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Writer. Mocker. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

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Dorking Out Episode 39: Beauty & The Beast & Bette & Joan

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we review the live-action “Beauty & The Beast,” which I didn’t really like.

I don’t want to shit all over a movie that everyone loves, but I didn’t love it, and I rip into it during the podcast. It’s probably the most ranty I’ve ever been on the podcast, so if you’ve been aching to hear me just completely go off on a movie, here’s your chance.


My mighty, mighty good man David joins us to talk about it, and then he sticks around for the second segment, in which we talk about “Feud: Bette & Joan,” which I LOVE.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

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Dorking Out Episode 38: Skull Island and Big Little Lies

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we review “Kong: Skull Island,” which I kinda like more than I thought I would.

This movie is kicking off a Kong franchise. Is Kong DC or Marvel? Is the next movie “Kong v Batman” or does he join the Avengers? You’ll have to listen to find out.

In our second segment, Smith and I talk about HBO’s miniseries “Big Little Lies,” which I think is like “Bad Moms” but with more murder.

“Big Little Lies” is kinda soapy, but an excellent cast makes it more than that. Also, it’s filled with architecture porn. The houses are to die for … and someone does. Dun dun DUN!

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

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Six Things I’m Loving: Chef’s Table, SF Beer Week And More

Yeah, so, I’ve been stupid-busy at work. Don’t you hate it when you have to work at work?

On top of being swamped at work, where I just celebrated my EIGHTH year of working there (WTF?!?), both my mighty, mighty good man David and I caught a nasty cold from my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin. If you listen to this week’s Dorking Out, you can hear how congested I was earlier this week. It’s so sexy.

So, yeah, I’ve been swamped at work; our president is a raving lunatic who is going to get us all killed; and I had a cold. Good times.

Let’s talk about something else. It’s time for another installment of six things I’m loving right now.

Daily Skimm

Being outraged about everything that is going on is a full-time, but I already have a full-time job. Good buddy Kate recommended Daily Skimm to me, which sends an email newsletter every morning that summarizes the most important news stories of the day. It’s super helpful, and makes reading a lot of bad news a little easier … a little. I highly recommend it. You can sign up for it riiight here.

SF Beer Week


On Friday, David and I used Urban Sitter for the first-time ever (which worked out great – Calvin had a great time and was instantly comfortable with her) and went to the SF Beer Week Opening Night Gala, like we always do. Just in case you don’t know what that is it goes like this: You pay $80; you get a glass; you get to drink unlimited beer from more than 80 breweries. It’s awesome. We tried some really great beer. Favorites included a milk stout from Seven Stills, Shadow Of Their Eyes from The Rare Barrel and The Vastness Of Space from Cellarmaker Brewing Company.

Chef’s Table

You guys! Season three of Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” drops on Friday! Man oh man, we love “Chef’s Table” in this house. As “Top Chef” fans, we have found this show to be the part of “Top Chef” we loved the most with all the manufactured drama and stupid challenges. Each episode of “Chef’s Table” features a different chef. The second season was set entirely in France, but the first and this upcoming third season feature chefs from all over the world. We learn why the chefs make the kind of food they make. We learn about the process. And then you get to watch them cook. It’s rad! The cinematography is beautiful. We find the show incredibly soothing, and it is a nice break from all the news about how our country is basically a raging dumpster fire right now.


So, well we wait for new episodes of “Chef’s Table,” we started watching this other documentary series on Netflix titled “Abstract.” It’s basically “Chef’s Table,” but with artists. We’ve watched the first two episodes: one was about an illustrator, and the second episode was about the man who designed Air Jordans for Nike. This is totally a David series, and I wasn’t sure I’d be into it. But, it’s surprisingly interesting. You learn a lot about their creative process, and as someone who fancies herself somewhat creative that interests me.


We went to Bourbon & Branch, a speakeasy in San Francisco, with a group of friends for David’s birthday. It’s a real speakeasy. You have to make a reservation, and you get a password and all that. I’m not really a cocktail drinker. I’m a beer and wine drinker. But I figured a nice place like Bourbon & Branch would be a great place to try some delicious cocktails and figure out what I like. “I’m not a cocktail person. What should I get?” She has obviously heard this question before and immediately suggested a cucumber gimlet, which is made with gin. You guys! It turns out I like gin! I also had another gin-based drink, which I think was called Gypsy. I honestly can’t remember, because gin.


San Francisco Giants

Baseball season starts April 3. I cannot wait. Baseball, save me!


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Dorking Out Episode 34: FX’s Legion And Our Favorite Love Stories

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out with Chris & Sonia we review FX’s new show, “Legion,” which is a spin-off of the “X-Men” series.


Also, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Smith and I get all romantic and shit and share our top 3 favorite love stories, which results in me revealing my great love for “The Abyss,” which I argue is a love story.

But wait, there’s more. We also recorded another episode of Dorking Out About Trailers, which you can listen to riiight here. We talk about “Power Rangers,” “Snatched,” “The Belko Experiment,” “Wilson,” “Colossal” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunesStitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

One more cool thing, I cheated on Smith and made a guest appearance on another podcast. I stopped by Book Vs Movies to talk about my favorite chick flicks based on chick lit, including “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Clueless” and I share my secret love of “Legally Blonde.” It was super fun to talk with host Margo D. You should listen. You can find it on Facebook and iTunes, and pretty much anywhere you like to stream your podcasts.


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Dorking Out Episode 32: ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Emerald City,’ Anti-Heroes And More

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we talk about anti-heroes. Smith thinks there are too many and it’s ruining TV. I don’t disagree. I think most anti-heroes are the result of lazy writing. We have a good discussion about it, and we share our favorite TV anti-heroes.


In our second segment, Abbie Bernstein, an entertainment journalist and author, joins us to talk about modernizing classic stories. We review The CW’s “Riverdale,” which the radically reimagining of the old Archie comics. Yes, really. We also discuss NBC’s “Emerald City,” which is a remake of “The Wizard Of Oz.” I really hated it.

And finally, in our Favorite Headlines, we discuss Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards and Producers Guild Awards, and the influence they will have on our Oscar picks.

But wait, there’s more. I also joined The Pop Show for a lively discussion about the Television Critics Association panels, “Wonder Woman,” “The Flash” and why Smith keeps watching all the “Transformer” movies.

So anyway, you can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

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Dorking Out: #OscarsSoSerious

Yeah, so, I have not one, not two, BUT THREE podcasts to tell you about this week, because I love listening to the sound of my own voice.

Smith and I talked about this morning’s Oscar nominations, including the snubs and surprises. We also ask the question, “Hey Oscars, why so serious?” You can listen riiight here #OscarsSoSerious


I realize that the Oscars are kinda silly. The movies they nominate are not necessarily the best movies of the year, and that’s because taste is subjective. What I think is the best movie of the year isn’t going to be what the Academy thinks is the best movie of the year. They kinda nominate the same Oscar-baity movies every year. HOWEVER, I still love the Oscars, because it is a night in which they celebrate movies, and I love movies. I have always loved the Oscars ever since I was a little kid. I used to have a ton of Oscar details memorized. You could ask me, “Sonia, what movie won the Oscar in 1986.” And I’d answer you and tell you all the other movies that were nominated that year. (“Out Of Africa” won, and “The Color Purple,” “Witness,” “Prizzi’s Honor” and “Kiss Of The Spider Woman” were all nominated, too.) I read Charles Matthews’ “Oscar A to Z,” a massive encyclopedia of Oscar stuff that came out in 1995. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately – I’m not sure) time has taken its toll on my super memory. I can usually make a pretty good guess about who won, but I can’t always remember the nominees anymore. Sigh.

Anyway, it was really fun to talk about the Oscar nominations. You should listen.

We also had our regularly scheduled Dorking Out, in which we reviewed “A Series Of Unfortunate Events,” and my mighty, mighty good man David joined us for the second segment, in which we review the just-finished season of “Sherlock.” We really hated it, so it’s an entertaining discussion.

And finally, I was on Assignment X’s Pop Show. I talked about participating in the Women’s March on Saturday (I will definitely be writing about that more here on the blog later this week). We also talked about “Superman Returns,” “Wonder Woman” and the possibility of new “Terminator” movies.

So, yeah, I think that’s plenty podcasting plugging … for now. Thanks for listening, you guys. And I’d be super grateful if you’d share the show with your people. We are going to be doing a big push to reach more people, and you can help. Please, and thank you.

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Dorking Out Episode 30: We Review A Ton Of Stuff

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out with Chris and Sonia, we review a bunch of movies and TV shows, including including “Hidden Figures,” “Live By Night,” “Fences,” “Hunt For The Wilderpeople,” “Patriot’s Day,” “Taboo” on FX, the new HBO show “The Young Pope,” and “Hip-Hop Evolution” on Netflix.


I didn’t mention this in the podcast, but I would like all the dresses and glasses that Taraji P. Henson wears in “Hidden Figures.” Please, and thank you.

In our second segment, “You’re Dead To Me,” I explain why I hate “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” so much, while Smith says he will never see another “Die Hard” movie again.

You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

Smith and I also appear on this week’s Pop Show with Peter Brown. We talk about possible “Game Of Thrones” spinoffs and other fun things.

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Dorking Out Episode 29: Golden Globes Wrap-up

Yeah, so, did you watch the Golden Globes on Sunday night? I did, and then I talked about it with Smith on “Dorking Out.” You should listen.

We share our favorite and least favorite moments of the show. One guess what my favorite part was? If you guessed Jimmy Fallon rapping Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne to Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane” … well, you’d be close. It was Meryl Streep’s speech, of course.

Instead of using her time to talk about her body of work while accepting a lifetime achievement award she used it to shame our Predator-Elect for mocking a disabled reporter, his bullying tactics and encourage everyone to practice empathy. It was awesome, and this was me while watching it:


Meryl Streep is a class act and a goddamn hero. Of course, Rapey Dorito was all upset about it and spent his morning tweeting about it, because he’s going to be president in a few days, and he’s totally not busy.

Oh, I also have thoughts about the awards that were handed out, so you should listen to the podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

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Dorking Out Episode 28: 2017 Preview And More Thoughts About ‘La La Land’

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we share the movies, TV shows, books and podcasts we’re most anticipating in 2017, including “Wonder Woman,” “Twin Peaks,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Serial Season 3,” “American Crime Story Season 2,” “Star Trek: Discovery” “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and a ton more.


We also talk a little bit more about “La La Land,” which is my favorite movie of 2017. You should see it. It’s so wonderful. My mighty, mighty good man David and I have been talking about the movie and humming the songs for a few weeks now. It’s beautiful to look at. The singing and dancing are terrific. And it’s a very sweet love story. It’s about the kind of relationships you have in your 20s; the kind of relationships that help you figure out who you are and what you want. I can’t stop thinking about this movie, and not just because I want all the dresses that Emma Stone wears in it.





So anyway, you can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

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Hip-Hop, Soup Weather, Saddle Shoes And Other Things I’m Lovin’ Right Now

Yeah, so, I’m feeling more festive these days, so I’m going to share with you another one of my patented 6 Things I’m Loving Right Now blog posts.

1. “Hip-Hop Evolution” on Netflix

This documentary series is about the history of hip-hop, and a perfect companion piece to Netflix’s “The Get Down,” which I also super love. It shows you how much “The Get Down” got right. I love old-school hip-hop, so this documentary series is my jam. Hip-hop originators  Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa and more talk about the origins of hip-hop. Spoiler alert: Hip-hop was always political. It’s really good stuff. You should watch the series, and then download all the music. You’ll be happy you did.

2. Soup Weather

It’s soup weather, you guys! Awww yeah. Nothing makes me happier than making soup and then eating a huge bowl of it with warm crusty bread. It’s the fuckin’ best. And I don’t wanna brag, but I make really good soup. I’ve been making it a lot, and I think I’m getting good at it. I’ve got a few go-to recipes now from one of my three “Thug Kitchen” cookbooks, “Forks Over Knives” or “The Garden Of Vegan.”


Vegan French Onion Soup from


Corn basil chowder from Forks Over Knives

Potato leek soup from Thug Kitchen.

Potato leek soup from Thug Kitchen. This recipe is so easy.


Creamy broccoli soup with basil pea pesto from “Big Vegan Cookbook.”

3. My new saddle shoes

My new saddle shoes are my new favorite thing. They are so cute and comfortable. I got them from ModCloth (duh), and I think they make any outfit a little more fun.


4. “13th” on Netflix

My mighty, mighty good man David was traveling for work last week, so I did what I always do – pour a glass of wine and watch super-depressing documentaries. This time I watched “13th,” which examines the role of race in this country’s criminal justice system. It’s really interesting and oh-so frustrating. It’s not like we need something to make us feel even more frustrated and angry these days, but it’s worth watching. I highly recommend it.

5. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by Regina Spektor from the “Kubo And The Two Strings” soundtrack

I am in love with this cover of George Harrison’s classic. My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin is watching “Kubo And The Two Strings” a lot, and this song plays over the credits. By the way, if you haven’t seen the movie, you should see it. It’s really, really great. It’s so beautiful with a story that is so original. More than a few times the movie surprised me, including the end. How often does an animated movie surprise you? Probably not very often. I mean, were you really surprised that “Angry Birds” was terrible?

6. “Uniquely Human: A Different Way Of Seeing Autism” by Barry M. Prizant



I am only about halfway through the book, but it’s the best book I’ve read about autism. It’s not about eliminating autistic behavior, it’s about understanding it. It’s the first book I’ve read that makes me say, “Oh, that’s Calvin. Oh, that’s Calvin, too. Yep. He does that. I get it.” If you have an autistic person in your life, I can’t recommend this book enough.