Archive for April, 2009

Imagine Me & You is not a remarkable film. Though well-developed, the characters aren’t particularly original, and the story follows the comfortable romantic comedy formula. The lesbian twist on the romantic triangle is really the only aspect that differentiates it from dozens of other romcoms. However, the fact that Imagine Me & You is so […]


Even though some of the twists and turns don’t make much sense under scrutiny, Push moves at a fast enough pace and Paul McGuigan directs with enough style that its occasional plot holes didn’t interfere with my overall enjoyment. The script could definitely use some tweaking, but the material has a lot of potential that […]


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants succeeded as an entertaining film for teen-aged girls that adults could also enjoy due in large part to the four talented young actresses it showcased. Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel were the “big names” on that movie, Tamblyn because of her Emmy nod for Joan of Arcadia and Bledel […]


Despite their many differences, I always think of Anya and Tara as kindred spirits in a way. Both of them were always outsiders, never quite managing to break into Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles’ tight knit circle, and they both had to overcome being characterized as just “the girlfriends.” While both characters remained underdeveloped and […]


My first reaction to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button had nothing to do with the nearly flawless makeup and special effects or the wonderful performances of Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton. No, the first thing I said to my companion when we left the theater was, “That was based on a short story?” Benjamin […]


Like Mirah, Nina Nastasia is an artist whom I think everyone should know because she is crazy talented. But at the same time I love that I don’t have to share her with so many people. Nina is one of very few artists who makes albums worth hearing in their entirety. She crafts songs from […]


“Witch” is probably my favorite episode of season one. Yes, I like it even more than “Prophecy Girl” even though it isn’t nearly as substantive. I’m surprised that Dana Reston, the screenwriter of this episode, didn’t write any more episodes of Buffy. Like most of the episodes of season one “Witch” isn’t strong on plot, […]


In almost every respect, the modest BBC adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl is superior to that of Justin Chadwick’s lavish blockbuster. Leads Jodhi May and Natascha McElhone far surpass Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in the depth of their portrayals of Anne and Mary Boleyn. And though I have not […]


We Real Cool We real cool. WeLeft school. We Lurk late. WeStrike straight. We Sing sin. WeThin gin. We Jazz June. WeDie soon. I can include “We Real Cool,” Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem that has become a staple in American poetry anthologies, because it’s only 24 little words divided into eight short lines. But with those […]


So Alyson Hannigan recently gave birth to her first child, a little girl. And even though she and husband Alexis Denisof didn’t name the baby Willow, I’m excited for them. Hannigan and Denisof are pretty darn adorable. See? Alexis is all, “Ooh! I’m gonna touch her boobs”! Or he’s about to do the safety dance. […]