The Very Best Stuff
I write about Snowpiercer, The Cabin in the Woods and the unspeakable horror of moral decision-making over at Bright Lights Film Journal (external link).
I write about watching social structures collapse on Game of Thrones, over at PopMatters (external link).
Ripped straight from my recurring nightmares, The Stanley Parable is a videogame about a sentient videogame that hates you and tries to screw you over as you play. It’s equal parts funny and creepy, and it shows how you can take a very simple idea and build something layered and thought-provoking out of it.
I would call this a TV binge, but there’s really not enough of it for that. It’s more like a TV snack. It took four and half hours to watch and I kind of… didn’t like it as much as the first two series?
I’ve been watching Stargate SG-1 on Netflix. It’s like this sick addiction I can’t turn off. I watched it when it was originally on TV, too, but it was never one of my favourite shows, and it’s surprising how much I forgot about it.
When I was in grade four, my school had this total hard-on for pioneer times, and they used to make us watch Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman each week, before having a group discussion about what we learned. That’s right – there was a period of time, during my formative years, where my homework consisted of watching Jane Seymour and Joe Lando make out in the woods and then having a serious discussion about it. Thank you, Alberta public school system. This is probably why I always have to go on the internet and tell everyone about whatever crappy show I just watched.
Let’s not pretend that this is an example of amazingly feminist story-telling just because we like the female characters.