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by Diepiriye Kuku

5 Oct 2009


Cute. Comical. Slapstick funny. These are just some of the tricks Hollywood abuses and exploits to mask the sexual harassment of women and appeal to the male gaze. And since men control the beat, tenor and tune of the industry, women’s roles are as thin now as they were then. This is the beauty of checking out old flicks—they help us unmask the new tricks of the trade.

Check out this scene from Which Way is Up, a flick seen by many modern bloggers as kids on cable way back in the day, since the film debuted in 1977. It was on regular rotation on the movie channels in the early ‘80s, and probably never registered as sexual harassment—a term that genuinely came into the American lexicon via the Senate’s confirmation hearing of Uncle Tom. Anita Hill stuck her neck out, but the nation’s leaders failed to go the distance, which is unsurprising given the tacit harassment of women in pop culture. The sitting president could not even bring himself to correctly pronounce the word harassment, as most Americans do, instead rebuffing something more akin to “harris-mint”.

 

by Ashley Cooper

5 Oct 2009


This Is It is the culmination of hours of footage from the late Michael Jackson’s final tour, appropriately named “This Is It”. The series of concerts was made up of fifty shows, all set to take place at the O2 Arena in London, from the end of 2009 into 2010.

Made up of rehearsal footage, interviews, dance sequences, and other special effects that only concert attendees would have witnessed, This Is It promises Michael Jackson fans all across the globe one final chance to see the Gloved One perform some of his most well-known and respected music.

This Is It premieres in theaters worldwide on October 28th, and will only be shown for two weeks.

by Ashley Cooper

2 Oct 2009


In an alternate world where everyone tells the truth, an unpopular, unlucky writer named Mark (Ricky Gervais) discovers the ability to lie. He begins to realize the power of his words as his life changes for the better and people around him begin to take his word as absolute truth. Mark then has to ask himself about the consequences of lying as his biggest stories get him fortune and fame, but not the good graces of the woman in his heart (Jennifer Garner).

by Ashley Cooper

2 Oct 2009


On a nonspecific afternoon, comedian Chris Rock was spending time with his daughter. The little girl, who recently admired the hair of her Caucasian friend, turned to her father and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”

The question inspired Chris Rock, along with director Jeff Stilson, to travel to hair salons, barbershops, and trade shows to ask haircare professionals, clients, barbers, and beauticians alike to share their stories and definitions of “good hair” in an effort to educate himself enough to be able to respond to his daughter’s question.

In his travels, Rock manages to keep the conversation educational and humorous. He speaks to regular Janes and Joes, and also talks to celebrities—such as Ice-T, Al Sharpton, Paul Mooney, and Dr. Maya Angelou—to get their perspective on what “good hair” is, how it can be attained, and if it’s a realistic goal to have. The film will hit select theaters on October 9th, with a wide releasing coming October 23rd.

by Ashley Cooper

2 Oct 2009


Well-known actress Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It, the story of a Texas teenage girl Bliss (Ellen Page) who decides to rebel against her beauty pageant upbringing and trades in her chances for a crown in for a pair of roller skates to enter the world of roller derby. “You are my new hero,” Bliss tells one roller derby star who she watches pass out flyers for an upcoming event. The derby star tells her, “Well, grab a pair of skates and be your own hero.” Her mother (portrayed by Marcia Gay Harden) vehemently disapproves against her choice and makes her opinions known as her father secretly supports her efforts.

The movie is about relationships, focuses on female empowerment and the world of derby gives Bliss the opportunity to find out where she belongs, make some friends and find herself along the way.

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