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I discovered podcasts about four years ago when I started my first job right out of college. My office was like a morgue – it was silent and freezing. So I started bringing a sweater to work and dug into this strange Podcast app that I never used on my iPhone. And I now I can’t stop. (more…)

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Why I Went to Work on International Women’s Day

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I seriously debated staying home to stand in solidarity with other women on National Women’s Day. When the highest power in the country demeans and objectifies women in casual comments, the second in command wants the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the men running the House and Senate want to de-fund Planned Parenthood, it’s a good time to remind everyone about the value that women contribute to the workforce, the economy and to society as a whole.

Slow, but steady progress has been made over the years to improve the inequities between men and women, but when that progress is threatened by oppressive ideals disguised as traditionalism, acts of public defiance are incredibly important. That’s why the Women’s March in January was so successful. (more…)

Girls – “American Bitch” S6E3

While the Oscar debacle was unfolding on ABC on Sunday night, HBO was airing what might be the strongest and most important episode of Girls that the network has ever produced.

Lena Dunham is a divisive figure and as a result Girls has always been a divisive show. Life through the eyes of the narcissistic, self-indulgent Hannah Horvath provides a very unique perspective into this strange period of a young woman’s life as you’re finishing your education and trying to understand what it truly means to be an adult. Girls came on the air at the perfect time for me, it was right when I was finishing up my second semester in college, so as this group of young women have progressed and matured (or not so much so) my life has changed with them and I’ve always felt like the tone and the themes of the show are incredibly relatable.

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One topic that 20-something women (and men) have been particularly vocal about is rape culture and how the imbalance of power contributes to non-consensual sex. Girls took that topic on Sunday night and they handled it in a very, very smart way.

In a standalone episode that only follows Hannah, she meets with one of her favorite authors in his home to discuss a piece she had written about allegations college students on his book tours had made about coercive or potentially even non-consensual sexual encounters with him.

In her conversations with this author she defends her work, revels in his praises and they disagree about the nature of sexual relationships and the role that power plays in consent. Their conversation started out tense, but grows warmer as he opens up to her. You can see this hard line that Hannah has drawn between consent and coercion begin to blur in their own conversations, in the way that he’s treating her, but she doesn’t realize he is manipulating her until it’s already happening. It was very smart to show how a confident, empowered young woman could spout rhetoric about rape culture and the male power complex and mean every word of it, but not see it coming when it’s directed at her.

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There’s a great segment that at the end of the episode where Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner discuss the episode and they rightly point out that people who might adopt sexually predatory behavior aren’t always overtly evil and cartoonish. It’s not always that black and white.

If you’re not into Girls or just haven’t seen the show before, you can still enjoy this episode. It’s a standalone episode, so you don’t need to see episodes prior to follow it.

I was super impressed by this episode. It was a good narrative for the episode and the subtext was super powerful and relevant. Nicely done, Lena Dunham & Co.

 

What the hell just happened?

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La La Land was just announced as the Best Picture winner only to have the entire crew of cast and producers come on stage and be interrupted to announce that Moonlight was actually the Best Picture winner. Moonlight was ABSOLUTELY the right choice, so I am thrilled that it won, the Academy got this VERY right.

I’m trying to assume that this was just an honest mistake, not a plug for controversy it talk show fodder. HOWEVER if it was orchestrated by the producers, I am IRATE. For a few reasons.

That is a TERRIBLE position to put Warren Beatty and everyone from La La Land in. They were in the middle of making their acceptance speech when they were told they didn’t win. But the more EGREGIOUS result here is that Moonlight doesn’t get it’s due. At a volatile time for race relations in America a film with a unique perspective on growing up black in a poor Miami neighborhood wins Best Picture but we have to give it to La La Land for a few minutes first!? NO ONE heard Barry Jenkins’ message when he accepted the Best Picture award because everyone was absorbed in the shock of the moment. No one will talk about the excellent film that won Best Picture tomorrow morning, it will be about the on-air mistakes made. So the Oscars have the opportunity to let a film made by people who are traditionally underrepresented in he industry take the stage and let their message be heard but now it’s clouded by this controversy.

Moonlight is a beautiful film and deserved it’s chance in the spotlight and not in the shadow of La La Land.

And the cast and crew of La La Land are insanely talented. They deserved a much more dignified loss.

I really want to believe this was an honest mistake.
But if it wasn’t… 😡

Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

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This my final Oscar prediction! Check out parts 1, 2, and 3 for my predictions in the other Oscar categories.

Best Picture
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
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Could Win: Moonlight
Should Win: Moonlight
It’s taken me a long time to decide on this one, but I think this award really should go to Moonlight. Best Picture should go to the film that’s the best all-around, not one with only spectacular elements. Those elements need to weave together well and that’s exactly what Moonlight does. However, the Academy will not agree with me. La La Land is sure to win Best Picture. There’s a lot of different reasons why, but ultimately I think its a little bit about narcissism. In order to work in the arts you have to be just a little narcissistic to have the audacity to believe what you do (writing/acting/directing/cinematography) is something that other people should see. So, Hollywood loves itself and it will likely reward La La Land with Best Picture because they relate to that story.

When I first saw La La Land I was a little worried that I was going to be one of very few people that weren’t super high on this movie. However, there has been a very vocal backlash that I’m a little surprised at. La La Land isn’t a bad movie. It is a brilliantly executed film that was a little light and fluffy. Because of everything that’s gone on in the last year politically, socially, etc., La La Land seems very tone deaf. It’s hard to take an artists struggle to be recognized seriously when one of your neighbors is at risk for being deported. But that’s not La La Land‘s fault. This was a film long in the making and it probably unfairly suffers from bad timing.

The Oscars are TONIGHT on ABC at 7:30 (CT). I’ll be live tweeting during the event! Check out parts one, two and three of my predictions!

Oscar Predictions: Part 3

<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

Part 3 of my Oscar predictions. You can read part 1 here, part 2 here and my Best Picture pick. This post includes the following categories:

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Oscar Predictions: Part 2

Part 2 of my Oscar predictions. You can read part 1 here, part 3 here and my Best Picture pick. This post includes the following categories:

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Oscar Predictions: Part 1

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It’s Oscar Day! This is part one of three of my Oscar predictions. This post features:

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Review: Lemonade

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I don’t know what I was doing in April of last year that I thought was more valuable than indulging in Lemonade, but I was a fool. A silly, silly fool.

I’ve always appreciated Beyonce: she’s crazy talented and smart, but I’ve never really been one to worship her like she’s freaking Mother Mary.

Sweet Saint Bey, please forgive me for my sins.

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Review: Hell or High Water

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Directed by: David Mackenzie
Written by: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

Summary: Two brothers execute an elaborate plan to rob banks in Texas in an effort to keep the ranch their recently departed mother owned. A cop on the eve of his retirement works with his partner to catch them.

Hell or High Water snuck by everyone over the summer. I believe this was in theaters around August and just about nobody saw it, including me. (more…)