And I feel qualified to say this, because I am a former Led Zeppelin diehard. Continue reading
Greetings from Germany! I have been off the radar for a bit while I consume chocolate and sausage (wink wink). My significant other downloaded some episodes of The Strain, a show I was interested in because of the horror and gore after they subjected the world to the eye-worm advertisement. People freaked out, so I was instantly interested. I had no knowledge of the show other than the freakish gore part, hoping it might be a more sci-fi style American Horror Story with even creepier body horror. All this is a big “yay” for me.
I watched the first episode only. It was stunningly bad. I can’t believe anyone likes this. Here’s how to take a great idea and turn it into diarrhea.
I’m not particularly a contrarian by trade, and one could probably categorize me in the hipster file if they were so inclined, but I’m about to lay some hate on an institution that I think deserves it. I think New York Comic Con is a buzzkill. I think it does a disservice to fans and fandoms and it’s time I put it on blast. Continue reading
The cavalcade of mixed reactions to the conclusion of the “Pamela” three-parter is indicative of something positive about a show; that it is so highly affective that individual people will have remarkably different reactions. My experience live-tweeting it was met with a great deal of support and a little bit of ire. It isn’t wrong for people to question my feminism after my ultimately positive response. One of the advantages of feminism(s) is that the reactions and beliefs are varied, and in this specific instance, I will be departing from the mainstream of feminism by saying that the conclusion of Louie S4 was beautiful.
There’s something about the way women swoon over gay relationships on television. Shameless has drawn a great deal of romantic attention for Mickey and Ian’s tumultuous affair. Whole Tumblrs are devoted to their moments together. I cannot help but wonder why I, and so many other women, are drawn to what is objectively a damaged and abusive love-affair constructed from internalized homophobia and slowly loosening repression. I have to wonder if observance of tortured gay relationships provides a means of satisfying a deeper desire for male tenderness while only proximally experiencing the abuses of that relationship. It makes me think back to the last Showtime-based gay relationship that ever got this dark: Queer as Folk’s Brian Kinney and Justin Taylor.
Up until about a day ago, Normcore was only a whisper in the dark. Sometime in October, a group of art people made some kind of mention of Normcore being the accessible appeal of the generic smiley face. Now, NYMag has decided to call this non-thing a thing, the internet’s eating it up like cat-picture pudding, and I smell bull dookie. I don’t think normcore is a thing, and here’s why. Continue reading
Syfy has a long history of alienating its viewers. I could explain why but I’ll let the following image tell the story: Continue reading
It’s a strange feeling watching The Newsroom. In recent months I’ve grown accustomed to cognitive dissonance, a phenomenon briefly explained as a sense of internal combative thought when faced with two ideas of reality that conflict. The Newsroom presents me with something I know to be true; that there is bias in media that is carefully constructed to sway opinions to radical sides of the political spectrum, but despite knowing this, I am still sometimes drawn into the persuasive sway of media and accept their information without critical analysis.
It’s interesting to watch a dated movie thirty years later. Chuck Klosterman once wrote about watching an old season of The Real World after two of the stars began dating publicly despite butting heads during filming. It was like he knew a secret they didn’t; no matter how much they could possibly hate each other, the understanding that they would eventually have sex influenced his re-watch and added a new perspective. Living in our technophiliac present makes me look back on Wargames with a strange sense of naiveté. Young Matthew Broderick doesn’t have a clue what is coming.
Community’s meta-inventiveness lends itself naturally to the Documentary format, and exploring that format through the show’s Spock has always yeilded great results. Advanced Documentary Filmmaking is the new creative crew’s attempt to delve deeply into Abed’s preferred form of communication. Though not without some glaring failures, the show was an overall success.