Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Next Fall

One of the worst things about being so emotionally invested in television is the waiting. Waiting for a good show. Waiting for that thing you’ve been waiting for to happen to actually happen. Waiting for that good show to come back so more stuff you’ve been waiting for to happen can happen. And, in the advent of binge watching (does anyone call it marathoning anymore, or is that too early 2000s?), the waiting gets even more excruciating because you can watch a whole season in one damn day and then have to wait 365 more to see a new one. (OBNOXIOUS FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS, I KNOW.) Anyway, this long string of words about waiting is really just a long-winded way of saying, damn, am I excited to wait for new episodes of “The Fall” is almost over.

The crime drama was as methodical as it was riveting. It’s hard to do both, but this series managed its slow burn in such a way it was impossible to look away. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Gillian Anderson is everything you want in a female character – smart, complex, gorgeous. And then there’s Archie Panjabi, too. So we have two smart women sharing the screen doing smart things together on screen. Also, there’s this little (totally unconfirmed and probably untrue) rumor that Gillian’s police investigator Stella and Archie’s medical pathologist have a “sexual encounter” in the second season. Again, THIS IS PROBABLY NOT TRUE. In fact it is probably just a wishful lie someone made up in a fever dreams. But, goodness, what a dream.

Anyway, I would imagine there will be a lot more attention paid to the return of “The Fall” because of the presence of Jamie Dornan and his involvement in “Fifty Shades of Isn’t It Nice Being a Lesbian So We Don’t Have To Care About This Grey.” Which, I have to say, is a good thing. Because this cat-and-mouse serial killer drama is worth it. Plus, can you really blame the guy? Haven’t we all not-so-secretly wanted to watch Gillian sleep? OK, in a slightly less creepy way, hopefully.

p.s. Yes! The cute lesbian cop! How could I forget her. Seriously, watch this show.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wonder Looks

Oh hell, why not? Everyone else is 

 in on Wonder Woman’s new outfit. Why not me. First, I hate to say it but I’m slightly annoyed by the newcomer casting. Batman and Superman get recognized names and arguably the most iconic female superhero of all time gets someone I need to Google? Anyway, fine. Everyone was new once.

So now onto the important bits: the look. I don’t hate it. I know there are no iconic stars-and-stripes hotpants. And, heavens, will this lesbian miss the hotpants. But I’m also OK with that because if you really, really think about it superhero costumes tend to look a little ludicrous when worn by actual human beings. Remember poor Adrianne Palicki and that never-even-happened Wonder Woman TV debacle? Better yet, let’s collectively pretend it never happened.

Granted, I am not feeling the high-heeled boots because – ugh, high-heeled boots. (Even if it’s some sort of modified chunky platform – who can run like an Amazon on tip-toes?) Also the whole “Batman v. Superman” aura has terribly grimdark what with the Sad Batfleck and Super Rain teaser images. But at least she looks more or less ready for a fight. Sure, her outfit is a lot more revealing than Supe or The Bat, but at least I don’t see her cleavage falling out. Nor is her ass positioned prominently on screen. Sad to say, it’s an improvement over “The Avengers” promos. (Though, is she squats a little too vigorously I might see Wonder Snatch.) In the end I dig her sword. I dig her wristcuffs. I dig her whole “I stole this from the Warrior Princess” vibe. I don’t know if Xena feels the same way, but I’d pay to watch those two duke it out.

[H/T The Internet for that ah-maze-ing image]

Monday, July 28, 2014

Our Ladies of the New World Order

Each year Comic-Con comes and the nerds of the world rejoice. Of course, it has become a massive Hollywood hype machine of late. Geek nirvana has become the place for A-listers to drop in, smile pretty, make an entire ballroom of people freak out and unveil the latest trailer for their new film before helicoptering out to their nerd-free tropical islands. I’m imagining that’s how it works; I’ve never been or anything. This year the two trailers that got me most excited were for the latest installment of “The Hunger Games” and the new “Mad Max.” I have to say Katniss edges out Charlize Theron and her shaved head/mechanical arm by a tiny bit because, duh, it’s The Hunger Games. But for sheer blowing shit up in the midst of dust storms at the end of civilization as we know it, the “Mad Max” reboot looks pretty damn cool. So, which are you most excited about? (p.s. You’re welcome to say “Batman v. Superman” and their glowy eyed glare off, but I am not convinced yet – not by a long shot.)

Edit: Leaving our Lord and Spammer in the comments for comedic relief. Ignore (or mock) at will.

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Weekend Crush

I tend to over think things. What does this mean? What does that say? What does it all mean? But other times I know to just turn off my brain and enjoy. So when Lena Headey snarls and laughs at you, you just accept it as a gift from the universe. Oh, wait, did I mention she was also wearing a suit. It’s the little things that get us through the long weeks. Happy weekend, all.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Face Up

HEYAREYOUWATCHINGFACEOFF? YOUSHOULDWATCHFACEOFF! Sorry, that came out a little more aggressively than I expected. But I can’t help it because “Face Off” has been my secret obsession for several years now. The Syfy reality competition is about finding the best new special effects makeup artist. But if you think this is just applying a little blush and eyeliner, oh child, sit down and let me educate you.

First of all, “Face Off” is one of those reality shows based on talent and talent alone. It is not about personality or gamesmanship or hot tub hookups. It’s just about the ability to create amazing shit out of nothing each week. There’s also hardly any backstabbing and an unbelievable amount of camaraderie on the series. They’re helping and complimenting and supporting each other constantly. There’s no time for bullshit, they have to make monsters…or superheroes…or robots…or every imaginable (and unimaginable) fantastical creature out there.

Why am I telling you all of this now? Well, for one Season 7 premiered on Tuesday (don’t worry, it’s On Demand and streaming so you can catch up). And this season has an out female contestant, Stella Sensel, a 34-year-old freelance makeup artist who lives in Brooklyn with her wife and their dog. (Yeah, that is her below.) They met at an “Amateur Female Jell-O Wrestling match,” so clearly I am rooting for her already.

The other reason is that I will be doing mini-recaps of the series for AfterEllen to track her progress. So you can read them on Wednesdays over at AE. Oh, have I mentioned, YOUSHOULDTOTALLYWATCHFACEOFF.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SGALGG: Awesome Ladies Edition

Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon AND Padma Lakshmi? Too. Much. Awesome. Go on without me. Hey, it’s been another long, busy week and it’s just half way through. So why not get through the second half with the help of some Straight Gals Acting Like Gay Gals (and/or just Awesome Gals). Also, not all of them are necessarily straight. Fine, mostly these were just cool women being cool together. Some days, that’s all you need.

Chrissy Teigen & Padma Lakshmi

*unintelligible gurgling noise*

Emma Thompson & Lupita Nyong'o

You know you’d try to steal a kiss, too. Atta girl, Emma.

Janelle Monae & Lupita Nyong'o

Though Janelle looks like she is trying to steal more than just a kiss.

Sasha Alexander & Lena Headey

I just love it when awesome ladies from different shows I love pose together.

Uzo Aduba & Tatiana Maslany


Jan Nash & Angie Harmon


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Silk Road

I was lucky enough to interview Anna Silk for the second time yesterday. She was, just like the first time, lovely. She is always earnest and thoughtful and candid in interviews. I appreciate the care she gives to her character and her fans. You can read the full interview today on AfterEllen. Until then, its fun to remember back before she was Bo, the unaligned succubus. When she was just a frazzled flight attendant trying to make it through another day. Her wardrobe has certainly improved.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Faceniss Everdeen

I don’t think I really need to pinpoint what, exactly, is so fantastic about this set of pictures. [Click to embiggen the amazingness.] So, needless to say, this is exactly the kind of thing you need to start off a week. Continual giver of earthly delights Jennifer Lawrence simply does not know how to disappoint. Here she is posing with Emma Watson. I think this is the living embodiment of “Hunger Games” fandom meeting “Harry Potter” fandom – but, of course, done with love. We all know Katniss and Hermoine would totally hit it off in real life. Mostly.

Friday, July 18, 2014

My Weekend Crush

You know that saying, “Big things come in little packages?” Well after meeting Kacy Catanzaro that has to be changed to “Big kick-ass Ninja Warriors come in little packages.” I don’t know if you’ve ever watched “American Ninja Warrior” or not. I just started this year because my resolution was to exercise more and watching people perform insane physical feats is basically the same thing. But one of the things I learned when I started watching is that no woman had ever completed the extreme obstacle course before – like ever. And then along came Mighty Kacy, who not only became the first women to complete the Qualifying course, this week she became the first woman to complete the Regional Finals course. That means she is also the first finalist, who will go on to grueling ultimate final course, dubbed Mt. Midoriyama, in Las Vegas.

Two other women after Kacy went on to complete the Qualifying course, and will have their shot at their Regional Finals. So hopefully they’ll meet Kacy on the mountain. But for now, it’s hard not to (and why would you even try) to be awed by her accomplishment – and by her. This is a course that has made mince meat of men twice her size. I’ve watched absolute physical specimens crumple and crash at the grueling requirements of this super-human course. Those who complete it combine strength, flexibility, agility, grip strength, endurance and fearlessness. I’m pretty sure I’d fall and knock myself out on the Quintuple Steps (the very first obstacle, FYI). Kacy, a former gymnast, is all of 5-foot tall, which makes some of the swinging, jumping and hanging obstacles that much harder. But you know what? NO fucking excuses. She works hard, she trains hard. She’s pretty fucking awesome. If you don’t feel inspired watching her compete with the big boys, well, I can do nothing for you, son. Happy Ninja Warrior weekend, all.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gender Fuck Thursday: Jenny Lewis et al Edition

Yes, yes – that Jenny Lewis video though. Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson and some chick on drums I don’t really know all perfomring delightful gender fuck in the video as Jenny wears a rainbow-meets-twilight (see, see what she did there) suit. Who can resist Sue Sylvester-style track suit drag with questionable facial hair? Also, I see that rattail. The song – named after pretty much my favorite movie from the 80s – is also pretty great. And the ladies sure look like they’re having a lot of fun. Yes, even Kristen. (I give her a hard time because I care, and also it’s fun, but mostly the caring thing.) If you’re one of the three lesbians who hasn’t already watched – or if you among the millions who wouldn’t mind watching again – please answer me this: Who makes the better dudebro? K-Stew or Miss Hathaway? Answering Brie is cheating.

p.s. I only recently realize Jenny Lewis used to act and appeared in the movie “Foxfire” with Angelina Jolie. That’s her with the zucchini.