The Broadcast Ep. 6.35 “A Period Piece”

I’ve told a bad job blogging this past week, I’m sorry! I’m trying to do at least one or two non-Broadcast posts each week, but for some reason this entire week got away from me! On our most recent episode, we talk about the HUMP film festival that we watched from home last week and the movie Turning Red.

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Shandy shares some big news! The Broads recap this year’s virtual HUMP Film Festival and talk about Disney/Pixar’s Turning Red, including children’s emotional intelligence and, since Shandy watched Encanto, the family themes in Encanto vs. Turning Red, as well as other Disney/Pixar movies that have similar themes that haven’t been protested. The Broads also share stories of sleepytime adventures.

Don’t forget we’re watching My So-Called Life to talk about on April 5!!

As always, you can listen to the latest episode below or via jayandjack.comiTunesSpreakerSpotifyStitcherGoogle Podcasts, etc. You may have better luck searching for us as “The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen” since there are a few other shows called The Broadcast.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading/listening. 🙂

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The Broadcast Ep. 6.34 “Pis, Ides, & Leprechauns”

Here we are again at the end of another week with a new episode of The Broadcast. On this week’s episode, which has a title that absolutely DELIGHTS me but is probably not the most enticing lol, we make plans to watch Turning Red and talk about all of the times Disney has been more “mature” than showing a girl coming-of-age. We also talk about some TV shows we’ve caught up on and how we were affected as kids by things adults said to us.

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On this week’s episode, Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen do a little bit of time-traveling. They make plans to watch Turning Red and talk about it on next week’s episode, and think about all the times Disney has featured things way worse than a period in their movies. Colleen watched KIMI, finally finished Search Party, and has started Upload. Amanda finally finished watching What We Do in the Shadows and Shandy finally watched White Lotus.

Don’t forget we’re watching My So-Called Life to talk about on April 5!!

As always, you can listen to the latest episode below or via jayandjack.comiTunesSpreakerSpotifyStitcherGoogle Podcasts, etc. You may have better luck searching for us as “The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen” since there are a few other shows called The Broadcast.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading/listening. 🙂

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Movie Review: Kimi

Jay and I watched the new Steven Soderberg movie, Kimi, on HBO Max this past weekend. Starring Zoë Kravitz and featuring Rita Wilson, Erika Christensen, Devin Ratray, and Byron Bowers, Kimi is a thriller written by David Koepp, the screenwriter behind Jurassic ParkMission: ImpossibleSpider-Man (the Tobey Maguire one), Panic Room, Death Becomes Her, etc. Kimi is set during the mid-to-late-COVID era. It’s centered around an agoraphobic remote worker named Angela (Kravitz) who monitors errors in the voice commands of “KIMI” units, a fictionalized version of Alexa or Siri. One of her error message logs reveals a woman (Christensen) in distress and naturally, Angela becomes concerned and wants to get to the bottom of it. Mystery follows! Danger ensues!

And, beyond this point, *minor* plot *spoilers* will also ensue.

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The Broadcast Ep. 6.33 “We Had a Time”

Another Friday, another new episode of The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen is out. On this week’s episode, which runs a little over an hour in length, we go down memory lane to when the pandemic was in its early stages in Feb/March 2020 and get educated on Tik Tok challenges. We also read a particularly ridiculous AITA that has Shandy ROTFLHAO.

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On this week’s episode, Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen reminisce about life just before the pandemic started and suddenly, they’re a Taylor Swift song. They also learn about the ‘Drop It’ Challenge on Tik Tok and read an amazing AITA.

HUMP with us on March 17 at 10 p.m. EST: https://btt.boldtypetickets.com/events/120542858/the-2022-hump-film-festival

April 5: My So-Called Life.

As always, you can listen to the latest episode below or via jayandjack.comiTunesSpreakerSpotifyStitcherGoogle Podcasts, etc. You may have better luck searching for us as “The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen” since there are a few other shows called The Broadcast.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading/listening. 🙂

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The Broadcast Ep. 6.32 “The Broads with the Power”

Ooops, I totally forgot to post about the latest episode of The Broadcast last week! A new episode comes out tomorrow, but I really liked last week’s episode. We’re trying something out where we do a new “themed” show each month to give us some more focus and not just do the “shoot the shit, do a Buzzfeed quiz” type episodes. For our first theme, we did 80s movies that at least 1 or 2 of us hadn’t seen, focusing on 80s fantasy movies (LabyrinthThe NeverEnding Story, and Goonies) and then randomly throwing in the movie Working Girl, which we probably should have saved for another month and swapped in The Princess Bride or Stand By Me or something. Oh well, haha. We talked a  bit about Shandy’s recent trip to the Big Sky Film Festival in Montana in the beginning, but the movie talk starts at 27:30. I think this episode is a lot of fun to listen to, even if you haven’t seen all of the movies in question.

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It’s 80’s fantasy movies (and Working Girl) week! Join us as we talk about The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Working Girl, and The Goonies (starting at 27:16). Which movies held up?  Are any of them just straight-up ridiculous now? What does Amanda call, “the easiest geocache ever?” Shandy also catches us up on her birthday trip to Missoula and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Amanda shares a harrowing experience, and Colleen read a book!

Our next topic is My So-Called Life (the complete series) and we’ll be recording it on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 so get your feedback in by then!

As you know by now, you can listen to the latest episode below or via jayandjack.comiTunesSpreakerSpotifyStitcherGoogle Podcasts, etc. You may have better luck searching for us as “The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen” since there are a few other shows called The Broadcast.

Happy listening, and thanks for listening!

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Book Review: While Justice Sleeps

Woo-hoo, I’ve now read two books in 2022, which ties the total number of books I read in 2018-2021, 😂😂😂. One more, and I’ll have met my goal to read three books in 2022. I may even up my goal to six books. 2022 is wild.

Anyways, I’d wanted to read Stacey Abrams’ While Justice Sleeps since it came out in May 2021 and was grateful when a friend gave it to me as a Secret Santa gift. The novel follows Supreme Court Clerk Avery Keene as she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight after her boss and mentor, SCOTUS Justice Howard Wynn, falls into a coma and appoints her as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Justice Wynn had secrets and he wants Avery to piece them together to unravel one big bad secret he discovered. So, Avery sets forth to uncover the mystery while also dealing with her drug-addicted mother and the DC media circus.

While Justice Sleeps is really good. I am SO glad I read it. It’s not a perfect story but you can absolutely correlate a lot of what Abrams writes about to things that are happening in present-day America. I really liked Avery; one of my pet peeves while reading a book is when the main character is so perfect that they’re unbelievable. Avery is flawed and although she has a few qualities that feel like a duex ex machina, it’s not difficult to overlook them because she’s likable. The supporting characters, while generally being your classic secondary role archetypes, serve their purpose in a non-too-annoying way, contributing to moving the story along on the cues you’d expect.

The mystery itself is a bit complicated, but, scarily, believable. It almost makes you wonder how close someone in government writing a fiction novel is actually mirroring reality vs. entertainment reality vs. actual f*cking reality. The big reveal wasn’t exactly what I was expecting it to be but the “truth” that Avery discovers is just as awful as promised. I was a bit confused about the outcome for two of the characters, but decided, in the end, it didn’t matter to me that much, haha.

One other thing to note: Abrams is also a well-establish romance novelist and although she set up the male protagonist (both of them, really) as super hot, we only get one kissing scene and it’s like a sentence-long. I didn’t know what to expect but…maybe I was hoping for a little bit more? Both romances that the book alludes to are also convenient but dammit, I was there for them!

If you’re a fan of that genre, I absolutely recommend reading While Justice Sleeps. If you’ve already read it, let me know what you thought!

Next up: Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. I’m hoping to finish it while the movie is still in theaters but haven’t gotten very far into it yet so we’ll see how it goes.

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A Few Movies: Uncharted, Marry Me, The 355

I’ve seen a few movies over the past couple of weeks and figured I’d share a few blurbs on each. I’m not a great reviewer, s0 I’ll do my best to keep my thoughts succinct. Those movies were The 355, Uncharted, and Marry Me.

Uncharted

Jay and I saw Uncharted on opening day because I had high hopes that this movie would be a sillier version of Indiana Jones. I wanted to see it because I love the genre and like Tom Holland. Based on a popular video game, the supporting cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Tati Gabrielle (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), and Sophia Taylor Ali. It was…just okay. It’s my understanding that the main character, Nate (Holland), is supposed to be a bit older and more of a Nathan Fillion-type and the character of Sully (Wahlberg) is his mentor. This feels like a missed opportunity for a Fillion-Harrison Ford vehicle, #justsaying. Oooh, or even a Holland/Fillion team-up if they wanted to keep with the younger version of Nate.

Anyways, I had a few issues with Uncharted. It started out really fun but just completely fell apart by the last act. Some of the casting was also awful. Holland, Gabrielle, and Ali are awesome but Marky Mark and Antonio Banderas look bored out of their minds the entire time and barely did not even try. I think Banderas may have been actively sleep-acting through the entire movie. That said, there were some SUPER fun action scenes, but not even ridiculous sky-fighting could save it (I loved them anyway). It’s worth a streaming view for the entertainment, but idk if I’d pay to see it again. I think they should recast Marky Mark for the sequel. It would make a world of difference because honestly, at the end of the day, viewers can generally ignore silly plotholes as long as they’re attached to the relationships between characters, and in Uncharted, there’s no sense of belief in or emotional attachment whatsoever with the Sully/Nate relationship.  Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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2.22.22!!!

Hello! I’m back for more numbers fun. 2.22.22. 22.02.2022. 22.2.22. However you write it, I was embarrassingly excited for today. I had to check myself and tone down the enthusiasm at work this morning because my new coworkers were clearly not as impressed by the date as I was, hahaha. At my longtime former job, my boss was just as enthusiastic as I was about numbers and dates and we’d geek out about all of them. Fun times.

Anyways, I don’t know if the date affected my attitude, but today was a great day. I had a good morning at the new job and a really fun lunch meetup with my geocaching friends. Today was also National Margarita Day so we made tacos and spicy margaritas, something we rarely do nowadays because the kids aren’t taco fans. Except…they both suddenly decided they liked tacos after we went to Bar Taco for my birthday and kept that preference up tonight, eating everything and not complaining once. A 2.22.22 miracle.

So, cheers to twos, tacos, and margaritas! Here’s some mildly interesting things I found today to share:

    • I talked about Angel Numbers in my 2.2.22 post. If you’re into that, this article talks about different meanings of five 2’s in a row.
    • Moving on from numerology into astronomy, apparently February 22, 2022 marks the United States’ Pluto return. Hopefully, it’s less dramatic than a Saturn return.
    • I loved this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. This Tweet made me laugh and think of my friend Amanda from college. Miss you, Pookie. <3

       

    • I’m trying to read more this year. I’m halfway through Stacey Abrams’ book, “While Justice Sleeps” and have “Death on the Nile” up next. I found this list of mystery books today and was wondering if anyone out there has read any of these yet. If so, could you make a recommendation?
    • I wasn’t originally thrilled for it because I wasn’t a big fan of either of the Suicide Squad movies, but I ended up LOVING the crap outta HBO Max’s Peacemaker. John Cena and the rest of the cast do such a great job. And no, we never skipped the opening credits. Anyways, here’s the 9-minute blooper reel for Season 1. Enjoy!

I hope you all have a great rest of the week! Happy 2-22-22 Twosday!

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The Real Weird Crossover Pt 2

Part 2 of The Broadcast’s annual crossover with Alice and Martha of The Real Weird Sisters podcast is out! In this episode, we dive into a couple of “Am I the Asshole” questions, talk about the TV show “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” and get into some really fun feedback questions, such as imaging Harry Potter Tindr profiles and responding to how our political opinions have changed over the last few years.

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It’s Part 2 of our 5th annual crossover episode with The Real Weird Sisters, Alice & Martha! This episode is all about AITA and feedback!! We are shark-like and powerful! We are Real Weird Crap! We also talk about The Sex Lives of College Girls, the Harry Potter reunion special, Harry Potter Tindr profiles (and more!), rescue animals, and get put on blast for our past political preferences.

REMINDER: On March 1, we’re going to do an episode specifically talking about The NeverEnding Story, The Labyrinth, Working Girl, and Goonies. Send us some feedback about those movies and any other 80’s movies you think we’d like to chat about. Our email address is TheBroadcasters3@gmail.com and our voicemail is 331-276-2373.

As you know by now, you can listen to the latest episode below or via jayandjack.comiTunesSpreakerSpotifyStitcherGoogle Podcasts, etc. You may have better luck searching for us as “The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen” since there are a few other shows called The Broadcast.

Happy listening, and thanks for listening!

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A Valentine’s Day Serenade

Eeeek, I’m starting my new job today. I’m really nervous. I just hope it works out. I’m in a much better place than I was in back in August when I started my last job, so I’m hoping that’s a sign of good things to come.

Speaking of signs, Jay and I set out for a Valentine’s Day lunch at our favorite sushi place on Monday afternoon. When we got there, we discovered that they’re normally closed on Mondays but were making an exception for V-Day dinner. So, we set out for another preferred restaurant. When we got to restaurant #2, we discovered it was a 90-minute wait if you didn’t have a reservation. At this point, we were feeling a bit dejected, unable to agree on where to go next. We were pretty much resigned to go home when I relented and agreed to go to one of Jay’s first alternative suggestions, which was Five Guys. I wasn’t in the mood for burgers, but it’s the Five Guys that we went to on the day we met, so I thought it would be nice to do it on V-Day.

As we were fininishing our meal (during which I talked about how anxious I was feeling about the new job), these four fellow diners came up to us and asked if they could sing a song for us. We said, “Of course!” and they proceeded to sing this sweet little ditty:

They reminded me so much of my grandpa that I can’t help but wonder if maybe it was his or the Universe’s way of saying hello and not to worry. Third restaurant choice, third job within one year’s time. Ya know. We wouldn’t have encountered them if we hadn’t ended up here by chance.

Or it could have just been another one of life’s meaningless coincidences. I hope I’m right, though. Either way, it put a smile on my face. Thanks, gentlemen.

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