A friend of mine said that she was keen to see the new Blade Runner movie, but then she suggested that she couldn’t. When I asked why, her answer both made me laugh, and surprised me. She said that she didn’t have time to watch a movie that is almost three hours long. I can’t say that I blame her. I felt the same way about a two-hour movie that I watched yesterday. But does that make her lazy? Or just busy? Are we a society of people who are too impatient to sit through a three-hour movie? Or should filmmakers be kinder to our attention spans?
Matthew Kressel, a science fiction author, suggests that filmmakers are kind to our attention spans. He states “a lot of today’s Hollywood films don’t have a lot of patience. They sort of expect the audience to get bored really quickly, so they’re like ‘we’ve got to have an explosion every 10 minutes.'” And is that true? Certainly not in the case of Blade Runner 2049. It runs at a slow pace, and this is proving to be a challenge for many viewers.
This is why the movie hasn’t attracted an audience that goes much farther beyond fans of the original. Much like its predecessor, it’s a box office disappointment. But the film itself has polarized fans – either they think its the most brilliant film of the year or they’re calling it a pompous, heavy-handed, three-hour slow burn. … Read the rest
We’ve all been there – you’re in a relationship with someone and you think things are going great. But then you start to question things that they’re doing. It starts with just some odd behaviour, and then you start to make excuses for your partner. Sometimes it’s harmless, but there’s also a chance that your partner is certifiable. This post is to help all you men out there to know whether or not your girl is crazy. There are certainly different degrees of craziness. Some of which, might require professional help. In this four-part series, I will show you some signs that your girl might just be crazy. I hope that it helps.
1. She’s unbelievable in bed.
It’s an undisputed fact that crazy women are incredible in the sack. That’s how they get you. You will likely want to stick around because, well, the sex is great. That’s not to say that everyone who is good in bed is crazy. But it can be a sign, so watch yourself.
2. She’s got the crazy eyes.
We all get crazy eyes from time to time—from stress, lack of sleep, etc. But if you’re constantly looking into crazy eyes, she’s crazy.
3. She runs hot and cold.
She loves you; she hates you; you’re the only one for her; maybe it’s not working out. Does her mood change constantly? Let me clarify something. All women have a range of emotions. Some are better at controlling them than others. … Read the rest
In a recent decision, the book To Kill a Mockingbird was banned from the reading list of a school district in Biloxi, Mississippi. Usually, books are banned because they are controversial in some way. The Catcher in the Rye was famously banned because it was deemed “unacceptable, obscene, blasphemous, negative, foul, filthy and it undermines morality”. But who is making that decision? Who determines that it’s blasphemous? But this isn’t the first time that Mockingbird has been banned. It had been previously banned because it was believed to be a degrading, profane and racist piece of work that promotes white supremacy. The question I would like to explore today is whether or not those motifs are true.
If you’re not familiar with Mockingbird it is about a lawyer, Atticus Finch, and his family. The book takes place in Alabama during the Great Depression. The book is narrated by Atticus’ daughter, Scout. Atticus takes on a high profile case involving a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom has been accused of raping a very poor white girl. The entire Finch family faces harsh criticism in their heavily racist town because of Atticus’ decision to defend Tom. Atticus insists on taking the case. He knows Tom is innocent, but there is almost no chance of being acquitted because the jury is all white, and they would never believe a black man over a white woman.
When it comes to the book being banned, it makes sense because of the theme of white supremacy. … Read the rest