The 12th Doctor is Peter Capaldi. I haven’t seen much of his acting, but the people who have are really excited, so it seems like he’s a good choice. A fairly predictable and traditional choice, but a good one. But after yesterday’s special, I may actually be done with Doctor Who. They cast a white, […]
Don’t you just love it when your ipod shuffle brings up something great you’d forgotten about? For me, this weekend, it was the random playing of the Doctor Horrible soundtrack that reminded me how fun that miniseries was. It’s charming, ridiculous, funny and heartbreaking, and in just 45 minutes, it plays with and breaks a lot of […]
When I was a teenager, I was a massive Lord of the Rings fan. I would count down to the release of each movie, see them multiple times in the theater, and could pretty much recite Fellowship of the Ring from memory. I read the books over and over, my internet usernames were all elf-inspired, and I dreamed of […]
Over the Christmas break, I rewatched the comedy Easy A (thank you, Netflix!). For those who are unfamiliar, Easy A is a teen movie about a girl named Olive, who lies to her best friend about losing her virginity, and instantly becomes the focus of her school’s gossip mill. When a gay friend asks her to pretend to […]
A few weeks ago, I wrote that I wasn’t particularly excited about seeing the Hobbit, due the story’s slight “no women in Middle Earth” problem. I don’t know whether this is a sign of the enjoyability of the movie, or simply of habits ingrained by years of movie watching, but the lack of female characters […]
This article is part of a series looking at Disney princess movies, from the first to the latest, to see whether they are as “anti-feminist” as some might claim. Bechdel Pass: Yes Number of female characters: 4, plus assorted mermaids and a dog. Female characters’ goals: not to grow up. Lesson: Mothers are important. OK, I […]
Mothers and daughters (and parenthood in general) are a major, driving theme inOnce Upon a Time, from Emma’s initial journey to Storybrook through Regina’s descent into evil and Snow’s reunion with her grown up daughter… and while these relationships are moving and compelling, not a single one could be called “conventional.” Considering that the show […]
This Halloween, I decided to ignore my crippling horror movie fear and watch Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods. Somehow, I ended up watching a deconstruction of horror movies instead. This post contains MAJOR spoilers for Cabin in the Woods.
This is the first in a new series looking at Disney princess movies, from the first to the latest, to see whether they are as “anti-feminist” as some might claim. Bechdel pass: No Number of female characters: 2 Female characters’ goals: to marry her true love; to be the fairest Lesson: if you are good […]
Sybil’s death represents everything that is good and everything that is bad about the representation of women in Downton Abbey. It is a hard-hitting, gut-wrenching indictment of society’s tendency to dismiss women’s opinions and expertise, even about their own bodies. It also continues the tendency for Sybil’s plotlines to be about anyone but Sybil herself.