April 15, 2015

I’m a Loner Dottie, A Rebel: Looking Back at Pee-wee’s Influence on Cinema in Anticipation of His Upcoming Netflix Project

There’s a new Pee-wee Herman film in the works — and Judd Apatow is going to produce it. This could be a triumphant return to form for Paul Reubens, whose achievements were, at one point eclipsed by scandal. And we're hoping the new film be as forward-thinking and influential as Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.
February 25, 2015

Equitable Ectoplasm? The New All-Female Ghostbusters Sure to Generate Money, and Likely to Disappoint Feminists

We’ve all heard the news and controversy surrounding Paul Feig's 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters featuring an all-female cast, have we really explored what would come of this seemingly strategic casting job? Strong heroic women saving a city from supernatural forces – it sounds agreeable enough, superficially. But what is the motive behind this maneuver? An optimist might assert that studio executives actually trust female performers to carry what was historically a male-centric franchise. This writer, however, can’t help but suspect that it’s all merely a gimmick that producers are using out of desperation because the original cast members are either retired, dead, disinterested, or Dan Aykroyd.
September 28, 2014

From Bedrock to Springfield: The History of Prime-Time Cartoons for Adults

As anyone who has ever animated will tell you: cartoons are not merely kid’s stuff. The process of animating is tedious beyond tedium. We take it […]
May 21, 2014

Who’s Riot is It Anyway? A Look at Improv Comedy on Primetime

Since Steve Carell’s arrival on the comedic scene, he’s done little wrong ‒minus, of course, leaving The Office, where his former “employees” have been forced to wither away without his leadership. In fact, Steve has been more than willing to put his reputation, and his actual body on the line for his comedic ambitions
March 21, 2014

The Artie Lange Show: Brutally Frank, and Refreshingly Distinct

There’s a good chance that you weren’t even aware of its existence, but The Artie Lange Show is one of the most underrated comedy shows currently in production. Kate Voss takes a look at why you should be watching "The Artie Lange Show."