October 5, 2015
by katie

Smart ladies love movies, this week in trailers, October 5, 2015

Movie Trailer Monday

Each week I review movie trailers that came out the previous week or for movies that are about to premiere. Some of these movies I am excited about, some I am mildly curious about, and the rest I make fun of!

Notable movies coming out this weekend

Big Stone Gap

This movie is either TERRIBLE or the kind of wacky small town movie I love –based on cast I’m hoping it’s the latter. [It’s based on a (probably not amazing) book, takes place in my beautiful home state of Virginia and Patrick Wilson wears one piece thermal underwear. I’M IN. -M]

Addicted To Fresno, is out onDemand and for Rent

This looks AMAZING! We love everyone in this AND bonus it’s directed by a lady! [So many awesome ladies in one place!!!! Even the dudes are my favorites. And is that Bleached in the trailer? -M]

Movies I can’t wait to see in an ACTUAL theater

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, November 20, 2015

After November we will not have Peeta to kick around anymore and that makes me so sad. [I just want Josh Hutcherson to host SNL again. This trailer is hella corny and sadly Peeta-lite. Seeing you-know-who in the trailer totally makes me cry. I can’t even type his name. -M]

The 5th Wave, January 15, 2016

Out with the old YA female fronted movie franchise, in with the NEW (ALSO we have the other YA female series but that one is kind of boring). I actually have no idea if this is a franchise, all I know is that it stars Chloe Grace Moretz (who I only sometimes appreciate, mainly just 30 Rock) and is in a post apocalyptic setting (aren’t they all).  I would love to put this in the worst category but I think we ALL know I’m totally going to see this quite possibly in the theater. It also from this trailer looks like there might be a love triangle. [There is no way I will see this but note that this is the second movie we are featuring today that stars Ron Livingston. This reminds me a little bit of Pacific Rim but without a shirtless Charlie Hunnam so NO THANKS.  -M]

I won’t go to an ACTUAL theater but will pay for it on Amazon

Burnt, October 23, 2015

This trailer feels like the CliffsNotes version of the movie –I could have done without the smug kid. It still looks like something I will enjoy on HBO. [I would totally see this in the theater, preferably on one of those nights when movies are $6. While I have learned to appreciate her clothes, I still don’t like Sienna Miller’s acting. It’s funny, for a picky eater, I sure love to watch things about food. It’s like being obsessed with running when you have a broken leg. -M]

The Divergent Series: Allegiant, March 18, 2016

This is a first film based on the final book in this series, the second will be titled The Divergent Series: Ascendant which just makes me hate everything about the film industry –these books are like 300 pages they will fit in one movie. I have seen every movie in this series and despite good actors, they are kind of boring. [I have no patience for these movies, I feel like they were only filmed to make money, there’s no passion or interest in them, unlike The Hunger Games. -M]

You would have to PAY me to see it in an ACTUAL theater

The Choice, February 5, 2016

Nicholas Sparks movies are my crack AND like crack, they are not very good for you. Both Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker are so bland they make Shannon from Lost seem like a pip. [Until the last twenty seconds of this trailer, I was like, “So, who gets cancer? Did someone die in 9/11? Does someone befriend a ghost? I can’t tell!!!” And then BOOM, car accident! But, Katie, we will totally see this when it’s free on demand. -M]

October 2, 2015
by melissa

Smart ladies love lists, Pop-culture-a-go-go, October 2, 2015


Every week, I post what I have been listening to, watching and reading lately.


With a major rain storm hitting the east coast RIGHT NOW, I thought I’d make a playlist of some of my favorite songs about rain to listen to while the wind is beating on your windows and you’re scared shitless you’ll lose power. It’s only an hour, yet it includes Patrick Swayze, Cheryl Cole AND Destroyer. Enjoy. 😉



I have been spending more time than ever watching TV. Everything–The Voice, the shows I mention here, but also catching up on The Affair and Masters of Sex with our free Showtime–and I think the nondiscriminatory method that I’m bringing to me TV viewing is really helping me enjoy it more. Would I have watched Minority Report in the past? It might have made it onto the DVR but I likely would delete it after six months of inactivity like Revolution and Alcatraz.

I’m letting go and not feeling guilty at all about shirking responsibilities. While I am reading less, I feel more relaxed and I’m spending more time with friends. I know that not hiding under my blankets playing Two Dots could be because I’m happier at work, or that yoga and running have changed my outlook, or that I  just have more free time (no grad school, and sadly, fewer posts here). When I haven’t been boozing it up with my friends this week, I have watched the following shows I have attempted to review in two sentences:


Minority Report: Stark Sands is definitely the strongest actor out of the two leads, which I really notice–I hope Meagan Good can ease into sci-fi a little better–but Wilmer Valderrama sticks out like the giant F-list celebrity screwer that he is, and it’s really distracting. I’m mildly interested in where the plot is headed, and it reminds me of Fringe in early seasons with part storyline, part procedural (preventing murders each week).


Quantico: I picked a winner–I added this to the DVR based solely on the trailer in our TV preview post, and I LOVED the first episode. I was hoping it would be similar to The Good Wife, but we are in a post-Shonda world (what was I thinking??) and Quantico is a semi-serious drama that seems to touch on sexism, racism and working for the FBI with a heaping side of crazy soapy fun.


Scream Queens: In every Ryan Murphy show I’ve watched, he makes his evil characters mouthpieces for using really racist/ableist/sexist language, and I think he does it to try to show how truly evil those people (they are so evil they make fun of people with disabilities!) are but it’s lazy, cliche, and it’s starting to reflect poorly on him–like he’s really the bully here. But the clothes in this show are FABULOUS and so are Jamie Lee Curtis, Nasim Pedrad and Niecy Nash.



Since I’ve become aware of tumblr feminism and its media arm, Rookie, I have felt very warm and squishy inside towards millennial feminists. They have an even greater knowledge of history and are even more anti-patriarchy than I was at their age (and I majored in Women’s Studies!) but now they have the additional experience of growing up in a world surrounded by words like “intersectional feminism” and people like Laverne Cox. It’s just too wonderful. Adding to that millennial-feminism-excitement is the Lenny newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, which, in the first issue, is more diverse than Girls as a whole.

The first newsletter showed up in my box Tuesday and it’s great. Besides the requisite interview with Hillary Clinton (but they talk about her shoulder dress which is wonderful), there’s a recurring piece on less known female writers and artists (this time, June Jordan, who was generally amazing, but she also created an unrealized redesign plan for Harlem), one woman’s experience with queer marriage, the triumphant return of Jessica Grose (well, to me, I am sure she has been doing other things), who has a Rookie-esque advice column about women’s health, sponsored by Planned Parenthood, and a mostly photos-free trend piece about denim.

I don’t know what Dunham and Konner have planned in the not-so-distant future for Lenny–a website? book? world domination?–but I am happy to have these emails.

Related: this fantastic post about how women are choosing newsletters over blogging and other forms of expressing.

What pop culture have you been getting into this week?

September 30, 2015
by katie

Smart ladies love movies, all the award season trailers

Good movie are coming!!!

That’s right kids the Good Movies are coming!!!

With TIFF, Venice, and Telluride comes the start of awards season (and Vulture’s Oscar Futures). It also means all the best movies are released –THANK GOD!

45 Years

Charlotte Rampling looks amazing in this British movie about a secret that comes back to haunt or just muddle a couple about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. [Awwww I love when couples are together for a super long time but this is too depressing for me, despite all the great sweaters. -M]

99 Homes

Michael Shannon was apparently the best thing in Freeheld (we totally called that) but his best bet at an Oscar nomination is in this film about the housing crisis. Andrew Garfield (and his terrifying neck) and SLLS fave Laura Dern also star. [I find Andrew Garfield less annoying in movies like this. Michael Shannon is such a fantastic actor and I am so glad he’s finally getting attention. -M]

Beasts of No Nation

I do not like movies in which children are in peril but I do like movies that will get Idris Elba the recognition he deserves as one of the best actors working (also him in a tux on red-carpets). [Plus this is premiering on Netflix this month but ALSO in theaters so it can be eligible for awards. I do not know if I will be able to watch this, which is frustrating, because I want to enjoy good movies too! Just not ones I cry through. -M]

The Big Short

Another movie about the housing crisis, this one is about the finance nerds who saw it coming and tried to stop it. Everyone in this film has a terrible wig, Christian Bale looks 12, Brad Pitt looks like Ken Burns, BUT Steve Carrell is apparently fabulous. [First serious movie by Adam McKay, frequent Will Ferrell collaborator. I read somewhere that only Steve Carell is going to be put in the Lead Actor category, and everyone else in supporting. He doesn’t seem very convincing in this trailer. Brad Pitt should always have a beard. -M]

Black Mass

This movie just came out to okay reviews (75% on Rotten Tomatoes) so it’s a long shot for awards but the stand outs are Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton. I also bet Landry is great too but as usual, people always discount the power of Landry. [How long until Jesse Plemons’ name is mentioned at awards season? Wahhhhh. -M]

Bridge of Spies

Never discount Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks come awards season. Also in this movie, Mark Rylance whom Melissa is still angry did not win the Emmy for Wolf Hall. [That was the biggest travesty EVER. He is a British Michael Shannon–you cannot take your eyes off him in any scene he’s in. Dark horse for Best Supporting Actor just from this 1.5 minutes. -M]


I’m ridiculously excited for this movie. There is nothing I love more than a female-centric coming of age movie set in the fifties/sixties. [There is no way I will miss this. -M]


I think Brooklyn and Carol are the movies I will probably love the most this awards season. I loved Todd Haynes Far From Heaven but I think this movie will be more emotional for me. On a fashion note lets all be happy that we will get two queens of fashion on the red carpet. [Yes, me too! I’m sure everyone will get annoyed with me stumping for Rooney Mara all winter, but TOO BAD. This is just lovely all around–the colors are so beautiful. -M]

The Danish Girl

I’m still mad Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for The Theory of Everything when the real star of that movie was Felicity Jones AND it wasn’t even that good of a movie. This movie looks better and I love Alicia Vikander (everyone should watch The Royal Affair it’s on Netflix). Again for fashion on the red-carpet this is another winner, I miss Redmayne and his colorful velvet tuxes. [AND Alicia Vikander wears kind of weird things, which I like. Also I read that Alicia is also the real star of this–the movie is from her perspective, but she’s not a recent Oscar winner. -M]


Lily Tomlin in Grandma is probably a long-shot for an Oscar in lead actress (though at least three critics on Gold Derby have her in their nominee picks) but lets face it this trailer is fantastic and the movie has gotten great reviews (93% on Rotten Tomatoes). [I think she might get a Golden Globe nom in the comedy category, which is good enough for me. She’s just an enjoyable human. -M]

The Hateful Eight

It’s Taratino and Jennifer Jason Leigh (perpetually overlooked) one of them is bound to get a nomination. Also Walton Goggins was born for Taratino’s dialogue. [I am so all about this one too. I recently passed up one of those big furry hats JJL wears at a thrift store and now I kind of regret it. Prediction: they will be huge in 2016. -M]

Inside Out

You are looking at the eventual Oscar winner for animated film; the question that remains is whether it can pull a Beauty and the Beast and score a Best Picture nomination too. Great font pick for the trailer. [I definitely plan to see this when it comes to HBO, as lots of adults liked it and the message appeals to me. -M]


I’m so meh about this movie. I just think that Jennifer Lawrence is too young for the roles David O. Russell gives her AND that an older actress (say Amy Adams) would have made me more interested in this movie. [I am more excited than Katie because the art direction and cinematography in David O. Russell movies ranks among the best (Tarantino, Coens, Wes Anderson). AND the beginning of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” always sounds so modern and spooky to me.-M]

The Lady in the Van

The British are extremely good a making this kind of movie, one that is quirky, NOT schmaltzy. Maggie Smith is also a fucking genius. The studio is giving it an awards qualifying run based on her performance so let’s all cross our fingers for a Tomlin/Smith red carpet awesome fest come winter. [Yessss I seriously love British movies like this. I think their sense of humor is just a bit edgier/quirkier than Americans. Bonus James Cordon! -M]

The Martian

There is a slim chance Ridley Scott could get a nomination for Best Director for this movie. I have included it for one of the best casts (but not the best that’s farther down the list) movie this year. [I don’t know, Katie, after years of loving Matt Damon, he has soured me with #damonsplaining. -M]

Our Brand Is Crisis

Never discount a sassy Sandra Bullock come awards time. Also Anthony Mackey is a really great actor and should be in everything. [When Anthony Mackey showed up in Ant Man I was so happy because I might be more interested in the Avengers. He should absolutely be in more stuff. -M]

The Revenant

There are two awesome things about this movie, one the cinematography and two Leonardo DiCaprio getting nominated but losing another Academy Award. [The more I think about it, the more upset I am that he didn’t win for Wolf of Wall Street. He’s so good and natural that I think it’s just become expected. Comparing him to the perpetual winner Daniel Day Lewis, who I love, but he’s a showier actor than Leo. Whatever, when he finally wins everyone will stand up at the Oscars and we will all cry. -M]


I’m sure this move is amazing (it did win the People’s Choice Award at TIFF) but it’s another one I will probably never watch due to feelings. Brie Larson was my favorite thing about The United States of Tara so I’m happy she is getting so much attention. [Gahhhh another sad movie about kids. I didn’t think I would like Short Term 12 and I did, so maybe this will be uplifting somehow? She’s just so good. -M]


Benicio Del Toro is poised for another Best Supporting Actor nomination for this movie about drugs in Mexico which is basically the same plot as the movie he won for. [Definitely an HBO movie but there’s nothing that screams “WATCH ME IN A THEATER!” -M]

Son of Saul

Holocaust drama that took second place at Cannes. Apparently the lead Géza Röhrig is amazing. [After I kept seeing his name around, I searched out the trailer for this and immediately said, NOPE! -M]


This is the eventual winner for cast at the SAG awards this year. This movie looks amazing and word on the street is that it might just be the front-runner for Best Picture. [Please Academy, give Michael Keaton the award he should have won last year–though I read that they’re submitting everyone from this movie in supporting. Note: the director, Tom McCarthy, is responsible for two of my favorite movies–The Station Agent and Win/Win–so I have high hopes for this one too. -M]

Steve Jobs

I’m going to call it now I think the Best Actor Oscar is Fassbender’s to lose (I have probably doomed him). Gossipy fact: Fassbender and Best Actress nominee lock Alicia Vikander just broke up so there will be a lot of rumored red carpet awkwardness. [How many reviews will mention the failed Ashton Kutcher film? I haven’t seen many Fassy movies–Inglorious Basterds, Frank, X-Men, and TERRIBLE The Counselor–but I love that he is so adaptable and gives different performances. I wish these biopics wouldn’t get so many acting nominations, though. It seems very uncreative to me, especially when there are so many amazing indies that are original character studies. -M]


This trailer makes me cry, it looks so good. [All the feels for this. Whoever is stuck seeing this with me is going to have to hear A LOT of sobbing. -M]


Bryan Cranston folks, national treasure. [I LOVE movies like this. I am scared it will disappoint me. -M]


More Blanchett! And sadly Robert Redford –I’m not sure when I begun hating him but it was recent and all-consuming (I still love Sneakers, that movie rules). This movie is about that time CBS made us think there was proof that George Bush was a spoiled rich kid who became president because of his father’s money only for it to be lies and to make him appear sympathetic because the “left leaning media” was after him –GOOD TIMES!?!? [He’s such a weird person to hate, Katie. EMoss, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, the fact that this is based on a true story… totally my thing. There are a lot of grown up dramas that remind me of the 70s and 80s this awards season. That is a VERY good thing. -M]


Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel are two of my favorite old dudes and Jane Fonda looks like a force to be reckoned with in this movie about a bunch of old people at a fancy spa. [Three old people movies! I am surprised Michael Caine isn’t in all of them! -M]