The new year has come and we are living in the year of 2019 AD with a hopefully bright outlook for the coming days. But that is all for another day, today I will let you feel the grim specter of age creeping onto you and remind you many of the films we grew up […]
Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
In the second of his articles discussing anti-Blackness in South Asian communities, Dhruva Balram investigates Blackface and anti-Blackness in Bollywood, how these narratives drive attitudes in wider culture, and the move for change. Part one can be read here Growing up in India, alongside rice and daal, Bollywood is a part of your every day diet. […]
Mainstream Brazilian cinema has a representation problem when it comes to its Black population. However, as Marry Ferreira discusses, young people who do not identify with what is presented on screen are forging their own independent projects which are rising against the hegemonic discourse The Brazil of the movie screens is a predominantly white country. Research published […]
Superstar HK action filmmaker Ringo Lam has passed away. Director of such films as City on Fire (much of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs owes itself to this film), Twin Dragons, Sky On Fire, Touch & Go, Aces Go Places IV, Maximum Risk and so many more. He came up during the renaissance of kinetic 80’s gunplay movies like […]
Originally published on my Tumblr September 17, 2013. Seriously, it’s been five years of me talking about misogynoir in fandom and with shipping and things have gotten way worse instead of better. (Also, lightly edited for clarity.) Dear Budding Sleepy Hollow Fandom, Don’t do the thing. Don’t do the thing where you go in deep to […]
And for those who don’t celebrate or don’t care, have a happier day in general.
For those who do celebrate (Probably shouldn’t watch this if you have really bad arachnophobia, though):
Okay, the new trailer for Hellboy just came in recently, and while its not the kind of movie I was expecting, I’ll take it. I was expecting something a lot darker, but who knows? It’s just the trailer. It ain’t Guillermo, but it does at least look like fun, the trailer has some nice comedic beats, and I like the rest of the cast. I’m glad to see there are some PoC in this one, although it wasn’t a deal breaker for me if there weren’t becasue the trailer looks good. The only drawback I can see is Hellboy’s makeup looks a little stiff, but I can get past it.
The woman with the dreadlocks is Sasha Lane, playing a character named Alice. I don’t remember her from the books, so I must have missed that particular storyline. In the books she eventually becomes a Queen of the Fairies. The Asian guy is Daniel Dae Kim (Woo!) playing a half Japanese character named Major Ben Daimio. Now his story I do remember from the books, including the story of how he got his facial scars. In the comic books he eventually becomes a kind of Were-jaguar.
Ian McShane(Odin himself from American Gods) is playing Professor Bruttenholm, the man who found Hellboy as a child and raised him as a human.
If Milla Jovivich is playing Nimue The Blood Queen, then the movie could be about Alice’s story, and the death of Queen Mab. There;s also the rumor that Hellboy would be visiting Fairyland, which must be what all the horseback riding is about.
Some of you will remember that the actor originally chosen to play this role was Ed Skrein, who quit the role after fans protested that the character was meant to be of Japanese descent.
Hellboy 2019 is directed by Neil Marshall, the director of Dog Soldiers, Doomsday, and The Descent.
Men in Black International
Yeah, Men in Black goes big time. This looks like fun too, and I’m a big Tessa Thompson fan after seeing her in Sorry to Bother You, Westworld, and Thor Ragnarok. No, it’s probably not as funny as the Will Smith version, but it does look like a lot of fun. I’ll check and see if my nieces and nephews want to see it. (I’m gonna have to see Hellboy alone, I suspect.)
This weekend, Dec. 21st, I’ll be watching Birdbox, starring Sandra Bullock. I haven’t read the book yet, but the basic story is some force comes to Earth, and if you see it, you kill yourself. Sandra Bullock’s character, and her two children have to travel to another location for safety, but have to travel through this apocalyptic landscape while blindfolded. What I like about this is that its a female led story, directed by a woman, so some of the usual thriller tropes may be overturned. Maybe.
And finally, here’s the trailer for Downton Abbey, the movie. I am forever NOT referring to myself as a fan of something, but I guess I am a fan, because I watched every episode of every season. I can’t explain why I began watching it, but I do know why I stayed: The characters.
R.I.P. Penny Marshall ~ 1943 – 2018
Laverne has left the building!
Actresses are being lauded for pushing their supposed undesirability to the extreme, and it’s redefining how we see women.
I loved this essay on the depiction of “ugly women” in movies, and their current acceptance in Hollywood. I don’t entirely agree with the writer on the depiction of ugliness in Black women, not because the writer is wrong but because she leaves out certain societal aspects of their depiction. At any rate there’s an entire essay, in there somewhere, on the depiction of “ugly” and “pretty” Black women onscreen. I may have to be the one to write it.
Well, its that time of year, when my activities and the weather, get the better of me, my fatigue sets in, and instead of writing new posts, I fall asleep at 10PM. (Well at least the insomnia is gone!)
I’m just basically giving everybody a heads up that posting miiight be a little bit sparse around her until January, which is convenient because that’s when all the new mid-season shows start, and I am excited about a few of them.
So yeah, I’m still here. I’m still watching some favorite shows and discovering new ones, but during this Christmas period, since I have less time to discuss individual shows, I’m going to focus on getting some of these long form posts out of my queue, that I’ve simply not finished. I know you guys are pretty busy too, during this holiday season, so I don’t want to tax you with too many posts. (Y’all got stuff to do.)
I did get a chance to watch Titans, (which I am kinda enjoying), Nightflyers, (I fell asleep on this), and something from Youtube, (which looks suspiciously like Nightflyers), called Origins (which has an Asian lead character, so was mildly intriguing).
Upcoming posts include an essay on movie landscapes, taking my nephew to see the new Spiderman movie, and my favorite smart movies. Come January, it’s time to start talking about the 2019 Summer movie season, and the mid-season TV shows. I will still reblog stuff, and post links to things, but original content is going to be at a minimum for a couple of weeks.
In the meantime, this is whats going on on Tumblr, which is in somewhat of a panic. I’m not especially worried about it personally, because I did back up most of my posts to this site, some time ago, and Tumblr simply isn’t my primary site, but a lot of people are going to be hit hard, even if they don’t post NSFW stuff there, because hte algorithim being used is shoddy, and can’t tell the difference between NSFW posts, and just regular stuff. For example, I follow a number of horror blogs, which feature art that can be disturbing, and occasionally features some nudity. Some of these sites have already been flagged. Historical articles that feature women in bikinis have been flagged, and there are feminist sites that regularly discuss female sexuality that have been flagged. None of these sites have anything to do with pedophilia or pornography.
In response to the NSFW ban being enacted by Tumblr Staff, on December 17th 2018 I propose that we all log off of our Tumblr accounts for 24 hours.
The lack of respect and communication between staff and users is stark. Users have been begging staff to delete the porn bot outbreak, which has plagued the website for well over a year. The porn bots oftentimes send people asks and messages, trying to get them to go to a website full of viruses. They also spam advertisements on others posts.
Users have also begged that Tumblr ban neo-nazis, child porn, and pedophiles, all which run rampant on the site. The site/app got so bad that it was taken off the app store.
However, instead of answering the users, Tumblr has instead taken the liberty to ban all NSFW content, regardless of age. But users have already run into issues of their SFW content being marked as sensitive and being flagged as NSFW, not allowing them to share their work.
Not only does this discriminate again content creators, but it also discriminates against sex workers. Disgustingly, the ban will be enacted on December 17 which is also International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
This ban is disgusting, and while I (and plenty of others) welcome porn bots and child porn being banned, the Tumblr filtration system is broken. It tags artistic work’s nipples as NSFW (when it is art), it tags SFW art as NSFW (when it is not), and does not stop the porn bots, neo-nazis and dozens of other issues.
This ban is discriminatory. This ban is ineffective. This ban is unacceptable.
To protest, log off of your Tumblr account for the entirety of December 17th. Log off at 12 am EST or 9PM PST and stay off for 24 hours. Don’t post. Don’t log on. Don’t even visit the website. Don’t give them that sweet ad revenue.
Tumblr’s stock has already taken a hard hit. Let’s make it tank. Maybe then they will listen to the users.
Reblog to signal boost! We must force change.
Black Lighting Review Whatsup Blerdy Report family I am here with a review for Black Lighting (I am attempting to keep it spoiler light while still marveling at the show so bear with me people.) Season: 1 Episodes: 13 Runtime Per Episode: 42 minutes For a long time I’ve been waiting and wanting an […]
“The Cry of Hip Hop: A Meditation on Childish Gambino and the Peril of American Exceptionalism” By george white, jr. A kernel of recognition exploded in my ear at about the 3:30 mark of the official music video for the Childish Gambino song “This is America.” Difficult to trace, I watched the video a […]
The most critically acclaimed author in contemporary science fiction
This is an incredible interview with the reigning fantasist in literature right now.
“[Fantasy has] always had an underlying rhetoric of white supremacy, inherent conservatism,” Jemisin says. “There’s still a lot of crap out there, but I’m starting to see more and more fantasies that are getting back to the old days, before the Tolkien clones and endless guys in a hood. We’re starting to see big themes and stories of transformation. I’m looking forward to that. I actually really want to start reading fantasy again because I’m starting to see this.”
I’m so excited! The science fiction/fantasy Artemis Fowl series is comprised of eight books which were written by Irish author Eoin Colfer between 2001-2012. There are also graphic novel adaptations. Artemis is a brilliant teenage criminal mastermind who reluctantly becomes a hero over the course of the series. I’ve been hoping that this would be developed […]