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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video:  Magic and Melancholia in <i>My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games</i>

New on Video: Magic and Melancholia in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games

Last October, when I was preparing an article about the feature film My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks for a nerd-culture blog that I don’t contribute to anymore because horribleness of its readership, Variety announced that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video:  Gold-Medal Gamines in <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Games Ponies Play</i>

New on Video: Gold-Medal Gamines in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Games Ponies Play

The death of physical media keeps getting deathier: this past April, it was announced that after 20 seasons, Fox would no longer be releasing the full-season sets of The Simpsons on DVD. It’s a too-big-not-to-fail kinda thing, as the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Mo' Ponies, Mo' Problems in <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests</i>

New on Video: Mo' Ponies, Mo' Problems in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests

Much like their Littlest Pet Shop releases, Shout! Factory is releasing My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic in a series of thrice-a-year compilations, and the tenth disc in the Pony series, Cutie Mark Quests, is being released on…
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Film, "Blue Exorcist": Japan's Prolonged Demon Problem

"Blue Exorcist": Japan's Prolonged Demon Problem

Blue Exorcist Atsushi Takahashi's anime Blue Exorcist is based on the TV series of the same name, and unlike feature adaptations of American shows (the recent My Little Pony: Equestria Girls comes to mind), Blue Exorcist is not especially concerned…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Having Boldly Gone: Tales from the Star Trek Convention

Having Boldly Gone: Tales from the Star Trek Convention

I will admit to no small disappointment that even though I was attending Creation Entertainment's Official Star Trek Convention at the Westin St. Francis as press for the Weekly, all I got at registration was the same red wristband they…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview: Daniel Ingram, Songwriter for <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>

Interview: Daniel Ingram, Songwriter for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 3 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic begins this Saturday, November 10 at 7 a.m. PT on The Hub, followed by the series premiere of Littlest Pet Shop. Both shows feature songs written by Daniel Ingram, who was…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Beyond BronyCon: Inside the <i>My Little Pony</i> Convention, Everfree Northwest

Beyond BronyCon: Inside the My Little Pony Convention, Everfree Northwest

The timing couldn't have been better, really. Three days after my final recap of the second season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was published on The Exhibitionist on August 15, I'd be in Seattle attending Everfree Northwest, the…
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News, The Snitch Dildo-Crucifix: <i>Chronicle</i> Correction Enters the Pantheon

Dildo-Crucifix: Chronicle Correction Enters the Pantheon

No journalist savors writing a correction. It's a bit like penning an obituary; something bad has to happen to necessitate it. But if you are going to make a mistake of the sort requiring a formal correction, it's best to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 24 & 25

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 24 & 25

The second season enters the home stretch with two different kinds of mysteries.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 22 & 23

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 22 & 23

Fluttershy tries to overcome being yellow-bellied, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders are overcome by yellow journalism. (Relevant self-pimpage: I'll be doing a panel called "Deconstructing Equestria" at Everfree Northwest in Seattle on Friday, August 17. Come see!)…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 20 & 21

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 20 & 21

Twilight Sparkle fights her future, and Spike doesn't like the looks of his own.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 18 & 19

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 18 & 19

The extrovert meets her match, and the introvert meets herself.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 16 & 17

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 16 & 17

Rainbow discovers the magic of reading, and the Crusaders discover the danger of magic.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 14 & 15

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 14 & 15

Applejack's pride collides with pony economics.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 12 & 13

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 12 & 13

Followng up last week's Equestrian history lesson, we get an unexpected look at how Ponyville came to be.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episode 11

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episode 11

How the ponies of antiquity founded Equestria, in spite of their own best efforts.…
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Music, Hear This Torche: Show Preview

Torche: Show Preview

As the years roll on, Torche grows increasingly disinterested in the typical dark and destructive vibes of metal, even though the Florida-and-Georgia-based band sounds heavy on a fundamental level. Harmonicraft, the band's third and latest full-length, makes its off-kilter M.O.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Darkness from the East

Darkness from the East

The fall of the Soviet Union freed not only political prisoners and some high-end vodka brands but also truckloads of culture -- including some fairy tales so dark they make Tim Burton and Edward Gorey look like My Little Pony.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2

Pilot episodes are tricky. Many potentially great shows have failed to get off the ground because of their pilot getting rejected, such as the legendary Harmon / Schrab / Stiller joint Heat Vision and Jack. But shows that do get…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Meet the Furries and Fans at 2012's Most Unconventional Convention

Meet the Furries and Fans at 2012's Most Unconventional Convention

My first genre convention -- and certainly the most far-flung -- was the second and final Mystery Science Theater 3000 ConventioCon Expo Fest-A-Rama in Minneapolis in 1996. I give conventions a wide berth these days, because -- aside from the…
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