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Category Archives: Hot Takes

Current obsession: gentleman thieves

Lest this blog become an endless series of complaints about media I like enough to keep consuming, but not enough to stop whining about, I put together some posts on things I love unreservedly. First up: gentleman thieves. Raffles was the genre’s trendsetter, created by E.W. Hornung as a criminal foil to his brother-in-law’s Sherlock…

Sympathy for the Footman

I admit it, I watch Downton Abbey. It’s totally a guilty pleasure, equal parts soap opera and fashion show (those dresses! those hats!). The most interesting thing that happened in one episode was some pigs getting dehydrated (thrilling conclusion: they got some water). One time a character got into a fight with a pantry and…

Isn’t it Bromantic

This has been a huge year for bromance on screen, especially for genre films and TV. Totally platonic love between two bros is so mainstream that studios are using it as a selling point for new shows. But even when the romantic overtones are totally unintentional, there’s a good chance that relationship will get more…