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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Princess Leia Vs. Ellen Ripley


Princess Leia Vs. Ellen Ripley

With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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The Walking Dead: Conquer


Walking Dead Conquer

There were two ways a 90-minute season finale of The Walking Dead could have gone.  On the one hand, there could have been a massive showdown at Alexandria paying off all of this season’s building tensions and dangling plot threads.  An explosive conclusion to a better-than-average back half of the season.  That would have been something.  Instead, we got a few payoffs and a lot of repetition of story beats that have already been beaten into the ground in previous episodes.  And yet, despite the lack of fireworks, it was still better than most season finales on The Walking Dead.

(It should be noted that season finales on this show tend to be among the worst episodes.  So being the best season finale really isn’t something to brag about.)

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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: ‘Til Tuesday


‘Til Tuesday’s top 10 hit “Voices Carry” is one of the most iconic songs of the era, stuttering and strutting while expressing sorrow and resentment. Despite delivering a patently lousy performance, even the actor playing Mann’s oppressive boyfriend in the heavy rotation video lives on with me as a symbol of upper class masculine dickery. Oddly enough, Aimee Mann’s first and biggest hit to date was originally written as if she was singing it to another woman. The story of the song’s writing has always been that it was inspired by Mann’s breakup with ‘Til Tuesday bandmate Michael Hausman, so maybe she invented the same sex story in an attempt to make the song less autobiographical. It’s an interesting exercise, however, to listen to the lyrics from the point of view of a lesbian couple of the time. It certainly makes the requests for silence more understandable. Even today in some locales, gay couples are safer if they maintain a low profile. It sure might help them get served in a restaurant in Indiana.

Instead, the band’s record label recognized the commercial potential of the song and insisted that they rewrite it as a woman singing about her relationship with a man. The move paid off, with “Voices Carry” hitting #8 on the Billboard singles chart in May of 1985. Can you think of the band’s other top40 hit? We know there’s another hit here somewhere, because…see the name of this series.
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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Princess Leia Vs. Clarice Starling


Princess Leia Vs. Clarice Starling

With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Sarah Connor Vs. Ellen Ripley


With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Clarice Starling Vs. Erin Brokovich


Clarice Vs. Erin

With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Girls Can Be Their Own Superheroes


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We’ve been talking about movie heroines here at the Le Blog for the last couple of weeks.  As the father of two little girls, it’s a subject that is always on my mind.  I am constantly frustrated by the role models my children are presented with.  This isn’t limited to any one medium.  It’s across the board.  Recently I saw a TED Talks presentation that really hit close to home.  It dealt specifically with the lack of female superhero toys.  And it’s pretty eye-opening.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Princess Leia Vs. Dorothy Gale


Princess Leia Vs. Dorothy Gale

With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Laurie Strode Vs. Ellen Ripley


Laurie Strode Vs. Ellen Ripley

With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: The Bride Vs. Sarah Connor


Sarah Connor Vs. The Bride

With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Out Of Time: Highlander


A recent discussion here about movie series that outlived their expiration date got me to thinking about one that hasn’t really been discussed that much: Highlander.  Despite its cult popularity and the resulting sequels and the TV show, Highlander seems to have faded from the public consciousness.

Thinking about this led me to wonder if the original Highlander movie from 1986 still holds up.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Erin Brokovich Vs. Norma Rae


Erin Brokovich Vs. Norma Rae

With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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The Walking Dead: Try


Walking Dead Try

I think we can all agree that Rick Grimes owes his buddy Shane an apology.  Shane was prone to ranting, plotting, making decisions based on his own interests and lusting after married women.  Now Rick is stealing his act.  In season two, that made Shane a villain who had to be put down.  In season five, it makes Rick an anti-hero?

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