September 14, 2015
by katie

Smart ladies love movies, this week in trailers, September 14, 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

Black Mass

I have zero interest in this film. The only positive I can think is that if Johnny Depp is nominated for awards he will be fun in fashion posts –maybe??? [But… Jesse Plemons? Johnny Depps’ makeup is HORRIFYING. I like gangster movies and films based on a true story, but that makeup does not need to be seen on a big screen. -M]

Chloe and Theo, is out onDemand and for Rent

SLLS fave Dakota Johnson plays a homeless woman trying to help an Eskimo warn the United Nation about climate change. It looks like something I will enjoy at 1 AM when it’s on Netflix. [When I read Katie’s comment, I thought, “UGH 1AM?!” because I am old. I hope this is funny, I want Dakota Johnson to succeed. Mira Sorvino looks GREAT. -M]

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

Our Brand is Crisis, October 30, 2015

This movie has a great cast and looks like it is that perfect combination of moving and funny. I am also a big fan of movies that were supposed to star a man and instead went and cast a woman –GO SANDY! [Man, Sandy looks awesome too. Everyone involved with this is fantastic–Clooney, Peter Straughan (adapted Wolf Hall, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Frank), and director David Gordon Green. Good stuff! -M]

The Danish Girl, November 27, 2015

Now see Academy, you should have given Keaton the Oscar last year, and given Eddie the award this year (full disclosure I recently watched The Theory of Everything on HBO and it wasn’t that great. It made me angry all over again that Keaton got the shaft.). This movie looks infinitely more interesting than The Theory of Everything. Also we love Alicia Vikander. [I agree with Katie about everything and I will definitely see this. It looks much better and more thoughtful than all the outlets make it appear–“Eddie Redmayne as a woman OMG!!” Plus, more of best dressed Eddie Redmayne on the red carpet! -M]

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

The Lobster, TBA 2015

Another late night Netflix movie! This movie looks amusing and weird. I’m glad Colin Farrell found another part to play with a mustache (the best thing in True Detective 2). [I wish Colin Farrell would do more like this, he is so good in funny/weird things. I STILL don’t like Rachel Weisz but everyone else is great and I love the look of the cinematography. -M]

Miss You Already, November 6, 2015

I really want to love this as it is a movie starring two women, directed by a woman, about female friendships and yet the first time I saw this trailer I just thought BEACHES and sadly that Kate Hudson terminal cancer rom-com. I hope the reviews put these thoughts to bed. [I love female friendship movies, but not movies that involve cancer and/or death, so I am really on the fence about this one. Catherine Hardwicke’s direction was actually one of the best things about the first Twilight movie. -M]

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

Krampus, December 4, 2015

This starts out so promising and then turns into a horror movie. I am happy that Toni Collette gets so much work. [But people are going to watch THE CRAP out of this. Like, new cult Christmas hit. I will refuse to see it because I hate scary things and then be annoyed when everyone wants to talk about it like The Babadook last year. -M]

September 4, 2015
by melissa
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Smart ladies love lists, Pop-culture-a-go-go, September 4, 2015


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



I was not going to listen to this but every media outlet rushed to get a review and/or thinkpiece out about Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz in the 24 hours after she announced its arrival at the VMAs (streaming here). I didn’t love “Dooo It!” (too repetitive, too many weed references—WE GET IT NOW) but when I read a few of the songs sounded like outtakes from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, I was almost intrigued.

I cannot believe I am typing these words, but the Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz is almost… good? Well, it would be if it was not 23 tracks long. “Karen Don’t Be Sad” is more interesting than anything she’s done before. “Tiger Dreams” is the first thing Ariel Pink’s been involved with in ages that I don’t hate. It comes as no surprise that the songs I like the best are co-writes with Wayne Coyne–those she wrote herself or were produced by Mike Will Made-It, end up sounding more traditional in comparison, as they are mostly sparse, synth-y R&B/pop songs, often about sex.


I like a few of the weirder tracks though, especially “Pablow the Blowfish,” a sweet song about the loss of her pet fish. She sings about going out for sushi and she didn’t like that her friends were eating her friends. Totally silly but endearing. So many songs are reminiscent of other artists–Best Coast, Lana Del Rey–that I think we are witnessing a rich girl with too much time on her hands try to find herself through a self-indulgent, bloated record that has a few gems on it. It’s fascinating to see but much of this record is non-essential.

I’ve read some reviews that said this is her one-off record and she will go back to releasing another “Wrecking Ball” after this (note: I also read this about Bruno Mars, who after Unorthodox Jukebox, worked with genius pop auteur Mark Ronson, for fuck’s sake). But here’s the thing: even with the contract she has, making music like this changes people. Everything she does after this will be different. Maybe she will stop acting like such an asshole? One can only hope.


Lastly, let me be clear on something: my near-enjoyment of Miley Cyrus and the Dead Petz is completely independent of how I feel about Miley as a (racially appropriating, tacky, rude) person. I just wanted to listen to this. For you.

A lot of what I am listening to will be covered in next week’s Hopscotch Fest preview, but here are some quick bits:


I still haven’t found the best listening situation for the new Angel Deradoorian LP, The Expanding Flower Project, a bit of psych pop weirdness. I’ve tried in the car, at work, and while blogging, but its densely layered music just is calling out for some one-on-one time. I will be coming back to this LP for a long time.

While reading about her, I rediscovered this AMAZING song:

Little Mix

The other thing I’m listening to is a lot of pop music, because I’m always trying to get the perfect playlist for running. Aside from the One Direction output, “Hair” is my favorite song EVER released by a former X Factor UK artist–and this is coming from one of the five people who enjoyed Aiden Grimshaw’s Misty Eye.

And even if you’ve seen this, you can surely watch Tacocat covering The Ramones again.


Due to my increasing disappointment about the diversity in film, I am consciously trying to watch more movies directed by women, especially women of color. I will be highlighting some of the great movies I’ve seen, and hopefully I’ll be able to make some deeper connections in a future post.

Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

What made me fall for Ava Duvernay was an interview she did on Fresh Air, talking about making independent films, and how her work before Selma was “people in rooms, talking.” Well, I LOVE movies that are all talking and little action. MoN told a story I hadn’t heard before: a woman sacrifices herself for her husband in jail, which leads her on a journey of self-discovery. It is just a lovely, touching film, and I hope more people see it now that Ava Duvernay is (almost-ish?) a household name.

It Felt Like Love

It Felt Like Love

I know Eliza Hittman’s It Felt Like Love was a well-done movie: unusual, emotional story; fantastic actors; beautiful directing… but it made me incredibly uncomfortable. Worse than anything involving Larry David. Maybe that’s because I related so much to the young protagonist who has confusing ideas about sex and older boys and things don’t go so well for her. I don’t want all my movies to be sweeping happy endings–I like ambiguity A LOT–but teenage pain is not something I want to relive.

Both of these movies are available to stream on Netflix, and while I preferred Middle of Nowhere, I can’t NOT recommend It Felt Like Love due to the craft–it is beautifully filmed–involved.


So here’s my stack of books for vacation:


A little ambitious, no? I added Great Granny Webster and the two Nora Ephrons because all three can be read in like five hours total, so I could feel accomplished, even if I didn’t get enough reading time (though I BETTER).

96 Covers Kelly Clarkson’s Performed Live, Ranked. I had no idea that Kelly did this and now I have to listen to all of these to form my own opinions.

32 Pieces of Flair. I usually don’t post these kind of consumerist links here, but I WANT ALL OF THESE.

Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus at the VMAs: A Case Study of Intersectional Feminism. And this is why I cannot be all in on Miley Cyrus, ever. This is a really well-written piece and brings in so many of the things I have gone over in my head since Nicki’s first tweet a few months ago. If you want a breakdown of intersectional feminism, this video comparing it to pizza (!!!) is wonderful.

What pop culture have you been getting into this week?


I am so excited to get back into awards season AKA drooling over pretty clothes worn by the Maras and making fun of fug shit. It is my favorite pastime. I also just bought a new laptop to hopefully help make my posting more frequent.


While no Maras appeared, last night’s VMAs were the expected series of tweetable moments (many of them gif-ed here) and fascinating performances. Usually I don’t add models to these recaps because it’s not fair to all the artists who are not professional clothes-hangers, but most of them chose poorly, so they were included.



Best Dressed

Great job, Hailee Steinfeld! You look better than anyone else at this major awards show, even the models! LOVE THAT CHOKER. Give your stylist a raise.

I love this! It is so classy and yet still VMA appropriate. ALSO she isn’t naked –praise be! -K

Taylor Swift BFF Karlie Kloss looks SO COOL, even when showing a ton of sideboob. Also, this dress has pockets!

I love this color and her hair is so pretty. I also love the sandals. More of these ladies should rock low to flat heals. -K

I love a patterned suit, and Jussie Smollett’s is gorgeous and fits perfectly.

FOXY! I want Empire back on my TV STAT! -K

OBSESSED with Molly Tarlov’s collared mini.

I have no idea who this person is but she is cute. -K

Taylor Swift always knows what event she is going to–check out that fabulous eyeliner!–and her footwear makes everyone’s plain sandals looks sad.

This looks comfortable AND it’s sparkly. I want sparkly pjs now. -K

Pharrell Williams looks great, but once again, it’s his wife Helen Lasichanh who stands out to me as the most contemporary.

They looks so adorable together. As with any hot couple I want them to procreate immediately. -K

Selena Gomez’ dress should be a skosh longer, but I adore her platforms and her hair looks luscious.

She is just the best. -K

I applaud Rachel Smith for this bold highlighter green color choice; however, I wish she picked different shoes.

I don’t know who this person is. I had a Barbie dress that looked exactly like this when I was a kid that I LOVED. -K

Is Miguel in best dressed because I think he’s dreamy and love his music? WHO CARES!! He looks hot.


Tori Kelly’s one-piece is completely event-appropriate, despite the fit issues in the crotch and the inclusion of black lace.

Her hair is amazing. Who is she? The VMAs make me feel ancient. -K

Mariska Hargitay is giving serious Witches of Eastwick vibes that I am TOTALLY digging.

Finally someone I know and who is older than me –WIN!!! -K

Rebel Wilson’s punky hair and dress are fantastic, but those shoes? NOT SO MUCH.

Her lipstick is AMAZING. I wish her shoes were a black and white pattern. -K

Normally I would ding Emily Ratajkowski for the boots, but her femme fatale look is very rock and roll.

I love this dress, hate the boots. I also have no clue who she is. -K [Gone Girl and that movie where Zac Efron is the DJ. I feel I have to note these things so I can remember. -M]

I don’t love the sleeve shape on Holland Roden’s cute dress. Beautiful makeup, though!

Who? -K [She is on Teen Wolf! I don’t watch it either. -M]

Kat Graham, Played

I’m so glad Kat Graham actually picked something to get her into this category. Kat here is always a delight on the red carpet. Even though this dress is awful, she makes me like it by oozing charm. This is a skill even most models haven’t learned.

I only know who Kat Graham is because of Go Fug Yourself, Fug Madness. -K

Giving Kat competition in her own category is “internet personality” Baddie Winkle. I would not haven chosen those shoes but damn if she doesn’t rock the crap out of them.


I wish I could be as bold as Amber Rose and Blac Chyna in the presence of the Kardashians and their slutshaming.

I love these looks! GO GIRLS YOU ROCK!!! -K

Meh Dressed

I am a little disappointed in my girl Demi Lovato’s obvious dress choice, but her hair and makeup are fierce. Unfortunately, those shoes make her legs actually look stumpier. She should consult Tay-Tay next time (are they even friends? I have no idea).

They should be friends. I feel like Demi might be “too real” for Tay-Tay. -K

I do not understand the fit of Cara Delevingne’s minidress.

I do not understand Cara Delevingne. -K

It seems like FKA Twigs thinks about her clothes as part of a larger, artistic picture, and if you have to go mostly sheer, which I am actually not a fan of here, at least have a red lip and great hair like FKA.

This is my favorite naked dress. I love her and her weird goth queen dance music. -K

Something about Justin Beiber‘s outfit is off to me–I like the pieces separately, but together there’s a disconnect. Probably because his hair looks like a cross between Kate Gosselin and mine when I use my $12 flat iron. I also think his jacket should be a little more broken in.

What the fuck is up with his hair. It’s so gross I think I appreciate Harry what-whats-his-name from One Direction’s more. -K

Aubrey O’Day’s dress is almost cute, but the Heidi/fish braid combo should never catch on.

She reminds me of a figure skater from East Germany. -K

I would like Gigi Hadad’s 90s supermodel getup better on someone who can actually sell it. She does not know how to dress for her personality and style. Her face has no expression.

She looks stoned out of her gourd. -K

I haven’t been impressed with Chrissy Teigen’s red carpet fashion in a long time but her hair and makeup are everything to me.

She is so pretty. -K

Nicki Minaj’s dress sparkled on TV but fell flat in photos–I wish it were a more fun color.

She is also SO PRETTY. -K

I wish I could see more of Vanessa Hudgens’ blush gown but her giant extensions are covering the top.

The only nice thing I have to say are that I want her bangles. -K

I want to like Jeannie Mai’s look, because her dress is so unusual, but it looks like a cheap She-Ra costume up close (gold belt + stomach cut out). The ombre hair is actually styled well.

Why is the number 25 on it? -K

Nick Jonas should have worn some nice jeans with that gorgeous brown leather jacket. These leather pants make his legs look backwards.

It looks so HOT –not as in sexy but in hot and sweaty. -K

The fabric of Amanda Steele’s ensemble is fantastic, but the slit in the front looks awkward and she could use a darker lipstick.

I also want her shoes to be a fun color, like yellow or magenta. -K

Worst Dressed

Go a little lighter on the makeup and bangs next time, Kylie Jenner. And also get a dress/shoes that are not the same color as your skin.

Her hair looks plastic. -K

Not surprisingly, Martha Hunt is yet another model with zero personal style. SNOOOZEEEEEEE.

Boring. -K

Sorry, guys, they’re not holding auditions for The Force Awakens at the VMAs. Kim’s giant pregnancy boobs need ACTUAL support.

Those pants on Kanye do not look comfy. Kim’s make-up is the worst. -K

Britney’s Vegas showgirl look is no longer modern.

Everything –including her face– seems so fucking tight. -K

Liz Hernandez needs to find a style icon that is not Khloe Kardashian.

Who is this person? -K [She is a radio personality–Luscious Liz, apparently. She still needs to dress better. -M]

I don’t feel anything for Rita Ora’s clothes anymore. It’s just nothingness.

I love feathers. Maybe not these feathers in this quantity. -K

Pro: Walk on the Moon took their name quite literally when picking out these satellite-themed suits. Fun!!!
Con: The suits are fug as fuck.

Who are these people? -K [Their music sounds like it was made for children. -M]

I hate when people try so hard to look like they don’t care about fashion.


WTF Dressed

Frankie Grande forgot he wasn’t actually nominated for anything.

Is his chest painted gold? -K

Last night was actually kind of about Miley Cyrus and she blew it by wearing a bejeweled snowflake over her vajayjay.

I love her commitment to change social norms regarding nudity I just wish it didn’t involve me having to look at her nearly naked. -K