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Advance Perspective: Disney’s Frozen Defies Expectations

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October 26, 2013
Advance Perspective: Disney’s Frozen Defies Expectations

I had the opportunity to see an early screening of Disney’s upcoming animated movie, slated for a Thanksgiving release. “Frozen” is the first Disney animated feature directed by a woman — Jennifer Lee. Despite this fact, I was a little nervous about seeing this movie, because the speculative articles I had read weren’t encouraging....
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Oz the Great and Powerful and Jack the Giant Slayer: Two Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test — and yet…

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March 14, 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful and Jack the Giant Slayer: Two Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test — and yet…

Warning: this post contains spoilers for the movies “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Jack the Giant Slayer.” The Bechdel Test was named for artist Alison Bechdel, who popularized a simple rule in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. The test consists of three simple questions: 1) Does any given movie contain more than...
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Coming Soon: Winnie The Pooh.

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March 2, 2011
Coming Soon: Winnie The Pooh.

Later this year, Disney is releasing a new Winnie The Pooh theatrical feature, and the more I see leading up to it, the more excited I am.  A new poster was released last week, and like the first two (and the preview), it hits all the right notes…  And unlike earlier Disney attempts to...
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M*A*S*H Revisited: The Pilot Episode

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February 9, 2011
M*A*S*H Revisited: The Pilot Episode

By the way, this is not going to be a scholarly, informative lecture series about the long-running TV series. I might point out a tidbit or two you hadn’t heard, but I’m no expert or insider. There are countless resources that can tell you everything you didn’t really need to know about M*A*S*H. I’m...
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M*A*S*H Revisited: a brief intro

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January 21, 2011

I watched the first episode of M*A*S*H when it aired, though at one year (and 6 days) old, I don’t actually remember it. I do, however, acutely remember sitting on the couch in my school uniform, wrapped in an afghan, watching the final episode. And, like many people of my generation, I know M*A*S*H...
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Roger Ebert, Huck Finn, and me.

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January 15, 2011

It seems there’s a new edition of Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn being published, with all instances of “the N-word” replaced with “slave”, and it’s stirred quite the controversy.  In particular, there was a mini-commotion over a post that Roger Ebert wrote on Twitter regarding the topic.  The hubbub didn’t last long, and Ebert quickly clarified...
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