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Tressie McMillan Cottom on Twitter: "I’m watching Booksmart because Roxane recommended. I’m fifteen minutes in and if these girls don’t discover social reproduction By the end to resolve this narrative tension I’m going to be disappointed" / Twitt
I’m watching Booksmart because Roxane recommended. I’m fifteen minutes in and if these girls don’t discover social reproduction By the end to resolve this narrative tension I’m going to be disappointed

The slackers all got into good colleges because they are white and middle class and from same school as you, Molly.

See, it never mattered what you did in high school, Molly. You were all going to go to college. So you don’t have to wild out because there’s no conflict, Molly. None of your choices mattered.
twitterthread  film  by:tressiemcmillancottom  film:booksmart  highered 
yesterday by dirtystylus
The Booksellers
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.
trailer  video  books  film  film:thebooksellers  documentary 
14 days ago by dirtystylus
Rachel Fields on Twitter: "What near-perfect movies are corrupted by a single scene that is terrible or makes no sense? I submit: Cady falling into a trash can in Mean Girls, which is wildly tonally inconsistent and almost seems to exist outside the narra
What near-perfect movies are corrupted by a single scene that is terrible or makes no sense? I submit: Cady falling into a trash can in Mean Girls, which is wildly tonally inconsistent and almost seems to exist outside the narrative of the movie.
twitterthread  film  list 
18 days ago by dirtystylus
Lulu Wang’s Grub Street Diet
During the afternoon, I went to Hugh, a Korean spa. I love it so much that I almost don’t want to name it because I’d hate for it to get overrun with people. I don’t think it will though because it’s very specific and probably not everyone’s cup of tea. I guess for me, it feels like being in the family room of my parents house while my mother cooks for me. There’s one Korean woman who cooks everything in the kitchen, and her steamed dumplings are handmade. It’s an all-women’s spa, so I sit in the kitchen in nothing but a robe eating dumplings. It’s very, very chill.
food  film  luluwang  asianamerica  losangeles  filmmaking  grubstreetdiet  interview 
19 days ago by dirtystylus
Present Tense: Kristen Stewart
When people complain about her, they tend to call her acting “flat,” or “boring.” It doesn’t seem to be “acting” at all. Well, yes, exactly. People take acting classes for years to try to do what she does naturally. Does she have a huge range? No, I don’t think so (and I also think “range” is overrated.) Range or no, Stewart is able to bring forth different shadings and energies depending on what is needed, without pushing. The woman in Personal Shopper is not the same as the one in Certain Women. Or Clouds of Sils Maria. She is so aware of what she is doing I have no doubt she could stroll through a crowded Times Square and decide to “mute” her beauty, mute her Kristen-Stewart-ness—and she would not be recognized. (Famously, Marilyn Monroe was able to do the same thing and douse her own inner key light.)
acting  kristenstewart  film  criticism  filmmaking  by:sheilaomalley 
10 weeks ago by dirtystylus
˗ˏˋ father john mitski ˎˊ˗ on Twitter: "… "
Do you have the emotional/mental capacity for me to vent about the deaths of my entire family for a few minutes?

Hey! I’m so glad you reached out. I’m actually at capacity / helping someone who’s in crisis / dealing with some personal stuff right now, and I don]t think I can hold appropriate space for you. Could we connect [later date or time] instead / Do you have someone else you could reach out to?
meme  film  film:midsommar  emotionallabor  relationships  friendship  therapyspeak 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
The Marvel Juggernaut: With Great Power Comes Zero Responsibility - Cinemalogue
By invoking Coogler’s name in response to criticism, Iger positioned BLACK PANTHER as representative of a pattern instead of an outlier in Marvel’s track record.  Out of 23 male directors hired leading up to ENDGAME, 21 are white men; the studio’s ratios of non-white male screenwriters and producers are likewise bleak.  It’s also reflected in ENDGAME’s condescending, slapdash battlefield moment featuring all-female characters— largely interchangeable and with negligible prior interaction —and co-director Joe Russo’s small cameo as a gay man—a demeaning footnote to a parade of heteronormality, with its ad nauseam “no homo” inserts of nuclear families meant to symbolize a return to normalcy.  Superficial inclusion means nothing if the underlying message is ignorant.
marvel  disney  film  filmmaking  MCU  cinema  martinscorsese  diversity  representation 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
What's Next: Avengers, MCU, Game of Thrones, and the Content Endgame | MZS | Roger Ebert
Whether what's truly being aped here is television, the theatrical cliffhangers of the 1940s and '50s, the serialized fiction of Charles Dickens and other 19th century magazine writers, or comic books and comic strips is ultimately a distinction without a difference. They're all manifestations of the same commercial/artistic impulse, to keep audiences on the hook, constantly craving dopamine rush that comes with narrative closure, even when it proves to be temporary, just a setup for the next cliffhanger. The takeaway here should be that television and cinema have merged into the endless, insatiable content stream, and the biggest, baddest examples of image-driven entertainment—the works that have the power to unite large sections of an otherwise fragmented society—are the ones that are more reminiscent of television as we've always known it.
film  cinema  tv  marvel  culture  gameofthrones 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
The troubling age of algorithmic entertainment
The point is that streaming is affecting content and we don't quite know how that will play out over time. Still, if there's one thing we know about algorithms, it's that they tend toward an odd mix of the flashy, the outrageous, and the comforting. And art that perhaps doesn't fit, or won't appeal to the way the algorithm works, may get pushed to the side. That isn't new exactly — that has almost always been the case with media that pushes against the status quo — but it's hardly the democratic utopia that digital's most prominent supporters promised us, either. Instead it represents a dumbing down, a dull sameness — and unlike a setting on a TV, the size and influence of the tech giants means it won't be something you can simply switch off.
culture  media  algorithm  film  tv  music 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
How Marvel films like Captain America: Civil War became the world's biggest TV show - Vox
Once you start to think about the MCU as a TV show, a lot of the common criticisms people tend to level at it take on a new context. For instance, you don't have to look far to find complaints that Marvel's films are formulaic, or lack the visual spark of other blockbusters, or shoehorn in story elements that don't exactly fit but are necessary to set up future films. But all these characteristics are fairly typical on television, where a director's influence is much lower than that of the showrunner.

In the case of Marvel's films, the showrunner is probably producer Kevin Feige, though he's hired others to take on the sorts of supervisory roles a co-executive producer might hold on a TV series. For instance, Joss Whedon — a great TV showrunner himself — oversaw much of Marvel's so-called "Phase Two," while Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have written many of the company's recent releases. (For more on how Fiege, Markus, and McFeely collaborate, read this piece by Vox contributor Peter Suderman on Marvel's approach to connecting all of its films.)

But Feige is essentially the visionary behind Marvel's entire slate. And from his perspective, many of the complaints occasionally lobbed at Marvel's films become strengths of the MCU as a whole. The idea that Marvel's films are less artistic expressions and more pieces of corporate product — though I would push back against that criticism — makes less sense if you view the MCU as one big TV series.
marvel  by:emilyvanderwerff  film  filmmaking  tv  culture  criticism 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
How spoilers have changed the way we watch movies and TV - Vox
For me and apparently many others, knowing what’s going to happen in a movie before we see it helps us enjoy the experience more.
culture  tv  film  spoilers 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
Frozen 2’s “Into the Unknown” is going to make the “Let It Go” plague seem pleasant.
If there’s one thing small children love, it’s cathartic release! They live for that shit.
music  film  film:frozen2  by:ruthgraham 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
Rian Johnson ‘Brick’ and ‘Knives Out’ Interview
We weren’t going to be able to create expressive sets. We weren’t going to be able to go to town with production design. It was just going to look like a high-school movie, until somebody opened their mouth. Once they did, you then knew this was something different. You had to prick up your ears and figure out what this world was. It was making sure that the audience felt secure in that disconnect of being in a fantasy land. This is more Blue Velvet than The River’s Edge.
film  rianjohnson  filmmaking  interview  film:brick  director 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
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