As my cries of protest died against our neighbors' chants of "drankkk," the truth became evident: I'd been hitting the romance novels way too hard.
I'm not sure why, but no one has been willing or able to speak truth to box-office power, so let me try: Robert Pattinson is a terrible actor.
The bad news is Kristen Stewart, whose performance seems transplanted from the Twilight films since she spends so much of both looking either bewildered or angst-ridden with the weight of the world on her shoulders when she isn't running for her life.
What Sex and the City did for women's sexuality, Fifty Shades takes to another level. Christian Grey might even make Samantha Jones blush.
For a movie based on a fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman is kind of grim -- or is that Grimm?
Are you expecting to board the platform 9 3/4 Train to Boyfriendland, where everyone looks like Javier Bardem and they're waiting for your arrival holding three bags of Louboutins and a puppy?
Why, when the women's movement aimed to liberate us from being sexually objectified and degraded, are so many women objectifying and degrading themselves?
What ever happened to good old fashioned rock and roll? That's the question Cincinnati rockers Foxy Shazam answer with their fourth album The Church of Rock and Roll.
With the recent sale of movie rights to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, the debate over fan fiction has heated up.
If you ask me, falling in love with someone should be seen as a leap of faith rather than a sign of being dependent. Maybe she does go a little weak in the knees, but Bella Swan is far from a weak female character.
There's not a whole lot about the world of The Hunger Games that I'd like to see carried into the future. But it's truly refreshing to see a world where gender isn't a restrictive category.
If two female characters have scenes together, are they talking about something other than their love lives? It's amazing how few movies (only two of the Academy Award nominated pictures this year) and TV series pass this test. Pretty Little Liars, however, would pass this test with flying colors.
Which politician or celebrity do young women have to look up to today, who has the same strength of their own convictions and morals, but also has the genuine empathy for others that 16-year-old Katniss does?
The mythos and portrayal of vampires vary greatly by tradition and region, but in popular culture the vampire is almost always defined by an unquenchable thirst for blood, skin that is cool to the touch, avoidance of the sun and garlic and the lack of soul.
Elizabeth Reaser talks a little about the sexuality of this role and the physical challenge of playing both a young teen and a grown woman who is particularly well-endowed.
So why do we still insist on vetting female fantasy life through the critical and shaming lens of reality? If it doesn't pass our test of what is good for us in real life, we're not allowed to dream about it. There's nothing new about this: Women have always been viewed as the gatekeepers of morality.