The List 2013

January 11th, 2014

It’s my 8th year tracking what films I watch over the course of the year. (Yes, doing a PhD has significantly lessened my brain space for blogging, but my film lists persist). [2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012]. I’ve stopped tracking the hours spent viewing film and television, as I seem to average about […]

What I’ve Learned Watching Star Trek TNG Chronologically Instead of Syndicated(ly): The Continuing Mission

August 28th, 2013

Over two years ago (what?) I started revisiting Star Trek Next Generation in chronological order for the first time since it aired originally. Since that time I have completed my revisits to all of Deep Space Nine and Voyager as well. Perhaps the boldest part of my journey is only just beginning. You see, back […]

Symposia Twin Peaka

March 16th, 2013

[No significant spoilers in this post. Everything shown or discussed was done before anyone knew who killed Laura Palmer.] Last fall a few of us postgrads living in Deans Court decided to watch David Lynch’s groundbreaking 90’s TV drama Twin Peaks. Only one of our cohort had seen it and that had been twenty years […]

“What Yankee Candle Means To Me” Ep. 17

November 17th, 2012

Yep.

For The Who-Curious or The Ashamed Un-Who’d: A Layperson’s Guide By A Layperson

October 4th, 2012

I received the following email last week from a friend who preferes to remain anonymous, as you shall see: “I am ashamed to say that I am fairly Dr Who illiterate… 🙁 Firstly, don’t tell anyone. Secondly, where do I begin? I know that there’ve been like, 11? Doctor incarnations… who are all the same […]

Pop Culture & The Kingdom of God

July 22nd, 2012

I never dreamed I would end my two years as an Assistant Instructor at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and my four preceding years as a student, by co-teaching a new course I co-created on a topic I love, with twenty-plus amazing graduate students. But I did. A few weeks ago we celebrated […]

You Can Have My Heart: Fixing the end of the nearly-perfect ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’

June 28th, 2012

I accidentally ended up at the almost-midnight opening of Snow White & the Hunstman. I knew from the trailers that it would be visually intriguiging and was curious how the whole Snow White-as-warrior thing would work out, but I kept my expectations safely low. Within 30 seconds of the film’s opening, I was rapt and […]

‘Run to the Woods’: Songs for an Appalachian Dystopian Narrative

April 23rd, 2012

I tend to only use Pandora in situations where I can’t use iTunes, which then means I just try to recreate my finely honed playlists designed mostly for reading. So of course for re-reading The Hunger Games, I needed to create a portable station with which to read along. When I started plugging tracks from […]

Because the Odds are Not in Their Favor (Potential Hunger Games Spoilers Within)

April 19th, 2012

I’ve avoided writing about The Hunger Games on my blog because I’ve assigned the text for a class I’m teaching this summer, and didn’t want all my salient lecture points (or student paper topics) just sitting here willy nilly on my blog, but I’m breaking my rule because of an outstanding intertextual experience I had, […]

Miss Representation

March 20th, 2012

This Wednesday at The Seattle School, I’ll be one of 7 panelists for a screening of this excellent documentary. We’ll be discussing portrayals of women in media, and no doubt lots of feminist theology goodness! Come, if you like.