movies

Interstellar does not look stellar to me.

by meanlouise October 9, 2014 movies

We saw a lot of movies in the theater this summer. An unusually high number (for us). I quickly reached the point where I could only endure the trailer for Interstellar by imagining all of the characters who go into space (for no apparent reason) eventually crash land on a planet of apes. If I […]

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Bermuda Tentacles

by meanlouise June 18, 2014 horror & scifi

Like all battleships that venture into the Bermuda triangle looking for the President of the United States, the heroes of Bermuda Tentacles have a worm scientist on board. This is useful when the convoy of ships are beset by giant worms reaching out of the water to menace them. I’m making it sound an awful […]

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Abita

by meanlouise February 3, 2014 art

Abita is a haunting animated short that portrays the impact of the Fukushima tragedy on the children in the region. Abita from Shoko Hara on Vimeo. This film, which has such a clean and simple visual style, grows more haunting with repeated viewings. The sound design is particularly beautiful. The filmmakers chose the dragonfly because […]

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Christmas movies: a trio of terror. Or laughs. One of those.

by meanlouise December 25, 2013 holiday cheer

If you’re looking for some holiday movies to go along with that bottle of bourbon Santa left under the tree, here’s a trio that will guarantee your whole family needs therapy for years to come. Rare Exports (2010) is a 3 year old Finnish horror/comedy for the whole (Addams) family. It’s a really good movie. […]

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Thinking about the Bechdel Test

by meanlouise December 7, 2013 academia

The Bechdel Test is (was) a hot conversation topic at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference (last month, which is when I wrote this post I’m only now getting around to editing & posting). In 1985, a strip from Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For comic titled “The Rule” featured two […]

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Sharknado + Swamp Shark

by meanlouise August 2, 2013 horror & scifi

Last month’s SyFy Craptacular of the week, Sharknado, is being released for a (probably) one-day only theatrical engagement. This means loads of fluffy press, such the Washington Post’s, “Sharknado’s next prey: Big-screen audience,” in which writer John Anderson and art-house owner Greg Laemmle seem to miss the point of craptaculars entirely (or can’t be bothered […]

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ParaNorman

by meanlouise July 29, 2013 horror & scifi

The rumors are true. We also watch non-shitty movies. Last night we rewatched ParaNorman because it’s on Netflix streaming now. It’s a clever, dark, weird, and wonderful movie. Plus, I’m easily amused by Donovan references. I should have emailed the winners of the MeanLouise Blogiversary present drawing instead of writing this post. I’ll get to […]

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Snakehead Terror, revisited

by meanlouise July 14, 2013 horror & scifi

Saturday night we returned to a simpler time, the time of Snakehead Terror. We enjoyed this gem when it debuted on SyFy (nee SciFi) in 2004. Would we enjoy it the second time around, nearly 10 years later? Yes. This classic made-for-TV craptacular featured Bruce Boxleitner’s carefree feathered mane as the sheriff and supermodel-turned-actress Carol […]

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BattleDogs

by meanlouise July 7, 2013 horror & scifi

BattleDogs trailer: We’re watching BattleDogs, because it seems like a patriotic thing to watch over the 4th of July weekend. It’s about supersoldiers. It stars that guy who was the President in the 1st season of 24. And we already watched Jaws on Thursday. The choice is obvious. So. Battledogs. Might be spoilers ahead, but […]

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Powdered Donuts, redux

by meanlouise July 6, 2013 horror & scifi

Thanks to Crazed Fan Boy I can now definitively state that my phobia about powdered donuts (doughnuts?) began on April 17, 1976. I’m sure we will all sleep better knowing this. You will most assuredly sleep better than I, because we’re about to watch Battledogs. On purpose.

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