The Feminism of Captain Marvel 4

Surprising no one, I fucking loved Captain Marvel. I’m tentatively saying it’s my third favorite MCU movie after Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, but I’ll need to see it a few times to be sure. It’s kind of arm wrestling with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Which it honestly has a lot in common with, in the sense that ...

The Bill Maher Guy 2

I’ve been watching in a kind of weird amusement as people have been yelling at Bill Maher for being a total asshole yet again, this time about comic books. And this is not to denigrate people who are pushing back. I’m in definite agreement that comic books are a valid literary form, and it actually ...

I have a lot of feelings about Dumplin’ 2

I saw Dumplin’ on Netflix last weekend thanks to Sarah Gailey, and I’m glad since I might never have gotten around to it otherwise. If you don’t know about Dumplin’, it’s about a fat girl named Willowdean (Danielle MacDonald) who is the daughter of a former beauty queen (Rosie, played by Jennifer Aniston) who is still deeply ...

2018 Writing Year in Review 2

Writing This Year Novels: 0 Novellas: 2 Novellettes:  0 Short Stories: 5 Flash: 2 TV/Movie Scripts: 1 Other Scripts: 2 scripts written for Six to Start Paid Nonfiction: 22 for Book Riot, 3 short textbooks written Treatments/Outlines: 2 Editing: Several small freelance editing gigs Consigned to the trunk of awfulness, never to return: None this year, maybe ...

[Movie] Mary Poppins Returns

Look, Mary Poppins Returns is a Mary Poppins movie, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to you if you just read the fucking title of it. There’s a sequence where Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) and Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) dance with a bunch of animated characters. There’s silly, surreal sequences involving bathtubs and balloons. There’s a ...

Arbitrary Grades for Chocolate Biscuits

Arbitrary Grades for Chocolate Biscuits
From the Cadbury Chocolate Biscuit Selection: Simply Shortcake: It’s a little bar of shortbread covered in milk chocolate, so it basically tastes of nothing but the milk chocolate. Look, I’m not going to tell you how to live your life, but I think shortbread is a biscuit that’s just not trying hard enough to be ...

Hole 1

I think I’m going to make seeing a play while I’m in the UK for Christmas a habit. I did it last year when I saw Belleville at the Donmar, and I’ve made the effort in previous years when I was around in London. I don’t get to see a lot of plays, so it’s good ...

At Last, New Who

Thanks to my friend Zalia, I have at last gotten to start watching season 11 of Doctor Who. This is the first time in YEARS I’ve been excited about watching new Doctor Who, and it’s entirely because of Jodie Whittaker. I had so many hopes that the Doctor being a woman would signal a pivot away from ...

Christmas 2018 Airplane Movies, part 1 1

I love international flights because they give me a reason to sit in one place for long enough to watch multiple movies. On the way over to the UK, I only watched two new ones because I made the attempt to sleep. With as much sleep as I got (about an hour and a half), ...

Awards Eligibility 2018 2

I just realized I ought to do this for the reference of anyone who might care, and in a much more permanent form than on Twitter. Because I did do a thread on Twitter, you see, but that hardly counts when I can’t even manage to find it myself. So, what the fuck did I ...