Category: Columns
Aliens, Incest, Time Travel, & a Robot Cinderella
Aliens, Incest, Time Travel, & a Robot CinderellaYou’d think that’s the most random catch-up collection yet. You’d be right! Turns out I’ve been away from the blog so long that an entire site shut down in between my last post and this one. :sobs quietly: The Dissolve, a wonderfully erudite and passionate site about film, closed its doors last week.…
Stuff I’ve Badmouthed Recently: Stalker & Co.
Stuff I've Badmouthed Recently: Stalker & Co.Because I could not ignore this show no matter how much we all wanted to, I have reviewed STALKER at The AV Club. I don’t know if the title is intended to be in allcaps all the time, but it suits the tone of the show, so we’ll leave it. It is pretty much exactly what you would expect, except with more explicit discussion of why a man’s justified in staring at a woman’s chest, which was certainly an unexpected B-plot for a pilot, but there we have it.…
Stuff I’ve Badmouthed Recently
Stuff I've Badmouthed RecentlyWell, only sort of. But I realized the last thing I posted here was the Catwoman announcement, and not any of my nonfiction work directly before or since. Obviously I’m still stoked about Catwoman, but I didn’t realize how much time’s gotten away from me in the last few weeks. Yikes.…
News Post: Turn, and Dying in Space
News Post: Turn, and Dying in SpaceI have family in town this week, which is always a lot of fun, but it means computer time has been available in inverse proportion to the availability of wondering why buses are so late. Also late is this roundup of stuff that happened much earlier in the week! First up: my latest recap for Turn, “Eternity How Long”, which is another solid episode in which the few and the powerful engage community scapegoats to see how far they can push everyone before they break.…
Ben Affleck’s Batman and Boardwalk Empire
Ben Affleck's Batman and Boardwalk EmpireTwo tastes that exist occasionally together without ever interacting! This month, for Strange Horizons, I reviewed a little of Ben Affleck’s new Batman movie in ten parallel worlds, because why wouldn’t you go see Ben Affleck’s Batman ten times, right? (Don’t do that, no matter how the movie turns out, I don’t think that’s going to be a good idea.) You can read it here!…
“In This Together” at Strange Horizons
"In This Together" at Strange HorizonsI have a new column up at Strange Horizons this week! “In This Together” talks about the opposing (but sometimes complementary) explorations of duality presented by two very different movies set just before an oncoming apocalypse: Pacific Rim, in which only perfectly-communicated teamwork will save the world from giant monsters from another dimension and it will all be okay so long as we trust each other and work hard, and Melancholia, in which everyone in the world is totally screwed, and only two codependent sisters who have never effectively communicated and can’t start now are even aware it’s coming, and after the wedding reception you sat through in the movie’s first half, you’re probably fine with the planet exploding.…