Category Archives: film

Outcast by the Outcast: Tim Burton’s Racial Blindness

I’d like you to take a look at a video: This is the first TV spot for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, the director’s most recent release that’s by all accounts imaginative and full of heart. It is a full-length, stop-motion remake of … Continue reading

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Solo Quiero Caminar: The all-female answer to Ocean’s 11

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a mindless popcorn heist movie. The best heist movies are stylish, like Ocean’s 11, and successfully pull one over on the audience with a last minute twist. Despite the wildly inaccurate Netflix description, … Continue reading

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Manic Pixie Dream Exhaustion

You guys, I just can’t anymore. I am tired of all these movies and TV series showcasing what has come to be known as the MPDG (Manic Pixie Dream Girl) aka Ol Quirky Bastard aka Ghostface Quinoa aka DJ Sheer … Continue reading

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Why I’m Looking Forward to Amazing Spider-Man

Director Mark Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, opened at theaters nationwide last night at midnight. And while reviews have been generally favorable, it seems like audiences and critics are suffering from Spider-fatigue. After all, it was … Continue reading

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A chat with Justin Simien & Lena Waithe of Dear White People

We’ve mentioned previously on the site just how excited we are about Dear White People. The project speaks for itself, as you can tell from the trailer, and it’s obvious that it’s exactly the sort of indie film making that … Continue reading

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The Avengers, Commercials, and the Gendering of Children’s Toys

Needless to say, I loved The Avengers. It was hard to believe they packed that much awesome in one movie. The action sequences were great, the balance between the different characters was well done, and I particularly enjoyed the touches that … Continue reading

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Just Trust Me On This One: Why Monica Rambeau Needs To Be In The Next Avengers Movie

I’ve said it before, and I will continue to shout it from the mountaintops: Monica Rambeau needs to be in the next Avengers movie. The Avengers is one of the hottest movies of the summer and there’s already talk and … Continue reading

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How Black Widow Stole The Show (And My Heart)

I have a great deal of emotions when it comes to Joss Whedon. Many of them conflicting and all of them complicated. But I’ve got to tell you, he did the most stunning job with Natasha Romanoff (Natalia Romanova, for … Continue reading

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Latino Audiences, Hollywood, and Pixar’s Día de los Muertos Movie

This guest post is written by Jazmine, a Houston, Texas native and a New Orleans transplant. She works in non-profit communications when she isn’t obsessively checking Twitter and Tumblr for all things social justice, geeky, and pop culture. As problematic as … Continue reading

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The Psyche of the Revenge Film: A Series by Lois Payne

Here’s a bit of trivia about yours truly: my Netflix queue is stocked with revenge and horror films. There’s nothing quite as cathartic at the end of a bad day like retreating into my room and watching a movie where … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To Amandla Stenberg and the Hating Haters Who Hate Her

Can we take a moment to bow our heads in memory of the late Whitney Houston and her hit single “The Greatest Love Of All” which I have been playing on a loop a) because it’s Thursday and b) because … Continue reading

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Recap: The Everdeen in the room

Over the past few days, we’ve watched the activity around Elyse’s “Hollywood Whitewashing” post explode on Tumblr. We got a real kick when our post made its appearance on Oh No They Didn’t. (Does this mean we’ve officially arrived?) The … Continue reading

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Hollywood Whitewashing (Yes, It Really Hurts)

I hope it’s no surprise that whitewashing has been an accepted convention in Hollywood since the beginning. The history of blackface and yellowface has been well-documented, but with recent reminders like The Last Airbender, Drive, and the highly-anticipated Hunger Games, it seems necessary … Continue reading

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