Posts Tagged: movies

The Middle-Classism of Teen Movies

There’s a scene in Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging where sisters Trudi and Shade slouch in a truck stop diner booth. Nora, their mother, a waitress, is covering two stations. Trudi (played by Ione Skye) won’t eat because she’d rather starve then risk “smelling like grease and fish.” Trudi hates her town, the trailer park where she lives, and the busboy who spills a soda on her lap. She blames her mother for all of her bad choices, but mostly for her mother’s bad choices in men. She lashes out at her mother and her sister, but really, it’s the world that’s at fault.

The scene captures what [...]


A Character Study of the Trainwreck

We’ve all had our hot mess moments. Hurdling off the tracks of life is just part of navigating your existential railway system. We’ve all felt lost, emotionally stranded, and buried our heads in bar bathroom toilets after a night of overzealous imbibing. We’ve all had moments of introspection where the truth has revealed itself to us. Gazing at your eyeliner-smeared aspect, you admit through maniacal laughter— “I’m a trainwreck.”

So there’s no surprise that the TV and film postergirl of the zeitgeist mimics these themes in our pop cultural collective unconscious. Welcome to the 21st century: the age of the trainwreck. Television and movies are currently ruled by this character [...]


The Other Woman: Better Than Staring at Your Own Vomit

NPR's Linda Holmes reviewed The Other Woman, the gal-pal comedy starring Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, and Nicki Minaj and out this Friday. (A direct quote from the trailer: "Put the lawyer, the wife, and the boobs together, and we know how to do it just as shady as he does!" Here it is: the secret to Having It All.) Holmes delivers the sort of ethering that the Sex and the City sequel required:

It does not, however, manage to pass the Bechdel test, the laughably low bar that asks these questions: (1) Does a film have two women in it? (2) [...]


Nicole Kidman Is Grace Kelly; Zombie Beavers Are Zombeavers; Other Important Movie News

Three years later, an answer: Nicole Kidman is Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco. Check out the trailer here. Proposed tagline: Can Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly have it all? Elsewhere, Andre 3000 really is Jimi Hendrix, and zombie beavers are as real as hoverboards and shall be called Zombeavers. You can make your jokes, but I think the trailer already handled most of them.


Dear White People: What Would You Do?

I arrived late to Dear White People. Just a few minutes, but it was enough to make a million concerns run rampant through my head as I, the lone, young, half-black girl, entered a room sparsely populated with mostly older and white critics.

Why did I do this?

If anyone asks, I’ll blame the train.

Will they notice?

Am I a stereotype?

The last thought may be the most terrifying: becoming a stock version of yourself based off a single aspect of your identity that doesn’t even begin to define you. Yet the thought lingered and the “colored-people-time” jokes—about how black people show up late to everything—remained [...]


Jenny Slate on Obvious Child

Jenny Slate was on NPR's arts and culture show, Bullseye, to talk about comedy and SNL and Marcel the Shell and her new movie, Obvious Child which is about a comedian (Slate) who gets pregnant after a one-night stand (trailer after the jump). Here's Slate talking about the movie and how it fits into the modern genre of the "abortion movie":

Gillian [Robespierre, the director] will say that she and her friends—and I'll group myself in that group—saw these movies like Juno and Knocked Up and thought, oh these movies are really funny and we like them, but we're also hoping to see a story that [...]


Pretty Strict, But a Good Idea

At FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's new data journalism site for ESPN, Walt Hickey examines the financial case for the Bechdel Test (see at left) in modern cinema. Among the findings: "films that had at least two women in them got higher budgets than films that didn’t, but only when those women never spoke to one another." Generally, Hickey finds, movies that pass the test perform better in the box office than those that do not. (Cate Blanchett already told us that, though.) [FiveThirtyEight]


The New Gone Girl Trailer Is Here

In Gone Girl: The Movie, a very confused Ben Affleck is Nick, Rosamund Pike is Amy, and NPH is Desi. The promotional posters seem to be taking a cue from True Detective fanaticism: spread the clues early and indiscriminately. David Fincher's take on Gillian Flynn's novel is due out in October.


"A Couple Chooses a Movie"

In "A Couple Chooses a Movie," Inside Amy Schumer delivers the couple-chooses-a-movie version of Portlandia's hallowed Battlestar Galactica sketch. In four minutes and 40 seconds of realness, though, somehow the realest moment is when Amy slips off her bra mid-selection without removing her shirt. Magic is real. [via]


The Rom-Com Pie


Previously: The Normcore Pie

Ann Friedman has never had trouble sleeping in Seattle, though she does get lots of mail.