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Oct 2018

Gal Pals Watch The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

Episode 10: The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister
This week, Alicia and Sarah talk about a BBC biopic about the OG 'modern lesbian,' Anne Lister! If you haven't heard of her, you're in for a treat. She was the smartest, out-est, gayest Victorian lesbian and this movie will make you laugh, cry, and say, 'whoa, what a great sex scene!' Here's to learning about our fore-queers, y'all!
Things mentioned:
I Know My Own Heart: The Diaries, 1791-1840 by Anne Lister, edited by Helen Whitbread
Sep 2018

Gal Pals Watch Personal Best

Episode 9: Personal Best
Sports! This week, we're digging into the surprisingly good 1982 movie Personal Best starring Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly and some more dudes we hate! Of course Sarah is super excited about a movie involving runners who are queer women because that is her exact wheelhouse, but this movie has a surprising amount of nuance and interesting storytelling (even though it was, obviously, made by white dudes). It's still from the 80s so it has its problematic elements, but join Alicia and Sarah as they dive into this almost-forgotten classic to talk body diversity, the portrayal of intimacy, tropes they don't like, soundtrack and cinematography, and pure athleticism! 
Articles mentioned:
Review of 'Personal Best' on AfterEllen by Sarah Warn
Sep 2018

Gal Pals Watch Duck Butter

Episode 8: Duck Butter 

Do you know what duck butter is? Neither did we until this movie, and we kind of wish we still didn't! But whatever, it's cool! This week, Alicia and Sarah discuss the 2018 film Duck Butter, co-written by and starring another one of Sarah's crushes, Alia Shawkat! Join us as we discuss manic pixie dream girls, cute freckles, millennial stereotypes, abusive relationships, and poop! 

Things mentioned: 

Queery with Cameron Esposito, Alia Shawkat episode
Sep 2018

Gal Pals Watch The Runaways

Episode 7: The Runaways (2010)

This week, Alicia and Sarah continue their tour of Sarah’s celebrity crushes with Power Lesbian Kristen Stewart in her role as another Power Lesbian, Joan Jett. Both Sarah and Alicia agree: this movie is 5/5 Totinos. Listen as they talk about the exploitation of women, the ways in which Kim Fowley was a monster of a human being, the visual and audio perfection of this movie, and everyone’s favorite curly-haired cutie Alia Shawkat!

Articles mentioned: 

Joan Jett Q&A: What she thinks of 'The Runaways,' the film's lesbian scenes and Kristen Stewart by Jim Farber

Wikipedia articles worth reading (turns out Kim Fowley was even more horrible than we thought):

Sep 2018

Gal Pals Watch All About E

Episode 6: All About E 

The important take away from this episode is that Sarah has a massive crush on
Mandahla Rose. Other things of note are that this movie is full of plot holes, there are
some very not great aspects of our main characters, and there’s a pretty fantastic
lesbian sex scene! Enjoy friends! 

The book Sarah talks about when she goes off on one of her many tangents: 
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by S.J. Sindu

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Aug 2018

Gal Pals Watch The Children’s Hour

Episode 5: The Children’s Hour

All the content warning dear listeners! This movie involves intense homophobia and

Listen to Alicia and Sarah break down the 1961 film The Children’s Hour starring
Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, and some dudes neither of them care about!
This is a tough movie but it has its redeeming factors. Well, it has one redeeming
factor, but you’ll have to listen to find out what! Ever wonder about the Hays Code
and/or the history of the weirdly enduring spot in pop culture that this story has?
(It’s based on a 1934 play, which is based on a book, which is based on a real trial,
oh my!) Tune in to learn some lesbian history and our hosts’ take on it, but be
warned, this is a rough story.

Articles/books mentioned:
Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘The Children’s Hour’ by Les Fabian Brathwaite
Wikipedia page about the Hays Code:
Scotch Verdict by Lillian Faderman

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Aug 2018

Gal Pals Watch Imagine Me & You

Episode 4: Imagine Me and You

Ah, is there any more fluffy lesbian rom-com than Imagine Me and You? The answer is no because it’s pretty much the only one, which is may be for the best, but Alicia and Sarah have a lot of love for this movie and they’re here to share their thoughts! Take a trip down White Lesbian Nostalgia Lane with your hosts as they dive into this 2005 masterpiece heartwarming emblem of its time!

Aug 2018

Gal Pals Watch Mosquita y Mari

Episode 3: Mosquita y Mari

Alicia and Sarah are back to discuss the 2012 gem of a movie Mosquita y Mari, in which two teenage girls quietly fall in love in Los Angeles while also navigating their family lives, friendships, school, and the world in general. Both Sarah and Alicia love this movie, so tune in to hear them talk about friendship and intimacy, stylistic choices, and how beautiful this entire film is.

 Articles mentioned: Bravado and Caresses: Girls on the Way to Life by Stephen Holden

 Interview with Aurora Guerrero–Writer/Director of Mosquita y Mari by Melissa Silverstein

Jul 2018

Gal Pals Watch Below Her Mouth

Episode 2: Below Her Mouth

In this episode, Alicia and Sarah share their strong opinions about the 2016 porn film Below Her Mouth. This is a controversial movie among queers, and Sarah and Alicia do not shy away! Is it another version of Blue is the Warmest Color? Is it a thinly veiled story of toxic masculinity? A realistic portrayal of lesbian sex? A movie about bathtubs? Is there a story at all?! Tune in to find out!

Articles mentioned: ‘Below Her Mouth’ Is What Lesbian Porn Would Look Like If It Were Actually Made By Lesbians by Jude Dry

Jul 2018

Gal Pals Watch Disobedience

In this inaugural episode, Alicia and Sarah discuss the highly anticipated and poorly marketed Lesbian Drama™ Disobedience starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams! They gush about character development, the portrayal of sex (and bodily fluids!), the elements of the story they thought were unique/important/great/terrible, and about gay ladies. We all love gay ladies.


Links to articles mentioned: Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience Is an OK Movie With Great Movies Hiding Inside by April Wolfe


I Needed to Know How Disobedience Ends, So I Read the Novel by Danielle Olive of The Radical Notion