Coco, Black Panther, and Crazy Rich Asians are hailed as the most successful recent "diverse" films. I'm here to note the irony that they are not diverse at all in the usual understanding of the word. The first is a movie set in Mexico with only Hispanics (specifically mestizaje Mexicans, ignoring the actual diversity in … Continue reading Diversity is about more than just representing different skin colors: it’s about representing experiences
One of the things about Aquaman that struck me was how he approached love-interest Mera. Based on movies that came out since the beginning of Hollywood, and the casting of the manliest man like Jason Momoa, we would have expected the hero to surely sweep the woman off her feet and sweep her into a … Continue reading The Evolution of Men from Khal Drogo to Aquaman
After watching The Crimes of Grindelwald, I decided to write down everything about that movie that confused me. (Note that these are not all plot holes. Some are just stuff that might take multiple viewings to understand, but I doubt I want to watch this movie again.) (Spoiler warning, btw, in case the title didn't … Continue reading The Crimes of Grindelwald is Full of Plot Holes and Here is Why That Matters
Spoilers ahead, just saying. Grindelwald: - Why was this movie called The Crimes of Grindelwald? - Exactly how did his escape work? All I can tell is Polyjuice Potion was probably involved. - Who were the mom and the baby his followers murdered? - What was the deal with the guy who took the … Continue reading The Crimes of Grindelwald Left Me Very Very Confused
I'm going back to my Tumblr posts. I'm going back to two posts, published as "Oversimplification" Parts 1 and 2. I realized that the unifying theme is movies about extreme academic pressure and the impostor syndrome. I've suffered from the impostor syndrome, so makes sense that I was really worked up about how these movies … Continue reading Oversimplification of the Impostor Syndrome
via Understanding Mexican Nationalism and Mestizaje Through the Film "Coco" I do absolutely adore this film, but this article gives me a lot to think about. Mostly, it makes me appreciate something a friend of mine says - "Colonialism is a many-headed beast".
I will be discussing the end of Infinity War. Expect no recap but plenty of spoilers. I have been seeing a lot of reviews online mostly on big news outlets that complain about the "cheap" ending of the movie. Those deaths (or disintegrations more like) should have been gut wrenching, except we all know that … Continue reading Infinity War Might Not Be for Casual Fans