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a few thoughts about Game of Thrones S05 E07 (“The Gift”) and open thread

6 hours ago

I’m not gonna have time to blog in-depth about the new series of Game of Thrones, but I’m posting a few thoughts after each new episode. Please feel free to talk among yourselves about whatever is happening. (And of course I’ll jump into the comments as much as I’m able.)

Until I say otherwise, take it as a given that I love this show for its complex story and its fascinating characters. That’s the baseline that I’m working from.

Eh, the whole show should just be about Tyrion and Daenerys. Why not?

I think we have found the most gratuitous boobs for this show ever. Wtf? Was it the sight of her naked breasts that activated the poison in Bronn’s system? Because if not… jeez, come on.

“When the many stop fearing the few…” I’d like to think that the High Sparrow is a good guy, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Where Are the Women? Black or White

7 hours ago

Sure, bad things happen to girls and women all the time, but how does a man feel about it?

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Note: This is not a “review” of Black or White! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) See my rating of Black or White.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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Black or White movie rating: yellow light

8 hours ago

Really great performances from Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, but this inspired-by-fact tale of a white maternal grandfather and black paternal grandmother fighting for custody of their mixed-race grandchildren only just skims the many provocative issues it touches on, and is rather anticlimactic in the end. I’m “biast” (pro): love Costner and Spencer

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)

See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Black or White for its representation of girls and women. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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