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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

AN OPEN LETTER TO MICHELLE OBAMA: BEYONCE IS NOT A ROLE MODEL


Dear Michelle Obama,

I’m addressing this to you because I admire you. Because you’re smart and a mum to two young girls. And you’re the First Lady of the USA. And because you were recently quoted as saying that Beyonce is a great ‘role model’ to your two daughters, and because you recently tweeted, after the Superbowl, that you were ‘so proud’ of her. I’m writing because everything you do is admired and emulated by so many; but when you endorse a recording artist like Beyonce, I see the mostmisogynistic aspects of the music industry (that prefers girls to be no more complex than dolls) interpret your comments as a seal of approval for the thoughtless cultural currency that they flood the youth market with. I’m writing because I think it’s time to stop suggesting to very young girls that ultimate feminine success – in the music industry or anywhere else – comes with the need, or the expectation for them to undress.

When Beyonce kicked off her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour two nights ago, wearing her sheer bodysuit with nipples showing, to me she performed the final degradation of her talent; a retrogressive transformation that has taken someone stellar and otherworldly, and made them into something dreadfully familiar and sad.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD TRAILER



Marvel's Iron Man 3 is so close that we can practically taste it, but the sad truth is that we still have a long time to wait for Thor: The Dark World. Unlike 2011, when Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger were released within just a couple of months of each other, Marvel Studios has chosen to enter the fall season with their next Norse god adventure, with the movie arriving in theaters November 8th. Thankfully we'll be able to watch the above trailer, which comes to us via Apple, many, many times over the coming months to help abate our need for even more superhero action.

Directed by Alan Taylor, best known for his work on HBO series like Game of Thrones andRomeThor: The Dark World finds the mighty titular character (Chris Hemsworth) return to Asgard with the war criminal Loki (Tom Hiddleston) only to find himself facing off against an enemy that threatens to plunge the entire universe into darkness: the powerful Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) and his army of Dark Elves. Natalie Portman, Stellan SkarsgΓ₯rd, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins all reprise their roles from the 2011 Kenneth Branagh film, while Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Zachary Levi serve as new additions to the cast, playing Algrim and Fandral, respectively. 

OBLIVION REVIEW



About The Movie:

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what’s left of our planet, Jack’s mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn’t know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever.

What Is Good/Bad About The Movie:

The biggest issue Oblivion faces is that it believes it is smarter than it really is as it doesn't take much to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The film seems to work against itself, by giving away too many details in the trailer and then clouding its own vision with redundancies and needless flashback sequences that are made to seem important when all they really do is reiterate what we already know even before we're supposed to know it.

For as much as this sounds like complaining, it's actually a level of frustration, because there is still a lot to like about Oblivion, a film I wholly recommend seeing on the biggest screen possible with the most impressive sound system you can find.

When it comes to performances, however, if the goal was to have me despise Melissa Leo as the monotone Sally then job well done. Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau add very little to the end product while Riseborough is likely to enjoy most of the kudos as she is asked to deliver more than any other character in the film on an emotional level. In fact, her character is sadly under-explored and could have almost been at the heart of the story much more than Cruise's Jack.

Oblivion is a visual treat for audiences feeling the need for something "big", but for the audiences hoping it's a sci-fi film for the ages they'll be disappointed. While you'll find traces of many science fiction classics in the running time of Oblivion the story just doesn't amount to the ambition of its visuals and the twists and turns in the narrative may be more likely to result in laughter from some audience members rather than the awe Kosinski certainly would prefer.

Overall Grade: C-


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