If we’re honest, it was only a matter of time until we read Fifty Shades of Grey for the podcast. How could we not though? It was (is?) a cultural sensation, which feels like such an oddity for books these days, especially an erotic romance novel.
We both read the first Twilight novel in college, and so were curious to see how Fifty Shades’ origin as a Twilight fan fiction influenced the experience of reading it. We also go into the different influences that made it break through to the mainstream.
In the end though, we wouldn’t recommend giving it a read. People like what they like, but alas, this just wasn’t our cup of tea. We sure had fun discussing it together, though!
What do we think of the current run of Disney remakes?
Which one of us actually got to the end of the book? Is this a trick question?
Which excerpts do we read aloud?
Here are a few links to some of the things we mentioned in the post and a kink-related resource we are fans of. Give ’em a look!
Kink education comics on Oh, Joy Sex Toy by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan. Very NSFW, but our favorite sex education site. We’re linking to the kink posts, but OJST is so much more. From toy reviews to sex ed, it’s a great resource and so inclusive of folks along all parts of the sexuality and gender spectrums.
Y’know, we’ve been sitting around watching Things, but sometimes you want to get up and Do a Thing. That means we actually left the house for this episode. It required physical exertion. What a world we saw!
Our starting point for this episode is something Adri has wanted to do since she was a kid: go to a skate park. Skateboarding is one of those things that she wanted to do but thanks to the awfulness that is being a teenager, she convinced herself she was too fat/uncool/some other insecurity to actually do it. Thankfully, the older she gets, the fewer fucks she gives. Sure, learning to skateboard in your twenties might seem like a bad idea, but thanks to the internet, there has been an increase in visibility of girls and women becoming bad ass skateboarders at different stages of their lives. How could it not inspire someone to finally do something they always wanted to do?
Next, Pay did something she hadn’t done since she was a kid: go to a roller rink. Roller skating at a rink was such a birthday party staple when we were kids, but it died down as a go-to activity. Considering roller skates have been around since the 19th century, it’s no surprise its popularity comes and goes. Seems like we are in the upswing in popularity, we guess in part helped by the comeback of roller derby. And now that Beyonce has been spotted checking out a roller rink, skating is definitely cool. Though Roll Bounce certainly tried to get it going again.
A few highlights:
What tips do we have so you can watch Netflix at work?
How can we have a very important discussion about oatmeal and not mention that the Quaker Dino Eggs packet is clearly the best kind?
Did we fall on our butts??
What lesson do we have for our younger, more insecure selves?
Did the presence of children ruin our adventures?
What bonus Thing did Pay do?
The lesson of this episode is really the lesson of our podcast: If you want to do a Thing, do it! It’s never too late!
There is a bunch of rad skate-related stuff out there, so here’s a little link round-up of a lot of the stuff we like.
Episode 02? Well, would you look at that follow-through! We’re pretty darn proud of ourselves.
When it takes a long time to finally get around to a movie, it’s pretty tough to avoid spoilers. So for this episode we picked two movies where we had already heard the twist or ending. By chance, the movies we picked were both directed by David Fincher, so we’ve got a Double Theme episode, y’all. [Insert Jamaican Air Horn here]
First up we have Seven, a classic tale of an ol’ retiring cop/young cop stuck with a crazy ass case. At this point, everyone knows what’s in the box, but no one ever really talks about how it gets there so the spoilers weren’t too much of an issue for this one. That being said, we’re pretty sure neither of us will watch this one again. Zodiac is a better option.
Second up we have Gone Girl, the movie that garbage men use as evidence that all women in the real world are manipulative bitches. Why can’t we just enjoy a sociopath villain who uses the fact that she’s a woman to her benefit? Why can’t we have nice things?
This was an interesting one to discuss. Pay knew the twist because she had read the book, while Adri had received the spoiler second-hand, a difference which definitely affected the viewing experience. Either way, this is one where we felt knowing the end did make a difference. Also, Nick is a total dum-dum. How is he such a dummy? Just at every turn doing the dumbest shit. It’s baffling.
A few highlights:
What tips does Pay have for getting a free movie ticket?
How many times can we say “ugh” in reaction to women being treated terribly?
Which murder disturbed us the most?
What would our theme be if we were serial killers?
Who does Adri mix up with David Fincher every dang time?
We also briefly discuss the pleasure of watching crafting videos, and everyone should check out Crafsman. That dude rules.
Pay’s Thing this episode is Phantom of the Paradise, a movie she just hadn’t seen yet. This was genuinely surprising since Adri fucking.loves.this.movie.
In fact, her love of this movie has existed almost as long as this friendship. She just never brought it to a dang movie sleepover. (Those were mostly saved for DCOMs and Degrassi: the Next Generation.) Long overdue, Adri was excited to hear what Pay thought.
A few highlights:
One time, Adri met Paul Williams and managed not to freak out. (Bonus fact: Paul wanted to take a selfie, but Adri didn’t have a phone capable of such a thing.)
Could there ever be a remake that would actually be good? Who is the perfect Phantom? Who would be the best Swan?
Is there a person on this earth who is as powerful as Swan? (Yes, she exists.)
There is so much more we could’ve discussed about the history of this movie, but we just couldn’t get to it all. And we probably got a couple facts wrong, so we highly recommend The Swan Archives if you’re interested in more about the movie. (Adri has certainly spent countless hours on that site over the years…)
Adri’s Thing this episode is The Kissing Booth, a teen romantic comedy that Netflix surprisingly didn’t suggest for her. Luckily Pay had seen it and knew there was plenty to say about this dang movie.
As it turns out, there are only a few movies that Pay likes enough to force others to watch… and Adri’s seen them all. Boo. So, what’s almost as fun as movies that are good and enjoyable to watch? Movies that are bad and enjoyable to watch, of course. In came The Kissing Booth, a delightfully mediocre movie that gave Pay’s eyeballs such a good workout that she just had to share.
A few highlights:
Check out the trailer and experience the majority of this movie’s “plot” in less than 3 minutes!
Please help us solve this episode’s biggest mystery: Are Lee and Noah’s parents Hollywood’s most prolific porn producers?
Below, Pay actually solves this episode’s second biggest mystery: Just how long does it take for two teens to get from their mansions in the Hollywood Hills to an arcade on the Santa Monica pier?