Quail (or How to Become a Scary Movie Trope)

The scene: A dark, too quiet night in the bowels of some remote location. The character:  A beautiful but foolish all-American young person. The plot: S/he has come to a remote location with a group of friends to let off steam and maybe even get lucky, when suddenly (but only after receiving numerous warnings from... Continue Reading →

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We Are All Luke Skywalker

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... ...there was an aspiring young man named Luke. Luke didn't know it, but he lived a very sheltered existence. His family kept him close, his farm kept him fed, and a silent warrior in hiding kept him safe. Amidst this bounty of provision, unfortunately, Luke... Continue Reading →

Daredevil: a redemption story

At the risk of losing all of my fangirl street cred, I have to make an important confession: I did not hate the 2003 Daredevil movie.  The script was weak, granted, and it struggled with tone and motivation (Am I an action movie?  A thriller?  A romance?  Which one will make the most money?).  But... Continue Reading →

superpower of choice

Comic-Con International is coming up this week and I am irrationally, inordinately, ridiculously SUPER-pumped for it...especially for some one who's not even going. I don't know how it is that I've never been.  Comic-Con is a shining beacon of and for nerdom around the world. Teeming masses of fans, friends, artists, cosplay exhibitionists, geeks, gamers,... Continue Reading →

blue

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel…” -Charlie Brown I hate to admit this, but in the past, I have written off this bewildered confession as evidence of weak character on good old Charlie Brown’s part.  How... Continue Reading →

quail

The scene: A dark, too quiet night in the bowels of some remote location. The character:  A beautiful but foolish all-American young person. The plot: S/he has come to a remote location with a group of friends to let off steam and maybe even get lucky, when suddenly (but only after receiving numerous warnings from... Continue Reading →

blue like don

About once a month, I treat myself to a little something I like to call No-Hat Day.  No-Hat Day is when I temporarily cast off all the roles I try to fill in my life and do something that is purely me in the moment.  For a few hours, I'm neither doting mother nor dutiful... Continue Reading →

hunger

I was a bookseller at Barnes & Noble when I first rejoined the work force, and it was a glorious time in my life.  What better occupation for me than to be literally surrounded by the written word and movies, and sometimes even the written word about movies?  Retail hours, sore feet, Black Friday...I genuinely... Continue Reading →

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