Madelaine Turner and Rebecca Botter host the podcast dedicated to examining, archiving, and applauding the loneliest girls in media & pop-culture history.
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A Christmas (Surprise) Carol: Muppets, Mathew McConaughey, Modern Psychology & The Man Who (Maybe) Invented Christmas
1:32:26This year we accidentally made a very good choice of what to cover for our holiday episode. It began with wanting to discuss A Muppets Christmas Carol which then evolved into wanting to discuss the other adaptations and retellings of the Christmas classic which then led to a Dickensian feat. It’s going to include Madelaine Turner’s EXCELLENT research on Charles Dicken’s life and Rebecca’s subpar knowledge on the topic after watching The Man Who Invented Christmas (an eventual BBC classic). We also watched and will be discussing Ghosts of Girlfriends Past as *gasp* maybe the best adaptation of them all???t) We also watched A Barbie Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Holly Dolly Christmas, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Scrooged, to prep for the episode. That’s a lot. We are experts. God bless us, everyone! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1:22:48It's been a while since we've done one of these but this week we're bringing you a Topical Episode on Comparison. We approach it from some different angles and were honestly a little surprised how many ways you can discuss it. Madelaine Turner discussing the comparison she gets with Wes Anderson and Rebecca discusses what it's like working in a bridal shop and surrounded being surrounded by mirrors 24/7. Maddie talks about the Beyonce Concert, Rebecca was called vanilla by a boy at a bar the other night, and we even talk about how we're compared to one another. This is one of our most vulnerable episodes to date and we really appreciate you listening. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
ACOTAR Recap Pt. 2: A Court of Wings and Ruin
1:40:53Y'all. This almost killed us. We possibly ACOTAR-ed too hard and tried to consume too much smut in too short of a timespan which made us lose our minds. We may have read the term 'mate' used too many times in one week. Or there was just way too much war and not enough smut. All that matters is that this week we learned more about ourselves and we're dragging you down to the bottom of the library with us. We will be covering the third book, took the ACOTAR personality quiz to find out which character we are, and saur much more.The Video Essays that Got Us Across the Finishing Line:I read A Court of Wings and Ruin and now I’m an alcoholic- With CindyCari Can Read Recap Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
1:42:31Are you ready for The Most Beautiful Episode You've Ever Heard? By The Cauldron, we hope so. This week The Lonely Girls are flying head-first into a world of sexy faeries, seductive smirks, cursed castles, and more lore than either of them were truly prepared for. Recapping the first two novels of Sarah J. Maas's fantasy series, A Court Of Thorns And Roses (known colloquially as ACOTAR), Rebecca and Madelaine get into the nitty gritty of these best-selling books and ask themselves the important questions. Did we see the twist from a mile away? How many Ex Machinas will we accept in a row? Why does Rebecca hate a protagonist that paints? and Are we just a bunch of sluts? Listen and find out. Hope you enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1:25:18*cue the Billy Joel song* *turn off Billy Joel song*This week we're talking about the 2003 cult classic film, Uptown Girls. This movie was marketed as a rom-com giggly sleepover romp and then ended up being a very delicate and beautiful film about healing our inner child. It is (arguably) one of the best Brittany Murphy performances and maybe THE best performance from a child actor ever. Ever. The movie was initially panned because it never found its exact audience but was held in the public consciousness because of Sarah Edward's costuming. The whimsical and girl-forward styling and art direction of the film has kept it as a very "online" and led it to be rediscovered in the 2020s. During this episode Madelaine and Rebecca refer to this AMAZING video multiple times:Uptown Girls is an Underrated Masterpiece on Healing Your Inner Child by Film Girls Studies.The Forgotten Legacy of Brittany Murphy by Yhara zayd.Makeover Montage Podcast- Uptown Girls with Tavi Gevinson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Holes by Louis Sachar
1:34:49You asked for it (no one asked for it) and we delivered. This week we are talking about Louis Sachar's film and Newberry Medal winning book, Holes. It is a coming of age story about a boy sent away to a juvenile correction camp where he unearths (hell yeah) secrets and breaks family curses. It truly presents as a beautiful children's novel but one foot deeper is an elegant investigation into the prison system and generational trauma... Dig in. This episode was edited by Darcy Brown! We love you Darcy.The video essay referenced: Holes and the Industrial Prison Complex by Yhara ZaydActors Commentary of Holes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
New Moon & Eclipse
1:36:24Christmas Surprise. Back in November 2022 Madelaine and Rebecca were together to watch Bivi play Clara in The Nutcracker and they continued to watch the Twilight series. We truly love talking about these movies so much because they are EXCELLENT pieces of cinema. In this episode we discuss where the hell we've been, rolling down hills, the morality of becoming werewolves, and Howard Shore's score that was honestly too good for these movies. Thank you to Erica Kremer and Mary (hail Mary) for experiencing these films with us. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Princess Bride
1:40:02Being iconically nostalgic is what brings us together today. This current season has been a love letter to Madelaine's mom and this film has particular significance for both of them. In this episode we talk about being lonely girls at concerts (Rebecca discusses going to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour and Madelaine tells the story of her 24 hour whirlwind in NYC). To prep for this episode Rebecca did so much research that she may have made herself physically sick and she HIGHLY suggests you do the same. Below we're linking what we hyper fixated on to bring you this. The Princess Bride Audiobook (abridged) read by Rob ReinerAs You Wish by Cary Elwes (HIGHLY suggest listening to the audiobook)And then obviously the book and then the movie. We barely need to link these above. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lonely Girls in the Studio Ghibli Universe
1:58:48The Lonely Girls been talking about doing a Miyazaki episode since the inception of the podcast. Madelaine already knew too much about the filmmaker and Rebecca (being Rebecca) never thought that they would have enough time to properly research and give y'all an episode worthy of the topic. But then we became Season 2 Rebecca and Madelaine and thus transformed into much more ambitious ladies.This episode we are discussing the Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli. Their cannon of films mean so much to lonely girls and have some of the best representation of the archetype on screen. We discuss each of the films (a handful of them we do say, "I didn't watch that one", but not many), look at them through the The Lonely Girls Lens and and *cough* film maker's lens.We also discuss Miyazaki, why his name is so synonymous with the studio, and how his childhood went on to impact his most famous work. One word hint. Planes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Anne of Green Gables
1:19:22We're back babyyyyyyyy! Did you see that coming? Absolutely no you did not. Because we didn't tell anyone.We're kicking off Season 2 by returning to our our childhood book shelves and pulling out the first three books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This week we're going to (trigger warning) Canada and more specifically to Prince Edward Island. Anne has been one of the most suggested topics and we refused to do it until we wanted to. Which is now. We discuss our connection to the books, the life of the author, and (famously) the loneliest characters in the lonely girl cannon. Mini Doc on the author that Rebecca references:https://youtu.be/QARosNBYfaA Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.