We all hoped he’d be immortal on Earth, but alas, David Bowie returned to the universe this week.
Yeah, I thought that headline might get your attention. Also, possibly the most hateful man in the world has died. Let’s get to this week’s stories that struck my interest:
Today marks the beginning of National American Indian Heritage Month in the United States. Read More News from NDN Country: National American Indian Heritage Month & More
Previously I wrote about the whitewashing of Tonto in Disney’s The Lone Ranger and some of the harm done by non-Indigenous filmmakers controlling onscreen images of NDN people. One way to combat this harm is to support Indigenous filmmakers, writers and actors in their endeavors to portray our lives, the multitude ways of being Native, and some of the intersections of Indigenous identities with other identities. I’ll get you started by sharing some of my favorite movies about and by Indigenous people. Read More 5 Must See Movies by Indigenous Filmmakers
Summer always brings some great movies and a lot of them are big blow up your face type action movies. I am not always an action girl but there is a particular type of action film people are surprised I love. I love Tokusatsu films, specifically the subgenres of Kaiju and giant robots. I grew up watching the Sci-Fi channel and late night TV on USA and TNT. They showed boatloads of Godzilla and Ultraman films. Ultraman is by far my favorite of any subgenre of Tokusatsu. I think my love for Ultraman spurred me to sit through three seasons of Power Rangers. People always seem shocked that I love Giant Superheros fighting Robots and Space Aliens? I have no idea why! The best part is this summer is bringing a Giant Robot fighting Kaiju film, Pacific Rim. I am so excited for it, I can barely contain my elation. I mean it helps that it has Stringer Bell, Jax, and Charlie in it and is directed by Guillermo del Toro. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Surprise Favorite Movie Genre
Friends, 1996 is one of my all-time favorite years, and it was also a leap year. Pick out your favorite babydoll tee and gather round the wayback machine, because it’s time to say goodbye to Jessica Fletcher.
When the general populace’s memory is so strongly tied to the Judy Garland version of The Wizard of Oz, why do we keep letting ourselves forget about the sixteen other Oz-centric books written by L. Frank Baum? The recent film Oz the Great and Powerful appears to stray even farther from those original stories, presenting a product that, while pretty to look at, is major step backwards from Baum’s feminist principles. Read More Discussion Link: “Oz The Great and Powerful” vs. Baum’s Legacy