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

Rest in Peace, Roger Ebert

I have written movie reviews for a local paper since I was a sophomore in high school. When I started out, I was young and still developing my voice, so it was important to me to have role models. I took it very seriously. I checked out or bought many books of film reviews, but … 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

The New Brave Trailer: Some Questions

Between The Hunger Games and Brave, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been practicing a lot of archery on my Wii. I’ll also admit that I am excited that Pixar is finally making a movie with a female lead. But, as Peggy Orenstein has already pointed out, that shouldn’t be a big deal. In all … Continue reading