Category Archives: Movies

“It’s not racist because…”: How context doesn’t save racist media

Never underestimate the lengths to which we will go to make racism palatable. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel purposeful, rather like we are subconsciously perpetuating the status quo while thinking that we have our hearts in the right place. Consider … Continue reading

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Letting boys be boys: Trans misrepresentation in 3 Generations

I watched and am about to discuss a mediocre coming-of-age transgender male dramedy that nobody saw so you don’t have to: Gaby Dellal’s 3 Generations. Let’s get a couple things out in the open beforehand. First, I am a cis … Continue reading

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Growing up Lost in Translation

My favorite movie since I was in my mid-teens has without question been Lost in Translation. Other movies have come and gone – the whimsical, melancholy, but ultimately juvenile Garden State, the gorgeous, existential, pretentious Wings of Desire, the hilarious, … Continue reading

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Cinemasculinity #6: Luke Cage – Shownotes

Script: Here. Sources: Berlatsky, Noah. “Luke Cage takes on the ultimate villain: America’s toxic black male stereotypes”. Quartz Magazine. Charity, Justin. “Luke Cage, Black Conservative”. The Ringer. Hamed, Amani Marie. “Luke Cage Is a Model of Positive Mental Health and … Continue reading

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Cinemasculinity #5: Father Karras (The Exorcist) – Shownotes

Sources: Carroll, Noel. “Nightmare and the Horror Film: The Symbolic Biology of Fantastic Beings”. Film Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 3, (Spring, 1981), pp. 16-25. Clover, Carol J. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton University … Continue reading

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Cinemasculinity #3: Mookie (Do the Right Thing) – Shownotes

Spike Lee’s black masculinity. Script: Click here Sources: hooks, bell. “Counterhegemonic art: Do the Right Thing”. From Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics. Clark, Ashley. “Style & Identity in Do the Right Thing”. Elise, Sharon and Adewole Umoja. “Spike Lee Constructs the New … Continue reading

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Cinemasculinity #2: John McClane (Die Hard) – Shownotes

In which we take a look at the 1988 action-adventure film Die Hard and see a right-leaning libertarian masculine model in John McClane. Script: Click here Sources: Cohen, Paul. “Cowboys Die Hard: Real Men and Businessmen in the Reagan-Era Blockbuster”. Jeffords, Susan. … Continue reading

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