Caroline Siede
Contributor, The A.V. Club. Caroline Siede is a pop culture critic in Chicago, where the cold never bothers her anyway. Her interests include superhero movies, feminist theory, and Jane Austen novels.
Mar 24

I’m an “armchair astrologer” at best so take what I say with a grain of salt. Jack definitely seems more like a Virgo to me (typical traits: hard-working, reliable, patient, kind; on the negative side: critical and stubborn). However, a person’s astrology chart is so much more than their sun (aka birth date) sign. Read more

Feb 13

The film’s framing was a bit clunky, but it’s heart was all there. The soundtrack is absolute FIRE. I love all three Brown Sugar songs on it. Like Romeo Must Die, I sometimes feel that the soundtrack was better than the film. Seeing spouses Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe both in the film playing potential spouses Read more

Dec 18

Thanks so much for writing this, Caroline! I grew up watching this movie every year on VHS. It’s a favorite of my mom’s, and she always put it on while we decorated the tree. Read more

Dec 18

Thanks, Caroline, for a great piece on a wonderful, now somewhat forgotten film. I watch it every Christmas and it is a real gem on multiple levels and beautifully made. It’s worth mentioning how Warner Brothers went against the Hollywood tide of black stereotypes with both this movie and “Casablanca” and while Read more

Dec 10

But the greedy exec didn’t think, in his plan,
That the A.V Club’s grinch would deliver a pan!
“Those monsters! Those devils!” he said with a shout.
“How can English majors have so much damn clout?”

Dec 10

Why, for 54 years I’ve put up with them now!
I must stop these Grinch adaptations from coming! But how?

Nov 23

At the very least, I hope this episode sent people to dig up Billy Joel’s music video of UPTOWN GIRL. It’s the most fun, 80s thing you will ever see with Joel strutting and dancing like the lead in a regional theater production of GREASE and Christie Brinkley looking impossibly beautiful and sassy, a projection I

Oct 12

I am ride or die for Dirty Dancing and will forever champion it. I still remember the first time I watched it (my 8th birthday party - hilariously my mom watched it beforehand to make sure it was appropriate for kids and was like, “yeah, seems fine.”) and I’ve probably seen it at least 50 times since. (As well as the Read more

Oct 9

The way you describe the character arcs of Baby and Johnny makes me think it’s a bit of a gender swap, in that Johnny is the one who’s a bit in need of rescuing, while Baby is more of the white knight.   Read more

Aug 3

I would just like to state for the record that Five’s teleportation powers are incredibly cool, and it’s absolutely wild that Sir Reginald didn’t rank him higher among his siblings.

Aug 1

I’m not only thrilled that we get regular coverage of The Umbrella Academy season 2, but it’s Caroline! Double yay!! Read more

Jul 31

One aspect I find really interesting is the way the play subverts the idea of having an Alpha couple composed of the main characters, and a Beta couple composed of side character. To anyone watching or reading the play Benedick and Beatrice are clearly the main characters and what most would consider the Alpha couple. Read more