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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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(Insert Witty Scandal-Related Title Here): Continuing the Dialogue

February 15, 2013
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(Insert Witty Scandal-Related Title Here): Continuing the Dialogue

By Brandon T. Maxwell The following is an attempt to respond to some of the critiques of my article, “Olivia Pope and The Scandal of Representation,” recently published by The Feminist Wire. Herein, I attempt to address what I perceived to be overarching critiques of the essay and respond to them accordingly, engaging criticisms...
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US Ambassador in South Korea Attacked With Knife
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The U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed in the face and arm by a knife-wielding man Thursday morning local time (late evening Wednesday ET) in Seoul, officials said. The envoy was on his way to attend a morning lecture in central ...
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Australia offers Indonesia prisoner swap to stop executions - Chron.com


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Australia offers Indonesia prisoner swap to stop executions
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has offered Indonesia a prison swap deal in a last-ditch bid to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers who have been transferred to an island prison where they are to be killed by firing squad within days.
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Ukraine mourns miners killed in Zasyadko gas blast - BBC News


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Ukraine mourns miners killed in Zasyadko gas blast
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The Ukrainian president has declared a day of national mourning as the death toll from a gas blast in a coal mine reached 32, with one man still missing. Petro Poroshenko decreed a minute's silence to be observed at midday (10:00 GMT) for the miners killed ...
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Vladimir Putin condemns 'shameful' political crimes after Boris Nemtsov killing - Telegraph.co.uk


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Vladimir Putin condemns 'shameful' political crimes after Boris Nemtsov killing
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Vladimir Putin told senior police officers on Wednesday they must work to rid Russia of the “shame and tragedy” of political crimes such as the “audacious murder” of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Speaking in Moscow, Russia's president told interior ...
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Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal - Jerusalem Post Israel News


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Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal
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Convincing Saudi Arabia to accept any agreed nuclear deal is important to President Barack Obama because he needs Riyadh to work closely with Washington on a host of regional policies. John Kerry arrives in Israel, July 23. (photo credit:MATTY STERN, ...
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China signals "new normal" with lower annual growth target - Reuters


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China signals "new normal" with lower annual growth target
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BEIJING, March 5 (Reuters) - China announced an economic growth target for 2015 of around 7 percent on Thursday and said it would boost government spending, signalling that the lowest rate of expansion for a quarter of a century is the "new normal" for ...
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Mexican police grab latest Zetas leader in wealthy suburb - MiamiHerald.com


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Mexican police grab latest Zetas leader in wealthy suburb
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Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S.. National ...
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Life seems short, says world's oldest person at 117 - The Guardian


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Life seems short, says world's oldest person at 117
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Quds force leader, commanding Iraqi forces against ISIS, alarms Washington - Fox News


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Quds force leader, commanding Iraqi forces against ISIS, alarms Washington
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Twice designated a terrorist by the United States government, considered responsible for up to 20 percent of American casualties in the Iraq war, Major General Qasem Suleimani, the legendary Iranian spymaster and leader of the Quds Force – the elite ...
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Nepal: Passengers escape after plane skids off runway - BBC News


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Nepal: Passengers escape after plane skids off runway
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A group of airline passengers in Nepal had a lucky escape after their plane skidded off a runway in dense fog. Footage shows passengers using emergency slides to exit the Airbus A330, which was left resting on its nose. Officials at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan ...
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