Blockbuster Betties
The Craft (1996)

The Craft (1996)

September 13, 2021

We kick off our Spooky Scary season with a 90’s cult classic! A movie that dare we say inspired the likes of Charmed, Buffy, and Sabrina, bringing the occult into the mainstream in a way that shaped us all! Because let’s be honest, witches and vampire slayers are bad AF and were basically the millennial teen's intro to feminism. There was a lot to cover in this one including some pretty dark themes, but we certainly entered our podcast circle with perfect love and perfect trust. We also collectively agreed that the pencil spinning scene is still the coolest sh*t ever. 

We hope you missed us because this is our longest episode to date :)

Enjoy, and blessed be! 

Trigger warning: Self harm is a theme in this film and we discuss it (briefly) on the ep around 1:59:00. 

Starring: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True, Neve Campbell

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Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

August 16, 2021

Well, well well, we have reached the end of our extensive Boss Bitches season and we can safely say that was SPECTACULAR. Don’t you love how we can just say that to each other and know we’re not being conceited? 13 episodes, 13 great films, endless great times! Thanks for sticking with us throughout, we hope you had as much fun as we did on this wild ride! We end this glorious season with an age-old favorite from our childhood and hopefully yours too, the one and only Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion! If you’ve never seen it, watch it, and know that we are jealous that you are about to experience the joy of watching it for the first time. Tune in to hear us discuss this epic cult film at length as well as Jessica’s spot-on Mira Sorvino impression. Other topics include Romy and Michele fashion, the unparalleled  excellence of Janeane Garofalo as Heather Mooney, and the story of our very own ten-year high school reunion (that none of us attended, lolz), you don’t wanna miss this one. In other news….SEASON FOUR is coming soon biotches!!!

Stay safe and have a Romy and Michele day! 

 

Starring: Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino, Janeane Garofalo

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Set It Off (1996)

Set It Off (1996)

July 19, 2021

Throughout our Boss Bitch-themed season, we have discussed badass women in many forms and narratives. However, the women in this movie went so beyond the call of duty that they put the other so called “boss bitches” to shame.  Set It Off manages to display female characters who exist in a whole other realm of power, bravado, and fearlessness, while also managing to be loyal, vulnerable, tender, and often HILARIOUS, sending the three of us through the FULL range of emotion while watching. This along with its incredible story telling, iconic scenes, and star-studded-as-hell cast are just pieces of what makes this film legendary. If you haven’t seen Set It Off, treat yourself and watch it TODAY, and tune into our ep to hear us discuss this unforgettable film at length. Other subjects covered in this ep include our own experiences with petty crime, our thoughts on rich men in movies picking out clothes for women, unruly puppies, and the most recent Eurocup! 

Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise, Blair Underwood 

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Now and Then (1995)

Now and Then (1995)

July 6, 2021

This movie has such a special place in our hearts. From the fashun to the timeless hotness of Devon Sawa, this movie gives us such a warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia. In fact, this may be the most we have ever reminisced in a single episode! We also luv the classic songs on the soundtrack - Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me!!! Other topics discussed: lesbian erasure, surprise dicks, the purgatory of junior high…and a special cameo from Michael aka Mr. Kelly to explain a Simpson’s reference! Check it out!

Starring: Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffman, Demi Moore, Rita Wilson

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Crossroads (2002)

Crossroads (2002)

June 8, 2021

Wowzers, what a doozy this one is. First of all, #FreeBritney forever (obviously) - but also....*should* Britney be acting??? The consensus here is...this may be best left to the professionals, especially for a plot this melodramatic. We wished there were more fun dancing in this movie and less, uh, traumatic sexual violence that's just casually thrown in there. We did learn a few things along the way, like how much a cracked radiator repair cost in 2002 (as well as how ripped Justin Long was). We also enjoyed the Dan Aykroyd and Kim Cattrall cameos, even if both of them played the opposite of how we usually see them (helicopter single dad and suburban mother-of-two in Tucson, AZ). Anyway, chalk this one up to "we rewatched so you didn't have to" and enjoy the episode!  

Mean Girls (2004)

Mean Girls (2004)

May 17, 2021

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Lohan, Lizzy Caplan, Amanda Seyfried

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Jawbreaker (1999)

Jawbreaker (1999)

April 19, 2021

Join the Betties as they almost spend the whole podcast talking about Ted Lasso but turn it around just in time to dive into the campy, kitschiness, of this satire. 

Who could forget JAWBREAKER in all its 90’s does 50’s goodness? A movie so focused on aesthetics that a few of the Betties felt they forgot about the plot. Tune in to hear us worship Pam Grier, recount personal stories of "prank kidnapping,” and argue over the significance of the Donnas. You can also expect many audible appearances from this week's special guest star, Kelly’s glass of iced wine! For all you ASMR heads out there, we got you covered!

 

Starring: Rose McGowen, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer. Follow us on Instagram at @blockbusterbetties and send love notes to blockbusterbetties@gmail.com

Heathers (1989)

Heathers (1989)

April 5, 2021

We know this movie is a classic buuuuut we all kinda agreed that it was a hard watch...maybe because of the extreme creepiness of Christian Slater's character, or the copious amounts of bodily fluids on display. However, we also spent a good amount of time in this episode talking about food? It's confusing. On one hand, this movie is nauseating and upsetting in a lot of ways, but on the other, it would make an amazing party theme. Shoulder pads, croquet, and perms? I am IN. Please send an invite to blockbusterbetties@gmail.com <3 We also appreciated the iconic dialogue ("Fuck me gently with a chainsaw") and Winona Ryder's unexplained use of a monocle. This episode also features our shortest segment of all time for the question of the season ("Does this group of women remind you of your friendship?") - tune in today!!

All I Wanna Do (aka Strike!) (1998)

All I Wanna Do (aka Strike!) (1998)

March 22, 2021

"Up your ziggy with a wawa brush!" Anyone else have this phrase living in their head rent-free since you saw this movie a few times as a kid? The all-star cast, clever dialogue, and the satisfying conclusion make this movie quite the hidden gem...maybe even a diamond in the rough? What was it about this movie that didn't push it into mainstream relevance? Was it too smart? Not enough teenage romance? Le sigh. The Betties had a fun time figuring this one out, and will definitely be rewatching this one again! Starring: Gaby Hoffman, Kirsten Dunst, Rachel Leigh Cook, Monica Keena, and Heather Matarazzo. 

The Joy Luck Club (1993)

The Joy Luck Club (1993)

March 2, 2021

This is quite possibly the most intricate movie the Betties have reviewed. We aren’t used to it! The Joy Luck Club is based on a novel by Amy Tan and weaves together past and present to tell the amazing stories of relationships between Asian mothers and daughters. Haven’t seen it in a while? Never fear, this is a plot forward podcast as Betsy, Jessica, and Kelly walk through each mother/daughter pair’s story detail by detail. This movie made us cry and laugh and dance. Maybe the pod will make you do those things too.

 

Starring: Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen Follow us on Instagram at @blockbusterbetties and email us at blockbusterbetties@gmail.com

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