Recently my teen and I stumbled upon a YouTube channel called Pop Culture Detective, which analyzes pop culture, especially in regards toxic masculinity and misogyny. While I'm pretty much in love with it and think it should be mandatory viewing for basically everyone (but for people who watch a lot of movies/TV and play a lot of games in particular), I have to let you know that you may hate your favorites, even just a little, after you've watched some of these videos.
For many Milennials, Alanis Morissette was our first introduction to feminist music. I remmeber playing Jagged Little Pill over and over with my friends at age 14, screaming with her and shaking our heads so violently our hair would thrash around like angry storms. Many of the feelings we'd been experiencing, some for the first time, some for years already, were finally expressed in a way that made us better understand them.
Is anyone else super sick of whiny people leaving reviews for products that they've never even used? I've seen people leave one-star reviews on all kinds of products because the color was wrong, or the packaging wasn't great, or instructions weren't clear. Seriously? What is wrong with you? I'm no fan of the word snowflake... but y'all are snowflakes.
If you caught the Golden Globes last week, you know that the Time's Up campaign was heavily featured between the actresses who wore black and took activists as their dates to the men who (didn't say much about the campaign, but...) wore pins as support. David Harbour actually pointed to his pin as if inviting to be asked about it but men simply weren't interviewed about the campaign.
Last year we bore witness to the three top-grossing films of the year starring all female leads, which was incredible! Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast all outsold the rest of 2018 in film and it looks like we are about to be treated to another year full of women-led films. How exciting!
Recently when Lin-Manuel Miranda told everyone to make their own "favorite thing" on Twitter, user @loudlysilent retorted, "Not all of us can make a Gina Rodriguez and Stephanie Beatriz as gay superhero girlfriends, Lin." How brilliant would a movie like that be! Now the entire world is craving it, and The Mary Sue even has an excerpt of "the script" for you to read. Check it out!
Last week I saw two "chick flicks" that I hated. One had amazing reviews, the other had terrible ones and neither were enjoyable. The films were La La Land and Table 19, both of which looked great to me. I really wanted to like these movies! I loved both leads and had high hopes, but neither sang to me. Well, they both tried, and the soundtracks were probably the best part of both films...
2017 looks to be a year filled with some interesting films, and one of those movies that really piques my interest is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson. The film is about a mother who is outraged by the lack of police efforts to solve her daughter’s murder. She pays for three billboards to ask why there have been no developments in her case and chaos ensues in the small town.
When I was a kid, The Truth About Cats and Dogs was one of my favorite movies. The movie, which starred Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo and Ben Chaplin, is a play on Cyrano de Bergerac, featuring one leading lady as the brains and the other as the body. Re-watching the film, I was surprised by the anti-feminist undertones, and the premise of the film, which relied on Janeane Garofalo being unattractive. In what universe can someone as beautiful as Janeane Garofalo not reel in a man?