Episode 50: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Andi and Lise celebrate their 50th show with the 2015 movie Mad Max: Fury Road, an Oscar-winning post-apocalyptic tour de force with overt and covert feminist themes. Fury Road’s pulse-pounding pacing, gorgeous and brutal cinematography, and tight writing intertwine into layers of characterization and narrative. Don’t let the title fool you; Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa is the focus, here, and her journey both literal and thematic provide the underlying structure of the movie while Tom Hardy’s Max is the viewer’s window into Furiosa’s life and motivations when he’s thrown into her escape plan from a tyrannical ruler. The alliance Furiosa and Max forge while they race to escape the clutches of Immortan Joe and his forces is masterful story-telling, and will stay with you long after the movie ends. 

Find out more: 
The Verge 
Interview with director George Miller, NPR 
Screenrant, behind the scenes 
iO9, interview with Tom Hardy 
Charlize Theron on Fury Road, Elle 
Charlize Theron interview 

Also, Lise geeked out about the Netflix animated series The Dragon Prince, and Andi shared her thoughts on the movie Alita: Battle Angel.

Episode 49: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

This week, Andi and Lise gush over the 2018 Netflix animated reboot of She-Ra Princess of Power, which is now She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (note the plural). Fab artist and writer Noelle Stevenson is the showrunner (and the writing team is all women); you’ve heard Andi and Lise rave about her with regard to her work on Lumberjanes and Nimona. The new She-Ra explores character development and the relationships between characters (something Stevenson does really well) as well as the ramifications of choices they made. 

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil. –Fandom Wiki

Further info: 

IMDB: The original She-Ra 

SyFyWire: 32 reasons why She-Ra is the best thing ever 

Polygon: breakdown of the characters and how they’ve changed 

Screenrant: updated She-Ra voice cast and character guide 

The Verge: Noelle Stevenson talking about She-Ra

This week Lise geeked out about the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, while Andi recommitted herself to the movies of Star Wars.

Episode 48: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Lise and Andi rave about (and discuss) the first book in the Wayfarer series by sci fi author Becky Chambers, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (2015). 

Human Rosemary is running from her past, and lands a job on the Wayfarer, a wormhole-punching ship whose crew is made up of a variety of sentient beings (some humanoid, some not), and the ship’s AI stitched together into a family of sorts and working toward common goals. The crew lands a major contract for a wormhole job, but the job comes with some risks. This is the crew’s journey to that job, told through 9 different POVs of the crew members.  

It’s a fabulously-wrought road trip space opera with gorgeous world-building expressed through Chambers’ characters and their interpersonal relationships and cultural and historical backgrounds, which reveal themselves in layers. The characters that populate this beautifully written journey make this debut unforgettable and Andi and Lise are pretty sure that when you read it, you’ll immediately read the next two books in the series and then read the whole thing again. 

Find Becky Chambers at her website. 
Read an interview with her at CulturedVultures. 
Find out more about The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet at io9 and the Tor.com blog. 

Plus, Lise geeks out about the lesfic novel Ask Me Again, by E.J. Noyes, while Andi talks about the show that kept her going through her recent bout of illness: Legacies.

Episode 47: Nimona

Andi and Lise are complete fangirls of the graphic novel (and National Book Award finalist) Nimona, written and drawn by Noelle Stevenson, part of the creative team behind Lumberjanes and currently the showrunner of Netflix’s She-Ra: Princesses of Power.

Stevenson originally posted Nimona as a webcomic while working on her art degree. It was then published in book form by HarperTeen. Nimona is infused with elements of fantasy and science fiction and follows the story of a young woman who wants to be the sidekick/squire to Lord Ballister Blackheart, formerly a staunch enforcer of the law until his best friend blew one of his arms off after which Blackheart began to follow his own moral code. Throw in a shady kingdom with shady officials secretly manufacturing bioweapons along with Nimona’s cloaked and traumatic past, and you have a recipe for a brilliant story that deals with not only larger contexts and the ramifications of choices made, but also the hurt and healing that can come from interpersonal relationships.

Totally appropriate for YA and younger.

Find out more:
Noelle Stevenson
Nimona
Cory Doctorow on Nimona

This week Andi and Lise geeked out over the TV show She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and River Solomon’s novel An Unkindness of Ghosts.

Episode 46: Christmas Moviepalooza

Andi and Lise are doing a top 10 Christmas movie roundup! And most likely, it’s not going to be what you expect. Because…well, Andi and Lise! 

So grab your eggnog or beer or whatever and hang out for this nutty film talk about what we watch to get us into the mood this time of year. 

 Lise: Nightmare Before Christmas (1993); Home Alone (1990); The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992); Scrooged (1988); The Ref (1994) 

Honorable mention: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (1966) 

 Andi: The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996); Die Hard (1998); Scrooged (1988); Gremlins (1984); Enemy of the State (1998) 

Honorable Mention: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 

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This week, Lise also geeked out over the graphic novel Nimona written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson. Andi discussed her thoughts after watching the movie Mortal Engines in the theater.

Happy whatever you celebrate!

Episode 45: My Favorite Murder

Andi and Lise are losing their minds over the My Favorite Murder podcast, which is hosted by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. MFM is a “weekly true crime comedy podcast” in which Karen and Georgia take turns on each episode to talk about a particular crime they researched. They also do mini-episodes that feature stories from listeners. The podcast has taken off and now there are live podcasts to audiences of thousands, and a fandom that operates not only as fans (murderinos), but as a community that launches projects, opens local chapters, and creates lasting connections. 

My Favorite Murder website 

Find out more in these articles about the podcast and its hosts: 

The Atlantic 
Rolling Stone 
Washington Post 
The Week

This week Lise was watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Andi was geeking out over the Arrowverse “Elseworld” crossover event.

Episode 44: NaNoWriMo

Andi and Lise discuss the annual giant writing event, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, in which participants hammer out a short novel of 50,000 words over the course of November. They tell you what it is, how it works, what some strategies might be to help you approach your NaNo writing project, offer their own experiences doing it, and remind you not to freak out.

If you’re a novice writer, NaNo is a great way to see what the professional writing life is like, because it requires you to write every day if you want to hit that 50,000-word mark by the end of the month. It also provides structure and a writing community, which is really valuable because you need critique to help you grow as a writer.

There other types of writing events, too:

Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo)

National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo)

National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo)

And this week, Lise recommends the medical mystery/weirdness podcast Sawbones while Andi implores people to please watch the CW series Legends of Tomorrow.

Episode 43: Halloween Movie Extravaganza

This week, Andi and Lise share some of their fave scary movies in honor of Halloween! Also, they drink beer and employ bad Halloween accents.

Lise:

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Alien 3 (1992)

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) BECAUSE OF COURSE OMG

Andi:

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Signs (2002)

Alien (1979)

Night of the Living Dead (1968) 50TH ANNIVERSARY, Y’ALL!

Bonus! Lise also recommends Resident Evil (2002—holy crap, Milla Jovovich) and Andi recommends Get Out (2017).

And this week, Lise is raving about author Seanan McGuire’s work, particularly The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, while Andi got all kinds of feels watching the scifi robot fight circuit movie Real Steel. (srsly. Weepy.)

Episode 42: Gatekeeping in Geek Culture

Andi and Lise discuss gatekeeping in fandom, and how it excludes many already-marginalized groups from participating in fan culture, including various elements of it like cosplay.

They also discuss how fandoms and pop culture are reflections of the larger society in which they exist, and Lise brings up how that might keep women and other marginalized people from going into STEM fields.

Sadly, gatekeeping isn’t something that is imposed on marginalized groups by a non-marginalized group. LGBTQ gatekeeping occurs, too, and Andi and Lise discuss how that was exemplified by the announcement that gender-fluid lesbian actress Ruby Rose would be portraying Batwoman in the forthcoming Arrowverse crossover event on the CW. Rose was accused of “not being queer enough” and had to leave social media because of the harassment along those lines directed toward her.

For further reference:

Andi mentioned Heather Hogan’s article on Autostraddle about the new Dr. Who. Here’s the link.

Also, Clare McBride at SyFy Wire did an op-ed called “ ‘Not Gay Enough’: Ruby Rose, Gatekeeping, and Toxic Fandom.” Link here.

Lise mentioned a YouTube video by Jessie Gender about gatekeeping in queer culture. Catch the link here.

For more information on what Andi and Lise are geeking out about right now, check out Orc Haven by Beryll and Osiri Brackhaus, and The Gifted on Fox.

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