We are all gutted this morning to have learned that Leonard Nimoy passed away. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones and everyone whose lives he touched. His last tweet a few days ago feels especially poignant now:
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”
Breaking news, if you live under a pile of ancient sea turtle shells: Paul Feig, who directed Bridesmaids, is making a new Ghostbusters movie, and this time it has GIRLS.
For me, though, this is sort of where the excitement ends. Word is out that the main ladies to be featured in the movie are Kristen Wiig (shocker), Melissa McCarthy (shocker of shockers), Leslie Jones (I’ll get to this later), and Kate McKinnon (sure, I guess). We get one whole WOC and one whole lesbian, wow!
As per usual on the internet, this casting announcement has spawned a bevy of fancasting discussions, just like this one! Full disclosure on my end: I may or may not work ~*in the biz*~ and I am DEFINITELY more of a stickler for considerations like relevance and feasibility, probably more than other folks when it comes to pretend casting movies and TV on the internet. It’s not that I don’t love your faves – in fact, I’m sure a lot of your faves are also my faves – but when I do this, I also like to make a point, and that point is that diversity is not hard. We don’t need to go out into a forest clearing and cast some spells to call up some diverse players for new media. We have people around right here, right now who have name recognition and are just waiting for the opportunity to make that Clooney money.
Let’s go conjure up a fancast or 12.
With season 2 of Broad City premiering tonight, January 14th, on Comedy Central, I’m back with the second part of my re-watch of the comedy series. (Get caught up, if you missed the earlier post.)
In the first half of Broad City’s premiere season, we spent a lot of time getting to know Abbi and Ilana, and their usual routines. The show really picks up speed in the second half of the season, growing more robust than simply “a couple of stoner girls fail at life”, with more ambitious storylines, new characters, and a showcase of guest stars. While the first five episodes certainly endeared us to the main characters, the last five convince us that there is still so much more to explore when it comes to the two friends. Continue reading
If you’re anything like me, you fell in love with Broad City when it debuted on Comedy Central this past January (or you were lucky enough to know about it when it was a webseries on Youtube), and were devastated when the season was over after a mere 10 episodes. Luckily, the new year is here and with it comes the show’s much anticipated second season. In preparation for this momentous occasion, I’m rewatching the first season, taking note of everything that made Broad City my favorite irreverent feminist comedy of the year. Come along with me on the first part of a wacky journey through the lives of two sometimes irresponsible, always entertaining NYC 20-somethings, Abbi and Ilana.
After today, we’ll be taking a break from Geeking Out for the next couple of weeks, so here’s a whole lot of links to tide you over.
- Coming soon: The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness, a documentary about Studio Ghibli.
- We’re keeping an eye out for Fresh Off The Boat, a sitcom written by Nahnatchka Khan (Don’t Trust the B* in Apt 23) and starring Randall Park.
- Anita Sarkeesian and Carolyn Petit present five feminist moments in video games.
- Archie Comics is relaunching its flagship series with writer Mark Wald and artist Fiona Staples.
- Star Trek and Parks & Rec – a match made in the stars.
- Sure, superhero = spandex, but overall, we’re still digging the design for Spiderwoman’s new costume.
- Tis the season! Make your own superhero snowflakes!
- Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event, a new book aimed at adult readers.
- What was the best moment in feminism of 2014? Mic.com weighs in.
- Who shone brightest among women in science this past year?
- On that note, check out Rachel Ignotofsky’s awesome posters celebrating women in science!
- Women You Should Know looks at the legacy of that famous LEGO ad from 1981.
- 3D printing gave this cute pooch the opportunity to run wild and free.
- And let’s finish off the list with something magical that will make your heart ache: John Cho singing “Wild World”. Soundcloud for just the audio version, or YouTube to watch his beautiful face.
Thirty years ago, an ecological event closed off an area of land referred to as “the forgotten coast”. Saying that it was an environmental catastrophe, the government named the bordered off area “Area X.” But the government didn’t set up those borders; in fact, something else created the invisible barrier that for a long time was impenetrable. When passage into Area X opened inexplicably, a government agency called Southern Reach sent expeditions of scientists to investigate, all of them failing in their task. Some would come back with no recollection of what they saw, others wouldn’t come back at all, and many came back only to die of cancer months later. This is how Annihilation, the first book of Jeff VanderMeer‘s riveting Southern Reach Trilogy, begins: with the twelfth expedition setting out on their mission.
The latest expedition is made up of four unnamed scientists, all of them women. They are the Psychologist, the Surveyor, the Linguist, and the Biologist, whose point of view makes up the majority of the book. What happened to the prior eleven expeditions? What is in Area X? Who is in it? There are lots of questions, but don’t expect clear cut answers. Whatever answers you get are surrounded in ambiguity, like the fuzzy humidity in Area X, and before the main questions are answered, many new ones sprout, like mushrooms.
Amelia (Essie Davis) reads Mister Babdook to Sam (Noah Wiseman). (Photo: MovieMag)
Snap Synopsis: A widowed mom tries to hold it together when she realizes her son’s night terrors might be real.
Trigger Warning: The dog dies.
Sleep is one of the absolute necessities needed for survival; you might be able to last a while if deprived, but sooner or later you’ll crash and burn. The dominating feeling of fatigue and borderline delirium that comes from sleep deprivation – itself a form of torture – is the driving force in Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook. The viewer follows single mother Amelia (Essie Davis) over the course of a week leading up to the anniversary of her husband Oskar’s sudden (and violent) death, in a film that is a great study of trauma and grief. Amelia’s already fraught week takes a turn for the worse when she reads the bedtime story of Mister Babadook (A Bad Book) to her son Sam (Noah Wiseman) and the boy insists that the Babadook really is haunting them. Continue reading