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 reason why I love The Newsroom is the scathing critical analysis of news media. Plain and simple. This might be a personal preference because media literacy and criticism is important to me as a teacher and as someone with a degree in communications. But it is an irrevocable fact that The Newsroom is only a good show when it is smartly criticizing media, and that’s why tonight’s finale was lacking.
I’m doing my best to come back from a post-amazing hiatus. To do that, I spent a lot of time watching TV last night. And then I watched more today. Don’t ask me how I kept my five year old niece out of the room while I watched Dexter. It wasn’t pretty. Either way, four things were on television last night, and I intend to run them down for you in a rapid and haphazard fashion consistent with someone who is still dodging a five-year-old looking to play spaceship with my laptop’s new hard drive. Here is what I watched from Sunday night in order of best to worst.
The IT Crowd came highly recommended to me from a number of people, most notably Doug of Doug’s TV Reviews, as well as Communies of many sorts. This cultishly classic Britcom launched the careers of the very adorable Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade. It appears to be somewhat iconic among nerdfolk for its representation of wacky computer supporters. Here’s my problem with it: it sucks.
But, Arrested Development season four was kind of doomed from the start.
Something was strange tonight in the land of Community. All of the characters were there, and all of them were used well. The continuity was on point with their bizarro alternates, and the episode showed a truly life-altering darkest timeline, one where the dean was never rescued. The result of the climax was discovering Jeff’s fear of making a choice at a crossroads. We had a graduation. We had an ending. So why am I not satisfied?
Oh come on, Community. Oh come on. This article is a night late because I was watching Space Nazis with friends yesterday, and I’m hoping that the day difference and being apart from the twitterverse isn’t why I’m finding this episode to be particularly un-stellar. Continue reading
Sex is one of the most powerful compulsive basic needs that most people have. People go to great lengths to meet sexual partners and often have sex for the worst reasons, or just to have it. But when we see sex in the media, all we generally see are passionate kisses and powerful thrusts, arched backs and throes of pleasure. Fortunately, Lena Dunham, writer, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls, hasn’t felt any compulsion to give in to that fantasy idea of sex. She has no problem coming out and telling the world that sex is kind of weird, even though we all want it.
This year’s 85th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, have garnered a whole lot of bad press because of Seth’s” tame-by-his-standard sexist humor” and the rape references of his “vapidly boring Boob Song.” He lacked the capacity to take lowbrow humor content and raise the quality of the delivery even a smidgen. But the Oscars’ hosts never seem to satisfy the critics nor viewers. How many hosts of the last few Oscars have gotten generally positive responses? Let us recap. Continue reading
When The Big Bang Theory started six years ago, it was a landmark for television content. For once, comedy show focused on the lives of true self-identified nerds absorbed in the realm of science, and the comedy revolved around the celebration, instead of abuse, of geekiness. We came close with characters like John Dorian and actors like Seth Green, but something in The Big Bang Theory had hit the nail on the head by inspiring us to both celebrate and laugh with our favorite nerdfolk. But somewhere along the way, probably shortly after the pilot, Chuck Lorre and the team of writers realized that it is still easier to make fun of nerds instead of celebrating them, and now, The Big Bang Theory is a giant pile of worthless crap. Allow me to explain why.