February 22, 2015

  • The week leading up to Oscars often produces numerous articles on the utter inanity of the event, but this year The Hollywood Reporter actually managed to convince us that the entire voting process is verified horseshit. This piece featured an anonymous Academy member explaining the reasons behind her votes; it includes gems like this, “Selma is a well-crafted movie, but …  having the cast show up in T-shirts saying ‘I can’t breathe’ [at their New York premiere] — I thought that stuff was offensive. Did they want to be known for making the best movie of the year or for stirring up shit?” (In lieu of watching the Oscars, we think you should watch one of these movies.)
  • OK, now that we have bashed the Academy Awards, it’s worth mentioning that Kristen Stewart won a Cesar (France’s equivalent of the Oscars) this week for her role in Clouds of Sils Maria. Why are we telling you this? Because the movie is excellent! Go watch the trailer on Youtube! (Sidebar: The Vanity Fair website is freaking out about the Oscars! They love that shit!)
  • The New Inquiry offers a retrospective on The Virgin Suicides, director Sofia Coppola’s freshman effort. Talking about this movie with friends recently, we remembered that maybe we were too young when we first watched it, but then this article reminded us that Coppola’s film was originally billed as a young-adult blockbuster.
  • More grim and heartbreaking news: Robyn Gervais, the lawyer appointed to represent aboriginal interests at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry (the investigation focuses on the disappearance of women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside between 1997 and 2002), has resigned, “saying she was too outnumbered by those representing police interests.”
  • Did you know that there is a humour magazine devoted to satirizing life in New Brunswick? It’s like The Onion, but it only talks about New Brunswick! And it has a great name—The Manatee! It includes great comedic nuggets like this: “NB musician ‘sings what she sees,’ runs out of material.”
  • Black Girl Dangerous (BDG), a rad site that showcases the work and stories of queer and trans* people of color, tackles intersectionality in its new webseries, Qraftish. This is a really great video to share with younger siblings or students seeking to learn more about feminism.



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