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
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
Based on the rest of my blog, it would be a fair conclusion to draw that whitewashing might be one of those issues that could get me worked up. But for whatever reason, if I'm being honest with myself, it doesn't bother me that much. And it kind of feels like an inconsistency, given all … Continue reading Whitewashing and My Unexpected Reactions to it
I recently discovered a podcast called #GoodMuslimBadMuslim that was started towards the end of 2015 by Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh. Honestly, I've listened to only the first episode, but it sent me on a spiral of overthinking which sent me back to my blog. On a slight tangent, I was reading reviews for this … Continue reading How do we React to Representations of Muslims in the Media?
OK, I don’t hate AI movies. I enjoyed Age of Ultron and I, Robot quite a bit, for instance. I hate AI movies that deal with the question of the humanity of AIs. (No, I have not watched Steven Spielberg’s A.I. although I know quite a bit about it, and probably never will.) Why don’t … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 Explains Why I Hate AI Movies