Only a Few Delights in a Predictable Breaking Bad/Modern Family Emmy Sweep Year

This year's Emmy Awards needed some major fixing by Scandal's Olivia Pope. Or needed to be bailed out by The Good WIfe's Alicia Florrick. Or needed major voodoo from American Horror Story's Angela Bassett. It definitely needed less Seth Myers, more humor. less Weird Al HeCan'tSingovich, and better music overall. It most certainly needed to be commandeered by Tina and Amy, though most things do. ...more

Beyonce's Divine Feminism at the VMAs

What a night! I'm sure many things happened at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, but truly only one part of the event is on my takeaway list. An impossibly hot Beyoncé  at the height of her powers defined feminism as being the epitome of the feminine divine, represented women as ambitious, sexy and maternal, brought author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's incantation about teaching girls to claim success to the massive VMA audience, and all was right with the world. ...more
KaiEl'Zabar I never said Beyonce is under Jay Z's spell. And of course I get Adichie's speech, ...more

With the News On My Mind, Can I Get Excited About the Emmy Awards?

My friend emailed me to remind me to make my Emmy predictions for our annual awards night pool. Money is on the line! Also, the all important bragging rights. I just can't get it up for the game this year, though. ...more
I actually was thinking about going camping this weekend, somewhere there is no social media. As ...more

Robin Williams' Brilliance Broke My Heart and Mended It, Again and Again

Celebrities are our Greek gods. We place them on their Olympus with great intention, collecting constellation stories from our stars, sometimes for a season and sometimes for decades. When life’s big events affect our players with marriages, births, deaths, addiction, tragedy, or crime, we take their stories in more deeply, and notice how their stories are woven fast against the cloth of our own lives. We look for ways to understand our own lives through theirs, because it can sometimes help us more than trying to look headlong into our own. ...more
It is beautiful.more

Scarlett's Lucy Kicks PTSD in the Face in an Action Flick Where Women Win

In the summer blockbuster Lucy, Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who is transformed by a synthetic drug that gives her access to 100% of her brain. With the drug's push she grows stronger, wiser and tougher in both primal and evolved ways. In the universe of the story, this allows her to triumph over assault, gun fire and a global hunt for her. Scarlett rocks the role with verve, a surprisingly steely badass power and a striking ability to single-handedly embody a wacky sci-fi concoction of creative theory, science and philosophy.  ...more
skye I can appreciate that concern. The stereotypical drug-lords-without-names was meant to ...more

Desperately Seeking the Consistent Comfort of Reruns

I'm home after two weeks of high-stakes deadlines, difficult news from a family member, and work and conference travel plus all that goes with that. I landed feeling tired, stressed and daunted by the piles of work, laundry, bills and untended emails waiting for me. I needed comfort. Serenity now! So I did what any sane person in need of a comforting buffer would do: I watched three episodes of Will & Grace and went to sleep. ...more
Will & Grace or Boy Meets World.  I own both complete series on DVD because they just don't play ...more

VIDEO: New 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer Teases with Masterful Foreplay

I admit to being baffled at the undeniable popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. But millions of fans get it, or want to get it on with Christian and/or Anastasia. Author E.L. James' trilogy of books are New York Times bestsellers to the tune of over 100 million copies sold, which is incredibly impressive for any book, let alone what is essentially erotic fan fiction. ...more
Ugh, I just felt my IQ drop...more

When Do You Give Up on a Television Show?

I've had it. I'm done. I tried, I really tried, but it's not for me. I'm abandoning HBO's series The Leftovers after four episodes. The show's storyline about the mysterious disappearance of 2% of the population, and about the tortured lives of those who remain, wasn't holding my attention and left me feeling unsettled and frustrated with its moody indulgences.  Like those two percenters who went somewhere, I'm tapping out.  ...more
I'm a serial pilot watcher and it's become even worse with our Netflix subscription. If I don't ...more

Cutthroat Kitchen Puts Foodies Through Challenges Just Like Those Facing the Poor

Cutthroat Kitchen is burning up the summer, off to a strong start with its fourth season on Food Network. I don't know whether to love it, hate it, or to make a bread pudding after tearing up my love-hate and covering it with an "I see your class struggles, First World" custard topped by a caramelized "WTF" glaze. ...more
I've always thought the same about Survivor. Like, if they really wanted to show a clear picture ...more

Emmy Snubs, Who Cares? I'm Busy Celebrating the Triumph of Laverne Cox

I know that outrage at snubs leads the news when nomination lists are announced, and today's Emmy nomination list certainly contains some major omissions. But instead of focusing on that, I'm going to take just a minute to celebrate a groundbreaking milestone.  Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset, making her the first transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination. This is huge. ...more
yesnofilms Maybe they have something against zombies. <3 that showmore