Author: Ashly Nagrant

Jem Trailer Proves A Hologram Can’t Disguise Pure Suck

In the 24 or so hours since the launch of the brand new global trailer for the upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie, I’ve seen more plays on the phrase “Truly Outrageous” than I can count.  It seems like every write-up on the two and a half minute look at a much-anticipated movie has worked in that line synonymous with the Jem franchise. After all, it was repeated over and over again in the show’s original theme song. She was truly, truly, truly outrageous. With that territory covered, I feel safe in not bothering to be clever right here...

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The Glorious Rise and Inevitable Slightly Downward Slide (We’re Talking Like 100 Yards Max) Of Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon is going to be okay. He’s a millionaire; his latest movie Avengers: Age of Ultron was the second biggest opening weekend in movie history, falling behind Marvel’s The Avengers, which he also helmed. He’s credited with creating several cult favorite television shows as well as the Dr. Horrible webseries. Whedon has also won three Eisner awards for his work in comics, including his work on Astonishing X-Men in 2006. Joss Whedon is going to be okay. Joss Whedon’s fans, current and former, well — We are a different story. When Buffy The Vampire Slayer debuted in 1997,...

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Teenage Eternity: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Turns 18

This year, Buffy the Vampire Slayer turns eighteen. It’s finally graduated high school and has set off for UC Sunnydale to ultimately wash out and become a full time supernatural hero. Oh well, Buffy the College Years were never quite as fun as Buffy on the unlimited budget of adolescent emotion and parental distance. (See: the comics, where Buffy gets a castle, an army, and a plethora of silly problems.) What made Buffy special was that it was a show about teenage girls with teenage girl problems that were treated seriously—high school is hell, said Buffy, metaphorically and actually,...

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Cinderella! It Can Do Magic, Believe It Or Not: Feminist Fominist Foo! [GIFS]

Disney’s live action reboot of Cinderella is being billed as a feminist retelling of the classic tale, where Ella “isn’t just waiting for her prince” and demands to be accepted on her own terms. However, the movie’s apparent message that soldiering through mistreatment with a stiff upper lip is a kind of ultimate heroism is troubling and leans on the kinds of stereotypes of the Good Woman and Good Feminist that Amanda Vail discussed in her piece on the Agent Carter finale. What do you think of this version of Cinderella as feminist hero? Claire: Tale as old as...

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Don’t Call it a Comeback: Wrestling Puts Comics, Comedy & Pop Culture in a Headlock [GIFS]

In the past month or so, I saw a young Thor get drunk and Jon Stewart kick a man in the nuts. Wait, this is going somewhere, I promise. The Thor incident occurred in the 2015 Thor Annual, in a short story crediting CM Punk as the writer. Punk, who’s real name is Phil Brooks, is a now-retired professional wrestler, a former champion in celebrated independent federation Ring of Honor, a two time WWE Champion with his second record-setting reign lasting for 434 days, a new signee to UFC with his debut fight taking place sometime in 2015 and,...

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