Mar 102014
 
Ranking the Disney Princesses as Role Models

Ok, there are potentially a lot of characters who can qualify as Disney PrincessesTM but for the purposes of this post and to acknowledge the fact that Anna from Frozen was announced as an official member months before her film was released I’m going to focus specifically on those princesses that are members of the Disney [Read more…]

Feb 102014
 
Top 5 Old Musicals for Kids

Let’s throw out a hypothetical scenario: you’re cruising Netflix or – can it be true – the kid’s section of your local video store and you think to yourself, “holy smokes, there are a lot of movies and TV shows for our kids to watch! If we work through this entire collection we will have [Read more…]

Nov 202013
 
Pride and Prejudice

My wife has been a big fan of 18th century British women novelists since she was knee high to a grasshopper. As I’ve said here before, while I was lounging around my room reading comic books she was reading Jane Eyre by candlelight. Because there was a blackout in the old Dutch farmhouse they were living [Read more…]

Nov 152013
 
Top Ten Hayao Miyazaki Films

After looking through this site for a little while you might well ask yourself, why all the Miyazaki? If you’re an anime fan, you might ask yourself, why all the Miyazaki? (Implying that there is a whole lot more available, and you would be right.) The answer to both is essentially the same – in [Read more…]

Nov 102013
 
The Bechdel Test or Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Recently a group of movie theaters in Sweden have started grading films based on the “Bechdel Test.” The test is a set of guidelines popularized by cartoonist Alison Bechdel that is often used to evaluate the representation of women in media. Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and pretty much all of the Harry Potter [Read more…]