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Star Wars: The Force Fights Nerds

CTjp0HBWsAEs1N5.jpg-largeNow that Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TFA) is finally out, box office records are being broken and fans are gushing with praise. Quietly though, the film’s greatest success may be its smackdown of the nerd community’s Dark Side.

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X-Men First Class gets B- (but kind of hates women and minorities)

The re-boot: what an intriguing concept. A production company just Etch A Sketches the previous narrative to start a new one.  One motive is the hope of re-invigorating a franchise that’s hobbling along; both Spider-Man and X-Men got their re-boots (Spider-Man hits next year) after weak third installments. Or maybe you just don’t want to spend the money to maintain your now-expensive lead actors and directors.  For the audience it’s almost like losing the lottery: you spend three films (over the course of a decade) investing in the characters and their narrative, only to be told you’ll have to re-invest (maybe that’s more like the stock market).  Fortunately X-Men First Class offers some legitimate incentives to do so, but it’s not without its flaws. Continue reading

District 9: Not the same white guilt/Not racist against Nigerians

Back in December I published a review of/essay on Avatar which received attention as viewers discussed the racial and power dynamic subtexts to the film.  One article from io9, entitled “When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like Avatar,” took a slightly different direction than my reading. The article’s discussion of films and white guilt mentions several films, including District 9.  But they missed an important piece of the film. Continue reading

Precious: Audience Responses?

No full, detailed review for this one, folks.  Instead, I’ll direct you to an in depth review herePrecious is fraught with even more political issues than Avatar.

My small review?  If you do not have experience with blacks, poverty, or urban living, you’ll talk about the  “realness” of the film and applaud its drama.  If you do have any experience with any of these aforementioned items, you might be offended.

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