Oh gods, I hate to be Negative Nancy, but this scene was actually film-breaking for me. I mean, I appreciate a genre-movie-by-stealth as much as the next person, but there's smart reveals and then there's literally pulling the roof off of the movie you thought you were watching. Julianne Moore is brilliant, but she… » 4/14/14 9:20pm Monday 9:20pm

Actually, Blink was a mainline 616 character before showing up in AoA. She was introduced during the "Phalanx Covenant" crossover, and would have been a member of Generation X (she was held captive alongside the mutants who eventually became that team) except that she sacrificed herself so the others could live. She… » 3/27/14 4:12pm 3/27/14 4:12pm

On the positive side of things, the Japanese intro for the US X-Men animated series from the 90's is absolutely amazing, even considering the US opening set the bar pretty damn high. The other version isn't nearly as well animated, but has an amazing theme song ("CRY FOR THE MOOOON!"). » 3/04/14 2:45pm 3/04/14 2:45pm

Also, the show (and most of its characters) hate Laurel, so I feel like in no way does the show make you feel guilty about it. She's a miserable character with whom it's very hard to identify, and the show never lets you forget it. That being said, I also feel like this is a slow-burn arc for her, and it will be… » 2/28/14 11:15am 2/28/14 11:15am

Oh gods, those things were my one and only true Drunk Food in college. It was the best life choice a (then-) wiry 20 year old could make, right after I discovered you could empty those bottles of pink Andre "champagne" into dark-colored Nalgene bottles for convenient travel effeverscene. #liberalartsschool » 2/27/14 8:14am 2/27/14 8:14am

I'm more interested in finding out if he's a well-written, compelling character in well-written, compelling storylines than in finding out if he's a "companion"(TM). Doctor Who is great and all, but sometimes it feels like its own mythos, jargon, fandom, and marketing overshadow what should actually matter, and actually… » 2/24/14 2:09pm 2/24/14 2:09pm

Because people will probably respond you with "you just didn't get it," and imply that you an imbecile, and then tell you that this is The Thinking Man's(TM) Sci-Fi, and that as a Thinking Man or Thinking Woman the film was immediately clear to them following much stern contemplation of its depths, let me just jump in to … » 2/18/14 2:16pm 2/18/14 2:16pm

I mean, isn't the more general problem there that TV and other media continually seems to perpetuate the notion that viewers don't, or can't deal well with difference? And isn't that the actual problem with the "white guy is the default character" casting? It's as though some TV shows continually think that the only way… » 2/18/14 1:47pm 2/18/14 1:47pm

As someone who generally plays Druid, I kind of appreciate how many sub-types of Druid there are, even if some of these seem kind of laughable. Granted, as this article continually points out, D&D should be about encouraging folks to come up with a viable, interesting back-story instead of establishing sub-classes that… » 2/17/14 10:56am 2/17/14 10:56am

I know I should cynically say that the social features for Bravely Default are tacked on or peripheral, but honestly I love them. They totally take what is already great about the game—insane, but straight-forward customization—and kick it up to the nth degree. They never get in the way or feel required, but they… » 2/10/14 2:38pm 2/10/14 2:38pm

This is my response, too. I'm pretty sure the solution to moronic, institutionalized homophobia isn't making what is basically a gay joke. Given that homophobia is usually about gender-policing as much anything else, this is pretty tone deaf and counter-intuitive. » 2/09/14 7:06pm 2/09/14 7:06pm

I spent years thinking this was nothing but CW-style pretty-people-with-no-substance-can-only-be-a-guilty-pleasure show. Then, I got drunk one night in June, accidentally mis-clicked on it on Netflix, didn't have the wherewithal to click back, and figured it would be my new target for schadenfreude viewing. » 2/05/14 2:23pm 2/05/14 2:23pm