They Saved The Most Brutal Hunger Games Movie For Last

The Hunger Games book and movie series has always been about resistance, and particularly about using the machinery and iconography of the oppressor to fight back. Katniss Everdeen is a creation of a violent, manipulative system, but she turns all of its symbolism against it. And in the final movie, Mockingjay Part 2,… »Friday 11:00am11/20/15 11:00am

Agents of SHIELD Is at the Top of its Game, and That's Amazing to Watch

One thing that keeps occurring to me while watching Agents of SHIELD lately: This show is pretty much 100 percent serialized now, with huge elements of soap opera as well as ongoing plot strands. There’s zero “monster of the week” stuff. That’s been true for a long time, but lately the show is doing this incredibly… »11/18/15 7:15pm11/18/15 7:15pm

Supergirl Is Straight-Up a Show about Women Tearing Each Other Down

When Supergirl isn’t about competing with the absentee Superman (whose dreamlike cameos represent a vision of heroism that is so iconic, it can only be seen via abstraction, or synecdoche), it seems to be a show about women who show affection by criticizing and belittling each other. And weirdly, the show makes this… »11/17/15 7:21pm11/17/15 7:21pm

Thank Goodness Supergirl Didn’t Make Us Wait For The Big Family Reunion

The first half of last night’s Supergirl episode seemed like it was settling in to a cute, comfy groove: Supergirl learns a lesson about becoming a hero, while everybody is kind of mean to her but then also tells her how great she can be. But then this show hit us with the reunion that we’ve been waiting for. »11/03/15 11:00am11/03/15 11:00am

On a Crazy Planet, Agents of SHIELD’s Simmons Finds The Most Surprising Thing of All

Last night’s Agents of SHIELD was a pretty simple story: the tale of what happened to Agent Simmons during the six months she was missing. True to recent SHIELD form, though, “4,722 Hours” did set up some expectations and then pull the alien rug out from under us, in a pretty neat way. Spoilers ahead... »10/28/15 11:00am10/28/15 11:00am

This Interview With Jem and the Holograms Co-Creator Christy Marx Is Amazing And You Must Watch It

When Christy Marx was a little girl, she took her Batman comics and gave Robin a girl’s hairdo and a little skirt, because she was tired of not having female heroes to look up to. Then she grew up and gave us Jem and the Holograms. This interview with her by The Front is incredible and fascinating. »10/23/15 3:20pm10/23/15 3:20pm

How Fast and the Furious Became the World's Greatest Superhero Movie Franchise

They don’t wear capes. They don’t have fancy suits of armor. They aren’t gods or aliens or scientific experiments gone wrong. They just drive cars. Really fast cars. But the characters of the hit Fast and the Furious movie franchise are superheroes, as much as any member of the Justice League or the Avengers—and their… »10/22/15 3:00pm10/22/15 3:00pm

Dammit, Agents of SHIELD, That Was Totally Uncool

Agents of SHIELD is often at its best when it focuses on a few key relationships. And last night’s episode was all about how those relationships make life vastly more complicated for people who work (and hunt monsters and fascists) together. It all led up to a conclusion I’m still hoping turns out to be a trick.… »10/21/15 11:00am10/21/15 11:00am