A review of It Gets Messy in Here
Here’s the link for an interesting interview with the screenwriter of
the 2011 prequel The Thing.
The reason I’m sending it to you is because it has a few interesting
points about the central female character and how the screenwriter was
given a mandate, by the studios, to include a strong female character.
Isn’t that unusual?
Not only was she capable and intelligent but at no point in the film
was she wearing any sexualised clothing or involved in a romance. This
was amazing considering that the last film I saw was Transformers 3
and women in that were basically summed up — within the actual
dialogue and direction, no less — as objects for men to own.
The other interesting point within the interview, perhaps most
importantly, was how much of the script and movie was changed to
appeal to what the studios think are modern audience expectations. The
script was gutted to make it more popular and yet, despite all these
changes, the strong female character remained in the script! I thought
that was reassuring.
Anyway, worth a read. Take care
Fucking amazing post on privilege.
An attack on abortion rights
More on sex abuse in Hollywood.
They use the word “epidemic”. Nice extension of a discussion we had a while back
Former Episcopal bishop explains why the Bible is neither literal history nor the literal word of God, and not a static document so much as a guide to help you see patterns and interpret your current world according to the spirit of Christianity.
A discussion of racism and the World Fantasy Award
An update on Mosquito y Mari:
“Mosquita y Mari is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender love between two young Chicanas that struggles to find its place in their lives and in today’s world. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A’s and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented mother who scrambles to make ends meet. When Mari moves in across the street from Yolanda, they maintain their usual life routine, until an incident at school thrusts them into a friendship and into unknown territory. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Lost in their private world of unspoken affection, lingering gazes, and heart-felt confessions of uncertain futures, Yolanda’s grades begin to slip while Mari’s focus drifts away from her duties at a new job. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found desires thus driving Yolanda and Mari’s relationship to the edge, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to each other. “
Profoundly moving testimony from a 52 year old prostitute.
A review of DC comics in 2011
A review of 2011’s best short fiction
THIS IS A SERIOUS INQUIRY ABOUT DRAGONS.
11 movies you should have seen
An article from AlterNet discussing the gay coming-out subtext in the
new Muppet Movie. Article writer is very pleased that nothing horrible
happens to the ‘outed’ character by the end, which is evidently a rare
occurrence in movies with gay lead characters.
And now, for something completely different: the (US) Center for
Disease Control has put out a graphic novel showing the reader what
supplies they’ll need on hand to survive a zombie apocalypse — plus
lesser emergencies like floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, ect. I mention
this because this site’s been known to have zombie problems in the
So…yeah. From Mayotte in Feministing’s comment section:
Hugo Schwyzer not only preyed on his students, he tried to murder a
woman and former lover.
“I walked into the little kitchen only steps from where my ex lay.
I blew out the pilot lights on our gas oven and on the burners, and
turned the dials on everything up to maximum. I pulled the oven away
from the wall, leaving the gas line intact, positioning it so that the
gas was blowing directly at the passed-out young woman on the
He went on to lie while taking advantage of every opportunity as a
white man to get away with it (“The sheriff’s department didn’t
arrest me because they assumed that the two of us were in a suicide
pact. But I knew differently”)
And this is just the stuff he has admitted to, which frightens me to
the core about how narcissistic and manipulative he is when no one’s
Here’s another post on Hugo.
From The Other Anne:
From Greta Christina, my most adored atheist
I saw the original thread on Reddit, viewed the picture, thought “aw,
that’s so cute! I’m happy her mom would do that!” and then noticed she
was young and attractive and decided there was absolutely no way I was
going to read the comments. I wish I had, and had stood up for her,
but alas it was Christmas and I chose to look after my own psyche
first. I left reddit for the last 6 months because of shit like this.
And shit like this makes me wish I’d never gone back. Watson really
makes the misogynists and rape apologizers on reddit swarm and foam at
the mouth, and I love her too.
She wrote this.
I don’t know if I’m allowed to promote myself here or not. (Looks
around, embarrassed.) As some of you are aware, I published a paper on
film content two years ago (Sex Doesn’t Sell – Nor Impress!). The news
is I’ve uploaded my database from that study to the internet in an
interactive, updateable form, with additional data, and anyone
interested in film content, representation of women etc, can go play
(and yes, there may still be bugs)
Doesn’t look like tai chi to me…
Really amazing post on UnicornBooty on homophobia and the responsibilities bloggers and business owners have to their communities