No, The Fall is Not Just Classy Misogyny

Last Sunday, Observer columnist Rachel Cooke took The Fall to task over her belief that the show was little more than the fetishization of violence against women. She noted the camera tends to linger for too long on Gillian Anderson's body in scenes where the show's central figure (a hard-nosed female detective in a… » 11/20/14 11:37am 11/20/14 11:37am

Review: Caitlin Moran's How to Build a Girl

I'm sure that it would be nobler or higher-brow to do a review of How to Build a Girl while ignoring its sometimes controversial, quasi-celebrity author. A good book (some might argue) should exist in a vacuum and be evaluated on that level. The trouble with that noble goal is that if you're at all familiar with… » 11/19/14 1:08pm 11/19/14 1:08pm

Doctor Who's Season 8: A Lesson in Being Careful What You Wish For

This time last year, I complained that death in the world of Moffat's Doctor Who didn't seem to stick and that there were no consequences. So what do we get for pretty much all of Season 8? Death and consequences. » 11/09/14 6:36pm 11/09/14 6:36pm

Netflix Developing A Series of Unfortunate Events

It's a rare day when news of a remake elicits a general response of, "Oh, that's a great idea." But given that the first attempt to turn Lemony Snicket's series about a trio of savvy orphans and their scheming evil uncle into a big-screen adaptation fell somewhat flat, the recent announcement that Netflix is going to… » 11/05/14 3:51pm 11/05/14 3:51pm

Why Are We Still Fighting About YA Lit?

Over the summer, Slate magazine's Ruth Graham ruffled some feathers by attacking the great guilty pleasure that is Young Adult Literature. The main thrust of the article involved Graham waggling her shame finger at the number of grown-ups who seemed to be stuck in Neverland — refusing to read "proper" novels in favor… » 10/21/14 6:40pm 10/21/14 6:40pm

Feminist TV You Should Be Watching: Netflix's Happy Valley

Happy Valley was released in August as a "Netflix Original," but you likely didn't notice. Unlike Netflix's other babies, House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, there really wasn't much promotion for it. That's because it's technically not a Netflix original show — they just got North American distribution… » 10/17/14 6:38pm 10/17/14 6:38pm

Sad News for Quirky Sci-Fi Fans: Channel4 Cancels Utopia

Some sad but not surprising news today: Channel 4 has decided not to renew the primary color extravaganza that was Utopia. The show got dismal ratings throughout its run even though it enjoyed a cult following online and was mostly well-reviewed. And while I recommended that you tune in for the second series a few… » 10/09/14 4:47pm 10/09/14 4:47pm

The Flash: I Am SO Bored with the Generic White Lead

The CW is undeniably good at pumping out a formulaic show with a lot of fake personality that’s embarrassingly easy to binge-watch. I’m not proud of this, but I can admit that I watched both seasons of Arrow in the space of about two weeks. The sort of low-stakes yet constant peril makes it hard to keep from going,… » 10/08/14 1:39pm 10/08/14 1:39pm