Deep Thoughts About Stupid Sh*t

Tracie Guy-Decker & Emily Guy Birken

Ever had something you love dismissed because it’s “just” pop culture? What others might deem stupid shit, you know matters. You know it’s worth talking and thinking about. So do we. We're Tracie and Emily, two sisters who think a lot about a lot of things. From Twilight to Ghostbusters, Harry Potter to the Muppets, and wherever pop culture takes us, come overthink with us as we delve into our deep thoughts about stupid shit.


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Deep Thoughts about Jurassic Park
4d ago
Deep Thoughts about Jurassic Park
Send us a Text Message.Hold on to your butts!On this week’s episode of Deep Thoughts, Emily shares her analysis of the 1993 film Jurassic Park. She describes the thrill of being the target audience for a summer blockbuster (she was 14 when it came out) and her discomfort with how the book portrayed the only two female characters as an annoying child and a cardboard cutout with breasts. She and Tracie talk about how the film that teaches us that life finds a way makes for an unexpected (and unintended) allegory for the importance of reproductive autonomy. And Emily explains why Muldoon’s final words of “Clever girl” are her favorite movie moment.Throw on some headphones and listen to the adventure 65 million 31 years in the making!Note: We had some technical difficulties during recording and lost a couple minutes of recording but Tracie mentioned some of the missing information in her synthesis. Specifically, in the missing section, Emily talked about Dr. Sattler saying “Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth” and about Spielberg’s desire to cast Joseph Mazzello as Tim, which affected the ages of the children in the film compared to the book. Our theme music is "Professor Umlaut" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Learn more about Tracie and Emily (including our other projects), join the Guy Girls' family, secure exclusive access to bonus episodes, video versions, and early access to Deep Thoughts by visiting us on Patreon.
Deep Thoughts about Four Weddings and a Funeral
Jul 2 2024
Deep Thoughts about Four Weddings and a Funeral
Send us a Text Message.In the words of David Cassidy, in fact, while he was still with The Partridge Family, I think I love you…Join us this week as Tracie and Emily revisit the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral that they first saw in the theater together.  Not only did this film launch Guy girls’ long-standing fixation on Hugh Grant, the floppy-haired embodiment of the word diffident, but it also tells a nuanced and progressive (for the early 90s) story of gay romance, subverts the expectations of female sexuality, and offers some lovely disability representation. While not everything holds up to 30-year hindsight–the characters are all posh white folks with lots o’ money and Andie MacDowell’s character is a bit of a sexy lamp–this brilliantly funny movie is well worth the rewatch.You are cordially invited to don your headphones and listen to this episode…Mentioned in this episodeFour things to say about Four Weddings now it’s 25https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-84804/Four-Weddings-star-dies.htmlhttps://www.dailymotion.com/video/x752gdfOur theme music is "Professor Umlaut" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Learn more about Tracie and Emily (including our other projects), join the Guy Girls' family, secure exclusive access to bonus episodes, video versions, and early access to Deep Thoughts by visiting us on Patreon.
Deep Thoughts about King Kong with William Patrick Day
Jun 25 2024
Deep Thoughts about King Kong with William Patrick Day
Send us a Text Message.Was it beauty that killed the beast? Or was it capitalism…aided by airplanes?On this week’s episode of Deep Thoughts, Tracie and Emily welcome Oberlin Professor Pat Day to talk about the ape, the myth, the movie legend: King Kong. Prof. Day walks us through how the original filmmakers in 1933 used new technology (A musical score! Claymation! The newly-built Empire State building!) to critique how technology destroys nature. The conversation covers all three versions of Kong: 1933 starring Fay Wray, 1976 starring Jessica Lange, and 2005 starring Naomi Watts, and we discuss the sexualized and racialized nature of Kong’s threat to the beautiful blond woman and what it means that Watts, unlike her predecessors, truly sympathizes with the doomed ape.Grab your headphones and join us on our voyage to Skull Island!Mentioned in this episode:https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/king-kong-2005 (Note from Emily: I could have sworn it was Ebert who said that if Kong fighting one T-Rex is cool, then him fighting three is even BETTER, but that does not appear in his review here. If anyone can remember who said that back in 2005, please let us know!)Our theme music is "Professor Umlaut" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Learn more about Tracie and Emily (including our other projects), join the Guy Girls' family, secure exclusive access to bonus episodes, video versions, and early access to Deep Thoughts by visiting us on Patreon.
Deep Thoughts about the Spice Girls
May 21 2024
Deep Thoughts about the Spice Girls
Send us a Text Message.I really really really wanna zig-a-zig-AH!On this week’s episode of Deep Thoughts, Tracie and Emily delve into the global phenomenon of the Spice Girls. Tracie explains how she saw the inevitability of Spicy world domination while living in London in 1997 and decided to embrace the manufactured pop group’s grrl power, despite feeling leery of the mixed messages these sexualized young women were sending. Though the group became a feminism gateway for a number of young girls (and inspired Adele!) and emphasized the importance of friendship and solidarity, the sisters do have to grapple with the reality of Scary and Baby Spice’s horrifying nicknames and the overwhelming body scrutiny the women were subjected to.Here’s the story from A to Z–you gotta throw on your headphones and listen carefully!Mentioned in this episodeMs. Mojo: Top 20 Celebs Who Shot Down Homophobic Interview Questionshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/28/arts/music/spice-girls-girl-power.htmlhttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/13/spice-girls-feminism-viva-foreverhttps://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/spice-world-1998Content warning: Mentions of eating disorders and body shamingOur theme music is "Professor Umlaut" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Learn more about Tracie and Emily (including our other projects), join the Guy Girls' family, secure exclusive access to bonus episodes, video versions, and early access to Deep Thoughts by visiting us on Patreon.
Deep Thoughts about Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Mar 5 2024
Deep Thoughts about Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Send us a Text Message.We are the sisters who say Ni! Bring us…a shrubbery.On today’s episode of Deep Thoughts, Tracie and Emily dig into a source of both sisters’ understanding of what is funny, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. After 49 years, this film remains super funny, because it subverts our expectations. With minimal plot, despite the purported quest for the titular grail, it’s basically just a vehicle for a slew of the Pythons’ favorite medieval sketches. A Deep Thoughts look at those vignettes reveals interesting questions about power, authority, and knowledge, nuanced (but not exactly positive?) commentary on queerness and masculinity, and a fundamental playfulness with the medium of film that remains delightful this half-century later. We disagree about how sympathetic we’re meant to feel about the leftist peasants’ self-governance, but we are in complete agreement that the Castle Anthrax scene is improved when we assume the oral sex Lancelot thwarts was to be performed by Galahad, not on him. Don’t hurt your brain calculating the airspeed of an unladen swallow! Have a listen to our Deep Thoughts about Monty Python and the Holy Grail!Mentioned in this episode:The article about the zeitgeist: https://www.popmatters.com/monty-python-and-the-holy-grail-40th-anniversary-edition-blood-politics-sil-2495463955.htmlOne gay commentator on queerness in Holy Grail and Spamalot https://epgn.com/2020/12/02/one-joke-too-many/CW: Discussion of transphobia, homophobia, Woody Allen and male fantasies of sex with teenaged girlsOur theme music is "Professor Umlaut" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Learn more about Tracie and Emily (including our other projects), join the Guy Girls' family, secure exclusive access to bonus episodes, video versions, and early access to Deep Thoughts by visiting us on Patreon.