Episode 024: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Don’t front: you’ve been waiting for the Goblet of Fire episode, right? Morgan just finished a reread and is coming with criticisms (!?), while Mic screams most of the episode because this is his favorite book of the series. They discuss such important topics as David Tenant’s muscular tongue and the ethical ramifications of Polyjuice Potion. Pour a glass of wine (or a few) and join us!

Plugs:

How did a love potion lead to Voldemort becoming a sociopath? Watch this YouTube video to find out!

If you’d like to really go all in on teen angst and murderous climaxes (this time in a gritty dystopian future), check out Young Ones starring Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning.

Stay on top of the literary world’s news with BOOKRIOT. Morgan recommends their newsletter and the thousands of informative and well-written articles on their site. Go learn something!

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Thanks for listening, BBs! We loooooove yoooou!

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Episode 023: Justice League

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This episode we welcome our learned friend Andrew Friedenthal to discuss the upcoming Justice League movie and the greater DC Universe. Andrew wrote his dissertation on superhero comics and cultural memory and he really brings the knowledge. Come get some of this nerd cred!

Discussion includes:

  • Why was Wonder Woman so much better than the DC movies that came before?
  • They made Professor Lupin (David Thewlis) into a scary butterface in Wonder Woman. That’s not the point but it is unfortunate.
  • Male gaze + sexy vs. beautiful + necessary relationship between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine (?)
  • Will Justice League be as good as Wonder Woman? Will Joss Whedon’s late-in-the-process rewrites make a noticeable difference?
  • Ben Affleck as Batman: he just mumbles everything into his underbite.
  • Why is Man of Steel so…bad? Well, it’s bloated and slow and boring, first of all.
  • Batman V Superman hints at the DC Universe’s cosmic potential.
  • Superhero TV gives us exciting moments of characterization and humor that the movies have yet to fully capture.
  • #notmyflash isn’t really a thing. But Grant Gustin should have at least been auditioned! At least!
  • The complicated reasoning that led to Steppenwolf, the anticlimactic uncle of Darkseid (played by Ciaran Hinds), becoming the primary villain in the movie.
  • Can Aquaman be cool? Really? Maybe if he wins an arm-wrestling match against Superman at the bottom of the ocean. Maybe.
  • You can’t really hear it but we talk briefly about L.L. Cool J. That should be noted.
  • Do you understand the New 52? DC Rebirth? Flashpoint? They’re all connected in a very confusing way. Bask as Andrew explains all.
  • Upcoming DC movies, subject to change: Aquaman (2018), Shazam (2019), Woman Woman II (2019), Cyborg (2020) and Green Lantern Corps. (2020).
  • Get excited for Willem Dafoe. He plays Nuidis Vulko (Aquaman’s buddy) and is 100% a lion disguised as a man.
  • Would you want to see an R-rated Joker movie? What about this a movie about this guy?
  • How is Suicide Squad like the second season of American Horror Story?
  • Amanda Waller is a legit villain in Suicide Squad (she was played by Pam Grier in Smallville and Angela Bassett in Green Lantern).
  • And a super-powered games corner!

Plugs:

Follow Andrew’s theatre criticism blog and buy his book Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America.

If you’re in the mood for some weird witchy stuff, check out Mic’s favorite comic: The Invisibles.

Relax with Girls (which is over now!) and Community if you’ve read too many comic books and your eyes hurt.

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Check out Mic’s collected writings and anxieties on his super chill person blog or contact him on his profesh freelance blog if you’d like him to edit your work, be a beta reader or produce content for your business or website.

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Thanks for listening, BBs! We loooooove yoooou!

Beauty and the Bitch is Giving Away Free Tickets to WIZARDWORLD Comic Con!

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Morgan and I are super excited to partner with WizardWorld Comic Con this year to give away 2 three-day passes to the convention ($180 value!). We’ll both be attending on Sunday, but if you win our contest, you’ll have the option to attend all three days (11/17-11/19 in Austin) and be the fanciest fancy fan around!

Major Attractions Include:

  • Photo-ops with celebrities like Jason Momoa, Val Kilmer, Felicia Day and Kate Beckinsale!
  • 125+ vendors for all your nerdy Christmas shopping!
  • Nerdy, wonderful people who love magic, comics, fantasy and science fiction (your tribe)!

Winning the Tickets is Easy:

  1. Rate us in iTunes.
  2. Take a screenshot of your review.
  3. Share your screenshot on Facebook or Instagram or send to us via email (beautyandthebpodcast@gmail.com).

Contest entries are due by midnight Saturday, 11/11.
We will announce the winner on 11/13 and contact them with further information!

Good luck, BB! We can’t wait to see you there!

How “Outlander” Leads Me Down A Wikipedia Wormhole

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Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander is responsible for my latest frenzy of binge reading. With every installment clocking-in at close to 1,000 pages, it’s no easy feat. There are currently eight books available, more on the horizon, and I’m currently stuck meandering through the third installment as I type (Such talent. Much Read.) I’m having to shuffle around my other ongoing reads (podcast content, books for work, and other stories I’m caught up in), causing a great disturbance in my #TBR pile. Furthermore, I have become plagued with a deep, insidious infection: frantically scanning Wikipedia for hours on end, mid read, educating myself on the background and details.

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Episode 021: Stranger Things

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In this episode we welcome Sarah, our bff and local Netflix binge addict, to analyze the first season of Stranger Things. We’re bringing you a hot plate of cackling shade with side orders of conspiracy theories, behind-the-scenes information and fan theories about the upcoming second season. Catch up with us before it goes live Halloween 2017!

Dissection and discussion includes:

  • Netflix releases neither viewership nor budget information, but it’s probable that the first season of Stranger Things was produced for around 2 million dollars. One episode of Westworld cost half that amount.
  • The Duffer Brothers wanted to create “a long movie written by Stephen King with music by John Carpenter.” Did they succeed?
  • The soundtrack for Stranger Things was composed by Austin’s own S U R V I V E (Michael Stine, Adam Jones, Mark Donica and Kyle Dixon).
  • Real-life conspiracy theories are the backbone of the plot of Stranger Things. Check out The Mantauk Project and MKUltra if you’re eager to mistrust any and all authority figures.
  • Stranger Things has a set ending and will only be four seasons long.
  • Though it’s only eight episodes long, the first seasons feels much longer because it’s so dense and packed with intricate characterization (see: the first and last scenes, especially).
  • 80’s kid references add an extra layer of joy for anyone familiar with E.T., Stand By Me, The Goonies, JAWS, Alien, Predator or Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Is Eleven the Demogorgon? Is it part of her? Or maybe an earlier experiment?
  • There will be at least four new supporting characters in Season 2 (including one played by SEAN AUSTIN!?).
  • No, that is not Jean-Ralphio!
  • Have you heard Millie Bobby Brown rap yet? She’s English, by the way (not Australian) and she’s going to be in the newest Godzilla remake.
  • Can Barb come back…somehow? No? Please?! You can check her out in Riverdale if you’re one of the billions of Barb fans! RIP BB BARB!

Plugs:

Frasier is a touchstone of 90’s kid culture – you should rewatch it on Netflix or Amazon Prime if you wanna reconnect with your childhood.

Check out I am Pilgrim if you’re looking for an gritty, engaging read about murder, acid attacks and a seemingly unbeatable enemy.

Special guest shout out to fabulous dog trainer Kristin Reno! Check her out on social media if you’re looking for a dog trainer in the Austin area.

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Check out Mic’s collected writings and anxieties on his super chill person blog or contact him on his profesh freelance blog if you’d like him to edit your work, be a beta reader or produce content for your business or website.

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Thanks for listening, BBs! We loooooove yoooou!

Episode 020: His Dark Materials + The Book of Dust

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This episode we’re tackling Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) to catch everyone up for the upcoming release of his new series, The Book of Dust (beginning with La Bella Sauvage)! We tackle big, important topics like atheism, the death of god, the races in Pullman’s works, fantasy publishing and Morgan’s birthmark.

“They kill all those fools!”

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Episode 018: Blade Runner & Blade Runner 2049

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For a movie that’s widely considered one of the best science fiction movies of all time, we’re pretty unimpressed with Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Somehow it was less thrilling and more sloppy than we remembered (but, you know, when would we ever judge someone for being boring and sloppy?).

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4 More “So Bad They’re Good” Movies

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Do we love bad movies for the same reason that we love watching a man fall down? Is it some mixture of schadenfreude and cruelty that keeps us coming back to waste more hours on bad dialogue, worse lighting, inane structure and the rest of the misfit toys?

I guess there might be a bit of that in it. Public humiliation is entertaining, to a degree. But I prefer to think that lists like this one (and the untold hours I’ve spent consuming trash) are instead rooted in a desire for vulnerability, in a search for a glimpse, scabs and all, of someone else’s soul.

That’s what reality TV originally had going for it. I wonder if it’s a similar hunger that lends cinematic monstrosities their lurid appeal? After all, for a movie to reach the heights of awfulness that are cataloged in this list, someone has to try really, really hard. And fail really, really hard. If the movie is completely phoned in, it falls so flat that no one wants to watch it for any reason, even to laugh at it.

Well, who knows. I just know that I love these shit-horrible movies. If there’s a movie that you’re shocked is missing from this list, make sure to check out our original post on this topic: “Top 5 ‘So Bad They’re Good’ Movies“!

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Podcast Episode 017: Emmy’s Predictions

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MORGAN. You’re so pretty. Morgan. We all love you.
In this episode Mic is nice to Morgan because she deserves it.

But mostly we discuss our predictions for the upcoming Emmy awards (9/17) and take a deep dive into heavy hitters like Westworld, Saturday Night Live, Mr. Robot, Stranger Things, Master of None, and The Handmaid’s Tale. We have opinions…and they might be dumb…but we’re sticking to them!

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