Bechdel Test Becomes an Official Rating in Sweden
Nov 8th, 2013

Alison Bechdel, the cartoonist behind the long-running Dykes to Watch Out For and the modern classic autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home, also lent her name to the Bechdel Test. That simple check evaluates a film on whether 1. it has at least two women in it that 2. talk to each other 3. about something […]

Man at Arms Builds Thor’s Hammer Mjölnir
Nov 5th, 2013

The Man at Arms YouTube series knows how to time their weapon recreations. This past summer, they built Wolverine’s claws right around the time The Wolverine movie came out. This weekend, we’re treated to Thor: The Dark World, opening November 8, so Man at Arms is building a replica of Mjölnir, Thor’s hammer. Cosplayers will […]

Amazon Launches TV Series With Free Samples
Nov 4th, 2013

According to Alan Sepinwall, Amazon is launching its own TV series with an innovative release plan. The comedy Alpha House stars John Goodman as one of a group of Republican senators who live together. It will debut on November 15 with three episodes available for anyone to see. After that, new episodes will come weekly, […]

Chicago/Disney Mashup Sheds New Light on Classic Villains
Oct 28th, 2013

I am astounded at the creative, high-production-value entertainment that people put together just to get hits on YouTube. Such as this “Spell Block Tango”, Disney villains singing a rewritten “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago. I recognized Amber Riley (Glee) as Ursula, but everyone is identified at the end. And I like the clever touch of […]

New Captain America: Winter Soldier Trailer Has More Black Widow, Falcon
Oct 26th, 2013

Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier that shows how the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) will play more of a role in the story, a development I’m excited to see. (Love the banter here!) The plot description is as follows: After the cataclysmic events […]

Adventures of Superboy Season 4 Available for Pre-Order Signed by Gerard Christopher
Oct 26th, 2013

Warner Archive has announced pre-orders are now available for The Adventures of Superboy Season 4 (the final season of the show). As a special bonus, while supplies last, orders will be filled with copies signed by Gerard Christopher, who played Superboy. Orders will ship on or before October 29 (Tuesday), which is the official release […]

Hart of Dixie Season 2
Oct 26th, 2013

I liked the premise of Hart of Dixie when it launched two years ago (although I wasn’t able to watch it due to schedule conflicts). I’ve liked fish-out-of-water “big citier learns the virtues of Southern living” plots ever since I saw Doc Hollywood, 20 years ago. Here, Rachel Bilson stars as Dr. Zoe Hart, who […]

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics
Oct 25th, 2013

Out today is DC’s newest documentary. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics stands out for being narrated by Christopher Lee, but he sounds muted. (Not surprising, since he’s currently 91 years old, and his voice just isn’t as menacing or powerful as it once was.) Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics The “feature-length documentary” (it […]

Scream Factory Announces Another 80s Fan Fave, Cat People
Oct 22nd, 2013

Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory imprint is apparently wandering through the dark corners of my 80s HBO memories, as their newest Blu-ray announcement is another sleek time capsule. Cat People Due out January 21 is a Blu-ray Collector’s Edition of Cat People, the 1982 Paul Schrader remake starring Nastassja Kinski as a woman cursed to turn […]

Pacific Rim
Oct 21st, 2013

I didn’t see Pacific Rim in theaters, because there were more blockbuster movies this summer than I had appetite for. But I’d heard interesting things about it, primarily revolving around the female mecha pilot, so I was curious to see how this two-plus-hour “Godzilla vs. Transformers” (or, to use its language, kaiju vs. jaeger) movie […]

Win Much Ado About Nothing on DVD
Oct 14th, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing I enjoyed watching Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, particularly given the DVD extras. And thanks to random chance, I have an extra copy to give away! To enter the contest, please leave a comment below telling me which of Whedon’s shows or movies is your favorite and why. A winner […]

Much Ado About Nothing
Oct 13th, 2013

A description of the project will pretty much tell you if you’re interested or not: Directed by Joss Whedon, Much Ado About Nothing uses the original Shakespearean text in a black-and-white version filmed in his home. The cast will be familiar to Whedon fans — Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof (both Angel) are Beatrice and […]

Brothers Face Off in Thor: The Dark World Clip
Oct 7th, 2013

I’m trying not to pay too much attention to promo material, since I know I’m going to see Thor: The Dark World, so ads will just ruin surprises for me, but when Disney sent over this link… I had to make this snarky joke. Between Thor’s black turtleneck, the meaningful (but meaningless) dialogue, and Loki […]

Boomerang Running Classic Live-Action Monster Shows for October
Oct 6th, 2013

Although Booomerang’s mission is to present “the best in classic animated entertainment”, for October, they’re offering a couple of live-action sitcom classics from 1964. The Addams Family and The Munsters air weekdays at 2:30 and 3 PM and weeknights at midnight. (Times Eastern.) The Munsters was sillier, with the idea of a Monster, a Vampire, […]

The Wolverine on Blu-ray December 3
Oct 5th, 2013

The Wolverine The Wolverine comes to home video on December 3 in three editions: Blu-ray combo pack with DVD DVD version The Unleashed Extended Edition — the first time an X-Men movie has released an extended cut — includes a 3-D Blu-ray version as well If you want to buy the digital edition, that becomes […]

Thor: The Dark World Encouraging Science for Girls
Oct 5th, 2013

The Marvel Comics branch of the Disney empire has had its issues in the past welcoming women, but the movie arm seems to realize that you don’t get great success without reaching out to everyone. Specifically, to promote Thor: The Dark World, opening November 8, they’re encouraging girls to think about careers in science and […]

Arrow: The Complete First Season
Sep 30th, 2013

Fans of the comic know the backstory, although it takes on new immediacy seeing it on TV. Young billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has been shipwrecked on a deserted island for five years. After he’s rescued, with the skills he learned to survive, he’s determined to bring justice to Starling City to make up for […]

Masters of Sex Debuts on Showtime Tonight — Recommended!
Sep 29th, 2013

Just watched Masters of Sex on Showtime on Demand, and it was great — funny, revelatory, fascinating, and thought-provoking. Attitudes about sex in 1956 were restrained, as you’d expect, which made Dr. William Masters’ work exploring the physical reactions to intercourse and orgasm all the more surprising. Virginia (“Ginny”) Johnson was his secretary, later his […]

The World’s End on Blu-ray and DVD in November
Sep 29th, 2013

The World’s End, the Edgar Wright movie starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, has been announced for Blu-ray and DVD on November 19. The World’s End I enjoyed seeing it, and given how detailed the creators usually are in the special features, I’ll be picking it up on home video. Bonus features are planned to […]

Sep 28th, 2013

There’s a lot that can be done with the idea of computerized attempts to destroy the world, when you consider how digitally connected everything is today. Heck, I was frightened by the idea back in 1988 when Probe had a rogue AI messing with elevators and traffic lights. Delete, the latest in the series of […]

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