Category Archives: rant

[HEALTH] Trump Appoints Anti-Contraception, Anti-Abortion Activist to Government’s Largest Family-Planning Program

This article originally appeared at Vita di Donna on 23 May 2017 and can be read here (in Italian). Associazione Vita di Donna Onlus is a non-profit organization based out of Rome, Italy, that aims to protect women’s health and reproductive rights, headed up by Dr. Elisabetta Canitano. Continue reading [HEALTH] Trump Appoints Anti-Contraception, Anti-Abortion Activist to Government’s Largest Family-Planning Program

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[HEALTH] Susan G. Komen – A Foundation for the Money, Not for the Cure

This article originally appeared at Vita di Donna on 21 April 2017 and can be read here (in Italian). Associazione Vita di Donna Onlus is a non-profit organization based out of Rome, Italy, that aims to protect women’s health and reproductive rights, headed up by Dr. Elisabetta Canitano. Continue reading [HEALTH] Susan G. Komen – A Foundation for the Money, Not for the Cure

blu ray review: Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

*throws hat into the ring*

Well, now that Shout! / Scream Factory has released their spanking blu-ray for Brian de Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise (1974), I’m contributing yet another review to the many already out there for this new edition of the film. Having written an essay on Phantom for the award-winning book, Hidden Horror, I feel particularly compelled. So, onward! Continue reading blu ray review: Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

the perils of the revival

Recently, a group of my friends and I visited a nearby revival house to watch a screening of The Princess Bride (1987). I seriously misunderestimated the enduring popularity of this film, because when we arrived at the theater, there was a line to the box office that ended somewhere around the back of the building. It was impressive. I do not know why I assumed it would be like any other time I’ve visited there — The Princess Bride is a HUGE cult classic, quoted to this day and so ubiquitous in our pop culture that it’s popularity never fully registered with me. It’s always been one of those movies that just was. Continue reading the perils of the revival

anecdote time!!!

So I probably shouldn’t discuss this, but I cannot help myself. IT MAKES ME FULL OF GLEE.

The other day at work, my supervisor relayed a conversation with one of our co-workers. It went something like this: co-worker and her spouse had dinner with friends. These friends have a young daughter, 19, who announced her recent engagement at this gathering. Her response to this was “we are praying that they (the daughter and her fiance) break up.” Continue reading anecdote time!!!

full disclosure: contains justin bieber

I watch a lot of movies. Last year, I logged close to 300 views; this year the number dropped to about 250. That kind of depressed me, because I wanted to at least match last year’s number. As I did last year, I’ll post a list of everything I viewed, with first time views marked accordingly. I have noticed a disturbing trend, however: the more films I watch, the less books I read, and that is something I’m not particularly proud of. So with the help of some twitter pals, I’m logging my reading over at Goodreads. HORRAY. Continue reading full disclosure: contains justin bieber