Contributing writer for The Artifice.
13 Reasons Why: helpful TV show?
TV series 13 Reasons Why depicted real-life challenges of American high school students. Bullying, rape, suicide, mental health, drug addictions and many others are included. Season 1 and 2 dealt with Hannah Baker’s 13 reasons to kill herself, and whether or not the school was responsible for failing to prevent this from happening. Season 3 focused on Hannah Baker’s rapist Bryce Walker’s accidental death and how Hannah Baker’s circle of friends covered it up. Lastly, Season 4 centered on how the friends of the "framed victim" investigated into finding out the real killer. It is often argued that TV shows/media of this sort are bad influences on young audiences, with examples include horror movies and heavy metal music. Why do you think, after all the accusations and criticisms, Hollywood/American television is still producing and promoting such contents? Is it because any publicity is publicity, and sensational contents are always good TV show materials? Should television be producing fewer of these shows or only to be broadcast on adult channels? Does demand for such contents create supply? Or, perhaps a little more positively, the show does alleviate real-life problems of high school students and young adults, and more of these are needed?
Scientific accuracies in Sci-fi movies
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet (2020) is said to employ many physics theories. Compared with historical drama films, sci-fi movies tend to receive less attention on accuracy – critics and viewers alike often note historical inaccuracies in Braveheart (1995) or Gladiator (2000), but much less so do we discuss scientific inaccuracies. We all know movies to a certain extent are worlds of make-believe, but why such difference? Is it because history and most films are narratives but scientific concepts and theories are not?
Figuring out the type of feminism Jenny Holzer was advocating for was never the focus of my writing.
To define feminism as a quest for “gender equality, challenging the status quo of the heteronormative patriarchy and fighting against sexual discrimination” is an oversimplification. There are, in fact, different branches of feminism. And like I stated at the beginning of my article, not everyone agreed on the existence of postmodern feminism, but not for the reasons you cited here.
That was one of the most sexual scenes I’ve seen in my life. No nudity, just a woman recounting her story. Bergman’s storytelling technique was absolutely brilliant.
Indeed. When I saw some of the parodies (such as this: https://www.ingmarbergman.se/en/universe/popular-culture-part-1-parodies) I couldn’t stop laughing!
The Seventh Seal is very different from Persona. And if you like Persona, check out The Silence (1963) too!
Thanks for sharing this with us! Visiting Fårö is definitely on my bucket list. I wish that I could live like Bergman by the time I retire too.
Tarantino is known as a sexist director – not saying this is good, but I’m not surprised to hear that Sharon Tate’s role in the film is merely reinforcing gender stereotype. After all, this is a Hollywood film!
Postmodernist film like Inception hinges on ambiguities. Whether or not Cobb manages to return to reality does not matter – in the filmic world, reality and dreams often mingles with each other. The existing ending is the best ending the movie can ever have.