The One Thing I Don’t Like About Firefly and Serenity

Ok, so there are actually a few things I don’t like about Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series Firefly, and the follow-up movie, Serenity. Most of those things, though, are of the “Simon (played by the gorgeous Sean Maher) should totally get more screen time, and also more kissing scenes, OMG!” variety, rather than genuine quibbles over […]

The Girly Gun: Gender in Mr. and Mrs. Smith

I saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith a while ago, and have been sort of ruminating on it since. First off, I think I should mention that I loathe Angelina Jolie, generally. She gives me the willies in real life interviews, and I have a really hard time watching her as an actress. That said, I […]

(un)Femininity in G.I. Jane

I wrote a version of this short essay for an English class last semester. I’ve revised it slightly and added a bit of material before posting it here. In a film that represents the clash between the masculine and the feminine as overtly as Ridley Scott’s G.I. Jane (1997), it is, of course, useful to […]