Skye Warren, Annika Martin, Molly O’Keefe…TNT?! It sounds strange to put a cable network on a list of effective, engaging, go-to dark romance authors, but here you have it — because TNT’s Good Behavior, based on novellas by Blake Crouch, absolutely fits the bill! Letty Raines (Michelle Dockery) is a con artist, meth addict and… Read More Why Good Behavior is Great Dark Romance
It’s amazing how much of 2016 is a blur. I barely remember the beginning of it — what I watched, what I read. I’ve done a lot of “Wait, that happened THIS year?” as I look back on what media made an impact on me. Winona Ryder made a jaw-dropping comeback in Netflix’s Stranger Things,… Read More Mala’s Best of 2016 Pop Culture Round-Up
Recapping a year in pop culture is HARD — especially since real-life circumstances resulted in me consuming a heck of a lot more media than usual! I found myself reading a ton, avoiding the movie theaters — and dropping TV shows if they made me unhappy or failed to hold my interest. This is the… Read More Mala’s Best of 2015 Pop Culture Round-Up
Check out the first episode of my off-the-cuff pop culture video blog! I chat about Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones and Sarah MacLean’s The Rogue Not Taken, and also give a “meh” to AMC’s Into the Badlands.
Award nominations are always a crap shoot. As someone who’s been involved in several smaller-scale award slates, I can testify to how complicated and idiosyncratic the process can be. But all of my knowledge—and the world-weary acceptance of a long-time TV and movie fan— doesn’t help when the Emmy and Oscar ballots come out and… Read More 2015 Emmy Snubs and Flubs: The More Things Change…
After six seasons, FX’s Justified came to a perfect close this week. Though buckets of blood bathed the episodes leading up to the finale, the last hour was all about quiet, hard-won farewells. Viewers said goodbye to so many memorable characters. Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens, the gunslinger who, despite his white hat and noble intentions, was… Read More Justified, My Love (Sorry! Couldn’t Help Myself!): Saying Goodbye to the FX Series
In any given discussion of Game of Thrones and the badassery of its characters, you’ll hear about Arya Stark, the mischievous daughter of Ned Stark of Winterfell who must find her way alone after his execution. Charged with learning to “stick them with the pointy end” and hiding amongst her enemies, the wily and troubled… Read More Why Game of Thrones’ Sansa is a Total Boss