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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Justice for Doom: Will Filmdom Ever Get This Comic Book Villain Right?

Victor Von Doom always gets the shit end of the stick. Especially when it comes to the way he's portrayed on film. Doctor Doom is arguably one of the most multi-faceted villains in all of comics. As originally conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Doctor Doom had an air of mystery, tragedy, and nobility. Until recently in comics, Doom had been the type of villain that, ...

5 Unorthodox Life Lessons From Dad

I was lucky enough to have had a cool dad. A really cool dad. The kind of dad who would help you smuggle contraband rock albums into the house and help you hide them from Mom. The kind of dad who knew you couldn't afford action figures, so he'd make awesome, handmade paper dolls of your favorite cartoon characters. The kind of dad who made ...

In Defense of Seth MacFarlane: Oscar Host

Everyone's a critic. Moreover, everyone's a critic with an overwhelming, virtually Victorian sense of propriety - particularly when it comes to those who host the Oscars. Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy creator and voice of trash-talking stuffed bear Ted, met with mixed reviews for his turn as emcee at the 85th Academy Awards on February 24, 2013. Critics derided MacFarlane's melange of crude humor and Old Hollywood ...

The Summer of Severus: My New / Old Pretend Boyfriend

"Dear Severus Snape, With my pretend boyfriend Damon from "The Vampire Diaries" away and off TV for now, I was wondering if you would like to renew our pretend courtship for the summer? Look, I know you're still hung up on your dearly departed Lily Evans-Potter, and I have a boyfriend who actually exists, even though he accompanies me to so few public events that my ...

Charlie Sheen and the Lost Art of the Rock Star

For years, I counted rock stars among my personal heroes right up there with Mae West, Tupac,  Larry Flynt, and my parents. The term "rock star," before it had been co-opted by the general public, roped in against its will into that awful chasm of cliché, "party like a rock star," used to stand for someone who was brilliant within their chosen career path, played ...

An Open Letter to Sir Anthony Hopkins

Dear Sir Anthony Hopkins: You used to be one of my favorite actors.  What the hell happened? No.  Seriously.  What the hell happened?  You used to epitomize suave sophistication on the silver screen, even under the most debaucherous of circumstances.  In your iconic, Oscar-winning performance as Hannibal Lecter, you elevated the horror genre above mere plebian status, proving with your portrayal that horror could be both intellectual and ...