Lina Lamont: Underappreciated Gem

“She can’t act, she can’t sing, and she can’t dance. A triple threat”

Lina Lamont gets a lot of shit in Singin’ in the Rain. She is the villain of the movie, mostly because she is a beautiful, talented silent movie actress who can’t seem to make the transition to sound because of her voice and because of her generally unpleasant personality. It’s so easy to hate Lina: she’s annoying, flamboyant, exaggerated, and dramatic. She schemes to keep her job and is willing to sacrifice others in her way. Read More Lina Lamont: Underappreciated Gem

My TV Feminist Role Models

For most people, we consume entertainment as a means of escape from our daily lives. We imagine we are space western outlaws fighting to survive on the outskirts of the solar system or are Mr. Manager running our own awesome banana stand. We use entertainment to examine parts of us that we may not necessarily even realize exist within. Some of my favorite characters are ones that I identify with the most. Is it necessary to identify with a character on a show? Probably not, but for me, it makes watching TV much more enjoyable. Some shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia have no likable characters, but that forces you to really examine your most inner demons. Read More My TV Feminist Role Models

The Fall of the Female Protagonist in Kids’ Movies

There was a time, not too long ago, when two-dimensional, hand-drawn animation and computer-generated cartoons existed side-by-side. Every fall, sometime around Thanksgiving, Pixar and Disney would collaborate and release a family comedy featuring anthropomorphic creatures or objects rendered with state-of-the-art computer graphics. Read More The Fall of the Female Protagonist in Kids’ Movies

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? Searching For Julia Sugarbaker

When I was growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, I was a stereotypical latchkey kid. My folks were never home and after school I would, after my homework was done (and sometimes before), spend my afternoons in front of the TV. It is, of course, a truth universally acknowledged that this is a bad way to rear a child. Read More Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? Searching For Julia Sugarbaker