TV Review: Gilmore Girls

 Review: Gilmore Girls — “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” Confession time: I’m a woman in my mid-twenties who loves teen dramas. Not just shows from when I was a teenager but current shows, as well as those from the ’90’s. When I was a teenager we only had a handful of TV channels so it’s only now that I’ve discovered many shows. Thanks to Netflix, one of those shows is Gilmore Girls. The great thing about this show is that in every episode I can relate to at least one character. Lorelai, Rory, Lane, Paris and Sookie all have relatable...

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Review: The Worst Witch is Heartwarming and Hilarious

I had heard about The Worst Witch from a friend of mine who had watched the first few episodes and loved them. I was looking for something new to watch on Netflix and it was one of the suggested shows in my profile, so I settled down and started the show. Two minutes into the first episode, I fell absolutely and completely in love. I ended up watching the series once alone and then again with my sister, who also fell in love with it. As a lifelong Harry Potter fan, the idea of magic has always fascinated me. I was pleased to see similar themes of adventure, friendship, loyalty, adversity and...

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Review: Titanic 20 Years On

This year was the 20th anniversary of the release of the film Titanic. At the time of the movie’s release, it became the highest grossest film of all time and made worldwide stars of the main actors, Kate Winslet and Leonardo de Caprio. This summer, I re-watched the film for the first time in over 15 years and there were so many details that I didn’t notice as a child. The first thing I realised was that Rose was only 17 years of age. I had always assumed that she was in her twenties. The second thing I noticed was that she was a girl ahead of her time. Sure she was engaged to be married but...

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Super Girls! Gwen Stacy

Name: Gwendolyne Maxine Stacy Powers: None (just a super-smart human) First Appears In: The Amazing Spider-Man #31 (1965) Quote: It’s easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day like today, but there will be dark days ahead of us too. There will be days where you feel all alone, and that’s when hope is needed most. No matter how buried it gets, or how lost you feel, you must promise me that you will hold on to hope. Keep it alive. We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you is to become hope; people need that. And even if we fail, what better way is there to live? As...

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Super Girls! Kim Possible

Name: Kimberly Ann Possible Powers: None – but does have countless awesome gadgets Appears in: Kim Possible, A Sitch In Time, So The Drama Quotes: Kim: You do me proud Ron Stoppable, by just being you. Kim: [after listening to Drakken’s speech on her weakness of being a teen] You’re right, Drakken. Boys, dating, oh, it’s hard. But this is easy. [punches Drakken in the face] Kim: Save the world. It’s what I do and nobody’s going to stop me. I can’t lie – Kim Possible was one of my all time, hands down favorite TV shows when I was a kid. I rewatched it the...

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“Teen Girl Squad” Stereotypes and the Wrong Nostalgia

A few things stand out clearly when I remember my senior year of high school: late nights, car-ride karaoke, Taco Bell runs, and my lunchtime ritual of watching Home Star Runner Flash-animated Internet cartoons. Home Star Runner was one of the original Internet video cartoons. Every week, my friends and I gathered around our English classroom computer to watch the latest episode by Mike and Matt Chapman. With references to pop culture, video games, classic television, and music, it was entertaining and humorous to watch Strong Bad and his band of fellows provide commentary on the world....

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Super Girls! Supergirl

Name: Kara Zor-El Alias: Supergirl Powers: Super strength, flight, invulnerability, super speed, heat vision, freeze breath, X-ray vision, superhuman hearing, healing Appears in: DC comic series Supergirl, Action Comics, Superman/Batman Adventure Comics, The Superman Family, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, and CW’s television series Supergirl Quotes: Hank Henshaw: I see you share your cousin’s appetite for wanton destruction, Miss Danvers. Supergirl: You know, I am starting to answer to Supergirl. Alex Danvers: Hey, you’ve been dodging missiles and pushing your endurance...

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Book Review: Crazy is my Superpower

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a happy childhood. Some children are forced to grow up far too quickly; AJ Mendez Brooks was one of those children. Her autobiography, Crazy is my Superpower, tells this story. She grew up with young parents who found it difficult to hold down a job. As a result she and her three siblings were often left to fend for themselves. After moving from apartment to apartment the family found themselves homeless. They lived in their car for a while before moving into a motel in New Jersey. Throughout this challenging time AJ found comfort in comic books, video...

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Super Girls! Hit-Girl

Name: Hit Girl Occupation: Superhero/schoolgirl Appears in: Marvel comic series Kick-Ass, films Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2, Hit-Girl comic series 2008 – 2013 Powers/abilities: hand to hand combat, martial arts training Quotes: “Robin wishes he was me.” “Don’t worry about me. I can kill a man with his own finger.” “I can’t see through walls. But I can kick your ass.”   The world of Kick-Ass is loved partially for its incredibly self-conscious inversion of the superhero genre. The central character, Dave, is a virtually incompetent but optimistic guy who spends the majority of his time...

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Book Review: Bond Girl

Bond Girl (Erin Duffy, 2012) takes you behind the scenes of Wall Street, an arena dominated by men but this book shows what it’s like to be a young woman trying to carve out a career. Alex Garrett had always wanted to work in finance having taken inspiration from her father. After graduating from college she manages to secure an entry level job on Wall Street. She is one of only two female members of the 40 person team and she soon finds that being the new kid on the block isn’t all that glamorous. She is basically used as the office gofer for the first few weeks at the firm, alongside doing...

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