Category Archives: Movies/TV/Web Series

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies a masterwork of cinema that will change the way you think about life, love, and happiness? Clearly no. Is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fun and totally worth your entertainment dollar? That’s a yes! It’s exactly what you’d expect when combining Jane Austen with zombie movies: women in pretty dresses hacking up undead monsters,… Read more »

Wadjda: A film about how things change

When it comes to renting movies, I have a list of the next 10 films we’re going to watch. C-Man, on the other hand, likes to browse. Especially in the new arrivals section. That’s where he found Wadjda. It’s the first feature-length film made in Saudi Arabia, which has no movie theaters. It was written and directed by female filmmaker… Read more »

Karate Girl: In which a girl is karate chopped back to life!

If I told you Karate Girl was a good movie, I’d be lying. Luckily, a movie can be fun without being good. So we had a fine time watching this tale of Ayaka (Rina Takeda), a teenage girl who must save her sister from the evil karate school that killed their father when they were very young. (Don’t you hate… Read more »

Ava Snow Battles Death: It starts here!

I was powerless against Ava Snow Battles Death. Sure, I’m afraid of getting sucked into web series in case all my time disappears down a rabbit hole of awesome content. And yeah, I’m afraid of knowing there are sections of Kickstarter beyond comics in case all my money disappears in a similar way. And so yes, when filmmakers Zack Drisko… Read more »

Beasts of the Southern Wild: one of the stories we don’t usually hear

Why did I wait so long to see Beasts of the Southern Wild? That was incorrect! If you’ve made a similar mistake, please correct that as soon as possible. Updated July 1, 2014: While listening to bell hooks speak, I discovered that she had written a piece explaining her many significant objections to this film. Please also read it: No… Read more »

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – What I Loved

The first Captain America movie was fantastic, so I crossed my fingers that Captain America: The Winter Soldier would deliver. I was not disappointed! This film starts with Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans), struggling to find his place within S.H.I.E.L.D., led by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Missions are not always what they seem, he never gets all… Read more »

Divergent: Why is post-apocalyptic Chicago full of white people?

So I saw Divergent. Divergent takes place in a post-horrible-war Chicago. As of the 2010 Census, Chicago’s population was about 32% non-Hispanic white folks, about 33% African-Americans, and the other third from a variety of other racial and ethnic backgrounds. Almost everyone in Divergent is white. Zoë Kravitz and Maggie Q have speaking roles, and Mekhi Phifer has a little… Read more »