Love & Dating Lessons from Buffy The Vampire Slayer


As a young teenager, I jumped on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BtVS) uber-fan bandwagon. The show's 1997-2003 run roughly coincided with my preteen stage and into my high school years. As a nerdy and fairly socially awkward kid, Buffy and the Scoobies felt like family. For one TV hour a week, for 7 years, I would eat popcorn and lose myself in the show. As cheesy as it may sound, in those crucial emotional developmental years, Joss Whedon & co. taught me a lot about life and love … [Read more...]

TV Terror: Halloween Episodes


Happy Halloween, all!  Growing up, Halloween was a major holiday for me.  I always had a little party in high school, and in college I went all-out, running one of the haunted houses in our campus-wide Halloween festival.  I've gone soft in my dotage - I no longer think it's appropriate to make small children cry - but I can't help but smile when I see others geeking out unabashedly on Halloween. And that includes on TV!  I love me a good Halloween-themed episode, especially when it involves … [Read more...]

Genre Invasion: Aliens, Zombies and Werewolves, Oh My


I'm calling it now: vampires are on their way out.   Okay, let's be real.  Vampires will never really die (pun intended).  They've been enjoying a slow, steady burn of popularity for the last 30 years at least.  The combination of sheer horror and a monster who looks normal - or attractive - has ignited our imaginations for years.  The vampire mythology is loose enough that you can make nearly any kind of vampire you like (as evidenced by Whitewolf's Vampire: the Masquerade series).  Vampires … [Read more...]

The Secret Circle: Spellbinding TV?


Nowadays, with the mainstream popularity of Twilight and Harry Potter, it can be difficult to remember that there once was a time when the only people wanting stories about vampires and witches were Anne Rice enthusiasts (aka me as a 13-year-old) and third-graders in October.  Enjoying a little urban fantasy hardly seems qualifying of the "geek" label today; just as most people in the early 80s had seen Star Wars, so too have most people caught at least one movie or TV show with more than a hint … [Read more...]

Top 5 Thanksgiving Moments in TV and Film


For many, the November Thanksgiving weekend is considered just the kickoff celebration for the Shopping Season, the start of the holidays.  Perhaps because it's become so linked with the rest of the winter holidays (and it's a  US-specific holiday, after all), it somewhat lacks its own identity  in movies and TV.  Indeed, while some TV shows will churn out holiday specials for everything from Arbor Day to Halloween, there aren't many that want to take on Thanksgiving - and perhaps they don't … [Read more...]

Netflix Instant: Feeding My TV Addiction


I feel like I've been watching a ton of TV lately.  Here's the thing, though: even taking into account the final episodes of LOST and the new Doctor Who series, a very small fraction of the TV I've been watching has actually been sent to my cable box.  The rest has been thanks to Netflix Instant. I was an early adopter of Netflix; my queue began in 2001.  I can't remember the last time I got a DVD, though - I've been getting more than my money's worth just using Instant.  In recent months, … [Read more...]

New Classes That Make the Grade


Okay, so we're simply not going to discuss the latest rumor about Ghostbusters 3, apparently confirmed by Bill Murray.  I simply can't even process it yet. It did get me thinking, however.  On one of the news sites I read, there were the usual comments from people who were just now learning of the movie's premise - that it have some new, younger Ghostbusters at the helm.  One commenter summed a popular opinion up in eight words: "A new class is never a good idea." Contrary as I am, I decided … [Read more...]

Chilling: Top 5 Creepiest Villains

I've stated before that I'm not a fan of horror - and I'm not.  I've never seen a Saw movie, The Ring freaked me out for ages, and I won't be seeing Paranormal Activity. That being said, I do enjoy being spooked.  It's great fun to get just creeped out enough, to get chills, but not so many that they block out the warmth of the real world. I find TV horror is pretty much the speed for me - even when it's on cable, I'm sitting in my living room, with the lights on, keeping any monsters at … [Read more...]