By far the worst (read: most boring, lifeless and derivative) movie Pixar's made. And yes, I'm including Cars 2.
For all of you who have complained — rightfully so — about the Disney Princess machine and the horrible messages it consistently sends to our young women: go see Frozen. Seriously. Frozen consciously and consistently undercuts the traditional “princess” narrative and comes up with what has to be the most female-friendly story in the Disney canon. This isn’t one of those movies that uses claims about “girl power” to sell pink merchandise while still hewing to the tropes that we’ve…
Anyone who thinks that Shakespeare’s plays are impenetrable should watch Joss Whedon’s thoroughly accessible Much Ado About Nothing. It’s always been my favorite of the Bard’s plays — even considering the loathsome treatment of Hero (William Shakespeare: Slut-shaming Since 1589). Amy Acker makes for a wonderfully world-weary Beatrice, Alexis Denisof makes a thoroughly acceptable Benedick, Sean Maher schemes prettily as Don John, and the whole affair has the feeling of one giant party at Whedon’s house — which, of course,…