Know-vember: Peg Aloi

My movie buddy! Peg and I have seen a lot of movies together, good and bad — and have often argued about which was which (hee)! Peg is also a writer and academic as well as an amazing cook and baker (mmmm, deliciousness). I haven’t gone to the movies yet in Galway, surprisingly. The good…

Tuesday’s Overlooked Films: Curse of the Werewolf

My fondness for Oliver Reed is well know, I suspect. Curse of the Werewolf is a fine Hammer offering that doesn’t get the love Cushing and Lee get or the vamps and Frankies do. But as it’s October already, it seems appropriate to highlight one of the less well known films of the famous British…

Tuesday’s Overlooked Film: Old Acquaintance

Why do I like pseudonyms? I don’t know. I’m sure it means something. For the first novel I wrote back in high school, Ace Spies Incorporated (my friend Carla claims to have the only existing copy as blackmail material), I gave myself a nom de plume. Weird, eh? So my taking up the moniker Kit…

BitchBuzz: Made (Over) in Dagenham & News

Good news: “High Plains Lazarus” finished 9th in the Predators & Editors poll for Best Horror Short of 2010. I seem to be the only woman in the top ten. Thanks to everyone for their support and voting. It’s always awkward asking people to vote for you, but I’m learning to be a little more…

Tuesday’s Overlooked Films: Straight to Hell

I blame Todd. Well, I often blame Todd — he is uniquely blame-worthy for any number of things — but this time I blame him for getting me to participate in a new (regular) meme. But it’s better than doing the work I really need to be doing (then again, after a snowy and slushy…

Review: Hamlet

I am eternally grateful for the NT Live broadcasts; they bring a little bit of the London theatre experience to the (currently) frozen north, which seems so far from the city of my heart. Thank you, Spectrum 8 for hosting the broadcasts, even if Monday night’s show seemed to have its share of technical difficulties,…

BitchBuzz: The Quiet Grrl Riot

Today’s column: The Quiet Grrl Riot By K.A. Laity The biggest revolution this year may be one you didn’t even notice. The year end reviews seem to be having a nerd-gasm over The Social Network, which I figured out finally—thanks to Edgar Wright’s roundup for a ‘gentleman’s magazine’—is all about “geeks as gangsters” and not…

Reviews: Harry Nilsson/King’s Speech/True Grit

I have no doubt about the finest film I saw last year this past year: hands down, it was Winter’s Bone. I’ve heard people carp about how “accurate” it was, especially people who felt it portrayed their part of the world unflatteringly. I don’t know — there’s plenty of areas like that, even here in…

Thankful

I’m thankful for many things like the wonderful words of Kurt Vonnegut and about a billion other things that make me laugh, sing, cry and sigh. Far too many to list, though today while I made my chocolate chip cheesecake, I watched this: I’m always thankful for the Marx Brothers. My column today also features…

BitchBuzz: The Social Network

My latest for which I cannibalize a bit of my review of The Social Network in order to make a different point, namely that women need to continue to squeeze their way into these clubs and make friends with the boys despite their resistance — oh, and have the skills to do so: The Social…