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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An Anonymous Girl 🙅 Book Review

  

Written by Thelonia


A woman, a doctor, and her husband all come together in a tangled mess of a situation in Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkenan's new domestic thriller, An Anonymous Girl. The set up is intruiging, with contested loyalties, and family secrets, and messy relationships, but ultimately, the payoff just isn't there. For a thriller, a genre whose premise sort of relies on suspense, An Anonymous Girl really shows its cards very early on, and there aren't any new developments that would justify continuing to read past about the two thirds mark.

All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 54


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 54th episode of All in Good Storytime, we discuss chapter 12 through the end of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. In these chapters, we see Camille attend a party and take drugs with her 13-year-old sister, watch as Camille quickly develops a sexual relationship with the 18-year-old John Keane, and finally learn the identity of the killer(s) of all crimes implicated in the story.

We delve into the power dynamic at play in the Preaker household and in Amma's world at large that pushed her to murder Natalie and Ann when Camille's response to the same toxic environment was to only hurt herself. We discuss how the women in the town are precocious and aggressively mature as children and then refuse to relinquish their youth and high school identities as adults.

We discuss how morally reprehensible it was for Richard to discover that Adora had murdered Marian and then keep it a secret from Camille. We revisit the issue of generational trauma and consider whether or not Adora herself had been a victim of factitious disorder imposed on another as a child. We end by questioning how much of a role the town had in allowing these murders to continue.

In two weeks, we'll talk about chapters 1 through 7 of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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