Next stop on the Rainbow Road to the Oscars: three more contenders for the golden man himself. This time around we watched Martin Scorsese’s crime epic The Irishman, divorce dramedy Marriage Story, and car movie Ford v Ferrari. Listen in on our predictions for the fates of these films, and keep checking back here for more Oscar predictions before the big show, February 9th! And if you want to critique our critiques or predict our next predictions, please do so in the form of a review on Apple Podcasts, and tell your friends to yell at us too!
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is often considered one of the best James Bond movies of the 24 that have been released. In honor of its 50th anniversary and in anticipation of a new Bond movie next year, we watched the classic spy film and discuss why it, and Bond, are so special. Then we get in the holiday spirit and watch each other’s favorite Christmas movies: The Muppet Christmas Carol from Cody, and The Holiday from Ben.
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[00:00] Merry Queekmas!
[00:54] Intro to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
[09:27] The 007 Recipe
[13:35] In Praise of Dame Diana Rigg’s Tracy
[15:45] Alpine Road Racing and Bobsled Fights
[20:16] Thoughts from a Bond Rookie
[27:55] What’s in a Christmas Movie?/Honorable Mentions
[34:35] Cody’s Favorite: The Muppet Christmas Carol
[39:30] “When Love Is Gone”
[50:01] Ben’s Favorite: The Holiday
[56:01] Thoughts from a Nancy Meyers Rookie
[64:38] Thoughts on Acid Reflux
Here’s a playlist to add to all of those year-end 2019 Wrapped mixes on Spotify: The Queeks 2019 Gaylist! It’s 100 of our favorite songs over the past year: 50% Cody, 50% Ben, 100% gay. Quite the eclectic mix, but very uniquely us. And while you’re there, hop over to the Queeks Podcast page to follow and listen to all our past episodes!
Like every other kid on Earth, we loved toys growing up, so Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us was, well, made for us. The series covers the biggest toy franchises of the past 100 years, and to supplement we’ve provided insight on a few of our own favorite toys. Then, we take a wee trip over to Derry, Northern Ireland and watch Derry Girls, a comedy about high school girls growing up in The Troubles.
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[00:00] Intro to The Toys That Made Us
[09:24] G.I. Joe & Barbie Adventures
[17:49] Go Go Power Rangers
[27:09] A Little My Little Pony
[29:02] Professional Wrestling is the Gayest
[34:13] The Toys That Made Ben
[39:25] Intro to Derry Girls
[43:25] The (Teenage) Troubles
[52:05] The ‘90s and Queerness in Derry Girls
[59:52] Dairy Queeks
Join us across the pond for a very English episode! We start off chatting about the Netflix phenomenon The Crown, comparing the new cast to their predecessors, discussing the historical accuracy, and trying to figure out why Americans love the Royal Family so much. Then, still in the UK, we review A Very English Scandal, the limited series by BBC and Amazon that takes a somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at the Thorpe Affair, a gay sex scandal that rocked the island in the 70’s. If you’re an Anglophile or otherwise a fan of what we’ve been doing, please leave Queeks a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever else permits podcast reviews! Tata and farewell.
[00:00] Intro to The Crown
[10:21] New Season, New Cast
[16:30] Tobias Menzies’ Depth & Olivia Colman’s Restraint
[20:50] The Burden of Royalty
[23:00] Historical Accuracy: Peter Townsend & Edward VIII
[27:31] American Royal Watching
[32:12] A Very English Scandal
[36:36] The Thorpe Affair
[44:08] 18 Years in 3 Episodes
[47:38] Expressive Suppression in Gay Britons
[53:07] Is A Very English Scandal Too Comedic
[61:02] A Very English Crossover Event
Earlier this year we discussed Hulu’s LGBTQ-inclusive kids show The Bravest Knight, written and created by Daniel Errico. We were thrilled when Daniel then reached out to tell us that he heard the episode, and we jumped at the opportunity to chat with him! For more on Daniel and a free collection of his awesome stories, visit his site at http://www.freechildrenstories.com
Pokémon is the world’s most profitable entertainment franchise, with more than two decades of trading cards, manga, TV shows and movies stoking the flames of fandom. At its core is a series of games so iconic that when its latest installment, Pokémon Sword and Shield, broke slightly from the mold, it generated fire and fury online. We give our two cents on the newest game, the series as a whole, and the backlash in today’s episode.
Despite Halloween having passed, we also take a look at the shockingly well-cast yet poorly received witchy movie Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, some frozen margs, and gay icon Stockard Channing. And if you like what you’re hearing, please tell your friends about us! It’s seriously a huge help.
[00:00] Intro to Pokémon
[02:29] History of the Core Series
[07:16] Pokémon Firsts
[11:35] To Grind, Or Not To Grind
[15:41] The Galar Region, Dynamax Battles, and Team Yell
[21:17] Dissecting ‘Dexit’
[28:22] Returning to Pokémon vs. Playing Them All
[32:52] Pokémon Gen 9: What’s Next?
[36:15] Our Favorite Gen 8 Pokémon
[41:10] Intro to Practical Magic
[45:23] Familial Love & Feminism
[51:26] Midnight Margaritas!!!
[54:48] Very Gay & Very ‘90s
[57:24] The Cauldron: An Interactive DVD Menu Game
[60:01] Queerness is Magic
[67:57] Women Lifting Up Women/Casting the Practical Magic Reboot
Disney owns almost everything we love, so it was only a matter of time before they took over streaming too. In this Mini Queek we talk about Disney+, the blockbuster streaming service that’s banking on nostalgia, the buying power of kids, and a smattering of original content to drive the world’s greatest media empire into the future.
[00:00] The Highly Anticipated Disney+ Release
[03:18] …For Some of Us
[04:38] What’s Not On Disney+
[08:07] Episodes Out of Order/Missing Entirely
[09:55] Missing Features
[11:20] Dear Streaming Giants, Where Are the Special Features?
[13:50] Cutting Off The Simpsons
[15:24] Content Warnings & Song of the South
[21:25] Adult Content & The X-Men
[23:56] Han vs. Greedo: Who Shot First? MACLUNKEY!
[30:06] Brief Teaser Thoughts on The Mandalorian Premiere
Follow us down the Rainbow Road to the Oscars as we watch three early contenders for the gold: Jojo Rabbit, The Lighthouse, and Parasite. Then turn your attention to ’90s cult classic To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, an American comedy/drama about three drag queens on a road trip through the US…sound familiar?
Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and start prepping your Oscar ballots! You best believe we’ll be covering the big night in a few short months.
[00:00] Rainbow Road to the Oscars
[02:43] Jojo Rabbit
[14:10] The Lighthouse
[36:41] Intro to To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
[39:15] Drag vs. Farce
[46:28] Does To Wong Foo Know What Makes a Drag Queen?
[51:43] Small “Town,” USA
[54:35] Sexism, Racism, and Fairy Drag Mothers
[65:19] Is To Wong Foo Even a Queer Film?