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Mad Max and The Female Editor

Mad Max: Fury Road was a movie made in the editing room. With very little dialogue, lots of complicated action scenes, a near-endless car chase, and many mostly-unnamed characters to connect with and keep track of, the movie’s editing made the difference between a gripping action movie and an incoherent mess. So it’s odd, perhaps, that …

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Is Mad Max: Fury Road Too Feminist to be Feminist?

Or, is Mad Max: Fury Road too heavy-handed to be feminist? Is it too obvious? Yes, this topic is a little bit old. But I just saw the movie for the first time, and since it was involved in a lot of Oscar discussion, I’m gonna pretend it’s still relevant. OK? OK. Mad Max: Fury Road …

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Cartoons Movies Pixar

Inside Depression

I was told Inside Out was a movie about depression. I was very late watching Pixar’s latest tear-jerker offering (as in, I watched it for the first time last week), so I had plenty of time to hear what other people thought about the movie, and that was the message that stuck. Inside Out is about …

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Movies Star Wars

The Force Awakens breaks the record

On Wednesday, The Force Awakens passed Avatar as the highest grossing movie in the North American box office, just twenty days after its release. For comparison, Avatar set its record of $760.5 million after being in theaters for seven months and then later re-released. And Star Wars is probably going to take a whole lot more money before it’s done. …

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Rey and the Hero’s Journey

I could fangirl about Rey from The Force Awakens all day. She is amazing, to the point that I could barely write anything of substance about her in my review of the movie, since my first-watch reaction was mostly just an excited squealing noise in my head. (And, I’ll admit, out loud). But I think it’s …

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Family in Disney’s Lilo and Stitch

I just saw Lilo and Stitch for the very first time. I know, I know, I should have seen it before. But it came out during a misguided teenage “too grown up for Disney” phase, and I never got around to watching it. To be honest, I’m not sure whether that’s a good or a bad …

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Ant Man and the Problem of Marvel’s Necessary Women

Over the weekend, I saw Marvel’s Ant Man, and, much to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. It’s an incredibly fun movie, full of schemes and adventure that strike a great balance between dramatic and ridiculous. But, like many Marvel movies before it, it has a slight female character problem. Yes, the movie has multiple named …

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The Modern Cinderella

2015 seems to be the Year of the Cinderella Retelling, with book and movie versions of the classic tale cropping up everywhere. Disney released two Cinderella adaptations this year — the live action versions starring Lily James, and the new adaptation of Into the Woods starring Anna Kendricks. The first is a rather earnest, traditional retelling of the …

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