Super in Real Life

On June 3rd, I watched the movie Wonder Woman. It was an amazing experience, and it got me thinking. Every time I watch a superhero movie, I always wonder how it would be like to be a super powered individual. Many people have probably wished that they were superheroes. I am sure most people have, at least once in their lives, dreamed of having a certain superpower that would make their lives a bit better. Whether that power would be invisibility or the power to stop time, it would definitely come in handy.

Various moviegoers and cinephiles have professed that in the past 10 years, we have been living in the ‘golden age’ of superhero movies. With Marvel Studios and Warner Bros., releasing multiple superhero fiction films based on their comic book franchises, the genre is going strong. However, I sometimes contemplate about how accurate these films portray such amazing abilities. Then I ask myself the question: would having a superpower really be as cool as the movies make it out to be? Read more

Life! Camera! Action!

Anyone who has ever lived in shack a will tell you; when winter strikes, the only questions on your mind are why and how. You find yourself asking, “Why was I born in this situation?” and “How can I get myself and my family out of it?”  The most prevalent answer you will hear in the township, Education.

From a young age, I was told that studying hard and doing well at school would ensure me a bright future filled with wealth and respect, which was and is very true. However, the people who raised me – and most parents and elders in the area that I grew up in – seemed to have a narrow view of career choices, which they projected on to their kids. This means that, from a young age, we only aspired to be in one of these five careers:

  1. Medicine (Nurse or Doctor)
  2. Engineering
  3. Teaching
  4. Law
  5. Law Enforcement

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Black People in the Sunken Place

“The Sunken Place means we’re marginalized. No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us.”

Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 17, 2017

The Sunken Place: A mental state which was introduced in the film, Get Out. It occurs when a person is coerced into a hypnotic trance, and they lose all control of their bodily functions, ultimately becoming a passive spectator to their own lives.

Get Out was released on the 24th of February 2017, and it was written and directed by Jordan Peele. It explores the concept of whiteness inhibiting and suppressing black consciousness. Peele does this by constructing a story whereby white characters insert their brains into black people, repressing their thoughts and taking control of their bodies to use them as their own.

The white people in the movie take over black bodies, because they are fascinated with the perceived physical attributes – like strength, speed and a sizeable penis – that black people acquire at birth which are seen as an advantage. They are also interested in appropriating the black culture, as one white character in the movie says: “Black is in fashion” Read more

Blurred Lines

 

Impactful words by Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) from the hit series Breaking Bad. Uttering words that are meant to legitimize his status as a dangerous entity in the series.

The end of season four in the series left me feeling conflicted, in the sense that, they took the main protagonist of the story and slowly turned him into a merciless murderer, which made me want to love him and hate him simultaneously.

Movies and Television sometimes blur the line of morality in their content, creating a sympathetic protagonist, but who has more or less the same moral compass as the antagonist. Read more

Are You Laughing at me?

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My favourite animated television show is Family Guy. Created by Seth MacFarlane, this show pushes the boundary of what an animated show can become. With edgy humour, witty dialogue, socio-political commentary and loads of immature jokes; Family Guy is the one show I can guarantee will always get a laugh out of me on every episode. But sometimes I find myself struggling to laugh at certain jokes. Let’s look at this clip from a cutaway joke made on the 14th episode of the 12th season:

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Double Standards: Controversy surrounding ‘Beauty and the Beast’ gay character.

 

By Simamkele Mchako

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Le Fou (played by Josh Gad), second from the right, leading people in song. (Image from: http://bit.ly/2oGF8l7 )

Bill Condon, director of the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, sparked a large amount of outrage when he announced, before the movie’s release, that an openly gay character will be featured in the movie. This revelation caused the movie to receive a 16+ rating in Russia, which means that no person under the age of 16 is allowed to see it. And also, the Henagar Drive-In theatre in northern Alabama refused to screen the movie, with the operator claiming, in a currently inaccessible Facebook post, that it was because of “religious reasons”. Read more

Damsel, in this dress?

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Exciting News! The Wonder Woman movie is schedule to be released on the 2nd of June 2017, and it is a highly anticipated film which is expected to be the pinnacle of Female led Superhero movies thus far. With movies like Catwoman and Elektraboth featuring female lead characters – being critical and financial bombs, it seems like Wonder Woman is set to pave the way for all future female superheroes in movies. Read more