Archive for the ‘movies’ tag
A nice little piece defending the Bechdel test, and clarifying its purpose and usefulness:
The Bechdel test has steadily entered the public lexicon and brought with it a growing awareness of the enormous sexism inherent in Hollywood. It’s time to stop quibbling about minor rules of the Bechdel test and put all feminist tools—even the imperfect ones—toward fixing the problem of gender inequality on screen.
Really neat study from the Nate Silver-directed venture FiveThirtyEight: they did a pretty rigorous statistical analysis of Hollywood movie using the Betchdel test (on LB) of the portrayal of women and found pretty clearly that movies that do better on the test do better in the box office.
The article’s way more thorough and detailed that an one chart, and well worth a read.
This got a ton of attention when it came out, but if you missed it or haven’t read it, I have to recommend it. Not only does it have some fun widgets based on the research they did, but it actually makes pretty compelling to read (at least for a data nerd like me). Love Alexis’s excitement:
But that was it. All 76,897 genres that my bot eventually returned, were formed from these basic components. While I couldn’t understand that mass of genres, the atoms and logic that were used to create them were comprehensible. I could fully wrap my head around the Netflix system.
I’ve been more than a little taken with this basic idea ever since I saw The Game, but I think Aaron Swartz is onto something with this thought:
Billions of dollars are spent making and watching people explore mysterious tunnels, chase down alleys, and fly as if by magic, but there’s hardly a single opportunity to actually do any of these things.
I don’t do much news here these days — I have neither the time nor desire — but I think the latest deal that Warner Bros has hammered out with Netflix is such a perfect distillation of the whole mess they’re in that I can’t ignore this story. Not only you will you not be able to get a movie on Netflix until two months after the DVD goes on sale, you’ll now not even to be able to add it to your queue until a month after. Matt Drance makes the point succinctly:
It continues to punish the people who play by the rules with an insufferable customer experience. This is the sole reason piracy is up and profits are down: because doing it right totally sucks. And that’s apparently how the studios want it.
(via Ben Brooks)
An interesting and brief little history of product placement. It’s one of those forces that we take for granted today, but this was a new observation to me:
“The Paradox of Product Placement,” in which the titular conundrum is defined: “If you notice, it’s bad. But if you don’t notice, it’s worthless.”
There’s no single solid takeaway from this essay about the culture we feel obligated to consume, but I think it’s a good and valuable thing to think about and pay attention to.
Holy cow, there’s actually a company that offers you something akin to what Michael Douglas’s character experienced in The Game. That is: become a protagonist in a story of your choosing.
Short synopses of films someone saw a while ago and doesn’t remember well. It’s a cute idea, executed well, and has essentially no value beyond diversion. But still, 5 minutes of fun.
To pass, a movie (or any work of fiction, really) has to have three things:
- At least two women
- Who talk to each other
- About something besides a man
(all via Mark Larson)