Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider video games hold a special place in my heart. I’ve played the games, I own all the comics, and at least one action figure. Lara is one of my favorite go-to female characters when I am looking for fun-time adventuring. She solves puzzles, fights and kills a menagerie of creatures – including but not limited to dinosaurs, wild board, and scorpions – … [Read more...] about Nerd Rage Activated: Tomb Raider Reboot
One of my least favorite phrases in the English language is the term "female comedy." It’s the absolute worst. To quote Maya Rudolph, "I've been doing comedy for a long time and I never thought it was vaginal comedy." To me, that phrase is a byproduct of the past ten to fifteen years, in which the "Can women be funny?!" question has, like the villain in a horror movie, simply … [Read more...] about Beverly Hills, What a Thrill!
A few weeks into the 2011 television season, a friend told me I had to watch ABC’s Pan Am. This wasn’t in my plans, as I had no interest in the show. From the ad campaign it seemed similar to The Playboy Club on NBC (which had already been cancelled), and I wasn’t interested in television that took the approach of “we can totes be sexist and it’ll be okay because it was NORMAL … [Read more...] about Pan Am: Experience Makes the Difference
Nearly twenty years ago, when Beverly Hills 90210 first premiered, most girls were twittering away about the drama to their best friends on commercial breaks. I was a late-bloomer, getting into the excited phone call mode in my second teenhood brought on by The WB. Amanda and I used to take turns calling during Roswell, utterly squealing about the uberangst of Michael and … [Read more...] about 90210 — Deja Vu All Over Again?
Next up in our fallback album series – new writer Tom: Daft Punk – Homework When it comes to the issue of musical timelessness, electronic music gets bum rap. Not that the singles-dominated genre doesn't ask for it, but there are some classic albums. Homework is one of them. Daft member Thomas Bangalter said he wanted to create happy timeless music like Brian Wilson did with … [Read more...] about Fallback Albums: Tom