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 ...

7 Prince Songs That Will Make You Miss Him Even More

I wasn't dreaming when I wrote this -- but I wish I was. I'm not one for getting all verklempt when a celebrity dies. Yet, on Thursday April 21st, 2016, I found myself struggling not to cry at my desk when I heard that Prince died. At first, I thought, This has to be a false report. Some chucklehead is just running some death hoax since Prince ...

Objects I Have Been Hit in the Head With – Part 4 of 4

They say all bad things must come to an end. And so comes the long-awaited conclusion to this epic four-part series, "Objects I Have Been Hit in the Head With." Going through my blog and wracking my brain for things to write about, it dawned on me that it's been over four years since I wrote the penultimate installment in this series, detailing my experience ...

Batman v. Superman: Not Super, But Not “Bat,” Either

I really, really wanted to like Batman v. Superman. I really did.  Normally, after watching a superhero movie, you emerge from the theatre feeling something: Maybe a little giddy. Or perhaps a little inspired. A little more resolved that while evil exists in the world, so does good. I felt nothing after I watched Batman v. Superman.  Nothing. I came in an optimist and left a ...

5 Characters In Search of a Way Out of The Friend Zone

There comes a time in everyone's life where they find themselves falling for a friend. You think that the bond you share can be escalated to a deeper, more romantic level. Sometimes, you get the fairy tale. Other times, you hear the magic words: "I don’t want to ruin our friendship.” That's when your worst fears have been confirmed: You've been banished to the dark ...

Not Just Poop: Other Weird Things You Find Working in a Library

Philadelphia has its share of colorful characters who have a penchant for disturbing, yet hilarious antics. We can proudly lay claim to being the home of the Swiss Cheese Pervert and now we can look to nearby Bryn Mawr for our latest noteworthy miscreant: the guy who took a dump in his local library.  According to a cadre of librarians from around the country quoted by ...

The Gross Misuse of the Word “Exciting” Must Stop

Words are my trade, which is why I take particular umbrage when some are abused or thrown about with zero regard. While I firmly believe that anyone who uses the expressions "my bad," "I can't even," or "Sunday Funday" with a straight face and zero sense of irony should be beaten with a boat oar, there are several words that are grossly overused -- if not ...

Star Wars’ Kylo Ren: Symbol of the Entitlement Generation

Kylo Ren. Ben Solo. Darth Bitch Boy. Whatever you want to call him, the main antagonist of the new Star Wars trilogy is more than just a Marilyn Manson doppelganger. He's a metaphor for the entitlement generation. WARNING: If you have not yet seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, this article contains spoilers. And if you haven't seen it, you should haul ass ...