Maleficent: Revenge and Maternity

Although last weekend was my brother’s wedding (which was really wonderful), I managed to get out to the theater before the rehearsal and other festivities to see Maleficent (I was on a deadline). While I was moved by the movie and really enjoyed watching it, I also think it was technically clumsy in some of … Continue reading

Frozen: Subverting the Ice Queen

Yesterday afternoon, my sometimes-collaborator, always-friend Megan (whose reviews you can read at Review To Be Named) and I went to see Frozen. Because I’ve been otherwise occupied, I hadn’t kept up with the buzz about the film and so I didn’t really know what to expect. Overall, I loved it a lot. There are some obvious … Continue reading

Women in Baseball and Movies

Baseball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Although I’m still getting teased by my mom (a great softball player) for making daisy chains in the outfield in tee-ball, there are many amazing stories about my brother in Little League and in high school he was the greatest … Continue reading

Things Are Happening! (And so many books)

It’s been a busy, crazy week, but many good things have happened. In the realm of popular culture, there’s going to be a Veronica Mars movie and a Clarissa Explains It All novel called Things I Can’t Explain. Veronica Mars is one of my favorite TV shows as an adult and Clarissa was one of my … Continue reading

Evil Little Girls on Film

Since I spend so much time studying the portrayal of girlhood in popular culture, it was only fitting that for Halloween I post about evil little girls*. The portrayal of little girls as the potential or real villains of scary stories is not a new phenomenon. Consider Henry James’s masterful The Turn of the Screw … Continue reading

Brave: Is the Best Part the Larger Conversation?

Note to anyone reviewing Brave: the phrase “hits the target” has already been used. A lot. Don’t do it.  Also unbearable puns. No. I don’t think I’ve ever left a movie feeling quite so confusingly neutral before. I spent the larger part of Brave playing a sort of mental ping pong, bouncing between disappointment or … Continue reading

Pixar’s Brave and Merchandising

Update: Check out these smart(er) folks at Slate (Conflict between Brave and Pretty?) & Jezebel (Beauty Comes Before Bravery). This afternoon, hopefully as a reward for finishing a draft of my seminar paper, I’m going with a friend to see Pixar’s Brave. I am stoked. As I mentioned before, I have some questions about Brave, … Continue reading

I’m (Still) Not Ashamed of My Day Planner

Leslie: Yellow haired female… likes waffles and news. Ann: Sexy, well-read blonde… loves the sweeter things in life.[…]Hobbies? Leslie: Organizing my agenda. Wait, that doesn’t sound fun…jammin’ on my planner. –Parks and Recreation, “Soulmates” I published an earlier version of this post on another blog a couple years ago, but tonight as I’m working on … Continue reading