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James Bond in the 21st Century

"Bland...James Bland"

by Lee Pfeifferon James Bond

In Goldeneye, Judi Dench’s M tells Bond he’s a misogynist, sexist pig–a relic of the Cold War. Despite probably disqualifying Bond from being awarded the Employee of the Month parking space, the criticism was taken by 007 in characteristic stride. Bond had always had a prickly relationship with his previous onscreen bosses, but the scenario traditionally presented 007 and M more or less as unruly student and benevolent but stern headmaster. The GoldenEye exchange was the first attempt to shed some significant light on how Bond actually related to the figure of immediate authority in his otherwise freelance existence. As such, audiences were able to see human elements expressed that had not been explored in previous films. (The scene–and exchanges with M in future films of the Brosnan era– did take pains to note that there was an underlying mutual respect between the two.)

The aforementioned sequence was somewhat jarring for … read more»

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Triumph of The Walking Dead

No Clean Slate

by Kay Steigeron The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead comic, created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, and the television adaptation, produced by Frank Darabont, have been critically acclaimed, and the show set a record as “the most watched drama series in basic cable history,” according to the New York Times. But some feminist … read more»

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Star Wars on Trial

It's All in the Numbers

by Tanya Huffon Star Wars

Way back in late August of 1980, five of us were driving from Toronto down to the World Science Fiction Convention in Boston. For reasons I can no longer remember but I’m sure made sense at the time, we left home at one a.m. and arrived at the Canada/U.S. Thousand … read more»

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Shadowhunters and Downworlders

When Laws Are Made to Be Broken

by Robin Wassermanon the Mortal Instruments series

“We Shadowhunters live by a code, and that code isn’t flexible.”

–Jace Wayland, City of Bones

Imagine that your best friend came to you one day, brimming with excitement because she’d met these super-awesome new friends who suggested she come live with them, follow a bunch of arcane and unquestionable … read more»

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House Unauthorized

Hugh Laurie's House

by Geoff Klockon House

A regular dictionary has maybe 50,000 entries; a good one has 100,000 entries. The Oxford English Dictionary has half a million entries–every word used in the English language since Chaucer. It does more than define words; it gives definitions across time, tracking changes in the usage of a single word … read more»

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