July 6, 2015
by katie

Smart ladies love movies, this week in trailers, July 6, 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! [Thanks to Melissa and PJ for filling in for the past two weeks! I’m sad I missed Grandma (Lily Tomlin RULES). -K]

Notable movies coming out this weekend


I don’t know why Ryan Reynolds and Mathew Goode are in this but let’s hope they were paid well so they can do more rewarding things with their time. [So in this movie Ben Kinglsey, who is presumably close to death, moves into Ryan Reynolds’ body, plays sports and has a bunch of sex. Then it all goes bad. I wish there more women in this who are active in the sci-fi story. -M]

Jackie & Ryan, is out onDemand and for Rent

I can’t wait for this crap film to be free so that Melissa and I can get drunk and live tweet it. BONUS Katherine Heigl does her own singing. Also it takes place in Ogden, Utah one of the cities I visited in my cross-country trip (full disclosure I just slept there on my way home but the people seemed nice). [But hey, directed by a woman! I hate that the trailer reveals everything and I wish Leighton Meester was in it instead. It does look pretty! -M]

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

Sleeping With Other People, September 11, 2015

I have wanted to see this movie since I read about it when it premiered at Sundance, the trailer looks just as good as I thought would. Also it is written and directed by a woman –WIN! [Yessssss I am so excited this has a release date. NATASHA LYONNE! This is probably a typical rom com but the cast is amazing and it looks charming and sweet. -M]

Steve Jobs, October 9, 2015

I wasn’t that interested in a movie about Steve Jobs but Michael Fassbender makes everything so much more appealing. This movie also benefits from a phenomenal supporting cast. [Fassy > Ashton Kutcher. I love that Steve Jobs comes off as an asshole. However, I am still mad at Aaron Sorkin for The Newsroom. -M]

Creed, November 25, 2015

I have never seen a single Rocky movie but I will watch just about anything involving Michael B. Jordan so I was already kind of in but this trailer is actually really good. ALSO bonus points for Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad. [The guy who directed Fruitvale Station was picked to do this? Weird. I don’t have much interest in movies like this and it’s trying hard to be contemporary, but Michael B. Jordan is such an exciting actor. Meh. -M]

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

Queen of the Desert, TBA 2015

When I first saw the picture of Robert Pattinson as T. E. Lawrence I thought this was a potentially offensive comedy; instead, it’s about a wealthy white lady with many suitors (DON’T PICK FRANCO, KIDMAN, WHEN YOU HAVE LEWIS)  trying to bring peace and understanding to the middle east (good luck). [There is no way this is good, but it should be quite entertaining and the clothes are nice. Nicole should have stopped filling her face before making this, she TRAVELS IN THE DESERT, she should look like she’s been in the sun. Wait.. WARNER HERZOG DIRECTED THIS?? I am so confused about life. -M]

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

Daddy’s Home, December 25, 2015

I have finally decided that I hate Mark Wahlberg (except in Boogie Nights that movie rocks). I have also decided that no family should spend Christmas with Mark Wahlberg even if Will Ferrell is there. [Daddy’s Home is SUCH a bad title, but this trailer made me laugh several times. I can’t pass up a Will Ferrell movie and Mark Wahlberg is better in comedies because I can’t buy him in serious roles at all. He’s too goofy. -M]

July 1, 2015
by melissa

Smart ladies love movies, this week in trailers, July 1, 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! [Note: Katie is on a cross-country road trip I am EXTREMELY jealous of. This post is extremely late because it was my birthday this weekend and I was busy crying into my fried food and cake. -M]

Notable movies coming out this weekend

Magic Mike XXL

WHATEVER. You know you are going to watch this, do not pretend. [I like when they show him sanding a metal penis, and then they ruined it by showing what little plot there is. I hope Childish Gambino is in a Spiderman costume when he strips down to his Peter Parkers. -PJ]

Into the Grizzly Maze is out onDemand and for rent

James Marsden + Billy Bob Thornton + KILLER BEAR. “This bear is not territorial or hungry. It’s pissed off. When a grizzly gets angry, all of you taste the same”: words of wisdom from Douglass (Billy Bob). [I’m really tired of that epic chorus played in all movies– it would be way creepier if they used less dramatic arrangements. -PJ]

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

Ten Thousand Saints, August 14, 2015

Directed by the husband & wife team behind American Splendor, Ten Thousand Saints stars Asa Butterfield as a kid in the 80s who loves hardcore and moves to New York with his cool dad (Ethan Hawke). Emile Hirsch is also in this, which is good because Katie and I can never remember what he’s been in recently. [Did you like Boyhood? Do you not want to wait ten more years for another movie? Watch Ten Thousand Saints! -PJ]

Grandma, August 21, 2015

Lily Tomlin, who plays a sassy old lady, tries to raise money for her granddaughter’s abortion. There are so many SLLS faves in it, like Judy Greer, John Cho, Sam Elliott and Elizabeth Pena (RIP), who I loved in this show called I Married Dora (Dora was the maid, OF COURSE) as a kid but I realize is probably racist now. [Will I see this movie? Depends. -PJ]

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

Meet Me in Montenegro, July 10, 2015

This seems like a white dude fantasy, and I am so sick of those right now. It’s also the romantic version of Boyhood, filmed over four years. But, Rupert Friend in a silly hat! I know, I can’t get too excited about it either, but Katie and I will see this when it arrives on cable with some wine. [So he takes a leap of faith? Mmmkay. If you didn’t get the symbolism, we spelled it out several times for you in this trailer. -PJ]

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

6 Ways to Die, July 31, 2015

It’s probably not a good sign that this movie’s biggest star is Vivica A. Fox. [The seventh way is to watch this trailer. -PJ]

June 26, 2015
by melissa

Smart ladies love lists, pop-culture-a-go-go, June 26, 2015

Every week, I will post what I have been listening to, watching and reading lately (& maybe an “other”).


I’m lucky to generally life my life without much knowledge of popular radio music. Have you heard this Andy Grammer song? It’s worse than Jason Mraz. And the video is so dopey. I saw an EW article about him, so I looked him up on youtube and instantly regretted it. Even worse than that, I’m sad that I didn’t hear this song until this week:

Apparently it’s the most added track in the history of radio, shattering the record previously held by Justin Timberlake. All I previously knew of Jason Derulo was his now-defunct relationship with an American Idol winner. Dude, I am SO SORRY. “Cheyenne”? Also KILLER:

I dig the whole record, actually, which features a song with the most beautiful woman in the world Jennifer Lopez and another with Megan Trainor, who does not muck it up with her Megan Trainor-ness.

Speaking of amazing R&B songs:

Wildheart comes out on Tuesday and I have a strong feeling it’s going to be one of my top records this year.


Maya Rudolph as Rachel Dolezal has been cracking me up for DAYS:

Also, last night was the NBA Draft (though it was hard to tear myself away from OITNB). I watch it every year, it is the NBA’s gift to me. It’s so exciting! I love events with pomp and circumstance and very specific rules. There’s also crazy politics, last minute trades, fancy suits, and tear-jerking moments where a player with a genetic disorder is fake drafted. Most of all, everyone is is freaking HAPPY. Also? This Grantland post about last night’s winners and losers is HILARIOUS.


SO well-dressed. Via.


Morrissey cat

Morrissey with Cats tumblr and this article about NBA Catwatch, where I learned that Carmelo is afraid of cats and I will never pick him up on my fantasy team EVER. Because, like the rest of the internet, I love cats.


How a Makeup Mogul Liberated Women by Putting Them in a Pretty New Cage. Collectors Weekly writes some of my favorite long-form pieces, and this bio of makeup mogul Helena Rubenstein is so comprehensive and full of beautiful vintage ads and gilded compacts.

Want Mindblowing Mint Chip Ice Cream? Ditch the Bottle of Extract on Serious Eats. I have a giant peppermint plant this year and this might be a good way to use it. Unfortunately, I can’t have ice cream (do coconut and mint taste good together?) and my husband only eats mint chocolate chip if it’s green. I do not understand wanting MORE artificial coloring.

Mitski & Ryan Hemsworth Predict the Song of the Summer 2015 on Stereogum. I will 100% credit this interview, which I discovered after Mitski posted about it, for helping me to (re)discover Jason Derulo. But I love that the site got two musicians together in the same room to talk about pop music. They are both knowledgeable but are also outsiders to pop music.

Cherry Berry Buttermilk Crumb Cake on How Sweet it Is. This is one of my favorite food blogs, because she also posts about makeup and has a huge recipe collection for various grilled cheeses. I love cake for breakfast and I could definitely get away with it if I make this.

So, shorter this week. I have a really depressing birthday coming up and I always get sad this time of year. I have an exciting weekend planned that includes pizza, record shopping, thrifting, going to the movies, and beer–ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS.

What pop culture have you been getting into this week?