Archive for the ‘movies’ tag

#  The Role of the Bechdel Test →

May 8th, 2014 at 17:12 // In Worth Considering 

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.

(via @siracusa)

#  The Economics of Gender in Film →

April 7th, 2014 at 15:11 // In Worth Knowing 

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.

#  How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood →

January 20th, 2014 at 9:03 // In Worth Reading 

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.

#  Tactile Movies →

February 15th, 2012 at 18:13 // In Worth Considering 

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.

#  What Hollywood Doesn’t Get →

January 28th, 2012 at 17:35 // In Worth Knowing 

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)

#  Purell and Torture →

January 14th, 2012 at 17:24 // In Worth Considering 

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.”

(via @austinkleon)

#  Cultural Vegetables →

May 7th, 2011 at 7:59 // In Worth Considering 

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.

#  Experience Fiction →

January 23rd, 2011 at 9:51 // In Worth Knowing 

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.

#  Movies I Don’t Remember →

January 21st, 2011 at 15:27 // In Worth Distraction 

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.

(via zefrank)

#  The Bechdel Test →

May 24th, 2010 at 15:37 // In Worth Considering 

To pass, a movie (or any work of fiction, really) has to have three things:

  1. At least two women
  2. Who talk to each other
  3. About something besides a man

The title link is of a site that tests movies against the Bechdel, also an explanatory video and the full story of it’s origin (and name).

(all via Mark Larson)