tv & movies

Featured at Carnival of Cinema XIII

Well, not so much “featured” as “listed first,” which is a form of being featured. My recent post “If You Think Sylvia Plath Was Crazy, Think Again” was the review listed first in Carnival of Cinema Epiosde XIII: Planet of the Bloggers. There are also some other interesting pieces in the Carnival of Cinema. So […]

If You Think Sylvia Plath Was Crazy, Think Again

If you’ve seen the movie Sylvia and you still don’t understand it, this may help. And if you haven’t seen the movie Sylvia, this will definitely help. The Gilmore Girls Fanatic recently mentioned how much she is enjoying learning about Sylvia Plath, one of the most mentioned cultural figures on Gilmore Girls. I almost heard […]

Why Grey’s Anatomy Is Great Despite All the Sex

Why is it always about the sex? People put too much stock in sex. They have an unhealthy relationship with sex. When a character on Sex and the City can get out of bed, have a spat with the woman lying next to him, and immediately conclude that “maybe I should just leave”… In what […]

For the Love of Gilmore-isms

Update: The Gilmore-ism Database Project is now online at! “Either your signature or your brains are going to be on the contract.” Which Gilmore Girls character said that? In what episode? And what was he* talking about? * I use the pronoun “he,” because it’s convenient. But this doesn’t mean the character is a […]

The Dr. House Drinking Game

House M.D. is indeed one of the best shows on TV. Like many others, I enjoy watching it. And to increase my enjoyment of the show even more, I started a House Drinking Game. With the help of others, inlcuding Jim “Suldog” Sullivan and Digg user toxicredm, I now present: The Dr. House Drinking Game

What Makes Gilmore Girls the Best Show on TV

When I read Michael Ausiello’s recent interview with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, two things impressed me. Not what’s going to happen to Gilmore Girls now that the show’s creators have left. Not who fans will blame. Not what will happen in the show’s storyline. What I noticed was about Dan and Amy: They’re passionate. […]

Spotlight: The Notebook (the movie) (Review)

Review of The Notebook, directed by Nick Cassavetes, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. An elderly woman (Gena Rowlands) stands, looking out of the nursing home window. An elderly man (James Garner) visits her. She doesn’t know him, but he clearly considers her an old friend. He reads to her a story from a […]

Spotlight: Smilla’s Sense of Snow (the movie) (Review)

A review of Smilla’s Sense of Snow, the movie. I first encountered this underappreciated sci-fi mystery flick when Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave it two thumbs up in 1997. Smilla’s Sense of Snow stars Julia Ormond and Gabriel Byrne and is based on the novel by Peter Høeg of the same name. And of […]

What’s So Great About the X-Men? (Astonishing X-Men Review)

My first exposure to the X-Men was on a Saturday. I was watching the movies, directed by Bryan Singer, both X-Men and X2 in a mini-marathon. Sometime in the middle of the first film, I remember leaping from my seat in a fit of upset over the way our heroes were being treated. Now, reading […]

Doctor Who 2005 U.S. Premier

I actually did get to see the new Doctor Who with Chris Eccleston and Billy Piper. Finally, some modern science-fiction I can sink my teeth into! The whole family loved it. I’ve asked to email me when it comes out on DVD so I can be one of the first to get a copy. […]