Pro: Kristen Bell. Kristen Bell voices the main character Anna, and she was great. Though the animators apparently have trouble giving real emotion to female characters, Bell brought real some wit and sass to Anna. This saved the character from being just a typical 21st century heroine: generically brave and endearingly clumsy and awkward. I didn’t even know Bell could sing, but she carried the film.
Con: Annoying love triangles. I personally don’t mind romantic plots in general, but I’m with the folks who think that love triangles are an annoying and tired way to create conflict. Having the love story with Hans gave Anna less time to develop a real relationship with Kristoff, which made both relationships come off as generic. As it was, I definitely wanted some more Kristoff scenes. They didn’t even have a sappy love song together! Bummer.
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“Letting corporations make healthcare decisions for all of its employees based on the religious beliefs of its bigwigs would be an even greater concentration of rights into the hands of a few. If we allow a for-profit corporation to “exercise” religious beliefs, we will be enshrining certain people’s religious beliefs as more important than others’. A ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would indicate that the beliefs of the few people in charge of the two corporations are more important than the beliefs of their many employees, because it will place in the hands of the owners the right to impose their religious beliefs upon their employees.”
“Food should be sustainable and accessible to all—cultural workers, teachers, food-service workers, farmers. We all have a place and stake in food.”
Three charts on women-in-film to think about as you head to the theaters on Thanksgiving weekend.
Check out the full infographic from the New York Film Academy.
It’s certainly strange that a blockbuster film that raked in $158 million on its opening weekend revolves around a storyline about people in power actively shaping media to appeal to our sensibilities in a way that maximizes profit and marginalizes dissent. But if you can roll with that cognitive dissonance and treat the movie by its own creative merits rather as a piece of an elaborate and frustrating franchise whose sole goal is making money, Catching Fire has a lot to offer. It’s mainstream entertainment, but it succeeds at being riveting and deeply unsettling mainstream entertainment that casts a critical light on our current systems.
Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee has a line in the middle of Catching Firethat stuck with me. Heavensbee is explaining to President Snow how they will make the country despise Katniss and fear the Capitol by intermixing brutal television coverage of citizen punishments with wall-to-wall coverage of her impending wedding. His description of the planned program is an all-too-apt summary of the way 24-hour-news channels today treat trivial celebrity gossip and the horrors of war with equal weight: “What dress is she going to wear? Floggings. What’s the cake going to look like? Executions.”
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Interview with Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat:
Do you identify as a fat activist?
I’m a fat person trying to eat food, fuck responsible dudes, keep my eyebrows under control, and make jokes about dumb shit. Activism sounds exhausting, but if I get to be some cult antihero for attempting to do all of these things while also being overweight, I can accept that shit.
Do you identify as a feminist?
Hell yes, grrrl. I’ma need my social, political, and economic rights to be equal to those of men. Forever. But I’m also black, which means I gotta be on the lookout for racism first; then I can focus on sexism. Being a brown woman in this current sociopolitical climate is a hard goddamn job. That shit is why I can’t be a fat activist: because I’m too busy defending blackness and my vagina.
Portrait by Kami Jeanne.