I am in love with the movie Moana. Disney really did an amaaazeballs job with it. Some people say it’s much better than Frozen because the female protagonist isn’t a “princess” and “doesn’t fall in love” at the end. Very, very feminist. For me, I don’t believe that gender equality or feminism necessarily needs to … More Girl vs Boys or Girl vs Self?
On one hand, men consume hypersexualized female images that abound in our culture and media, while women get their kicks from far-fetched formulaic romantic tales and demand the same kind of chivalry and sacrificial spirit. What happens when two highly polarized sets of expectations must configure in the same relationship? To me, that’s Don Jon … More Don Jon: Thoughts on relationships and pornography
A continuation of my earlier Riddick review, although from a different perspective. Riddick in a nutshell: Fierceness, bravado, and profanities. While Riddick embodies the kind of hyper-masculinity that our patriarchal society idealizes, and without question delivers entertaining action and emotional thrill–this “man culture” is essentially problematic because it idealizes both violence and sexual domination. If … More Riddick (2013): Men are all rapists
I’m not familiar with the franchise, but I was briefed promptly by Riddick’s narration about his past in the first ten minutes of the movie. He was the Lord Marshal, a supreme ruler of a cult or religion of some sort, but faced a court of officials that mostly wanted his head instead of putting … More Riddick (2013): Women are for fucking
Coming out of being an English major, most of the times I feel the need to be critical. There’s the tendency to pick things apart, to find things to criticize, to sound judgmental–be it a film, a TV show, a book, an article, a song, a cultural phenomenon. While sometimes it is inevitable for me … More Reminiscent of an English Nerd
According to various dictionaries and encyclopedias I have visited, a slut either means a “dirty, slovenly woman” or “a woman who is promiscuous and immoral”. It is often used as a derogatory term, an attack on a woman’s character because of her sexual practice. Well, being the feminist that I am, I obviously object to … More SLUT!?
Is Bilbo a conventional hero? Or is he a modern sort of hero? The conventional heroism involves both physical and emotional masculinity. Common character types that embody conventional heroism I can think of right now are: military leaders, kings or princes, or someone who exhibit strength, leadership and some unique ability that gives him an … More The Hobbit: Part I
1. I recall J.R. Rowling has stated that the Dementors are incarnations and personification of depression. The only way to repel such things is to conjure a powerful Patronus. To do so, one must concentrate on a happy memory to create a powerful enough Patronus to fend off the Dementors. Several times Harry attempts to produce a … More The Prisoner of Azkaban: Part I