a large, diverse internet book and TV club where he’s the one who hasn’t read the book. It’s good stuff!

Currently on Mark Reads: Tamora Pierce’s entire bibliography (he is currently on First Test and just finishing up Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy.

Currently on Mark Watches: Friday Night Lights and The West Wing with double features of Dead Like Me, leading to the rest of the Bryan Fuller-Verse.

(Speaking of the Bryan Fuller-Verse: NBC DO THE RIGHT THING AND RENEW HANNIBAL PLEASE.)

The Princess Bride; S. Morgansterns’s Classic tale of True Love and High Adverntureon Amazon

Mark Read the Princess Bride as if Morgenstern was real (hint: we know he’s not) and pissed off half the internet, it seems. It was glorious.

OLD SKOOL COVER (share the pain)

The movie is basically the platonic ideal of a movie adaptation. If you haven’t watched it, you are really missing out.

Spiritual successors: Stardust (2008) and A Series of Unfortunate Events

Alina’s Tech Rec for this month was a thoroughly researched and completely scientific presentation and not at all just a run-on spiel of her opinions on the various e-reading apps she uses: Kindle Versus Kobo! For those who use a smartphone or tablet as their ereader, the main choices of apps are between the official Kindle and Kobo apps. I find Kindle a slightly smoother reading experience. Kobo, on the other hand, has a much easier table-of-contents navigation, the reasons for Kindle decided to hide theirs behind layers of menus escape me. I’d like to hold a moment of silence for Stanza, it was my favourite independent ereading app for a long time. Nowadays, when I need a third alternative, as an Android user, I turn to Aldiko. If the big-name, store-tied apps aren’t your thing, then Aldiko is probably what you’re looking for.

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Anglo-Filles Episode 7: RESEARCH PURPOSES

Welcome to episode 7, where we talk about Sexed Up Historical Dramas. (Note: we talk about sex a LOT because that was kind of the topic. There’s a lot of sex, is what I’m saying.)

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First things first: Reidan is in Boston, and was not near the bombings, she’s okay. The Boston mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick set up OneFund Boston as a way to funnel donations. If you could toss in a couple bucks, that would be awesome. Thank you.

IMDB links for the various shows we discussed:

I, Claudius

Rome

The Tudors

The Borgias

Carnivale

Vikings

The Other Boleyn Girl: BBC version.

If you would like to read more:

Tudors: Anything by Alison Weir

Borgias: The Borgias and Their Enemies

Rome: God, I have to pick just one? Livia: First Lady of Rome

List of Sexually Active Popes

Enjoy!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 6: Austenpalooza 2013

Welcome to episode 3, where we talk about ALL THINGS JANE AUSTEN.

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, an on-line vlog adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. We talk about it for a long time, and there are some legitimate criticisms, including Courtney Milan’s Tumblr. (Courtney is a romance author and also a lawyer type person, and we love her.)

Austenland! Book and The Movie.

ITV did a whole thing of Austen adaptations in the late 2000′s:
Sense and Sensibility (Excellent)
Emma (Excellent)
Persuasion (Good)
Mansfield Park (It’s Mansfield Park, it’s still dull)
Northanger Abbey (EXCELLENT)

Lost In Austen – well produced self-insert fanfic and what happens when someone who knows the story ends up in the story and promptly accidentally starts fucking everything up.

The Jane Austen Book Club.

The weird Austen + monstersgenre: Good Reads list including Pride and Platypus, which is basically Kayleigh-bait (she’ll report back). Also a post-apocalyptic version of Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars.

Other things:

Only 11% of Stitcher’s top 100 podcasts are hosted by women, from the NPR Fresh Air tumblr, which is one of the reasons we started this podcast. Other podcasts hosted by women: Made of Fail’s own Strangers From the Internet , Stuff You Missed in History Class, Stuff Mom Never Told You, Fucking While Feminist*, Dear Bitches, Smart Author Podcast* and Grammar Girl.

*Full disclosure: Fucking While Feminist is my roommate’s podcast, and I am the WORST ROOMMATE EVER because I completely forgot to mention it during the show. WORST. ROOMMATE. EVER. (I also forgot to mention Dear Bitches, Smart Authors, which is the romance novel podcast with Sarah from Smart Bitches and Jane from Dear Author, but THAT ONE IS NOT RECORDED IN MY DINING ROOM.)

Kickstarter campaigns! Kevin (exec Producer, founder, all around god of the Made of Fail universe) has started the Morbacon Theater company, because he had some spare time to kill or something, and they are running a kickstarter for their first production: Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters. Help Morbacon out!

There’s gonna be a fan-supported Veronica Mars Movie! They made their goal within ten hours, but more money mean more brooding and smoldering (possibly in space).

Brian Fuller has stated that he is “looking into” the possibility of a fan supported Pushing Daises movie. There is nothing beyond that, but watch the internets for more detail.

Updates!
Stoker was released in limited release on march 1st
Hannibal premieres on NBC on April 4th (but if you follow Kayleigh on twitter, you knew that)
Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is being released on June 7th, and since we have been agitating for a release date since November, we’re totally taking credit for this. YOU ARE WELCOME.

Alina’s Tech Rec: Google Reader is soon to be no more! How could Google betray us like this? As we pick up the broken pieces of our RSS feeds, we ask ourselves one question, “Where do we go from here?” My answer is: feedly.com. It’s not ideal, but after trying out several alternatives, Feedly is the one I think I’m going to stick with. I was looking for something web-based, like GR was, but Feedly also has iPhone and Android mobile apps. It should be noted that are many options out there. FeedBooster was another that caught my eye. You can also check out this post from How-To Geek for their sizable list of recommendations (note that FeedDemon, second on that list, is also closing down)

Also includes special appearances from Kayleigh’s mum, dad, and allegedly the dog was there the whole time.

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Anglo-Filles Episode 5: I feel like the Grimms are speciesist

Episode 5, where we are joined by Noel, who is determined to inject himself into every facet of the Made of Fail Family, and we talk fairy tales, the 10th Kingdom, and other stuff.

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My notes for what should be in the show notes are at home, and I am not, so this is…. sort of recreated from memory.

The leatherbound Brothers Grimm!

Thie new Philip Pullman Brother’s Grimm!

The 10th Kingdom DVDs You can also watch on Netflix Instant for now.

Grimm, on NBC. Fridays, 9/8 Central.

Once Upon a Time, on ABC. Sundays at 8/7 Central. You can also watch the first season on Netflix Instant.

There were a whole bunch of other books we talked about, but I can’t remember them all. I know Patricia Wrede and Gregory Maguire were in there, and we also talked about the national travesty that Canada recently suffered with the new Anne of Green Gables cover.

You can find Noel on twitter as @NoelCT, on Livejournal, on The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase, The Monthly Midnight Movie Exchange, and I Hate/Love Remakes.

Telltale Games is partnering with WB to create games based on Fables.

Alina’s tech rec this month: Rough Draft is a free word processor with a user interface designed to make life and work easy for writers. It won’t have all the features MS Word has that make academic essays look so polished, but I highly recommend it for personal works. It has modes for scripts versus prose, has spellcheck functionality (you do have to additionally download a free dictionary called WordWeb). I particularly like its use of tabs for different files and the side-panel notepad.

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Anglo-Filles Episode 4: Not everyone wants to live in a Hobbit Hole, Peter Jackson

We welcome the lovely Cleolinda Jones for her movie mania and awards seasons awareness and add her accent to our collection.

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This episode we discuss the awards season, our predictions for the Oscars and SAG awards, the Golden Globes and how gif friendly they were, and we go off on a few tangents. Well, some. Well, a lot. This is a long ass episode.

Some of out favorite Golden Globes Gifs:

Tommy Lee Jones Smiles Like This:

Leo Had a Dream His Life Would Be So Much Different:

Amy Poelher finds her rebound man:

Taylor Swift has a new person to write a song about:

Drunk Glenn Close

SAG nominations

Oscar Nominations

A write-in vote for Affleck as Best Director:

Music from Looper

Beasts of the Southern Wild and the Golden GLobes

Best Animated Short Fresh Guacamole:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQMO6vjmkyI

Documentaries: Queen of Versailles and Searching for Sugar Man

Upcoming shows and movies we are excited about: Stoker , Hannibal, Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters (in 3D)

Alina’s Tech Rec:
Calibre ebook management: Possibly the best ebook management software available right now.* First thing first: it’s free; no ads, no trials, just out there for your ebooking needs. It features a versatile tagging system, the ability to download metainfo (including covers), a robust format conversation system, it can be used to sync your ebook collection to virtually any ereaders and smartphone, and supports third-party plug-ins for virtually any need that the default software fails to fulfill (e.g., syncing to your Goodreads shelf).

*Absolutely no research was done to substantiate this claim

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Anglo-Filles Episode 3: CONSTANT VIGILANCE

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Fake Geek Girls are A Problem, according to Tony Harris. We think he and people who think like him are full of shit.

Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency. Also a link to her (closed) kickstarter, Tropes Versus Women in Video Games.

The #onereasonwhy hashtag on Twitter, talking about why there are fewer women in the gaming industry than men.

Entertainment Software Association’s 2012 Stats on game players.

Dad gives Link a sex change for his Zelda playing daughter.

The Hawkeye Initiative, Escher Girls, Boobs don’t work that way.

Gamer Mama!

A Rennerful Romance Novel review at Smart Bitches. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Star Trek trailer!

James Gunn’s past comes back to haunt him.

All sort of Hobbit-full news! Interview with peter Jackson, in which he touches on the Tolkien Estate having some issue with the movies.

The Enclyclopedia of Arda, for all your fake geeking needs.

Stephen Colbert’s Best Week Ever: The Pundit: or Colbert and Back Again

Alina’s Tech Rec: MusicBee is a great iTunes alternative – for Android phone users who need desktop software that syncs with their phone and just for anyone who doesn’t want to use iTunes. It can import iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries, making switching easy. (Note: iTunes does not DRM protect music.) It has all the features you’d want in a robust digital music library software, such as tag management and downloading album information, and it can be used to subscribe to and organize podcasts (such as this one, hint hint).

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Anglo-Filles Episode 2: Basically we blame Disney for everything.

Welcome to episode 2! We say things.

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Kayleigh got into her Master’s Program at the University of Edinbrugh!

Reidan passed the Massachusetts bar exam and is looking for a big girl lawyer job!

Good things to come out this endless election cycle:
Is Nate Silver a Witch?
and the trending twitter topic “Drunk Nate Silver.” “Drunk Nate Silver does not say ‘Call Me Maybe’, he know precisely where and when.”

Movies we discussed in a fairly non-spoilery manner:
Cloud Atlas
and Skyfall

Also mentioned: Toronto International Film Festival, Dredd, Looper, Premium Rush, Lincoln.

Disney buys Lucasfilm, everyone waits to see what fresh hell this might mean.

Proposals for Star Wars directors:

Episode VII


Episode VIII


Episode IX

Release dates we are demanding (and someone should get on): Whedon’s Much Ado, DVDs for the Tennant/Tate Much Ado, and the Hiddleston Hollow Crown.

Russian Fantasy Books we discussed:
The Stranger
,
Night Watch
, The Master and Margarita


The Star article on online sex ed

One Direction fanfic article

Alina’s Tech Rec: Firefox Sync (and Google Chrome’s account sing-in feature) – first and foremost, it’s a simple way to bring your desktop bookmarks to your smartphone or tablet (or to a second computer). It can also be a simple way to get your bookmarks back if, say, your computer’s problems pissed you off so much that you did a fresh install of Windows without backing anything up so then your wife had to show you that you can use your smartphone and Sync to get at least your browser back the way it was and that’s only because she sync’ed it for you in the first place. You know, as an example.

With a Special Guest Appearance by Kayleigh’s mom.

Comment, questions, concerns, feedback and snide remarks can be sent to anglofilles@gmail.com

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