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Plot: little princess Merida doesn’t want to marry any of the suitors, she wants to ride horses, shoot arrows, be free. Mom sternly disapproves. “Sit up straight.” An evil bear tries to kill everyone.
Brave appeared to be the feminist Hunger Games– this would be a movie about a girl with a bow that was… Read the rest
This video is so gut wrenchingly douchy that I am warning you not to watch it if you are prone to bowel obstruction.
“I’m a 46-year-old black woman who really doesn’t look like Halle Berry, and Halle Berry is having a hard time,” said Davis.
Katherine Heigel interrupts and says, “You have to stop saying that, because you’re… Read the rest
Before I show you what I’m about to show you, I want you to understand that this is something I saw nearly 15 years ago. When I saw it, I tried to convince my friends sitting next to me in the theater that I saw it, and they didn’t believe me.
And for the next decade or so, I… Read the rest
SOPA was a stupid bill crafted by technically ignorant but deep-pocketed lobbyists for the entertainment industry. A number of high-profile websites got together, inconvenienced the general public for a day by taking down Wikipedia and reddit, and managed to get a number of Senators–mostly Republicans–to abandon their support for the bill.
Good for them.
However, the entertainment industry… Read the rest
Is Lisbeth Salander a feminist heroine? According to the Internet, the answer depends on the medium in which her story plays out.
In her original form, as a character in the novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, the answer readers gave is unequivocally yes. Lisbeth finds herself in a world where every man is an… Read the rest
You’ll like the Descendants if you are 50 years old and think that by virtue of achieving such a high score in orbiting the sun, you’re entitled to burden the rest of society with the cliched wisdom you’ve accumulated from decades of daytime TV and self help books. For the rest of us, it’s the two hour version of… Read the rest
Any discussion about the merits of voice over starts, inevitably, with Robert McKee’s famous quote:
And God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character.
Then begins a discussion about why he is wrong.
There’s something rotten about The Walking Dead, but I haven’t put my finger on it until the last few episodes of this second season. The problem is this: The Walking Dead isn’t about zombies, it’s about the survival of traditional conservative moral values in the face of a social breakdown.
Zombie films are basically war films in which civilians… Read the rest
Wikypedia agrees with “film critic Nathan Rabin, who coined the term“, MPDG is “bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manic_Pixie_Dream_Girl
Feminist Anita Sarkeesian accepts this interpretation. Of course she absolutely don´t like such a stereotype and… Read the rest
This is a great little roundup of every movie poster cliche currently operating right now.
It’s easy to poke fun at Hollywood (fun too), but the underlying problem with such a massive industry relying so heavily on visual cliches is that it works. From action films to romantic comedies, we the audience respond to the cliches because we… Read the rest
In Time is a movie starring Justin Timberlake and two actresses whose main contributions to the movie are that they look great and can sprint in 6 inch Jimmy Choos. And I mean fast.
“Beautiful Boy” is a film about a couple and their failing relationship. At the beginning the husband is about to move out, and the wife is pissed because he was supposed to go on vacation with her and their kid. But it all turns out okay. The vacation gets canceled. Their son shoots a large number of people, and… Read the rest
This film has absolutely no business being this good.
The marketing campaign makes Drive look like a Fast and Furious knockoff. Cars? Check. Heists? Check. Gangsters? Check.
Forget all that. Drive is an LA fever dream, a collision of the present with 1987’s collective unconscious. What is the film about? This picture tells you exactly what it’s about: looking… Read the rest
Netflix is spinning off is DVD-by-mail business to focus on streaming. If there was ever an example of how postmodern business has become, this is it.
It is often said that in postmodernism, the curator was as important than the works he curated. That certainly seems to be the guiding principle behind this decision. Effectively, Netflix is throwing… Read the rest
The super hero film has traveled a substantial distance to the mainstream before it finally burst through the celluloid ceiling and became the contemporary definition of cinematic blockbuster. Comic books have traveled along a reverse trajectory, from mainstream to subculture. In a strange confluence, the comic books that gave us All-American avengers in the forties, fifties and sixties, have… Read the rest
Blind is a very short film about man living in a radioactive Tokyo, haunted by a little girl.
The film compactly delivers its warning about ignoring the dangers of radiation like a well landed punch. And in Japan, the film is part of a growing popular backlash against corporate cover-up and government dissembling over the extent and ongoing dangers… Read the rest
Walt Disney Animation Studios chief technical officer Andy Hendrickson, describes thinking behind the studio’s film strategy:
“People say ‘It’s all about the story,’” Hendrickson said. “When you’re making tentpole films, bullshit.” Hendrickson showed a chart of the top 12 all-time domestic grossers, and noted every one is a spectacle film. Of his own studio’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which is
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