Selma is still going strong, and I couldn’t be happier, especially since the free student screenings have finally come to Birmingham (as well as Trenton, NJ)! I was waiting on this to happen, since Birmingham is one of the epicenters of the civil rights movement. I am surprised Mayor Bell, who always has something to say about something happening “for the good of the city,” didn’t have a quote in the press release.
There is a lot to unpack about Loki. First, he’s a mythological character that has the ability to change from a man to a woman to an animal to anything else. He’s also advancing the LGBT cause in his own comic book, in which he’s bisexual (not to mention able to change gender, although this isn’t entirely knew; he spent many Marvel issues back in the day cavorting in Lady Sif’s body and in Norse mythology, he turned into a mare and gave birth to Slepnir, a horse with eight legs and proclaimed the best of all horses).
But the comic book also poses a bit of an issue: has Loki become a pro-LGBT character simply because he’s popular and could actually be a great way to diversify Marvel’s pantheon of characters? Or is has he been turned into an bisexual character because he’s a villain? In short, was he a character that suffered from queer coding before he was actually turned into an LGBT character?
The movie Selma has been making headlines for several of its actors and the director, Ava DuVernay, getting snubbed for Oscar nominations despite the film getting a Best Picture nomination, but the film has earned something much more valuable; the reward of teaching kids the importance of the Selma marches.
A-Town Boyz is a documentary that everyone needs to get on their radar. The film, directed by Eunice Lau, focuses on several young second-generation Asian men living in Atlanta and their struggle to live productively amid a lack of opportunities, understanding, and role models. These young men were led to the allure of gang life, which provided the protection and sense of identity these men were desperately searching for throughout their lives.
I’m so excited to share official Paramount photos from today’s Martin Luther King Day event, led by crew and castmembers of Selma. I wish I could have been there in person, but these photos really give the sense of energy, fun, and remembrance that the day had.
Kevin Hart sure stays in a movie, doesn’t he? The Wedding Ringer is barely out, and there’s already a trailer for Hart’s next film, Get Hard.
There’s so much Selma news that’s been on my radar, but I haven’t had the time to post. So here goes.
Synopsis (Paramount): SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
Remember when the news about Scarlett Johansson playing playing Major Mokoto Kusanagi in the live-action Ghost in the Shell film was released? Remember how it was apparent that people would start petitioning and venting in outrage? Well, here’s the petition.
I honestly can’t say I’m surprised, given the talk/excuse about the rumored event of the Selma team not sending out screeners (which I don’t completely believe because something seems left out of the story), but I am a little sad that Selma‘s been snubbed at the Oscars.