Moonlight

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I hope you all (besides Danny!) enjoyed Moonlight as much as I did. I think that it is an wonderful exploration of African American masculinity and  the performances from the actors playing Chiron are superbly crafted by Barry Jenkins. In particular, I think that the performance of  Trevante Rhodes who plays ‘Black’ is very impressive because he is able to subtly transition between the hegemonic masculinity of ‘Black’ and the vulnerable Chiron.

Please watch and listen to the following links to help you engage with the film as much as possible:

Filmspotting (the podcast I listen to) – interview with Naomi Harris and Barry Jenkins, and review of the film: https://beta.prx.org/stories/190735 and the review: http://www.larsenonfilm.com/moonlight and an article by regular contributor, Michael Phillips: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/91209110-132.html

INTERVIEWS WITH DIRECTOR, BARRY JENKINS

http://thegrio.com/2016/10/22/director-barry-jenkins-unpacks-moonlight/

INTERVIEW WITH ASHTON SANDERS (Chiron Act 2)

INTERVIEW WITH TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY

ACADEMY CONVERSATIONS – MOONLIGHT

MOONLIGHT EXPLAINED: Symbols, Camera & More

 

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Gender Ideology in TV and Film

This is what gender ideology looks like:

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That’s The Walking Dead’s Rosita Espinosa with newly shaven armpits.

This is also gender ideology at work: the privileging of an idea of gender over real life or, in this case, realism.

The Walking Dead’s producers go to great lengths to portray what a zombie apocalypse might be like. They are especially keen to show us the nasty bits: what it really looks like when dead people don’t die, what it looks like to kill the undead, and the evil it spawns in those left alive. It’s gruesome. The show is a gore orgy. But armpit hair on women? Apparently that’s just gross.

If gender ideology had lost this battle with realism, we’d see armpit hair on the women in Gilligan’s Island, Planet of the ApesThe Blue Lagoon, Beauty and the BeastWaterworld, Lost, and The Hunger Games – but we don’t. (Thanks to Ariane Lange at Buzzfeed for the whole collection and to @uheartdanny for the link.)

At least Rosita could conceivably have a razor. How do women supposedly shave their armpits on deserted islands? Did the Beast slip Belle a razor, you know, just as part of his controlling personality? And maybe some persnickety women would continue to shave even if they were lost in purgatory, but Riley in Alien? Come on.

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Our interest in realism only goes so far. Armpit hair on women is apparently one of its limits.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

'KICKING ASS'

 Independent Film Bucks the Odds

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,828,687 (USA) (18 April 2010) (3065 Screens)

Gross: $48,043,505 (USA) (27 June 2010) 

“All the studios said no to it,” director Matthew Vaughn told Reuters.

So, the “Layer Cake” director raised the $35 million he needed from private investors and reached his target only weeks before the first signs of 2008’s financial market meltdown.

Backed by private funding, Vaughn added some star appeal by hiring comic fan Cage, and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment signed up as a co-producer with Vaughn’s Marv Films.

Mini-major studio Lions Gate, which released Oscar winner “Crash” and nominee “Precious: Based On the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” smelled a hit and acquired U.S. distribution rights for a mere $15 million

The “Kick-Ass” Facebook page enjoys over 150,000 “fans”.