The Fairy Tale Monster in “Doctor Who”
It was the season finale, and the steampunk-themed bar with a TARDIS for a bathroom planned three screenings for the day. Fans came and went. The sky was dreary and it had been raining all day that Sunday, but you know how it is: gather a bunch of fans in one place, they’ll find a way to make it festive.
It was sometime past 6 PM, after the scheduled final screening of the day was over, when a man walked in and made everyone’s jaws drop to the floor. It was Steven Moffat.
Steven Moffat and the back of Matt Smith’s shaved head. #DoctorWho (at The Way Station)
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Just got a promotion.
Oh, thanks a lot, Brits. Now you’ve gone and turned Ultrons into Daleks.
The Great Xenophobia Bait-and-Switch in “Iron Man 3”
First appearing in 1964′s Tales of Suspense #50, Lee’s Mandarin capitalized on the culturally ignorant mixture of fear and fascination the West had of the Oriental East: at one point in the story, the Chinese Mandarin boasts of being the world’s best karate master. It continues the long, but these days archaic, tradition of the Yellow Peril.
Arya Ponto, a blogger for Art Boiled, discovered the listings on Craigslist and expressed some serious cynicism about the prospect. “This whole thing sounds absurd enough to be an internet joke, but just shitty enough to actually be a real thing,” he wrote, adding, “For the sake of the reputation of everyone involved, I hope this is all just a prank on people like me, but let’s be honest, the mean part of me does hope that this is real, not so secretly.” By the end of the article, he was won over. “You know what, Gotye needs to do this.”
You know what, Arya? I propose you start your own investigative journalism show where you go undercover and expose people’s true identities with your logic and skepticism. The show will be called Oh, Arya?
Perfect weather for a frozen fruit.
Mother Knows Death: “Pieta” and Other Tales of Violent Mothers
What is it about these films that realized how mothers, and specifically the idea of warped motherhood, are so compelling to base crime stories on? Is it solely the basic irony of putting a bringer of life at the center of deaths?
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