Read it and Weep
Summary: Read it and Weep is a good podcast about bad books, movies, and TV. Each week 2.5 comedians and a guest make fun of things like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, Going Rogue by Sarah Palin, and anything Keanu Reeves has been in.
We've got another first time guest this week, video game designer Neven Mrgan (@mrgan on Twitter) brought us a sweaty New York movie, Dog Day Afternoon. It's a terrific watch with lots to talk about so stop reading and let's get into it! Next up: The Secret of NIMH (1982). Currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
We welcomed back Irene Tu (@irene_tu on all platforms) to chat about the 1991 action/buddy movie Thelma & Louise. Plus we talked about whether we'd be good friends to run from the law with, what to pack in a bugout bag, and we unveiled the new game "Two Brags and a Lie."
Welcome to a very special episode of Read it and Weep. This week we throw back to our Season 1 days with our original panelists and basically the same Twilight book Stephanie Meyer has written two other times already. This time we're living in Edward's head and let me tell you, it's an unpleasant place to be for 25 hours. This feels like a series that maybe should have remained dead but instead walks the earth.
Happy Anniversary, Andy! It's a throwback to last year's Does It Hold Up? season as we check in on the 2001 stoner comedy about highway patrol officers who drink syrup. Is it still funny or is it time to #DefundSuperTroopers? Find out! Plus: in a special bonus segment, we teach you how to hunt caribou.
Surprise! It's the boogie man (much less fun to dance with than it sounds). And he's here to scare the pants off Amber Preston (@prestonparty) who is intrigued by horror, but a bit too scurred to watch it on her own. Amber's got a new album! It's called Sparkly Parts and it's so funny. Find it on Apple / Amazon
Our friend Laser (@lasermwebber) is back and they brought us a real gem, the 2015 film Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It's beautiful and uplifting and an important movie to watch while eating chicken in a hot tub. Plus we learn about the meme, "They're lesbians, Harold" and what a motif is.
Our buddy Curtis Cook (@curtis_cook) is back with the show, this time bringing us a movie he likes bringing up at dinner parties. It's a 90s neo-noir where two "identical" half brothers are played by men who don't look anything like each other. Is there more to it than that? Eh, we're not sure.
Sarah Hatheway is back on the show as the Summer of Friends takes a dip into the world of high fashion. We visit the incredibly fun and well dress early Hepburn movie. It's a really good time.
The Summer of Friends continues with pod favorite Phoebe Bottoms. She takes us on a journey of one of her favorite comedies from her childhood, the strange flop Clifford. It stars Martin Short as an old guy AND a 10-year-old. In a strange turn of events, Hunter and Alex are kinda on the same page!
Guests are back! Guests are back! We're moving into our Summer of Friends with the amazing Bri Pruett (@bripruett) joining us. She's asked to share the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray that had such an effect on her as a kid. We have great time talking about it. Be sure to check out Bri's new podcast "You Can Do It w/ Bri Pruett" where she gives pep talks and tools for life to her friends. Find it wherever podcasts are.
We're reading a book, what is this, the old days! It is, in the 1968 young adult high-fantasy book that inspired so much of the genre. And it's a lovely way to pass the week. If that's not enough, EZRA'S BACK! Thank you for sponsoring, David and Maggie!
Whew, another long one. But a good one I think. We talk about 4th of July movies and traditions and then the strange sci-fi B movie about robot teachers and punk rock gangs in Seattle. Plus stories from somebody who worked there! Thanks for sponsoring, Destiny, Eudora, and Guthrie!
And now an epic episode of RiaW. We talk about the almost 4-hour movie about a problematic guy in a beautiful desert. Also Alex reads from his nightmare diary for some reason and we invent the "sten-dog-rapher".
It's a super problematic low budget movie with some really interesting elements. So you know that means, LOTS OF GUILTY FEELINGS. Also, slight trigger warning for discussion of sexual violence.
There's an alien in a Chevy Malibu and the coach of the Mighty Ducks is the only one who can find it.