I'm a writer in love with India, Stars Wars, fantasy, travel, and Thai curries. My childhood heroes were Luke Skywalker and Joan of Arc. I muse on superheroes, sci-fi, feminism, and more.
Superhero and Action Movies That Actually Feature Powerful Women
There’s massive room for improvement when it comes to seeing women in superhero films that aren’t relegated to being the love interest. Who can forget SNL’s painfully accurate spoof of what just might happen if Marvel ever DID come out with a Black Widow movie (I love you, Scarlett Johansson, I love you so, so much)? But there have been moments - beautiful, brief, glimpses - into what the world could look like if superhero movies would live up to the promise of the likes of Mystique, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow. Here, you’ll find Film Fish’s list of the ten best superhero and action movies featuring powerful women. When you’re done glorying in the rad femme-ness of it all, head on over to Film Fish’s site for binge-worthy movie lists curated by film buffs instead of some random algorithm. In other words, NO, Netflix, I do NOT want to watch Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws just because my kid sneaked onto my account ONCE and screwed up what you erroneously think my tastes are.
The Healthiest, Tastiest Whole Grain Breads and Rolls
Sure, we all love shoving crunchy baguettes and soft white fluffy dinner rolls and pillowy, garlicky naan by the truckload into our faces, but there comes a time when we realize that our waistlines are expanding as quickly as dough rising in a warm kitchen. If you still want to enjoy delicious, nutritious grains and do it without becoming a doughgirl, try these recipes - they’re all based on whole grains, so they’re actually good for your body.
Geeky Weddings That You Won't Believe
I planned my wedding in two months, in a city I had never lived in, before Pinterest. So what I’m saying is that it was all generic fake floral centerpieces in a church gymnasium and everyone drank 15 cents a gallon red punch. What flavor was it? Red. I already said that. (There was no other flavor, sadly.) For those of you who have the good fortune to have a reasonable period of time to make wedding plans and a future spouse who’s just as nerdy as you are, here’s your inspiration. Whether you love video games like Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda, book series like The Hunger Games, or pretty much everything geeky under the sun, here are some couples who really went the distance when it came to making their special day just THAT much more special. For the most part, the bride and groom made the detailed costume pieces, centerpieces, bouquets, shoes, favors, and much more, showing a whole lot of dedication as fans as well as to each other. And if you just can’t get enough of this nerdy magic, check out the incredible website When Geeks Wed, where you’ll find pages upon pages of every geeky wedding detail you could possibly dream of.
The Timeless Lessons of Captain EO
Some of you immediately remember your first experience seeing the science fiction classic Captain EO. You were either at a Disney park between 1986 and 1997 seeing the original short film, or you were there between 2010 and 2014 when the film was brought back to Disneyland and Disney World as the Captain EO Tribute. You may recollect being completely spellbound by the “4D” production, classified as such for its 3D effects and moving seats, smoke, and lights there in the room with you. Alternately, you may have unpleasant memories of being shaken up and down in your chair to the beat of some music you didn’t enjoy and the sight of some crazy, campy, 80s extended Michael Jackson music video that made zero sense. For me, Captain EO is a magical journey into space with a timeless message that deserves another watch, even if you’re just clicking a YouTube link and not there in the theatre (a place you can no longer go to see it, since it was replaced with less exalted 4D programming like Honey, I Shrunk the Audience).
Unique Handmade Gifts for Miyazaki Fans
If you or someone you love is obsessed with Miyazaki and the amazing films of Studio Ghibli, you don’t need a support group. You need handmade brooches, spoons, earrings, and art prints from Etsy! Ok, so maybe some of you DO need a support group, but that’s ok. You can attend with your amazing gear and remind yourself that anything’s ok, at least in moderation. From getting someone a big gift to stuffing a stocking, you can enjoy shopping for special gifts from the most inspiring animated films of all time.
The Healthiest Crockpot Soups to Stave Off Winter's Chill
When your lips are chapped, your nose is running, and you’re trying to save money on your heating bill, the last thing you want to eat is a salad. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat a healthy dinner. Just throw a few ingredients in your crockpot before you leave in the morning and you can come home to a house that smells amazing and a bowl of soup that tastes like health and happiness. If you’re lucky enough to be making one of these soups, stews, or chilis on a weekend, you’ll get to enjoy the delicious aromas wafting through your house while you read, watch movies, and snuggle with the fur babies. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a crockpot to fill and some cozy wintertime dreaming to catch up on.
Surprising Science Fiction Stories from the Ancient World
Some think of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as the beginning of science fiction. Others would say that it didn’t really begin until H.G. Wells began writing down his marvelous, speculative stories in which he imagined terrible - and wonderful - possibilities for the futures. While these might be the beginnings of science fiction or speculative fiction as we define it today, there are many stories from the ancient world and early cultures all over the planet that contained elements of science and speculation similar to the ones we love today.Whether they’re early tales from Japan or surprising elements of the Bible, these stories will inspire you to take a closer look at what you consider the origins of your favorite genre.
The Best Ways to Introduce Kids to Superheroes
One of my absolute favorite things about being a parent is sharing the things I love the most with my kids. A perfect example was getting to hear my kids gasp in shock when Darth Vader reveals that big family secret to Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. Nothing like the magic of re-experiencing the best science fiction, fantasy, and comics with someone who’s seeing or reading it for the first time. Case in point: superheroes. I love hearing my six-year-old geek out about what Spider-Man would do in a given situation, so I’m definitely planning on fanning the flame of fandom with some comic books to keep the superhero love going. Rekindle your fascination with the great men and women of the superhero universes with these toys, costumes, books, and more this Christmas or any time of the year.
The Best Handmade Gifts For Princess Leia Fanatics
If somebody will get this walking carpet out of my way, I’ll be able to tell you all about these amazing handmade gifts for the Princess Leia fans in your life (or for yourself, let’s be honest). From mugs to notebooks to incredible art that will wow your guests, here are some gorgeous works of art from dedicated Etsy sellers who’ve made Princess Leia their business. You may not be able to find these items locally, but you can feel good about purchasing something amazing from an artisan online.
Super Cheap Ways to Live Healthy in the New Year
You don’t need the latest yoga bralette, the fanciest juice cleanse, or a personal trainer to eat healthy, stay fit and sane, keep your house clean the natural way, and be good to the planet. If those match your goals for the New Year, read on for ideas on how to do it all on the tiniest budget. (And I DON’T mean a middle-class income - I’m talking here about things that I’ve done when my husband was in law school and I stayed home with my son and we lived on less than $20k per year.) It doesn't have to be beans and rice and weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth if you do it the smart way, so get excited to learn how you can live a good life no matter how small your paycheck.
'Star Trek' DIY Gifts You Can Definitely Make
If you love Star Trek, you’ve probably made something for yourself at some point that was too difficult to find or too expensive to purchase, like a Starfleet Academy costume or a phaser for your cosplay. But you might not have thought about the unique gifts that you can create for the Enterprise-loving nerd people in your life. Whether it’s earrings for your sister, a cross stitch for your mom, or a gingerbread Enterprise for your holiday party, there’s definitely someone out there who’s thought of an amazing project and then shared their genius online so you can look good too. Boldly go where some other Trekkie on the internet has definitely gone before and try these fun DIY projects.
Funniest 'Lord of the Rings' T-Shirts
Proclaim your love for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and great humor with these funny t-shirts. If you love all the humorous moments from the movies (“What about SECOND breakfast?” “Fool of a Took!” “Toss me!” “What’s taters, precious?”), then you’ll enjoy making your friends laugh with these spoofs on the greatest epic films of all time (thank you, Peter Jackson).