On the 4th of July, 2020, like so many people stuck at home due to the pandemic, I observed America’s Independence by watching Hamilton on Disney+. I, like many others, had not been fortunate enough to witness this performance live, but now we finally get to watch it at home. Given my past critiques of … Continue reading Hamilton and Cancel Culture
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
Since posting my thoughts on the movie, I've read and watched a bunch of other reviews. Here, I will link to the one that I thought was the best, because it's a detailed and thoughtful analysis that wasn't too much in love with the movie, or hating on it. And because it raises a great point … Continue reading More Thoughts on Beauty and the Beast
I thought the movie was good...and I don't have a whole lot more to say about it. But I do have thoughts on other issues surrounding the movie! First, I'll give my quick review. Not taking into account the 1991 original, I thought this was a really good adaptation of the Beauty and the Beast … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast Review (ish)
So, you may have heard about casting of award winning actor Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And the controversy surrounding that is the reaction of many fans to the fact that the actor is black. Whereas, Hermione is definitely, white right? Not necessarily. J.K. Rowling didn't seem to think … Continue reading Hermione Granger, Emma Watson, and Noma Dumezweni
There was quite some scene there with Yara Greyjoy during S6E7. Of course the most important part of the speech was her conversation with Theon, her tough love and no-nonsense attitude that makes her awesome, but viewers did take note of the interaction right before that. Note on spoilers: There are no major spoilers here, … Continue reading Let’s Talk about Yara
I posted this on Tumblr about two weeks ago I think, and the ideas are in line with my previous post about a post-racial fantasy world. I'll be gradually transferring my other posts from my Tumblr as well. UPDATE [16 Oct 2019]: A friend pointed out that this use of the toothfairy in the Guardians … Continue reading Can you have an Indian Toothfairy?
You know how they say that generally Fantasy stories are set in the past and Sci-Fi stories in the future? I’ve been wondering though, if we want to create a Fantasy world set vaguely in the past, then how should we represent the past? Because the past isn’t sunshine and rainbows. Do we sanitize the … Continue reading How Do You Make a Post-Racial Fantasy World?