Freaky Females: Ghostbusters and 13 Other Films that Pass the Bechdel Test

When I think of ghost-loving gals, the first film to come to mind is obviously the 2016 all-lady reboot of Ghostbusters, uniting some of my favorite figures in comedy and my favorite spooky storyline. Though it doesn’t replace the original, this Bechdel no brainer has quickly become one of my annual Halloween traditions. This retelling…

For Sh*ts and Giggles, There’s a New Season of ‘American Vandal’

I definitely didn’t mean to be awake at 1 a.m. on a Monday morning, googling, “Is laxative poisoning considered assault?” But the bags under my eyes at work today surely tell the whole story. All thanks to American Vandal, Netflix’s high school mockumentary series, which premiered its second season this past weekend. With only eight…

Infinity War Countdown: Captain America: Civil War

There are a number of reasons why I’m the worst person to review Captain America: Civil War. My knowledge of the MCU is tenuous; though, like so many of us, I am engaging in a deep rewatch of the films before Avengers: Infinity Wars next week. For me, these films have never been a source…

‘Godless’ Is the Woman-Centered Western We’ve Been Waiting For

Okay, let me get this straight: It’s a western… original to Netflix… set in a town mostly populated by women… and I can binge it over Thanksgiving break? Bless my feminist soul. From its first moments, Godless, a seven-part miniseries from Netflix, makes clear from the outset: this is a traditional western, without much new…

28 Years Later: Why Treehouse of Horror persists

Nothing encapsulates the goofy terror of Halloween like The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror specials. They are perfect, giving us just enough gore to stand apart from the regular violence of Itchy and Scratchy without actually causing any nightmares. The earlier episodes show this best — with Marge coming from behind the curtain at the show’s…