Film Disquisition
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination

Toben and Vanessa

Space Money Octagon Presents The Filmography Disquistion Series Volume 1 Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what's the best movie Blake Lively's ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch - in chronological order - every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updating ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion. Contact: filmdisq@gmail.com (emails may be read on the show) Hosts: Vanessa (twitter.com/the_virago) and Toben (twitter.com/pursuedbyabeard) Music: Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 - I. Allegro performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra Record start sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/174771/ (Creative Commons - Attribution) Fireplace sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/215658/ (Creative Commons - Attribution) Intro voicework: @iamastove (twitter.com/iamastove) ... This was actually a terrible idea for a podcast

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Film Disquisition Volume 1: Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination; Episode 8: The Town (2010)

Space Money Octagon Presents
The Filmography Disquisition Series
Volume 1
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination

Episode 8 – The Town (2010)

Krista Coughlin is a Charlestown, Boston, native (with the accent to prove it), known to frequent local drinking establishments and “pal” around with the city’s criminal element. She and ex-boyfriend (?) Doug have a playfully antagonistic relationship. A real will they, won’t they get back together vibe.
But trouble is soon brewing when Doug becomes taken with a bank manager after he robs her bank (not a euphemism) and briefly kidnaps her.
Krista, a single mother (is it Doug’s kid?) with a drinking problem, is happy to maintain her association with Doug and his criminal gang, which includes Krista’s brother, as they continue their life of bank robberies and neighborhood barbecues.
Krista and Doug briefly reconnect as he considers a career change, and she provides him with some clarity about his options.
Krista’s life is soon thrust into chaos when she meets a handsome stranger at the local watering hole who turns out to be a FBI agent. He tries to entrap her with handsome trickery.
Frustrated and scared, she confronts Doug, wanting to run away with him and start a new life.  Doug rebuffs her offer and she is driven into a rage of booze and drugs and a car accident. At the hospital, handsome FBI man offers her a deal… She never sees Doug again.

Film rankings thus far:
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2. Elvis and Anabelle
3. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
4. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
5. Accepted
6. Simon Says
7. New York I Love You

Series overview:
Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what’s the best movie Blake Lively’s ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch – in chronological order – every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updated ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion.

Contact: filmdisq@gmail.com (emails may be read on the show)

Hosts: Vanessa (http://twitter.com/the_virago) and Toben (http://twitter.com/pursuedbyabeard)

Music: Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 – I. Allegro
performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra

Record start sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/174771/
Fireplace sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/215658/

Intro voicework: @iamastove (twitter.com/iamastove)

This was actually a terrible idea for a podcast

Film Disquisition Volume 1: Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination; Episode 7: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

Space Money Octagon Presents
The Filmography Disquisition Series
Volume 1
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination

Episode 7 – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

Pippa Lee is a teen with a stressful home life, due issues with her mother and potential speed abuse. After running away from home, she moves in her aunt and her girlfriend. Soon she’s roped into her aunt’s girlfriend’s pornographic (?) photography venture. This leads to dangerous lifestyle of drugs and partying hard. One day on the beach she meets an older wealthy man, Herb, who takes an interest in her. They hit it off at his beach house party and she finds herself pursuing him, perhaps as an escape from the repetitive cycle of her “non ambitious” life. Their new relationship of course causes complications for Herb and his wife. After Herb’s wife kills herself in front on them, Pippa decides to marry Herb out of guilt?
Decades later, she and her husband, Herb, have relocated to accommodate the health issues a man of his age would expect to be having. They struggle with adjusting to their new situation, while maintaining old friendships and the drama arising within their social circle. This difficulty culminates in the revelation that Herb has been having an affair with one of their close friends. Pippa handles this quite well, better than her and Herb’s children do, and soon is having sex in the back of a van sub a man who has a chest tattoo of Jesus. Then Herb dies. Pippa, while troubled by the infidelity, recognizes that life and love is complicated, and bids Herb a loving farewell.
Now it’s time for a fresh start as she and her new tattooed friend head off on a new adventure…somehow this movie does not end with Walk of Life playing over the credits.

Film rankings thus far:
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2. Elvis and Anabelle
3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
4. Accepted
5. Simon Says
6. New York I Love You

Series overview:
Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what’s the best movie Blake Lively’s ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch – in chronological order – every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updated ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion.

Contact: filmdisq@gmail.com (emails may be read on the show)

Hosts: Vanessa (http://twitter.com/the_virago) and Toben (http://twitter.com/pursuedbyabeard)

Music: Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 – I. Allegro
performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra

Record start sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/174771/
Fireplace sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/215658/

Intro voicework: @iamastove (twitter.com/iamastove)

This was actually a terrible idea for a podcast

Film Disquisition Volume 1: Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination; Episode 6: New York I Love You (2008)

Space Money Octagon Presents
The Filmography Disquisition Series
Volume 1
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination

Episode 6 – New York I Love You (2008)

Blake Lively’s fresh out of a high school relationship and now dating a thoughtful film student from NYU. Things get a little awkward, though, when she brings him to her senior prom and they bump into her ex. He’s there with his new prom date, a cute brunette girl – who is also disabled – and attending thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation. After an exchange of pleasantries, she and her ex go their separate ways,  continuing their evenings with their dates… haunted by the fleeting thoughts of what might have been.

Film rankings thus far:
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2. Elvis and Anabelle
3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
4. Accepted
5. Simon Says

Bonus content warning:
At the end of this episode, we take a big tonal shift and feature some audio of a speech highlighting a very real and uncomfortable topic, along with a call of support for the Child Rescue Coalition. Content warning for child exploitation and abuse.

Link:
Blake Lively Gave a Powerful, Impassioned Speech About Child Pornography, so Naturally People Had Questions About Her Outfit

Series overview:
Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what’s the best movie Blake Lively’s ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch – in chronological order – every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updated ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion.

Contact: filmdisq@gmail.com (emails may be read on the show)

Hosts: Vanessa (http://twitter.com/the_virago) and Toben (http://twitter.com/pursuedbyabeard)

Music: Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 – I. Allegro
performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra

Record start sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/174771/
Fireplace sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/215658/

Intro voicework: @iamastove (twitter.com/iamastove)

This was actually a terrible idea for a podcast

 

 

Film Disquisition Volume 1: Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination; Episode 5: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)

Space Money Octagon Presents
The Filmography Disquisition Series
Volume 1
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination

Episode 5 – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)

Bridget, an up and coming college futbol player, returns home for the summer after her first year at Brown. She reunites with her high school best friends for their annual sacred pants blessing.
While cleaning out the basement at her dad’s house, she finds a secrect box of letters from her grandmother that he’d kept hidden from her.
Before she can reconcile what this all means, she’s off to Turkey for an archaeology internship trip.
Soon, her crew has made several notable fossil finds and they celebrate with a night of dancing, aided by the magical pants.
Later, while captaining a match of futbol, she makes a groundbreaking discovery into ancient Greek culture. However, Bridget’s past proves to be difficult as dealing with ancient mummy’s brings back feelings about death and the suicide of her mother. Fueled by sadness, she reads the letters from her grandmother and discovers their shared feelings of grief over her mom.
She returns to the states to visit her grandmother. They catchup on the years they missed and share stories about Bridget’s mother – good and bad.
Bridget meets again with her father, with whom she’d been distant from for years. They talk about the mental health struggles her mother had and grow closer over the realization that they both loved her mother in very different ways.
Disaster strikes when Bridget’s friend group finds that their magical pants have been stolen and gone missing in Greece.
Bridget’s girl gang heads to Greece to track down the unaccounted for magic pants. While they never find the pants, they do rediscover one thing – the value of strong female friendship.

Film rankings thus far:
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants/Elvis and Anabelle
3. Accepted
4. Simon Says

Series overview:
Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what’s the best movie Blake Lively’s ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch – in chronological order – every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updated ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion.

Contact: filmdisq@gmail.com (emails may be read on the show)

Hosts: Vanessa (http://twitter.com/the_virago) and Toben (http://twitter.com/pursuedbyabeard)

Music: Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 – I. Allegro
performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra

Record start sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/174771/
Fireplace sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/215658/

Intro voicework: @iamastove (twitter.com/iamastove)

This was actually a terrible idea for a podcast

Film Disquisition Volume 1: Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination; Episode 4: Elvis & Anabelle (2007)

Space Money Octagon Presents
The Filmography Disquisition Series
Volume 1
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination

Episode 4 – Elvis & Anabelle (2007) 

Anabelle Leigh, Miss Cameron County, is an up and coming beauty queen in Texas with an overbearing manager mom and a step dad full of good old boy wisdom and also alcohol.
At the Miss Texas Rose pageant, she aces the Opera singing portion of the show on her way to being crowned Miss Texas Rose. Moments after receiving her crown, she dies from issues related to her eating disorder.
Later, at the morgue in her hometown funeral home, the funeral director/embalmer kisses her back to life? She’s fine apparently, but has a new hunger for life and is less than enthused to be the center of attention. She’s haunted by macabre dreams of being buried alive. She decides to run away from home and the pressures of her family.
One night, she breaks into the funeral home she came back to life in, seeking to remember what happened the night she was resurrected. After connecting with the young hot funeral director, she decides to stay with him and his father. Soon, she’s helping out around the funeral home that’s also a home – painting, planting crops, and hosing things down.
Days go by and she grows closer to Elvis, but on the night they share a kiss she suffers a bout of smooching PTSD. The moment is cut short by the police, who are out looking for Anabelle.
Elvis and Anabelle skip town in a hearse, leading to a romantic road trip and shoplifting spree. Disaster strikes when a gas station clerk recognizes Anabelle from a newspaper story accusing Elvis of necrophilia. Having never been told by Elvis of the magic kiss, Anabelle doesn’t know what to think and returns heartbroken to her family.
Anabelle visits Elvis in jail, telling him she won’t press charges, but demanding that he tell her the truth of what happened that fateful night.
After hearing the truth, she leaves Elvis… disappointed that he won’t embrace the miracles of life.
Depressed, Anabelle doesn’t last long in her life before finding herself tempted by thoughts of taking her own life. But after a grand gesture by Elvis, Annabelle shakes off her depression and reunites with Elvis in a sunflower field.

Film rankings thus far:
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2. Accepted
3. Simon Says

Series overview:
Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what’s the best movie Blake Lively’s ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch – in chronological order – every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updated ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion.

Contact: filmdisq@gmail.com (emails may be read on the show)

Hosts: Vanessa (http://twitter.com/the_virago) and Toben (http://twitter.com/pursuedbyabeard)

Music: Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 – I. Allegro
performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra

Record start sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/174771/
Fireplace sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/215658/

Intro voicework: @iamastove (twitter.com/iamastove)

This was actually a terrible idea for a podcast

Film Disquisition Volume 1: Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination; Episode 3: Simon Says (2006)

Space Money Octagon Presents
The Filmography Disquisition Series
Volume 1
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination

Episode 3 – Simon Says (2006) 

Jenny, the lovable ironic stoner, is traveling with friends for a camping trip on a long holiday weekend. They stop at a gas station and general store for provisions and directions to a campsite. The store owner, Stanley, is a real weirdo who disarms Jenny of her ironic self defense – despite her “love is blonde” t shirt. It’s strongly implied that Stanley is suffering from a mental disorder that causes him to associate with the personality of his murdered brother Simon. Furthermore, it seems likely that Stanley/Simon will target Jenny and hey friends for some sort of homicidal weekend killing spree… the likes of which he’s engaged in before. As credits roll, Jenny’s fate remains ambiguous.

Film rankings thus far:
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2. Accepted

Series overview:
Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what’s the best movie Blake Lively’s ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch – in chronological order – every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updated ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion.

Contact: filmdisq@gmail.com (emails may be read on the show)

Hosts: Vanessa (http://twitter.com/the_virago) and Toben (http://twitter.com/pursuedbyabeard)

Music: Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 – I. Allegro
performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra

Record start sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/174771/
Fireplace sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/215658/

Intro voicework: @iamastove (twitter.com/iamastove)

This was actually a terrible idea for a podcast

Film Disquisition Volume 1: Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination; Episode 2: Accepted (2006)

Space Money Octagon Presents
The Filmography Disquisition Series
Volume 1
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination

Episode 2 – Accepted (2006) 

Monica Moreland is an ambitious 1st year student at Harmon College with a passion for photography. Her life is thrown into chaos when her older boyfriend – the head of the campus fraternity at Harmon – is revealed to be cheating on her.

Fortunately, her next door neighbor, Bartlelby, from high school – now attending South Harmon Institute of Technology (SHIT) – is there to support her interests and individual agency. Soon a new romance has blossomed.
She transfers to SHIT, which appeals to her more free spirited and progressive nature, to pursue her aspirations in photography.
But Monica’s trusting nature is once again exploited and her spirit wounded when it’s revealed that SHIT is not a real school, but a fiction created by Bartlelby after he was rejected by all the colleges to which he applied.
Monica learns to trust again once Bartlelby commits to making SHIT a legitimate college during a 1 year accreditation probationary period. As the film ends, Monica is beginning a new chapter at South Harmon as her romance with Bartleby moves to the next level.

Film rankings thus far:
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

 

Series overview:
Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what’s the best movie Blake Lively’s ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch – in chronological order – every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updated ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion.

 

Contact: filmdisq@gmail.com (emails may be read on the show)

Hosts: Vanessa (http://twitter.com/the_virago) and Toben (http://twitter.com/pursuedbyabeard)

Music: Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 – I. Allegro
performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra

Record start sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/174771/
Fireplace sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/215658/

Intro voicework: @iamastove (twitter.com/iamastove)

This was actually a terrible idea for a podcast

Film Disquisition Volume 1: Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination; Episode 1: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Space Money Octagon Presents
The Filmography Disquisition Series
Volume 1
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination

Episode 1 – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly. (IMDb)

Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what’s the best movie Blake Lively’s ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch – in chronological order – every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updated ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion.

Contact: filmdisq@gmail.com (emails may be read on the show)

Hosts: Vanessa (http://twitter.com/the_virago) and Toben (http://twitter.com/pursuedbyabeard)

Music: Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 – I. Allegro
performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra

Record start sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/174771/ (Creative Commons – Attribution)
Fireplace sound effect: https://www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/215658/ (Creative Commons – Attribution)

Intro voicework: @iamastove (twitter.com/iamastove)

This was actually a terrible idea for a podcast