No Improvement Podcast 👯 Episode 88



No Improvement is a sort-of-funny talk show that explores the vast, untapped potential of TV shows, books, films, and more. Quill & Slate blog runners Thelonia and Tia review—and then reimagine—the stories you know and love until you can barely recognize them anymore. Hopefully in a good way. And if not, well, we hope you are still entertained.

In the 88th episode of No Improvement, we watch, discuss, and review Velvet Buzzsaw, Netflix's recent art horror mystery film (featuring Jake Gyllenhaal), which came out on January 31, 2019.

In two weeks, we will be watching, talking about, and reviewing the first half (episodes 1-4) of Natasha Lyonne's latest Netflix show, Russian Doll.

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All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 55

All in Good Storytime is an interactive, bookish, book club podcast hosted by Alanna, Katya, and Tia. To join the club, make sure you're following us on Twitter to get updates on what book we're reading and to what chapter we are reading through (or what anime we're watching and what episode we are watching through), and listen to the podcast here or on iTunes (see link below) to join in on the discussion. And don't forget to read along!

In the 55th episode of All in Good Storytime, we discuss chapters 1 through 7 of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. In chapters 1-7 we are introduced to the kingdom of Karhide on the planet Gethen/Winter. It is here that we meet Genly Ai from the Ekumen, the space UN, an Envoy sent to convince Gethen to join their alliance. Much of these opening chapters is devoted to describing the particular nature of the Gethenians who are ambisexual and alternate between two sexes.

We begin by discussing the use of male pronouns for characters who do not conform to such strict gender norms. The Gethenians only show a preference for one gender during "kemmer," their fertile period. If this novel had been written today it likely would have used gender neutral pronouns but as this novel was written 50 years ago and is told from the perspective of the one character from another planet who does identify as male it is understandable that it doesn't meet our modern standards.

We draw parallels between the increasing rise of fear and patriotism in Karhide that led to Estrevan's eventual exile to our current situation in America. We also compare the specific storytelling structure of "The Left Hand of Darkness" to our previously discussed book, "Slaughterhouse-Five." We dunk on Genly Ai for being so selfish and for insulting the Gethenians when he is a mere visitor. We question how he was chosen as the messenger meant to convince Gethen to join the Ekumen. In our spaghetti corner, we guess that the fortune tellers are right that Gethen will join the Ekumen in five years but that this will signal the destruction of the interplanetary association.

We're taking a hiatus for a bit, but we'll talk about chapters 8 through 14 of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin when we return.

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No Improvement Podcast 👯 Episode 87



No Improvement is a sort-of-funny talk show that explores the vast, untapped potential of TV shows, books, films, and more. Quill & Slate blog runners Thelonia and Tia review—and then reimagine—the stories you know and love until you can barely recognize them anymore. Hopefully in a good way. And if not, well, we hope you are still entertained.

In the 87th episode of No Improvement, we watch, discuss, and review the drama/mystery/horror film Escape Room, which is currently in theaters and was released January 4, 2019.

In two weeks, we will be watching, talking about, and reviewing Velvet Buzzsaw, Netflix's latest art horror mystery film (featuring Jake Gyllenhaal), which came out on January 31, 2019.

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Serenity ⁉ Film Review

 

Written by Thelonia


Serenity is one of the wildest, most bafflingly earnest movies I’ve ever seen, something which is whole heartedly helped by the fact that I had literally no idea this movie existed until about four days ago, when I heard a couple of critics talk about how fucking weird it is. And, my friends, I can now indeed confirm, it’s weird as hell.


No Improvement Podcast 👯 Episode 86




No Improvement is a sort-of-funny talk show that explores the vast, untapped potential of TV shows, books, films, and more. Quill & Slate blog runners Thelonia and Tia review—and then reimagine—the stories you know and love until you can barely recognize them anymore. Hopefully in a good way. And if not, well, we hope you are still entertained.

In the 86th episode of No Improvement, we watch, discuss, and review The Autopsy of Jane Doe, the 2016 mystery/horror/thriller that we compared to a similar film we watched previously, The Possession of Hannah Grace. Let's talk similarities and differences!

In two weeks, we will be watching, talking about, and reviewing the drama/mystery/horror film Escape Room, which is currently in theaters and was released January 4, 2019.

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