Why I (Still) Love Lucy

I remember the first time I saw an episode of “I Love Lucy”. As a 90’s baby, I watched Nick at Nite religiously. For anyone who was not born in the glory of the nineties, Nick at Nite was a cable program on Nickelodeon. Long after my bed time, Nick at Nite would play re-runs of old television shows like “I Love Lucy”, “Bewitched”, and “I Dream of Jeannie”. Instead of being annoyed by the lack of color I remember being fascinated watching the black and white shows.

My absolute favorite show on Nick at Nite was I Love Lucy. The first episode I vividly remember watching was one of the most classic episodes, “Lucy Does a TV Commercial”. Lucy advertises a medicine called “Vitameatavegamin” that unbeknownst to her contains 23% alcohol. My tiny ten-year-old self roared with laughter as Lucy got drunk off of the medicine and fudged all of her lines. “Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little ottle.” If you haven’t seen this episode, run and watch it immediately. It perfectly illustrates the genius of “I Love Lucy”. Continue reading Why I (Still) Love Lucy

Colette: Writing, Gender Identity and Escaping the Patriarchy

By Caelyn O’Reilly “Colette” (2018) is a historical drama starring Kiera Knightley about power dynamics, writing, and societal expectations; and how gender impacts all of them. Much of the film is focused on the marriage between Colette (known at the start of the film as Gabrielle) and Willy, played by Dominic West. She’s a young woman from the French countryside, enamored with this confident Parisian … Continue reading Colette: Writing, Gender Identity and Escaping the Patriarchy