Whether you caught all seven (slightly rushed) episodes of the BBC’s recent detective show, or read the original books by JK Rowling (The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm), you may feel stuck finding something similar that scratches a similar itch until the show returns sometime next year. What made Strike a more enjoyable piece of detective … Continue reading Finished BBC’s Strike? Here’s what to read next
Bit of a sensational headline, but for those of you who are watching, 1: I do want to discuss spoilers so — SPOILER WARNING — but 2: I more want to discuss why this is being heralded as some kind of instant classic when it’s... not very good? Subjective opinions are just that, but apart … Continue reading Anyone else watching Westworld through a lens of miserable apathy?
I'm back! It took a few months to recover enough of a sense of what constitutes a "good" or a "bad" book following Grey since pretty much everything in comparison was amazing as long as it didn't contain a) glorified rape, b) glorified eating disorders, and c) DJs. But I'm back with another one of the … Continue reading The Magician’s Land Reaffirms Everything I Don’t Like About Grossman’s Trilogy, but It’s Pretty Solid
It's a rare day when news of a remake elicits a general response of, "Oh, that's a great idea." But given that the first attempt to turn Lemony Snicket's series about a trio of savvy orphans and their scheming evil uncle into a big-screen adaptation fell somewhat flat, the recent announcement that Netflix is going … Continue reading Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Series to Be Adapted for TV
The CW is undeniably good at pumping out a formulaic show with a lot of fake personality that's embarrassingly easy to binge-watch. I'm not proud of this, but I can admit that I watched both seasons of Arrow in the space of about two weeks. The sort of low-stakes yet constant peril makes it hard … Continue reading CW’s The Flash: I Am Beyond Bored of the Generic White Male Lead
Remember when this site was about books? Those were the days. Remember my New York Times project? We shared some laughs. Book laughs. Then I sold out for the bright lights of TV and film and the dozens -- literally dozens -- of readers clamoring for more unnecessarily vicious book reviews were left out in … Continue reading Why Aren’t We Talking about JK Rowling’s New Work?
The Leftovers premiered a couple of weeks ago on HBO. Based on the Rapture-esque Tom Perrotta novel of the same name, the show follows the lives of a group of small town residents still reeling from an event three years earlier in which 2% of the world's population mysteriously disappeared. More a treatise on grief … Continue reading The Leftovers, or Why We Need to Stop Predicting the Next Breaking Bad
I try not to wave the big pink flag of my gender around here too often, for the simple and unfortunate reason that it often gets me taken less seriously. You would think that a blog called Tea Leaves and Dog Ears would skew female in people's minds (doubly so if they actually checked my … Continue reading Why My Magicians Piece for The Mary Sue Was All Wrong
[This post contains both spoilers from the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. You've been warned.] In some ways, I almost didn't want to touch on this topic because I feel as though the AV Club's article, Rape of Thrones, tackled last night's scene (and many other scenes throughout the series like it) perfectly. … Continue reading How Rape Culture Helps People Excuse Last Night’s Game of Thrones
[This post contains major spoilers for the last three episodes of Hannibal. You've been warned.] I've made no secret about the fact that I love Hannibal. It's a rare that a show has the ability to marry horror, comedy and style and still have room left over for organic character development. In short, it's hard to … Continue reading Should We Be Concerned About the Treatment of Women and Minorities on Hannibal?