Film Review: “The Boss” and the Triumph of Neoliberal Postfeminism

I went into The Boss expecting to be hugely entertained by two of my favourite contemporary actresses, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell, and I wasn't disappointed in that aspect (for the most part, anyway). However, the film as a whole failed to hold together in an effective way, due in no small part to a rather cobbled-together … Continue reading Film Review: “The Boss” and the Triumph of Neoliberal Postfeminism

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The Great Golden Girls Marathon: “The Heart Attack” (S1, Ep. 10)

In today's installment of the Great Golden Girls Marathon, it appears that Sophia may be having a heart attack, and the four women must cope with the fact that one of their number may be staring death in the face. While this episode does not have the political bite of some of the other episodes of the … Continue reading The Great Golden Girls Marathon: “The Heart Attack” (S1, Ep. 10)

Film Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

Warning:  Spoilers for the film follow. I've long thought that the Captain America parts of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) are the most artistically, narratively, and philosophically mature, and Captain America:  Civil War proves to be no exception. As is the case with the best superhero films, it asks the thorny questions, such as:  at what point does vengeance … Continue reading Film Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

The Great Golden Girls Marathon: “Blanche and the Younger Man” (S1, Ep. 9)

Today as part of the Great Golden Girls Marathon, I'll be talking about a truly hilarious episode, in which Rose's attempts to be caring of her mother end up smothering her, while Blanche finds herself (she thinks) pursued by a young, handsome man named Dirk. As with so many episodes in the first season (and, indeed, the … Continue reading The Great Golden Girls Marathon: “Blanche and the Younger Man” (S1, Ep. 9)