Gremlins and (White) American Patriarchy

I’m back at it again, y’all. I’m Grinching up your (and my) favorite Christmas shows. Last night I decided to watch the Steven Spielberg classic, Gremlins (1984). I actually own the DVD (thanks, mom!) because this is one of my favorite movies of all time. That’s right. It’s not just one of my favorite ChristmasContinue reading “Gremlins and (White) American Patriarchy”

Killer Santas and Why You Shouldn’t Get Married on Christmas Eve

Last night I decided to watch a Doctor Who Christmas episode: “The Runaway Bride” from 2006 featuring David Tennant (my doctor) and Catherine Tate. This was Tennant and Tate’s first pairing, but Whovians know it wouldn’t be their last. This episode features a bride, Donna Noble, who is walking down the aisle to wed herContinue reading “Killer Santas and Why You Shouldn’t Get Married on Christmas Eve”

White Christmas and the Problem of Whiteness

Let me start by saying that I like a lot of things about the 1954 film, White Christmas. I love the sisters song (shown above), first and foremost, and I like most of the music. I like Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby. I like the dance numbers. I like the sweetness of loyalty. I don’tContinue reading “White Christmas and the Problem of Whiteness”

Stop Motion Animated Christmas Shows and the Problem of Gender

I hope you recognize these TV stills because they represent some of the best Christmas programming ever. I’m not even joking. Stop motion animation is so very cool, and if you don’t think so I don’t think we can remain friends. I grew up with Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and it is so dear (deer?Continue reading “Stop Motion Animated Christmas Shows and the Problem of Gender”