“Into the Woods” (2014): Magic and Memories

What I Loved: In Into the Woods Meryl Streep plays the Witch. As always, Streep becomes her character (adopting a new voice, posture, and more) and is unrecognizable. She plays a kind of character in this film that she has never played before. Unlike other actresses and actors with national and international fame, Streep performsContinue reading ““Into the Woods” (2014): Magic and Memories”

Analyzing “Annie” (2014) and the Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy

Annie has gone through several adaptations since its creation in 1924 (or 1885, if we take it to the poem by which it is inspired), including two major Hollywood productions and one made-for-television production. Including the 2014 one, which I saw last night. This blog is unusually long, but please hang in there for it! 🙂  HistoriansContinue reading “Analyzing “Annie” (2014) and the Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy”

 “DANGER”: Comments about Black Men, White Women, and Science in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while entertaining on the surface, is problematic. Naturally, it fails the Bechdel Test (to pass, a movie ONLY needs to have at least two women with names, who talk to each other, about something other than a man). Like the recent Superman movie and others, it hits too close to homeContinue reading ” “DANGER”: Comments about Black Men, White Women, and Science in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)”

Experiencing Theatre: Houston’s The Classical Theatre Company’s Doctor Faustus

Yesterday provided a first experience of sorts: going to the theatre and both enjoying and appreciating the experience. I saw the final production of the Classical Theatre Company’s Doctor Faustus in Houston.  I’ve only been to the theatre a few times in my life, so far. Going to the theatre, ballet, or symphony were just not things we hadContinue reading “Experiencing Theatre: Houston’s The Classical Theatre Company’s Doctor Faustus”

Jane Sutcliffe, A Barack Obama Biography, and Looking at the Full Picture

Over the past several days various places on the Internet, places across political and educational spectrums, have been expressing outrage over the following two passages in Jane Sutcliffe’s biography of Barack Obama for children.  Indeed, I was concerned when I saw these passages. I read this news article and these reviews on Amazon. All of these assert thatContinue reading “Jane Sutcliffe, A Barack Obama Biography, and Looking at the Full Picture”

19 Simple Questions for Judging a Movie

How do we determine if a movie is indeed a good movie? Here are 19 ways: 1. Is it entertaining? Does it keep your attention? 2. When you are finished watching it, do you feel good about how you spent the last two hours? 3. Would you see the film again? 4. Is the filmContinue reading “19 Simple Questions for Judging a Movie”

Women, Societal Expectations of Beauty, and “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)

The Devil Wears Prada operates on binaries. On the one hand, it passes the Bechdel test and gets women out of the home under the man, but in a recasting of the Cinderella story, it reinforces all of the other stereotypes that control and confine women. Keep reading for full details! The Devil Wears PradaContinue reading “Women, Societal Expectations of Beauty, and “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)”

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) and Gender

The Lincoln Lawyer (which has nothing to do with President Lincoln or things he would stand for), by everyday standards, is basically a good movie. It received positive reviews from the public and critics. BUT, its portrayal of women and gender really stood out to me as problematic. Check out Wikipedia’s brief summary of the film here. Continue reading “The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) and Gender”