Isn’t It Romantic (and Funny!)?

How many times have you seen this plot in movies and television? Man and woman are friends. Man harbors romantic feelings for woman. Woman isn’t interested and/or doesn’t even realize the man loves her. Man is determined to make her see the light. Man does all sorts of ridiculous, over the top things, and sometimes even […]

Zoey 101

Okay, so I watch too much programming specifically targeted to teens or younger. How else would I learn important thinks like that Trix cereal has a “new” shape (the new shape is really the shape in which it was originally produced, btw, round puffs)? I’m actually not all that familiar with Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101, other […]

TMNT: April O’Neil Kicks Ass, Takes Names

As a child of the 80s, I grew up well-versed in all things pertaining to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and retain a good deal of emotional investment in all things TMNT-related. So of course I rushed to see the new CGI movie. There are lots of good things to say about the film, but […]

The Tale of Mr. Morton

This is the tale of Mr. Morton. Mr. Morton is who? He’s the subject of our tale, and the predicate tells what Mr. Morton must do… Okay, maybe I’m being a little unfair to complain that when it comes time to teach kids the subject and the predicate of a sentence, the subject is male. […]

Hannah Montana: the Blonde-Is-Better Superstar

We’ve all heard it before. Blondes have more fun. Gentlemen prefer blondes. Blonde is better. Disney Channel is like a car wreck for me – I can’t seem to look away. One of their newer shows is “Hannah Montana,” which is about a girl who is a plain old teenage girl by day, a superstar […]

Kim Possible

I’ve always despised Disney’s portrayal of women. I haven’t watched anything of theirs in decades, so the other day I decided to subject myself to Kim Possible, a cartoon about a teenage super-hero a la Buffy without the slaying. I was pleasantly surprised. The story began with Kim getting her geeky friend, Ron Stoppable, a […]