Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This Just In: David Koechner Guests on Chuck

Another guest star on Chuck has been announced, as reported by TV Line: David Koechner, AKA Tod Packer from The Office, or that annoying guy from every Frat Pack movie.  So if you actually like this dude, which apparently a lot of people do, you'll enjoy his stint on Chuck as Buy More manager Crazy Bob.  Hmmm sounds like he'll be the same character he always is...

Prashant Gupta/FX
Also Catherine Dent will be Crazy Bob's friend.  Dent is from many different investigation shows, like NCIS, Law & Order, The Shield, CSI, and X-Files.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This Just In: Danny Pudi on Chuck

Photo by Angela Weiss

Community's very own Danny Pudi, who plays the loveable Abed, will play an unannounced role in the fifth episode of the final season of Chuck, as reported by AOL TV.  Other guest stars include Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker from Star Wars) in the Oct. 21 premiere and Carrie-Ann Moss (Trinity from The Matrix) as a recurring role.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Geek Chic: I'm NOT a Hipster

Hipsters: "a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter...Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs." (

I was recently called a hipster because I said I was making a  batch of persimmon wine and also a batch of persimmon peach wine.  I'm really pumped about this wine.  But I was considerably less pumped because I was labeled a hipster because of it.  It didn't help that I was wearing chucks and a Martha White (goodness gracious!) shirt I got 6 years ago from a Rhonda Vincent concert (which was amazing, by the way).  I don't like these things ironically.  I like them because I like them.  I love wearing my faded Martha White shirt.  I actually don't care what people think about me if I'm wearing such a shirt.  Hipsters would.  They want to actively protest the majority and the consumerism that the U.S. so embraces.  I simply wear what I want when I want to.  It's a matter of taste.  I tend to want to dress as an eighty-year-old man or a man from the 1800s.  I don't always wear hipster-looking clothes.

I Can Haz TV DVD 2011

This last TV season cranked out some great episodes from our favorite shows.  So what DVDs do we feel the need to have?

September 6
The Office, Season 7, $49.98 retail
Parks and Recreation, Season 3, $39.98 retail
Community, Season 2, $39.99 retail

September 13
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 6, $39.98 retail
The Big Bang Theory Season 4, $44.98

September 20
Happy Endings, Season 1, $35.99

Returning Favorites 2011

Here's a list of return dates for all our favorite shows.  Be sure to check out the DVDs before you start watching!

Parenthood: Tuesday, September 13, 10 pm (NBC)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Thursday, September 15 (FX)

Feminist Feature: Leslie Knope

I look up to Leslie Knope--played by the lovely, talented, and hilarious Amy Poehler.  On the surface Leslie can seem...ditzy.  But she's far from it.  Not only is Leslie the most likeable female character on TV; she is the most well-rounded character, which is odd for a comedy.  She's not overly aggressive and not dumb.  She's herself and she loves everyone, except librarians...and people from Eagleton.  Let's take a look at her brilliance and feminism through the past three seasons.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

This Just In: Bridget Regan in TV Movie

I'm stoked to announce that the love of my life (who doesn't know it yet) Bridget Regan will be in a TNT original film Hide, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.  Carla Gugino (of Watchmen, Night at the Museum, Sin City, and Sucker Punch) plays a detective on a case that leads her to Regan's character Annabelle Granger (and who doesn't love that name?!), who essentially has no identity.  Granger was moved around as a child with different names, and her life ties in with the case at hand.  Mark-Paul Gosselaar, a.k.a. Zack Morris, also stars in this highly-anticipated-by-me telepic.  Hide will air December 6.  BE EXCITED!!!!

Sister Site: Anything You Can Do

I've developed a new blog for my feminist rants called Anything You Can Do under the address of, after the lovely Susan B. Anthony's wondrous speech.  You'll still find feminist features here, but as long as they pertain to nerdy pop culture.  I was pushing it with the last few feminist posts.  If anyone wants be a co-blogger, reply to this post.

Feminist Feature: Aung San Suu Kyi

"Please use your liberty to  promote ours."  -Aung San Suu Kyi

And so I will...

With the new film coming out next year, I thought it important that I bring about the awareness of all that is Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and the symbol of the Democratic revolution in Burma.  Before November 13, 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi spent fifteen years under house arrest and other types of detentions.  Heroism runs in the family.  Her father Aung San was also an advocate of independence, who was killed when she was two.  She was highly educated, having graduation from Oxford.  In 1988, Burma called her back for her ill mother.  Approximately five thousand people were killed in the revolution she got caught up in on August 8.  Five thousand!  In one day!

Photo courtesy of Asian News

Book Review: At Issue's Women in Islam

This collection of essays in Women in Islam confronts the topic of Muslim women, so Westerners can better understand points of view of women in Islam with religion, society, gender, and law.  Though some points of view oppose in certain fundamentals, like Eltahawy’s “Muslim Women Should Not Be Stereotyped” and Pollitt’s “Muslim Women Need Their Rights to Be Recognized”, they are trying to do accomplish the same feat: provoking Westerners to overcome their ignorance based on stereotypes, fed by media, history, religions, and politics.  Read on for the review.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

No Duh the 90s Were All That (and a bag of chips)

I am a child of the 90s. My school supplies were Trapper Keepers and everything Lisa Frank. I collected Pogs and spent summer vacations watching VH1 while memorizing every word to whatever glorious one-hit-wonder was popular that week (New Radicals, anyone?) At age 8 I listed my favorite TV show as Hey Dude when I was Student-of-the-Week. For what it’s worth, my favorite color was fuscia and my favorite animal was penguin (some things change, some things stay the same).

Thanks to my childhood, I never needed a cable network to tell me that the 90s Are All That, but in the recent resurgence of 90s after school and Saturday night programming, I thought I’d share my top three 90s TV shows from my childhood.

3. Flash Forward
We love that the Nickelodeon network, Teen Nick, is embracing its 90s past, but we’ve yet to experience again the glorious 90s programming from Disney. Before Hanna Montana and Alex Russo, there were Tucker and Becca: two teenagers who weren’t rock stars or wizards. They were just your average kids living next door to each other getting through middle school while comparing their current experiences to those from when they were just tikes.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Movie of the Week: The Help

[teen tiny spoilers ahead] I had the pleasure of seeing The Help last week and it did not disappoint.I read the book earlier this year and couldn't wait to see its characters come to life. I rarely assume the film version will not "live up to" the book and go into adaptations with a positive attitude, and I usually leave with a good opinion. There are always exceptions, but I'm happy to include The Help among the list of those film adaptations that, I believe (and think others will agree), did its inspiration justice. Those who read the book may notice a few scenes were left out, but I don't think their absence hurt the overall story. Some elements were added and I think they only helped, especially the strengthening of two characters' presence.

For those who aren't familiar with the story, after the jump is the film's trailer.

A Tribute to Mike Carey's X-Men

Even if you didn't like his work on X-Men (or more specifically his work with Rogue), you have to admit his work is quality writing.  Let's take a look at what made his 5 1/2-year run astonishing in so many ways and the kind of legacy he'll leave through plots left unresolved.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This Just In: Carey leaving X-Men Legacy

Mike Carey's final arc of X-Men Legacy will start in November with #259 and end with #260.  What a run!  #188-#260!  That's over 70 issues!  He did state under my facebook rebellion, declaring with wet eyes my devastation of the news:
Sorry, guys. I didn't know this was going to break today. It's not the end of me on the X-Men - at least, I hope it isn't. It's me taking a break from the monthly book, and taking stock of where I am on a bunch of other things.
So goes life.  But Carey shall return in a magnificent glory.  I expect great things form him concerning Blindfold, Husk, Ariel, and the X-kids!  Coming soon will be my tribute to his run.  Look after the jump for the cover, as of now.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Feminist Feature: My Feministy Heroes

It's no secret; I'm a feminist.  I'd actually like to think I'm more of a humanist.  There are so many people without rights or respect.  But it's high-time women gained equal rights and respect.  My dad said he'd never want a woman covering him in the battlefield.  My response: history has proved otherwise.  Women get the job done, no matter what.  I wanted to share with you some women who've made me into the passionate feminist I am today.  I'll start with the earliest living...after the jump.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Jump on the Bandwagon!

Typically I'm not a supporter of fallacies, but Bandwagon has me on board, playing every instrument possible.  Bandwagon started years ago as an independent film from Emma Caulfield (notoriously known from Buffy as bunny-fearing Anya, but more recently in Life Unexpected and the adorable Sci-Fi romantic drama TiMER).  She had recently aired the film as a webseries on youtube as the first season, and the second season has just started a few weeks ago.  Guest stars are abundant (mostly form the Buffyverse), and the first season is dated when Angel and possibly Buffy were still on air.  Continue reading after the jump for more information.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Site of the Week 8/1/11-8/7/11

Just so you get your fix of Parks and Recreations, especially Ron Swanson, you'll enjoy the tumblr Cats That Look Like Ron Swanson!  Warning: Don't watch at work because you'll look like an idiot laughing really loud at seemingly nothing.  This one's top notch.

T. Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman are musical directors of the upcoming Hunger Games film.  The first film of the trilogy would need a haunting folk music sound, as fitting for District 12 and a dystopian novel where we're set back to the 1800s in most districts.  So what are my picks according to the choice in musical directors and the film setting?  Find out after the jump!