Turn Around…Barbara

Everyone has a go-to karaoke song (and if you say you don’t, you’re lying to me, or you’ve just never been to karaoke. Don’t worry, as soon as it’s your turn to sing, you’ll know your song). I have two: “Me and Bobby McGee,” which I wail through to the best of my ability, and “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” with which I have brought down the house on previous occasions. Read the rest of this entry »


This post is gonna get bloody. You’ve been warned.

Well, it’s that time of the month. It’s time to talk about periods. Or, at least, that’s what the two awesome ads I’ve recently discovered have decided for me.

It’s always baffled me that, when half of the world is made up of women, pad and tampon commercials always have to skirt around the fact that periods exist. Everyone smiles and wears white, and they show the effectiveness of their products with a nondescript blue liquid. None of it is realistic, and we all know that to be the case — women know because they live it, and men know because they have wives, daughters, girlfriends, sisters, female friends, female roommates, they have to leave their homes at some point…the list goes on. Read the rest of this entry »


On Entertainment

The most powerful thing about entertainment of any kind is that it is impossible to take it back once you experience it. It’s not that wrong-size shirt you got for Christmas. It is always with you, and you can never return it, for better or worse (In this case, for better could be read here as Submarine and for worse could be Epic Movie).

I will always remember the way I felt first reading The Giver; exhilarated by the story and the characters that, as a 10 year old, I intensely identified with. I passionately enjoy dystopian movies, TV shows and books today because of the impact The Giver had on me. Read the rest of this entry »


To my dearest Community…

Tonight could very well be the last time a new episode of Community ever airs. There’s a certain amount of worry in the pit of my stomach every time a season of Community ends (or it gets pulled abruptly off-air midseason…or NBC changes the definition of October 19…or they change showrunners…or…you know). But there’s something about tonight. There are a few things that have me feeling a little more pessimistic (or, as my father would say … realistic): Read the rest of this entry »


TV on the Amazon – Part II

It’s part two of my review of the Amazon comedy pilots. Now, where were we…

Onion News Empire – The Onion is the king of news satire, especially when it comes to news satire on the web. (The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are definitely tied for a very close second.) So, it’s no real stretch for them to come up with a cable news sitcom, especially since they already have a short-form version. It took me a little while to get comfortable with a long-form Onion piece, but I got used to it and enjoyed it. The jokes came at an insanely rapid pace, and the cast (which includes Jeffrey Tambor and Cheyenne Jackson) was awesome. Like the web satires I’ve enjoyed before it (e.g. Burning Love), I have a feeling that, I wouldn’t watch Onion News Empire week-to-week; I would let the episodes pile up so I could binge in one sitting. (Of course, Amazon could release the episodes all at once, ensuring that I would definitely have an Onion News Empire marathon). Verdict: They have a Baby News Network. Who wouldn’t want to give this show at least a chance? Read the rest of this entry »


TV on the Amazon – Part I

It blew my mind when I realized that, before they had a VCR, my parents had no way to watch TV that they missed…unless the station re-aired it at a later date and they were available to watch it then. Yeah, that probably shouldn’t be mind-blowing, but I have taken for granted that I can watch my favorite TV shows any time. I am never limited to the exact time they air. In fact, I can wait years to watch it. (I only watched Twin Peaks this summer.) I didn’t watch Arrested Development until 2008 when the entire series was (one of the first to be) available on Hulu. Arrested Development is perfectly suited for online binge-viewing. Which made its resurrection on Netflix, the ultimate binge-viewing machine, an ideal partnership.  Read the rest of this entry »


The latest in bad TV

Many critics have said it: we’re living in another golden age of television. From Breaking Bad to Parks and Recreation, from The Middle to Game of Thrones, we’ve got a whole lotta good TV to watch. They don’t all bring the ratings, but with online streaming and the my-friend-really-wants-me-to-watch-this-show-so-I’m-gonna-binge-watch-before-the-next-season-starts mentality that pervades our culture, series with unique stories, great casts and fabulous writing can still find a place in this world, even if more people are watching NCIS and The Voice.

However many acclaimed scripted shows they have, most channels want to find their Voice. And I can’t blame them. Having a few Goliaths that really bring in the ratings creates a safe foundation for the lower-rated critical darlings to thrive. However, before you reel in that big fish, you usually catch a few duds that you must throw back in pity. Read the rest of this entry »