Archive for March, 2009

OK, so I stand corrected. Tom Cruise does not play a Nazi in this film. He is a soldier in the German army. My bad. When watching Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie, which details the last assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, I was reminded of another one of Singer’s films The Usual Suspects. Both films feature an […]

Jane Espenson and I have a complex relationship. On the one hand, she wrote “Band Candy,” “Earshot,” and “Superstar.” On the other hand, there’s “Doublemeat Palace.” And “Triangle” joins “Him” on the Just Godawful list. I mean, this episode offends me. “Triangle” attempts to soften Anya around the edges a little, but in order to […]

Last Chance Harvey may follow the comfortable formula of a romantic comedy, but it ends up being something more than just another rom-com, and not only because Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson happen to be several decades older than the usual leading actors of these movies. Though the mere presence of actors like Hoffman and […]

Of course some episodes of Buffy are lackluster. “Beer Bad,” “Spiral,” and much of season seven are equal parts ridiculous and dull. But few episodes, in my opinion, are as embarrassingly, insultingly awful as “Him.” If not for its last nine or so minutes, I would easily call it the worst episode of Buffy ever. […]

The Ames Brothers – “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” (1954) I don’t usually write about music on this blog because, frankly, I suck at it, but I heard a song recently that’s got my inner feminist itchin’ to rant. The song, called “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” was written in the 1950s and […]

I’ll start by admitting that Death’s Daughter isn’t something that I would usually read. I have and do read science fiction/fantasy novels but the stories, written by authors such as Ursula Le Guin, Marge Piercy, and Octavia Butler, have had a pretty blatant second-wave feminist social commentary element to them. In fact, I would say […]

Oh, Neil Patrick Harris.

I wouldn’t call “Who Are You?” one of my favorite Buffy episodes, but it’s definitely a season-four highlight even though it leads to an appearance of sanctimonious and downright unlikable Buffy in “Sanctuary.” I love the dynamic between Faith and Buffy, and even though you know they’re stunt doubles, there’s just something viscerally appealing about […]

Since being rudely killed off Buffy, Amber Benson hasn’t had much of a presence on television. She only has a handful of guest appearances to her name in the past, gulp, seven years, but she has done some interesting stuff that has been worth seeking out. Cold Case: “Volunteers” Her first TV appearance post-Buffy was […]

Jamie Babbit’s psychological drama The Quiet about a deaf girl who is told a very dark confession isn’t nearly quiet enough. The film follows Dot, a deaf-mute teenager who moves in with her godparents The Deers following her father’s death. Though the family may look perfect from the outside, the walls of their new house […]