Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

By |December 18th, 2011|

SPOILER-FREE!    Thanks to BMW, I was able to see a pre-screening of Mission: Impossible 4.  I will say that I didn’t have very high expectations for the film.  I figured it had been beaten to death already and that Tom Cruise just wanted another excuse to go rock climbing and make money doing it. I was quite wrong.  […]

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ( Prologue & 2nd Trailer ) Review

By |December 15th, 2011|

 I was able to get a peek at the Six minute Prologue to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. the biggest fears coming into this was, could it top the THE DARK KNIGHT.. let me start by saying… FUCK YES! The spoilers are coming, so turn away if you don’t want to know anything….    LAST CHANCE  ok… here’s […]

In further girl-positive entertainment news…

By |November 15th, 2011|

 Trailers from Pixar’s Brave (plus a rather slight article) and Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games.   

NEW STUDIO GHIBLI FILM HOORAY!

By |October 27th, 2011|

 What’s Halloween without a treat?    Written but not directed by Hayao Miyazaki, The Secret World of Arrietty is out Feb. 17 2012.  It’s based on Mary Norton’s book The Borrowers.  And there was much rejoicing. *Kermit flail*   

Girl Media / Boy Media (or, The My Little Brony That Could)

By |October 12th, 2011|

 I always knew that nostalgia for the 80s would come around sooner or later. I wasn’t expecting My Little Ponies to be relaunched, though, much less to become the basis of a an animated TV show that’s the darling of geeky young men. That part was a surprise. […]

Geek Girl’s Survival Guide for Loving Non-Geeky Men

By |September 17th, 2011|

 A few weeks ago, I sent my darling, lovely, and geeky eldest daughter off to college. Actually, I drove there with her belongings in my car, helped her move in, then held her and cried as we both realized that the basic cable package in her dorm does not get BBC America and she […]

What Not To Call Michele Bachmann

By |August 29th, 2011|

 Attention, writers of the world: Rep. Bachmann may be an odious waste of skin, but not even that is an excuse to be sexist. I speak of this otherwise excellent article on Republicans’ war on the working class, which nevertheless refers to Bachmann as “shrill”.  Writers, please don’t call women “shrill”.  Or “hysterical”.  Or […]

NPR’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Poll

By |August 3rd, 2011|

 A few months ago Tor ran a poll asking about the top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy novels of the last decade. Because they had the time limit on it (2000-2010), they ended up with a really interesting list. You can find the results right here. If you dig a little deeper over there, you can […]

Footage from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in Pittsburgh

By |August 3rd, 2011|

 FOR ALL BAT FANS! This is just a dream come true, and  the geek in me is just busting! We get to see Bane and The Dark knight fight it out in a winter wonderland. According to rumors going around, this is a scene where Bane releases all the inmates of Arkahm — following the […]

Crossplay and the Male Gaze: Gender-flipped Justice League

By |July 29th, 2011|

 Here’s a neat article from the pen of LA Weekly’s Liz Ohanesian: a group of cosplayers who went to Comic-Con as the Justice League of America… gender-flipped. Batma’am and Superma’am (who’s got a beautifully realized ’40s look) are joined by Aqualass, Power Guy, and Wonder Man.  The interesting thing, to me, is that gender-flipping the JLA exposes the male gaze like a flashbulb.  Power Guy is wearing next to nothing. (Good thing he’s built.)  Hunter’s costume exposes his belly. “We try to keep it pretty scantily clad for [the men] because that’s how women are portrayed,” says [the cosplayer playing Superma’am]. “We weren’t scantily clad for ourselves because that’s not the point. We’re showing that girls can be clothed and be superheroes because, most of the time, they aren’t.”  YES. YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.   (And, because I can’t resist, check behind the cut for a picture of me as a female Fifth Doctor.) […]