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Taunts, Tweets, and Black Girl Genius

March 6, 2013
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Taunts, Tweets, and Black Girl Genius

By Salamishah Tillet “Baby girl genius,” is what I muttered when I saw Quvenzhané Wallis shine bright on the television screen last Oscar Sunday night. Beaming in midnight blue and flexing her bity arms, she was a sight never seen at the Academy Awards before.  It was not simply because at nine-years-old, she was the...
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On Beyoncé, Benedict, and the Volition of Women

March 1, 2013
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By Lisa O’Neill At a school mass at my all girls’ Catholic High School, the priest said a homily about chastity, and in particular, sex before marriage. “Let’s say you are about to get married and you are going give your husband a gift, the gift of yourself and your sexuality,” he said. I...
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It’s a Wrap: After the Academy Awards

February 25, 2013
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It’s a Wrap:  After the Academy Awards

The 85th Annual Academy Awards have come and gone. According to some, including my 11-year old daughter Mason (a TFW Collective Member), the show was the “worst ever.” I have to agree; it was spectacularly awful, from Seth MacFarlane’s not-so-edgy sexist, racist, and just plain ugly jokes, to strange blasts from the past, to...
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Op-Ed: The Dangerous Limits of Race at the Academy Awards

February 24, 2013
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Op-Ed: The Dangerous Limits of Race at the Academy Awards

By Roya Rastegar We are far from a “post-racial” society. The films nominated for Best Adapted or Original Screenplays reveal an intensifying compulsion to engage race in America. Beasts of the Southern Wild. Lincoln. Django Unchained. Argo. Zero Dark Thirty. Flight. The high profile of these films positions them at the nexus of popular...
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Zero Dark Thirty and the Problem of Pakistan

February 24, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty and the Problem of Pakistan

Zero Dark Thirty has been the subject of heated debate since its early release on Christmas Day last year. A number of reviews have focused especially on the film’s deployment of torture as a plot device, and a few Hollywood stars have even organized an appeal against the film ahead of the upcoming Academy...
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Drunk On A Plane: Or, Why I Loved “Flight”

February 23, 2013
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Drunk On A Plane: Or, Why I Loved “Flight”

Almost a decade ago, I eagerly awaited the release of Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, thinking it was a boxing movie. It wasn’t, really—any more than Flight is a movie about flying. Yet both films are very much about gravity: the histories, behaviors, demons, dreams, and failures—technical and otherwise—that can pull people fast, flat,...
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Django in Philly

February 23, 2013
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Django in Philly

By Quincy Scott Jones On my last New Year’s Day in Philadelphia, I did what I always do on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia: I watched the Mummers Parade.  For those of you who didn’t grow up in the Delaware Valley region, the Mummers Parade is a 112-year-old parade featuring clowns, floats, and perhaps...
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild": An Affective Review

February 23, 2013
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild": An Affective Review

I have a confession:  I didn’t like Beasts of the Southern Wild.  And I don’t fully understand why. Don’t get me wrong; there were a number of wonderful facets to the movie. The beautifully textured cinematography and score were, at times, literally breathtaking. Quvenzhané Wallis’s portrayal of Hushpuppy was both perfectly quiet and understatedly...
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

February 22, 2013
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

Hollywood is notorious for the ways it presents and brandishes mental health to mass audiences.  In the rare instances in which a major motion picture even introduces concepts of mental health, critique inevitably swirls around the overall message the writers and actors are trying to achieve. If I think K-Mart sucks, do I meet...
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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

February 22, 2013
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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

So much of criticism, feminist critique included, hinges on highlighting what is wrong. In the case of film reviews, we so often ask what on-screen narratives convey about difference and the status quo. For an industry the prides itself on innovation, misogyny occupies the limelight so often that one might even call it formulaic....
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