Can I Just Say

Can I just say… that this is a podcast about stories we love. A joyous in-depth discussion of characters and themes in movies, television, and literature and how they are meaningful for us.

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CIJS 27: Impromptu 1991

This week on Can I Just Say, the 1991 film, Impromptu. When discussion of darling film about the 1830’s art world in Paris and a fabulously gender fluid writer (George Sand played by Judy Davis) becomes a grand sweeping debate of arts place in society, democracy, cultural norms.

CIJS 26: Little Women 1994 Film

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss the 1994 film, Little Women. Gentlemen of the press. Hear! Hear! We so enjoyed the March family… enough to want to be a part of it (but not in quite the same way as Laurie)

CIJS 25: A Room with A View Film – 1985

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss the 1985 Merchant Ivory film, A Room with a View. The wonderful Louise Barnes from Black Sails joins us for: Beauty! Joy! And the eternal Yes! 

CIJS 24: E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View – introspection or the lack thereof, bathing, piano, and fate all wrapped in some of the most beautiful prose. We so enjoyed ourselves! Next episode we discuss the film with actress Louise Barnes.

CIJS 22: Jane Austen’s Emma

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss Jane Austen’s Emma, our well meaning and often misguided heroine of a very different sort than we have met up until this point. We talk of responsibility and pride and what may be the true meaning of ‘extensive grounds’

CIJS 21: Star Wars: The Last Jedi with Lindsey Romain

This week on Can I Just Say, culture writer Lindsey Romain joins us to discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi and we had the most fun talking about The Force, the characters, the themes…. and a few things we had not anticipated.

CIJS 20: Pride and Prejudice Adaptations – 1995 and 2005

This week on Can I Just Say, Andrew Dyce joins us to discuss the 1995 and 2005 adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. We had a fantastic conversation, a crazy revelation mid-podcast, and sadly some tech problems and not our usual standard of audio quality (sorry!) We find great enjoyment in professing opinions which in fact are our own. 

CIJS 19: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. We talk about the beautifully flawed characters of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, the choices (or lack thereof) for women of that time, and who we would choose to go to our Ball and who to our dinner party.

CIJS 18: Sense and Sensibility – 1995 movie adaptation

This week on Can I Just Say, our Jane Austen discussions continue with the beloved 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. We sing the praises of Emma Thompson, we have a really hard time picking one favorite thing, and we have a great time discussing the relationship between a book and a well done adaptation.

CIJS 17: Dispatches from Con of Thrones #2 – The Sisters Stark Panel

Special Episode: Dispatches from Con of Thrones – a series of podcasts of Daphne’s panels at the Con. This one is from the Sisterhood of Sansa and Arya Stark panel with Lindsey Romain, Laura Stone, and Kristine Kippins where we talk about loving our Stark girls and how we experience their characterization and arcs as women in the Game of Thrones fandom.

CIJS 16: Dispatches from Con of Thrones #1 – Women in Game of Thrones Panel

Special Episode: Dispatches from Con of Thrones – a series of podcasts of Daphne’s panels at the con. This one is from the Queendom of Thrones: Women in Game of Thrones panel with Lauren Sarner, Kim Renfro, and Kristine Kippins where we talk about our favorite characters, sexposition, and costuming as female transformation.

CIJS 15: Sense & Sensibility with Louise Barnes

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss Jane Austen’s novel, Sense and Sensibility, with Black Sails actress, Louise Barnes… thereby creating possibly the best intersection of beloved stories ever? We discuss the charming Dashwood sisters, the elusive narrator, and our common love of Mrs Jennings.

CIJS 14: Howards End Series Episodes 3-4

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss episodes 3 and 4 of the 4-part limited series of Howards End with special guest, Ellie Collins, writer and director of The Blood Crow Stories.

CIJS 13: Howards End Series Episodes 1-2

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss episodes 1 and 2 of the 4-part limited series of Howards End. We talk of colors, looking in and out of windows, and being in the world (or not)
See our last episode to hear us discuss the EM Forester book, Howards End, and in 2 weeks we will discuss episodes 3 and 4 of the limited series.

CIJS 12: Howards End by EM Forster

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss class and gender and art and music and literature and politics and so many things that our heads are full and we also long to see the meadow at Howards End at sunrise with Mrs Wilcox. We cover EM Forster novel this week and will cover the BBC/Starz limited series in the next two episodes.

CIJS 11: Moulin Rouge – Red Curtain Triptych Part 3

This week on Can I Just Say, we talk Music and Colors and Beauty and Love (kind of) and being swept away…..and also gender politics. We found the Coca Cola Lamour theme right in front of our faces and discussed Satine’s very good customer service.

CIJS 10: Romeo+Juliet – Red Curtain Triptych Part 2

This week on Can I Just Say, we go to Fair Verona to discuss Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo+Juliet with giant drug-fuled parties, stages, violence, fish tanks, and Liz exposes Daphne’s truest aesthetic (hint: it involves Mercutio)
This is Part Two of our three part discussion of Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain Tryptic with Moulin Rouge up next!

CIJS 9: Strictly Ballroom – Red Curtain Tryptic Part One

This week on Can I Just Say, we chose to celebrate a favorite film –  Strictly Ballroom, and found ourselves quite moved. Like a certain awkward girl in glasses, there is so much more to this seemingly simple, lovely romance than we expected once we started talking about it.
This is Part One of our three part discussion of Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain Tryptic with upcoming episodes on Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge.

CIJS 9: The Godfather

This week on Can I Just Say, Elizabeth made Daphne an offer she couldn’t refuse…. to watch one of Daphne’s all time favorite films, The Godfather. Join us to discuss what is personal, what is business, and a great story of building a world within another world. 

CIJS 8: Outlander Episodes 311-313

This week on Can I Just Say, Daphne and Lauren take our very special beauty baths, smack down Capt…oops, we mean Leftanants (we are unfamiliar with the somewhat liberal practices of the Navy), and enjoy our turtle soup. We have much to say about episodes 311-313 of Outlander and about Season 3 as a whole.

CIJS 7: Jane Eyre Adaptations

This week on Can I Just Say, we discuss three adaptations of Jane Eyre – the 1996 with Charlotte Gainsbourg, the 2006 with Ruth Wilson, and the 2011 with Mia Wasikowska …. and some ok actors play Rochester as well.

CIJS 6: Outlander Episodes 307-310 We are not Gentlewomen

This week on Can I Just Say, Daphne is joined by Lauren Sarner and Barrie Hardymon to discuss Outlander episodes 307-310. And we are not gentlewomen.
We can’t wait to get back to Lallybroch even though the reception is…… mixed?
Then we hit the high seas in some very very familiar ships and learn that the 18th century version of millennials are consistently the best.

CIJS 5: Jane Eyre

This week on Can I Just Say, Elizabeth and Daphne discuss Charlotte Brontë’s gorgeous novel, Jane Eyre. We are all Jane and she is the best of us.
In one month we will discuss TV and film adaptations of this story that moves us so.

CIJS 4: Outlander 304-306 Everyone has Chemistry with Claire

This week on Can I Just Say, Daphne is joined by Lauren Sarner and Barrie Hardymon to discuss Outlander episodes 304-306. We stare into yet another baby carriage while agreeing that Isobel and Lord John are the best.
Also, you got this, Roger? Ok. Cool. Because Claire has a taxi and a puddle waiting for her. Oh right, also a Print Shop.

CIJS 2: Outlander 301-303 Joe’s Salvation Elixir

This week on Can I Just Say, Daphne and Lauren have the first of a series of conversations about Outlander’s Third Season, covering episodes 1 through 3. We discuss Lord John Grey! And also bed configurations, cooking configurations, closed-eyed sex, and the (generally unsuccessful) search for home in this part of the story. But its ok because Joe Abernathy and Jenny are both generous with the drinks.

CIJS 1: Master and Commander – Who are you calling an Old Man of War?

This week on Can I Just Say, our enthusiasm for this story and ships generally shows, in real time thematic revelations, mispronunciations, and a favorite thing list that grew and grew. Elizabeth and Daphne visit a completely new story with tall ships and many of the themes we loved from Black Sails before we move on to future non-ship oriented stories.

Can I Just Say – Let Us Introduce Ourselves

Welcome to Can I Just Say… a podcast about stories we love. A joyous in-depth discussion characters and themes in movies, television, and literature and how they are meaningful for us.