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 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 [...]
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]
Thank you, Cinefix, for getting children to reenact scenes from this year's best picture nominees (American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street). Feeling very much for any kid still figuring out her Rs (it gets better) and also rather impressed at how much full-body effort it takes a child to open a car door (see: Nebraska). [via]