[Anglo-Filles] Episode 33 – Sexy Polish Butter Churning (The Piano Is On Fire)

Hannibal is seeking a new home at NBC refused to pick it up for its fourth seasons, so how do Les Filles distract themselves? Sequins! Capes! Fog Machines! Big hair blowing in the wind! It’s the Eurovision Song Contest? Sit down and let us educate you on the most fabulous party you should definitely be watching every year.

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[Editorial] On Superheroes and Gender Expectations

co-written by Dayna Abel and Kate Spencer

“If you perceive ‘Supergirl’ as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem…you?” -Cat Grant, Supergirl First Look trailer

I watched the Supergirl trailer the other night and had…thoughts. More to the point, I had gut reactions. Saturday Night Live recently did a skit about a Black Widow movie basically being a rom-com, because that’s what chicks like, right?

I got that same vibe off the Supergirl trailer. I was immediately put off by the clumsy, dorky, working-girl-in-the-big-city pop-music feel of Kara in the office, as well as the “You want to help? Go back to getting someone’s coffee” line and its subsequent pouty, dejected walking away. It put me in mind of Jodi Picoult’s bit in Wonder Woman where WW infamously cried after a mild criticism from Tom Tresser.

I saw Kara giggling and crying and being flustered around cute boys and I thought to myself “oh god no.” But then I thought about it for a while. About why it bugged me. And it boils down to “I don’t like traditionally girly things. I am not the target audience here.” But what about the trailer made it “girly?” The giggling, the crying, the doofy stumbling of her words around Jimmy Olsen? And why do I automatically code these things as “female”? And, by extension, some kind of weakness?

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[Review] The Posthuman Project

I have written before, at great length, about my views on the modern take on superheroes. I grew up around my father’s collection of Bronze and Silver Age comics, and it should be no great shock to know that my preference in superheroes trends more towards actual heroism rather than the grim-and-gritty fare that’s so pervasive in modern comics.

Call me old-fashioned or naïve if you like, but I like to come out of a superhero story feeling hopeful. Inspired to do good. Not, you know, tallying up property damage or readjusting my eyes to actual color. When I saw the Batman v Superman trailer last month, my instant reaction was revulsion at its sheer bleakness. There was no hope or joy. I saw plenty of super, but no hero. Hope and joy, something to aspire to…isn’t that what superheroes are supposed to give us?

Look no further than The Posthuman Project.

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[Anglo-Filles] Episode 31 – Television Necromancy

It’s aliiiiiive! What’s alive? Every previously cancelled TV show ever, apparently. Do you miss Full House? Does anyone miss Full House? Uncle Jessie does, apparently, that’s why he’s bringing it back. And Twin Peaks may or may not be alive, depending on who’s playing the Twitter PR game better.

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[Anglo-Filles] Episode 30 – Colonialism and Buttflaps

What connects Phil Collins, Christopher Lambert, Kellan Lutz, Lucy Lawless, and Elvis Presley? Tarzan, of course! From Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulpy, bosom-heaving adventure (Don’t believe us? We read out some excerpts to prove it!) to screens big and small, it’s everyone’s favourite Lord of the Apes.

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[Anglo-Filles] Episode 29 – Why is the rum gone?

February is the month of love, so Les Filles get together to gossip about the hot couple on everyone’s minds: text and screen. Can the magic of one be made double by the money-making prowess of the other? In other words, we talk about adaptations—who improved on the materials they took on and who failed to understand it?

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