5 Things People Do in Movies, But NEVER in Real Life

Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie in THE NOTEBOOK (Image Credit: New Line Cinema)

Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie in THE NOTEBOOK (Image Credit: New Line Cinema)

Movies are often meant to suspend our disbelief. As moviegoers, we cry over impossible love stories, cheer for men fighting crime in spandex, and find ourselves emotionally attached to robots and aliens. This is the magic of film, and it is greatly welcomed when in need of an escape. But movies also have a habit of making the mundane a bit, well, ridiculous. There are certain things that characters who are supposed to be “everyday people” do in films that simply never occur in the real world.

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THE CONJURING (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Movie Myths: Horror Edition

THE CONJURING (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

THE CONJURING (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Fear is a commodity. That’s why the critical bomb No Good Deed handily took the box office in its opening weekend. We love to be scared, as long as it’s in the safety of a movie theater with the grip of a friend’s clammy hand and the scent of stale popcorn to remind us that we are far from danger. Continue reading

Crazy in Love: The Typecasting of Women in Rom-Coms

Sandra Bullock in THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

Sandra Bullock in THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

The thing is about romantic comedy movies is you can generally tell exactly where it’s going to end up and we’re okay with that because we’re really interested in the action between boy-meets-girl and boy-and-girl-get-together.  However, you can also be pretty certain how the female lead is going to act: ridiculous, overbearing, and hilariously inappropriate.  The way I look at it, the rom-com lady is, in nearly every single case, a flawed, and unruly individual who typically falls into one of three different types (with some overlap in certain cases): the snowlady, the restraining order, and the desperate.  There are, of course, more types that rom-com women can fulfill, but in my experience these are the overarching roles that these ladies play in this genre and what the character’s behavior is constructed around. Continue reading

5 Things people do in movies… but never in real life.

Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie in THE NOTEBOOK (Image Credit: New Line Cinema)

Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie in THE NOTEBOOK (Image Credit: New Line Cinema)

Movies are often meant to suspend our disbelief. As moviegoers, we cry over impossible love stories, cheer for men fighting crime in spandex, and find ourselves emotionally attached to robots and aliens. This is the magic of film, and it is greatly welcomed when in need of an escape. But movies also have a habit of making the mundane a bit, well, ridiculous. There are certain things that characters who are supposed to be “everyday people” do in films that simply never occur in the real world.

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Anita Sarkeesian: Opening eyes to gender tropes & stereotypes one pop culture reference at a time

Anita Sarkeesian: Opening eyes to gender tropes & stereotypes one pop culture reference at a time

Anita Sarkeesian (Image Credit: http://www.feministfrequency.com/)

Back in October, I heard feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian talk about what constitutes a strong female character, and it changed my life, literally, and forever changed the way I watch TV.

Sarkeesian created a web series called Feminist Frequency in which she looks at stereotypes and tropes that are often associated with women in pop culture. Usually, she talks about why these ways of simplifying women can be harmful to society as a whole. She also gives lectures at universities across the United States, which is how I met her. Continue reading