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  • Just how racist is Iron Man 3’s “The Mandarin?”

    Casting white actors as characters of color is a time-honored tradition in Hollywood, whether they’re using hair dye and colored contacts to approximate a person of color (like with Private Vasquez in Aliens) or simply disregarding the character’s stated race and casting them as white (just about everyone in The Last Airbender and, arguably, Katniss […]


  • Supernatural Episode Review: The Great Escapist

    Castiel has had an interesting run on Supernatural. The writers seem to understand that they unexpectedly struck gold with him back in season four, but they’ve struggled with how to advance his characterization without his powers becoming a game-breaker. Their efforts have culminated in a pattern of Cas getting put on a bus (sometimes literally) […]


  • Nerdgasm at the Calgary Expo

    One of my favorite spectator sports is watching celebrities squee over each other. Jennifer Lawrence was adorable at the Oscars, with her face in a perpetual state of fangirl shock. Get James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in a room together (or Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, or Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, or Chris […]


  • Give Me a #!$?@*)% Black Widow Movie

    This last year has been an interesting one for women in comic book movies. We got Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises and Natasha Romanov in The Avengers. Compare that to 2011, when the most prominent Marvel women on the big screen were Peggy Carter and Jane Foster of Captain America and Thor. Now, […]


  • Supernatural episode review: Taxi Driver

    Well, that episode was a crap salad with two croutons on top. Hey, I know! Let’s kill every non-white person in a twenty-mile radius of the Winchesters while giving all the agency to white men whose stories should have been long over by now! Hooray! No, seriously. I count a crossroads demon, Ajay, a demon […]


  • The Walking Dead episode review: Welcome to the Tombs

    It was a dramatic and emotional season finale as the Governor mounted his long-awaited full assault on the prison. But instead of relying on a drawn-out battle to keep us occupied, I’m pleased to say that The Walking Dead played to the strength that has always set it apart from other zombie stories: its fabulous […]


  • Doctor Who episode review: The Bells of Saint John

    Moffat’s always been good at tapping into deeply, creepingly scary things, at taking ordinary objects and ideas and making them the kind of thing we stay awake at night thinking about. A shadow, a statue, a crack in your bedroom wall. But it seems that he’s making an attempt to tailor the terror to his […]



  • The Internet is for Representation: Queer Heroes of Webcomics

    There’s a hard fact of life that every shipper must face: besides a few glorious exceptions, our queer interpretations of characters in mainstream media are unlikely to ever become canon. For every Willow Rosenberg and Ianto Jones, there are hundreds of Jim Kirks and Dean Winchesters – characters who are often coded as queer and […]