October 17, 2019

Writing reviews, metas, and the like is a lot about timing. If you don’t craft your writing in the immediate aftermath of your source’s release, someone else will beat you to it and, chances are, your audience will be less enthused about reading the same arguments weeks later. (Admittedly, that’s up for debate. I for one am happy to read about the same shit for years on end.) Thus, when I didn’t have the time or the mental energy to write about It: Chapter Two immediately after seeing it in thea...

September 24, 2019

[Warning: spoilers ahead!] 

Step One: Ditch the Heels

Does anyone remember when Claire in Jurassic World made the conscious decision to try and outrun a T-Rex in three-inch heels? Yeah. Grace would kick Clarie’s ass. If you suddenly find yourself chucked into a horrifying, life or death situation, make sure you have every advantage, starting with your wardrobe. Grace can’t do much about being stuck in her wedding gown (which, as far as gowns go, is admittedly pretty practical), but she can take th...

April 25, 2019

[Be sure to check out part one, twothree, and four in this series!]

Here we are, friends! The final leg of the race. Although, if this really was a race I’d be coming in dead last considering that I’ve been slow as molasses in finishing this series. Ah well. It's the effort that counts. 

Reaction GIFs. The holy grail of GIF-ing. 

Even the super stereotyped Baby Boomer with their dur hur technophobia has at least some level of fondness for this form. After all, it’s how GIFs initially made sense...

January 4, 2019

I meant to write this post up directly after seeing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald weeks ago and, to be entirely frank, I forgot all about it. That says a lot about my disappointment in the film and even more about our changing perspective on the Harry Potter phenomenon as a whole. Two years ago, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them released at my local theater and the line to get in—not to get tickets, those had been sold out days before—twisted down the theater’s massive steps,...

October 14, 2018

It begins when you’re walking home late at night. Or maybe you’ve been left in the house all alone. Perhaps you're with friends but you’re separated somehow—by a door, a tree-line, whatever keeps them just out of reach. And then you see it: something so horrific that it chills you to your core. It’s so grotesque, so terrifying that all you can do is scream and scramble for help. You know instinctually that’s the only way to survive. 

The problem? No one believes you. Oh, and you’re a woman.


August 26, 2018

[Be sure to check out part one, two, and three in this series!]

Now, before we finish this series off with GIFs primary function—as a reaction statement—I thought it would be good to tease out some of the myriad other ways that people use them online. A sort of catch-all, broad stroke, miscellaneous section. Because despite what most people tend to assume, GIFs are capable of expressing a lot. 

I was procrastinating the other week, as is my wont over summer break (RIP the good months), when I scro...

August 2, 2018

{Beware, Traveler, spoilers ahead}

What makes a monster? Mary Shelley----and many others before her----figured out that the answer is usually "man," but that doesn't mean we're not still afraid of glowing red eyes and some very sharp teeth.

I got to see Fallen Kingdom a few weeks ago.

Since I stepped out of the theater I've read a number of truly vicious reviews. Honestly, that just seems to be my lot in life. I'm doomed to enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy features with both wonderful escapism and importan...

July 6, 2018

[Be sure to check out part one and two!]

Groundhog Day much? Haven't we already been here before? Sure, the GIFs I talked about in our last section—like Incorrect Marvel Quotes or the beautiful pairing of B99 with the latest memes—seems kind of fic-ish. It's basically a story. Want to know what it would be like to see Jake Peralta sighing, "May I get a hell yeah?" Now you know! These GIFs are already taking imagined scenarios and trying to pass them off (with everyone in on the joke) as actual ca...

July 1, 2018

Last week I nearly spit out my drink when I spotted a tumblr post calling out all of humanity. We heard a  few months back about how Amazon's Alexa has been feeling a bit under the weather lately---listing off funeral homes unprompted and laughing maniacally at inappropriate times---which of course had users wondering if she was in need of an exorcism rather than a tuneup. The gist of the post was: No fucking duh. We all knew this was coming and it's our own damn fault if we end up slaughtered i...

June 13, 2018

(Part One of this series on GIFs can be found here.) 

In my previous blog post I gave a basic run-down on GIFs, specifically how we use them to recall, advertise, and appreciate small moments within a canon. Today we're picking up where we left off and diving into the GIF's intersection with memes.

Now I spend a lot of time on tumblr. Too much time, I'm sure. There's certainly plenty to criticize about the social media platform----both in terms of its structure and its anon/flaming culture----but...

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