Archive for July, 2009

I’ve finally reached an episode that doesn’t bore me and is actually pretty good, so of course I’m having difficulty writing about it. Why is it so much easier to complain than to compliment? I’m not quite sure how to describe the storytelling technique Tim Minear uses in this script. I suppose most simply put […]


The Layer Cake

30Jul09

Stacy Peralta’s documentary Made in America is ostensibly about the Crips and Bloods, two rival gangs in south Los Angeles. Instead, Peralta spends much of his time creating a brief sketch of the development of street gangs in LA and then turns to uninformative testimonials from current and former Crips and Bloods members. Peralta seems […]


It’s not surprising that many teen flicks from my adolescence feature actors who also appear on Buffy. Actors who auditioned for parts on Buffy would be auditioning for other high school roles as well. But I don’t think I’ve ever noticed a larger critical mass of Buffy actors, both recurring characters and guest stars, in […]


Can’t Hardly Wait was one of those movies that everyone I knew had seen and could quote lines from when I was a teenager. I recently rewatched it for the first time in many, many years, and I was surprised at how much it still entertained me, which probably had a lot to do with […]


Of all the relationships on Buffy, Willow and Tara’s feels the most separated from the goings-on of the other Scoobies. That separation is partly forced because their relationship is a lesbian one and thus not quite socially acceptable, especially on network television. Willow and Tara are much less physically affectionate in comparison to the show’s […]


You know, for someone who was constantly changing her clothes because of all the make-up sex she was having in this episode, Tara is surprisingly coiffed and accessorized here. Normally, I didn’t care for the hair-oh-no-they-di’n’ts and jewelry they tried on Tara, but I think she looks adorable with these pigtails and simple, dangly earrings. […]


“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.” — Rebecca West, 1913 (Photo by E.O. Hoppé, 1923)


Most of the time, when I have a crush (or a “crush”) on someone their looks are only a small part, or even a nonexistent part, of why I find them attractive. I love their sense of humor, their confidence, their style, their talent… Except I really don’t know much about David Wenham. I saw […]


“What? Women are supposed to stick together no matter what? Come on. I stopped believing that when I threw away my ‘You’ve come a long way, baby’ keychain.” – Christine Cagney, Cagney & Lacey