Film Review: “Moana (2016),” a Fable for the Trump Era

Sometimes, you want a movie that helps you to see that it's not all hopeless, that there is still some glimmer of hope in the world for those of us who think for a living. It's really hard to find that these days, as the true consequences of a Trump Presidency loom ever larger in … Continue reading Film Review: “Moana (2016),” a Fable for the Trump Era

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Film Review: “Ghostbusters” (2016) and the Deconstruction of Masculinity

From the moment that it was announced, the reboot of Ghostbusters attracted all of the vile misogyny that has taken root in that nebulous, noxious space we call the internet. Everywhere you looked there were the usual suspects decrying the film because it dared to cast women in the lead roles, because heaven forbid we allow women … Continue reading Film Review: “Ghostbusters” (2016) and the Deconstruction of Masculinity

Film Review: “The Boss” and the Triumph of Neoliberal Postfeminism

I went into The Boss expecting to be hugely entertained by two of my favourite contemporary actresses, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell, and I wasn't disappointed in that aspect (for the most part, anyway). However, the film as a whole failed to hold together in an effective way, due in no small part to a rather cobbled-together … Continue reading Film Review: “The Boss” and the Triumph of Neoliberal Postfeminism

What Do Maroon 5 and Camille Paglia Have in Common? Or, How I Know Rape Culture Exists

The answer, surprisingly, is a lot.  Or at least that's what one might think seeing Maroon 5's new video for the song "Animals," as well as Paglia's recent column for Time.  Viewers and readers alike no doubt emerge from their engagement with these texts with the idea that a.)  Men are primarily animals and beasts, driven … Continue reading What Do Maroon 5 and Camille Paglia Have in Common? Or, How I Know Rape Culture Exists

Review–“Belle”: A Costume Drama Meaningfully Depicts the History of Slavery

There is a moment in the film Belle where the titular character stares at a painting in which a young black man looks--adoringly?  powerlessly?--up at a white man.  This poignant moment crystallizes many of the issues this thoughtful costume drama raises, including and especially the vexed status that people have colour have occupied in Western society, at … Continue reading Review–“Belle”: A Costume Drama Meaningfully Depicts the History of Slavery

Quality Television and the Violence Against Women Problem

If the recent murder spree of Elliot Rodger has taught us anything, it is that there is a massive vein of murderous, violent misogyny simmering beneath the surface of American culture.  Although many men have come forward to disavow the sentiments expressed by Rodger and those like him, just as many have also, somewhat shamefacedly, … Continue reading Quality Television and the Violence Against Women Problem