TV and Movies

Writings about moving pictures, on both the small and big screens. A lot from the days before streaming services and peak TV…

The Lenair Buffy list

Buffy the Complete Series

Series aired from 1997 to 2003.

Lists of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes: The best, the sexiest, the funniest, and so on.

Very conscious of what the popular opinion was of these things.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 DVD cover

Season aired in 1997 to 1998.

The little fantasy show that could matures into a fine (yet still funny) drama.

A look at the DVD set of the complete second season.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4

Season aired 1999 to 2000

The Gentlemen in Hush

Buffy, Willow, and Oz go off to college and get entangled with the military-funded Initiative. Riley Finn and Spike become new regulars.

A look at the complete fourth season on DVD.

Firefly Complete Series

Aired 2002 to 2003

Joss Whedon’s short-running Western space drama, showing that he can create great characters under many different scenarios. All 14 episodes.

Report from the 32nd Popular Culture Conference: TV and Movies

Pop! Culture

Conference held in April 2002

The perspective then on topics such as beer ads, transgender representations, gay characters on TV, and Buffy.

Lots of Buffy.

Johnny Depp movies

Johnny Depp in Chocolat

Remember when Johnny Depp seemed cool, hot, and talented instead of sad, problematic, and disappointing? Well, I was into him them and purchased a number of DVDs (remember them?) he starred. Still good movies, a lot of them…

My So-Called Life DVD cover

My So-Called Life: Complete Series on DVD

Series aired in 1994 to 1995

A review of this fantastic DVD set that is no longer easily available (nor is the series easily streamable, as far as I know).

Fantastic series. Everyone should watch it.

Pretty Woman poster

Pretty Woman: A Fantasy Theme analysis

Film released in 1990.

Originally written 22 July 1991, as a presentation for one of my University of Waterloo Masters English courses. Looks at the film Pretty Woman through the rhetorical lens of fantasy theme analysis.

Musicals

Singin' in the Rain movie poster

I’m not one of those who loves all musicals. Like anyone, I can find the “stop and sing a song” structure annoying. But when a musical works well—when it really carries the story along, and heightens the emotion in the way that only music can—it’s brilliant. Here are a few I have on DVD.

Musically inspired movies

These aren’t musicals (characters don’t burst into song), these aren’t recordings or documentaries about musicians — they’re just movies in which music plays a pivotal role. Often it’s in the form of dancing; sometimes the characters sing (but in a “naturalistic” way).