Anglo-Filles Episode 29: Why is the rum gone?

Welcome to Episode 29, wherein Les Filles discuss adaptations- book to screen, stage to screen, screen to stage to screen again. Relatedly, Reidan saw Fifty Shades of Grey. There might have been rum involved.

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Spoilers for Fifty Shades, LOTR, Gone Girl, Mockingjay Part 1, Game of Thrones, Kingsman. Discussion of Harry Potter, Wheel of Time, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, Jonathan Norrell and Mr. Strange, Wolf Hall, The Devil Wears Prada, and others.

Fifty Shades review with Amanda on Smart Bitches

More discussion with Sarah on the DBSA podcast.

All sorts of things have happened in the world of the Fifty Shades moves since we recorded- Sam Taylor Johnson might be pulling out, there are rumors that Dornan won’t be returning, and EL James is rumored to be demanding to write the scripts for the next two movies.

Wheel of Time pilot that sorta happened

Casual Vacancy trailer

Jonathan Norell and Mr. Strange clip

Wolf Hall trailer


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Anglo-Filles Episode 28: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

Welcome to episode 28, where Les Filles discuss with varying degrees of rage about the awards season, the Oscar nominations, idiots who use phones in movie theaters, and Kayleigh’s abridged soliloquy on Bradley Cooper, bastion of cis white male privilege.

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Gillian Anderson on The Nerdist

Apparently Hannibal won’t air until summer, but there’s lots in the spring to keep you amused.

Golden Globes Nominees and Winners

Mark Reads 50 Shades of Grey

Jamie Dornan Godwins himself.

Academy Award Nominees

Academy demographics chart- 93% white, 77% male.

Pop Culture Happy Hour did an episode on Selma and on accuracy in movies.

Ana DuVernay Rolling Stone interview

New York Book Review and accuracy in The Imitation Game.

Penny Dreadful trailer


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Anglo-Filles Episode 27: Alina’s Best Day Ever

Welcome to Episode 27, where Les Filles talk with author, screenwriter, and Alina’s personal hero Diane Duane!

Diane spoke to us from the Library Bar in Dublin, after having seen The Battle of the Five Armies. After the episode is over, stay tuned for a bit on her reaction (No spoilers).

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Diane Duane is the author of the Young Wizards Series, “Where No One Has Gone Before”, a season one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, several Star Trek novels, “The Hounds of Ulster” and “Ill Met By Moonlight” episodes of Gargoyles, and SO MANY OTHER THINGS.

You can find Diane on Twitter, Tumblr, on the web, and in her ebook store.

Diane has given her readers a tag to out on things they don’t want her to read: NotyouDD

A 100% accurate representation of Alina in the days leading up to recording:

A 100% accurate representation of Alina during recording:

A 100% accurate representation of Reidan editing:

What we hope is a 100% accurate representation of you listening:

We want to thank Diane for talking with us, and wish all of our listeners a happy holiday season! We’ll see you in 2015!

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Anglo-Filles Episode 26: This Is What Happens When You Cancel Quidditch

Welcome to Episode 26 of Anglo-Filles! We review the fall tv season with varying degrees of “well so that happened.”

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Made of Fail has new management! Dayna and Kevin have given power over to Cleolinda Jones and Emily Whitten, and we are super excited that our Aunties now have custody of us.

Gotham – It’s kind of Batman.

The Flash – It’s not as serious as Arrow!

Jane the Virgin – Pure Unapologetic Telenovela and knows it.

Constantine – Not as bad as it could be- check out the boys at A Matter of Taste, they’re doing reviews of each episode.

Heroes is coming back, no one knows why.

NBC’s Live production of Peter Pan on Dec 4th. It will be the best night on twitter ever.

Webshows- The Adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy

Transparent – Amazon

Forever – “a perfect show to fold your clothes to.”

State of Affairs – perfectly curled ponytails at 2 am

How To Get Away With Murder – Soapy, Campy, Ridiculous

Stalker is evil. Critics hate it, people watch it, it got renewed, and this is why we can’t have nice things.

Sleepy Hollow – Sophomore Slumps Sucks

Agent Carter – Jan 6th, CANNOT WAIT

Agents of SHIELD


Selfie – Cho and Gillan pygmalion at each other.

Last Week Tonight: SALMON CANNON

BREAKING NEWS: Tom Cruise approached for mentor role in Highlander reboot. Kayleigh about dies.

We’ll be back at you next month! American listeners, happy Thanksgiving! Canadian listeners, happy belated Thanksgiving! Everyone else, uh, Happy Fourth Thursday in November!


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Anglo-Filles Episode 25: Pantsless Research

Welcome to episode 25, in which we kick off our third year with a special guest. Maya joins us to talk about all the things that books, TV, and film get wrong. She brings with her some scientific perspective, to round out our already fairly comprehensive litany of legal and cultural complaints.


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Reign. Good god why?!


A glossary of terms:
Potato Rage
Black Footed Ferret

The books of Grace Burrowes

Heathcliffing on the moor


How To Get Away With Murder

Rome and The Tudors (look at Anne Boleyn’s loose, flowing locks)

Pregnesia (there’s never a reason not to talk about Pregnesia)

Han Solo’s Kessel Run

Reidan’s review of Into the Storm.

K-19: The Widowmaker aka the movie that broke Alina with crackers.


BARTLET I really don't know from where you guys get the nerve.

NADIA From a long, hard winter, Mr. President.

ALINA slowly slides to the floor and crawls under her desk,
burning with embarrassment and shame.

Fargo (because we didn’t want Minnesota to feel left out)


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Anglo-Filles Episode 24: In Spite Of

Welcome to episode 24, which brings us to two years worth of content! This month, Les Filles discuss video games, video gamers, and the terrible things that have been happening the past month (months, years) to women in video games.

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After an ex-boyfriend launched an angry tirade against her online, supposedly exposing a potentially conflicting relationship between herself and a games journalist, Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn found herself on the receiving end of doxxing, harassment, threats and accusations that she was public enemy number one in the battle to expose corruption in games journalism.

A debate on the subject soon followed, using the Twitter hashtag #GamerGate, although Quinn later exposed that as a 4Chan cover to harass her and like-minded women who dare to call out sexism in gaming (Anita Sarkeesian also found herself unable to return to her own home due to threats).

Feminist Frequency: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games- Women as Background Decoration 2

Trigger warning on these threats that drove Anita Sarkeesian from her home.

The Extinction Burst theory. says people threatened by equality are not welcome.

Comics Alliance responds to GamerGate.

Magic: The Gathering and women WaPo article.


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Anglo-Filles Episode 23: Peak John Williams

Music is food for the ears and the soul. We feed your soul (….that sounds appropriately creepy) with our Senior Music Correspondent (Or just Music Correspondent, depending on the timestamp) Ian, from A Matter of Taste!

Ian also composed and recorded our awesome new theme music! You can find him personally on Tumblr at Making New Mistakes. You can follow A Matter of Taste on Blogspot, Tumblr, and Twitter.

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Composers we talked about:

Hans Zimmer Gladiator, Inception, The Lion King

Howard Shore
Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silence of the Lambs

James Newton Howard
The Village, The Last Airbender, Maleficent, The Hunger Games

Klaus Badelt
Pirates of the Carribean, K-19: The Widowmaker

Danny Elfman
Spiderman, Batman, Dick Tracy, Oingo Boingo

Thomas Newman
A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

A.R. Rahman
Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours.

Tyler Bates
Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen

John Ottman
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Trent Reznor
The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

John Williams
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, Lincoln

Ramin Djawadi
Pacific Rim, Game of Thrones, Iron Man

Bruno Coulais
Coraline, Don Juan

Trevor Morris
The Tudors, The Borgias, The Pillars of the Earth

Harry Gregson Williams
The Chronicles of Narnia, Prometheus

Brian Reitzell
Hannibal, 30 Days of Night

Alan Menkin
Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Pocahontas

Bear McCreary
Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, Outlander

David Newman
Throw Momma From the Train, Matilda

Yoko Kanno
Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell

Wendy Carlos
Tron (Original flavor), A Clockwork Orange, The Shining

Rachel Portman
Belle, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything- Julie Newmar

James Horner
Titanic, Braveheart, Avatar

Akira Yamaoka
Silent Hill (Games and movies)

Nobuo Uematsu

Indiana Jones Theme:

Superman Theme

Watchmen Opening Credits

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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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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


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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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


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:

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!


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


10 Things I Hate About You
Scotland PA
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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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.


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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.


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, 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.


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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