Anakin Skywalker: The Tragedy of When Love Is Weaponized

The second entry in this trilogy of Skywalker tragedies continues to explore Star Wars' first family, their greatest strengths and how those strengths become the vehicle for their own personal tragedy. Last time around, we took a look at Luke Skwalker who bore the heavy burden of knowledge -- or knowing just enough. This latest entry (And I do mean "late." It's been awhile between ...

Luke Skywalker: A Tragic Burden of Knowledge

If you're a Star Wars fan, you've probably heard a creepy uncle figure whisper, "Have you ever heard of the tragedy of Darth Plageueis the Wise?" While ol' Plageuis certainly came to a sad end, he ain't got nothing on the tragic triad of Skywalkers who serve as the backbone of the Star Wars saga. In this three-part series, we'll explore the threads of tragedy that ...

Enter the Apocalypse: Choose Your Own Apocalypse

It's a novel idea, but Hallmark should really consider a line of greeting cards devoted to the impending apocalypse. No one knows how it will happen or when it will hit, but the apocalypse is an experience that is both deeply personal and something shared with others. While you might not find "Apocalypse Greetings" nestled between "For a Special Nephew" or "Congratulations!" cards at your local Walgreen's ...

What It’s Really Like to Ride SEPTA’s El – No. Seriously.

I have a love / hate relationship with SEPTA. Anyone who knows me can attest to my feelings, owing to my near-daily Facebook posts documenting my commute to and from work on a regular basis, or in-person rants. I love SEPTA for its convenience (most times) and potential for people watching (all the time). I hate it for its unpredictability (sometimes), myriad smells and collection of ...

9 Not-So-Great Expectations to Have as a Music Journalist

For all you aspiring writers, journalists, critics, or utility-player freelancers, let a jaded, (semi) old hand offer some advice as to what you can expect along your own journey. You may be expecting fame, fortune, glamour, free CDs, and press passes. Temper those expectations. I don’t want to scare you or deter you from your path… Just prepare you for what may lie ahead if you choose ...

It’s Not Sexism. Your Gender-Swapped Remake Just Sucks.

Within the past decade, Hollywood has been whizzing on the viewing public with a steady, pungent, yellow stream of lukewarm remakes. Often dubbed "reboots" or "re-imaginings," the writers, producers, and whomever greenlights this hot garbage continue to underwhelm with their ability to take something that wasn't broke and attempt to "fix" it by passing off someone else's once-imaginative work as their own hackneyed reinterpretation. The latest ...

Suicide Squad is a Redemption Mission for DC

Let's cut to the chase: Suicide Squad was not bad at all.  After enduring the cinematic abortion known as Batman vs. Superman, I went into the theatre with a healthy dose of skepticism, prepared to see some of my favorite characters get shafted. I came out of the theatre pleasantly surprised. Not without its flaws, Suicide Squad was entertaining, fun, and remained true to its characters ...

Why Batgirl Is Still a Strong Female Character in ‘The Killing Joke’

The recent animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke has been a source of controversy, particularly with the way Barbara Gordon - AKA - Batgirl was portrayed. Several critics have claimed that the film version of The Killing Joke has misogynistic overtones and paints Barbara Gordon as less than a strong woman. I disagree. As a woman and a comic book fan, I argue that the ...

Sympathy for Cersei: Why Game of Thrones’ Bad Bitch Ain’t So Bad

You gotta hand it to Cersei Lannister. Between last year's season finale and this year's, Cersei went from rock bottom to the top of the heap. She ended last season having endured a traumatic naked "walk of shame" through the streets of King's Landing after being beaten and starved for an extended period of time... and given a terrible haircut. This season, Cersei (literally) put all of ...

A Love Letter to Ramsay Bolton: Game of Thrones’ Snow Bunny

There is no Game of Thrones character more reviled than Ramsay Bolton -- the mad dog formerly known as Ramsay Snow, legitimized bastard son of all-around duplicitous douche Roose Bolton. Rivaled in fan hatred by only Joffrey Baratheon, Ramsay has made Joffrey look like a rank amateur in terms of acts of cruelty. On Game of Thrones and in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice ...