October 22, 2015
by katie

Smart ladies love movies, this week in trailers, October 20, 2015

Movie Trailer Monday

(or Thursday because of STAR WARS! And Melissa’s job.)

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

Rock the Kasbah

Is this the first time Bill Murray and Bruce Willis have been in a movie together? Is that Lady Gaga’s fiance? Am I really THIS exited for a Kate Hudson movie? [I think this looks pretty bad. For every Rushmore, Bill Murray makes at least one questionable choice. AV Club calls it a “smaller, dumber Ishtar,” which makes me kind of wish we’d made it to Ishtar last time I visited but that Princess Diana movie sucked out all my joy. -M]

Experimenter, is out onDemand and for Rent

This movie looks slightly surreal for a biopic and the subject matter looks super interesting plus the cast is stellar. I’m pleased Winona Ryder is working more. [Anthony Edwards, where have you been? I love this cast so much and YOU KNOW period pieces that are true stories are MY JAM. This is definitely something I would really enjoy. -M]

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

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, December 18, 2015

In my ridiculous excitement for this movie I watched half of a football game for two teams I don’t care about AT ALL –I BLEED BLACK AND GOLD! GO PITTSBURGH –even though you have really problematic quarterbacks. [PJ just turned it on during halftime because that’s what Twitter told him to do, and we didn’t even miss the Voice! Well, I didn’t miss the Voice. -M]


This trailer is amazing so much John Boyega and Daisy Ridley looking like they are going to kick ass. I have included in my lead up to the trailer their cute reactions to watching it for the first time. As usual J.J. Abrams casting of talented but not well known young people is magnificent. [Daisy is totally looking more like a lead, which makes me happy, but this trailer suffered from a lack of Oscar Isaac’s face. -M]

I am super excited to see so much Harrison Ford –HAN SOLO FTW! ALSO is that Lupita Nyong’o I hear coaxing our leads to let the force in –SO INSANELY EXCITING! [I can’t believe people are actually mad that white men are not the leads of this film. The Daily Show did a great piece on this here. We haven’t bought tickets yet because we can’t decide when/where to go (we don’t want to watch it with children), but it will happen soon! -M]

Hail, Caesar!, February 5, 2016

I have watched this trailer at least ten times since it came out. I changed my facebook status to Channing Tatum in a sailor suit (honestly I would watch an entire movie with him tap dancing in a sailor suit). I think Scarlett Johansson is a PERFECT ESTHER WILLIAMS. I am so excited for George Clooney to play another boob for the Coen brothers. [This is 100% my everything. I, too, have watched the trailer a bunch. Insane art direction, beautifully filmed, a cast we are all familiar with? Yep, sounds like the Coens. Why do I have to wait until February?? UGH. -M]

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

A Bigger Splash, May 13, 2016

Truth be told this is only in this category because I had too many “must watches” and this one is the one I will most likely wait and watch on my TV. It looks gorgeous and the acting looks great. I also love how much the trailer leaves to the imagination. [Two trailers with SWINTON and Ralph Fiennes in a row? WE ARE SO LUCKY. Her clothes look fabulous. May is also a long way away! -M]

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

The Forest, January 8, 2016

Oh Natalie Dormer, you are too talented for this horror crap. [MTV-produced horror crap. I made it thirty seconds in, where there was screaming, til I turned it off. -M]


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?