Really Important Fictional Things

Really Important Fictional Things

There's no guilty in these pleasures. Every week we'll explore complex themes below the surface of our favorite fictional things. Deep thoughts featuring jokes, tangents, and celeb stories.

Episodes

November 16, 2022 70 min

This week we're talking about the 1992 A League of Their Own. It's not perfect, but we're fairly impressed for 1992 (though we wish we'd made more progress by now). No real surprise, these women are badasses on and off the field. We're very into them and thanks to Penny Marshall for her energy to create and direct this movie.

P.S. Geena Davis and Tom Hanks are both  6 feet tall.

We're taking a week off for Th...

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This week we're diving deep on Good Will Hunting and surprise! Julia's back again to help us tackle it! We've got thoughts on everything from Minnie's casting to the famous therapy scenes. In what we watched, Julia's jumping on the Tell Me Lies train, Avery's watching Spotlight to get yet more Boston nostalgia, and we also READ things (minor spoilers for Layla by Colleen Hoover).

Next week we're taking a...

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November 2, 2022 81 min

This week we're headed to Stars Hallow! We have a guest, and Gilmore Girls superfan, in the studio with us to dive into everything you love and question about the WB classic. Mother/daughter dynamics. Mountains of junk food. Infuriating yet delightful love stories. We cover a lot of ground.

Next week we'll cover the seminal Good Will Hunting - and Julia will be back!

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29 Things You Didn’t Know About Gilm...

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October 26, 2022 34 min

Our watch along wraps up this week with the last two episodes of The Afterparty - "Danner" and "Maggie". We figure it out and wrap things up.

Next week, we're diving into to 2000s classic and fall favorite Gilmore Girls. And we've got a guest! 

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October 19, 2022 64 min

It's spooky season folks! This week we're diving into Hocus Pocus and it's follow-up Hocus Pocus 2! We analyze the pros and cons of sequels and wokeness, and wax poetic on how crushable and problematic boys were in the 90s. Later, Rosey is devouring Tell Me Lies and Avery is comfort watching Great British Baking Show.

Next week we'll cover the final installment of The Afterparty  watch-along, "Danner" and &#...

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October 14, 2022 36 min

On our watch along this week we're discussing episodes 5 and 6 of The Afterparty - "High School" and "Zoe". We've got theories! 

We'll cover the next two episodes of The Afterparty, "Danner" and "Maggie" in two weeks, it'll drop on Wednesday, October 26. 

And next week, we're looking at the seminal spooky classic Hocus Pocus! 

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October 5, 2022 66 min

This week we're looking at and talking about 1995's Casper. It's an Avery childhood fave and Rosey is skeptical of almost all of it. Our conversation is as kooky as the movie itself. Before that we chat about what we're watching - Rosey is watching more mystical teens and Avery watched a few things on the more serious side.

Next up next week is the next  installment of The Afterparty watchalong, covering High School...

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September 28, 2022 46 min

Our watch along continues! This week we're discussing episodes 3 and 4  of The Afterparty - "Yasper" and "Chelsea". We really don't know what's going to happen, but of course, we've got a lot of theories. 

We'll cover the next two episodes of The Afterparty, "High School" and "Zoe" in two weeks, it'll drop on Wednesday, October 12. 

And next week, we're looking at 1995's...

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This week we're diving into the Apple TV+ original Mythic Quest! From the minds of the Always Sunny crew, this workplace comedy is one of our faves. We get into all the hijinks, narcissism, unlikeable female characters, and more! On what we watched, Avery's not loving The Rings of Power and Rosey has a love-hate relationship with Kevin Can Go F Himself.

Next up next week is our second installment of The Afterparty watch...

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September 14, 2022 34 min
Our watch-alongs are back! This week, we're discussing the first two episodes  of The Afterparty - "Aniq" and "Brett". Unlike our Yellowjackets series, we're watching along in real time,  so we don't know the ending but we're already making guesses.

We'll cover the next two episodes of The Afterparty, "Yasper" and "Chelsea" in two weeks, it'll drop on Wednesday, September 28. 

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September 7, 2022 52 min

This week we're discussing Genre. Fantasy, True Crime, Rom Com, War...what's your favorite and why? We share listener opinions and our own. On the What We Watched section we discuss fave reality streams, and go tread into some spoilers for The Summer I Turned Pretty (proceed with caution).

Next week we're watching along with The Afterparty's episode 1 and 2! Tune in to hear our unspoiled (for the entire season we me...

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This week we’re diving into Hacks… again. Season 2 is out and it was so good, we had to revisit the show. This time we also talk about the phenomenal and groundbreaking creators Lucia Aniello & Paul W. Downs. Before that, we talk about what we’ve been watching. Rosey was sick so her list is embarrassingly long, but you’ll get some good recs out of it and Avery is readying a non-fictional book that’s changing her life.

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July 20, 2022 105 min

This week we’re taking a long look at the delightful Stick It. Want to find out why gymnasts always have wedgies? We’ve got answers. We also fill you in on what we’ve been watching, and look at a new kind of list: AV club’s top 25 movies of 2022 so far.

Next week we’re returning to Hacks for a season 2 breakdown because we can’t get enough, and also taking an in-depth look at the creators behind the show (they also made the iconic B...

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This week we’re diving into Pixar’s 1998 A Bug’s Life. It’s still fun and cute and imaginative but as adults we’re also seeing through the cracks. Down the rabbit hole we go as we talk about colonialism, gender, Roe v Wade, capitalism, and what actually happens when caterpillars become butterflies. Before that Avery updates us on her experience with Hacks season 2 and Rosey reviews Love, Victor season 3. Then we look into a fun new...

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June 22, 2022 77 min

This week we’re diving into the 1996 critical hit Scream. We’re screaming about it, but not necessarily in delight. Avery, who loved this movie as a youngin, is particularly shocked by her reaction upon rewatch — Rosey as usual pulls no punches. On what we watched we chat about Fleabag season 2 (minor spoilers), Hacks season 2, Stranger Things (minor spoilers), and surprise! Basketball.

Next week we're taking on our first kid&#...

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June 15, 2022 63 min

This week we’re loving HBO Max’s Hacks. We have a crush on this show and all its characters. We dive into the “female of it all”, the beauty of mentorship, the difference between high and low brow living, and the abundance of non-awkward awkward moments. For What We Watched, Avery is catching up with Conversations with Friends and is equally befuddled.

Next week we’re talking about the groundbreaking Scream.

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    This week we're investigating the Tom Hanks baby, and Liv Tyler star vehicle despite almost no lines, That Thing You Do!  There's pop music, musician divas, nearly silent women, a magical black man...we've got a lot to talk about. For What We Watched, New Girl is a forever love and Conversations With Friends is confusing. Then we check out the Netflix Top 10.

    Don’t forget to check out Rosey’s guest spot on friend podcas...

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    June 1, 2022 99 min

    This week we take a look at Bring it On and for a movie from 2000, we’re pretty impressed. It’s not perfect, but it’s a fun, feminist movie with some badass women feeling no shame. Before diving in, Avery talks about watching Candy and Rosey can’t get enough of Grace & Frankie. Then we finish up with Netflix’s top 10.

    Next week we’ll cover Rosey’s childhood favorite and Tom Hanks’ directorial debut That Thing You Do.

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    This week we're holding our nose and diving into 2009's emotionally devastating He's Just Not That Into You. First we chat about what we watched, including Jennifer Anniston's MUCH better turn in The Morning Show.

    No list this week, that'll be back next week, when we talk about the delightful Bring It On! (BIO is only available to stream on YouTube for free, so catch it there if you want to brush up ahead of the...

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    This week we’re talking about one of Avery’s favorites: the 2002 The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon is capable and hot, spoiler alert. Also, we’re convinced this is actually just a romance masquerading as an action movie. Needless to say, we get into it. But first, Rosey talks about binging Heartstopper and Avery continued with the “week of Matt Damon” and rewatched Good Will Hunting. Then it’s back to Netflix for their Top 10.

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