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Trailer Snark (October 28, 2016 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Inferno (Columbia Pictures) – Drama/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, disturbing images, some language, thematic elements and brief sensuality
Tag Line: The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons were just the beginning
Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones
Plot: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Rob: I enjoy Dan Brown’s books, but I’m not sold on this one.  Something seems off with Hanks’ acting in the trailer, and normally I think he’s quite good.  Then again, it has almost no competition this week and features the lovely Felicity Jones aka Jyn Erso….
Jessica: I read a bunch of Dan Brown’s books awhile back and they are entertaining, though formulaic, and Tom Hanks is the worst casting (as much as I adore him) for this role. Not to mention I find these movies to be dull and I agree, something is just off! Pass.
Jim: I like Dan Brown’s books, but I thought the movie version of Davinci Code was glum and plodding. It made me wish for the “funny” Tom Hanks. This looks like more of the same.
Chris: Never a fan of this series to be honest.  Both The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons left me cold in spite of the popularity of the books and the star power on screen. 

Gimme Danger (Magnolia Pictures) – Documentary
Rated R for drug content and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton
Plot: An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Chris:  Iggy Pop doesn’t need to wear a Halloween mask.
Rob: The Stooges have a sound that stands out in musical history, and I’ll definitely watch this….just not on the big screen.
Jessica: Love The Stooges, but I don’t do documentaries in the theater!
Jim: Wow. Not one, but two documentaries this week featuring bands I know pretty much nothing about. Maybe here’s my chance. For those who’re into them, enjoy! They both look good.

Oasis: Supersonic (A24) – Documentary
Rated R for pervasive language and some drug material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher
Plot: An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.
Running Time: 122 minutes

Jim: See my previous comment.
Chris: No wonder on that cinematic wall for me.
Rob: Although this one holds less appeal than Gimme Danger for me, it’s another flick I would stream. 
Jessica: I HATE OASIS.

Tickets Purchased:  None….that’s right.  No one on the team is inspired by this week’s lineup.  We’ll all be taking our popcorn bowls to the couch for a weekend of scary Halloween fare, and saving our money for next week perhaps?

We'll just be chilling on the couch with a good movie.
We’ll just be chilling on the couch with a good movie.
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The Female Perspective: The F Word…Again

Welcome! This is a weekly blog* by Author J.L. Metcalf where I discuss anything and everything that strikes my fancy. If you have ideas on what you think I should write about, please send me an email via my website!

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Yep, I’m going to talk about that F word again.

The dreaded Feminism.

I came across a couple things this week that made me see that this discussion is far from over. It both saddens and encourages me. The two videos showcase the best and worst of the mind and what it can do, how words can be powerful and how the person in charge can be a good and fair person.

Stacey Dash, “famous” for her role in Clueless and not much else, has made a point of being an outspoken, anti-person, or whatever it is she claims to be. She has basically gone against her own race along with her own sex. She recently appeared on Meredith Vieira’s show to discuss gender pay inequality.

Take a moment to watch this 2 minute clip and meet me in a minute to discuss.

Okay Stacey, I see some of what you are saying but not all of it. You clearly do not want to accept the fact that women do in fact make less than men, as Vieira said, 78 cents to the dollar. It’s an actual FACT. Sorry lady, you can’t really argue with actual math and stuff.

To say that pay inequality and racism is all an “excuse” and if you want to be extraordinary you should go ahead and do so is simplifying the issue to an extreme degree. There are probably hundreds of thousands of women today who are extraordinary, more so than their male counterparts, and they are still making considerably less than men. By your argument Stacey, you are saying that these women simply are not seizing their greatness or some such crap.

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It’s slightly insane how she absolutely refuses to see the truth and instead spouts ignorance and lies and worse than that, blames women being held back on excuses. It saddens me. The fact is, many women work very hard and they deserve pay that reflects that. We have made great strides in the years since suffrage, but we have a lot further to go.

My other video is so much fun I almost squealed with glee watching it. Once again, new Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has made headlines for his no-nonsense truth talking and I gotta say, more than the idea of Donald Trump being elected into office, this guy makes me want to move to Canada. Trudeau talks about how men (and women) need to embrace feminism  to improve decision making in politics.

I could not agree more with this fella.

The fact is, feminism is not a dirty word,  it is a word to be proud of. A movement that both men and women should be honored to be a part of. There is no shame in being a feminist because it is about equality and who could possible be against equality?

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Sadly, I think most of us know the answer to that particular query. There is so much opposition to equality in our world today that it makes it seem like an impossible hurdle to jump. The fact that there are still women being lambasted in public for breastfeeding because breasts are apparently offensive unless they’re squashed in a Victoria’s Secret bra is just one example of how the world views women unfairly.

Even today, a friend posted a video on Facebook of a woman doing some amazing acrobatics and the comments from some of the men were sexist and annoying. Jokes about  this is what happens when you accuse a woman of having a “man cold” or some such nonsense. All I could think was, “If that was a man doing it, it would be, wow, look at him,” or, “He’s a badass.” I realize to some it will seem like I’m taking it “too seriously” and I need to “chill” but at the same time, it’s these same little things that when they slip by unnoticed that become big things, that soon become bigger than the world can contain and things explode (or implode). So no, I don’t think it’s a small thing, I think it’s a clear indicator of the inequality all around us.

That same Stacey Dash video was one I snagged from Facebook and the comments from one guy were about how he’d have to research to make sure that women don’t get paid the same as men and then he actually posted a full list of professions and the pay inequality (thus admitting he was wrong and that yes, inequality exists) but it was really annoying for a man to be trying to find a way away from the truth. A truth that is well documented. While I applaud him wanting to make sure the research proved the video, I found it frustrating that today, in 2016, we still have non-believers.

Suffragettes Forever is available on Amazon.
Suffragettes Forever is available on Amazon.

I recently watched a 3-part documentary called Suffragettes Forever: The Story Of Women and Power on Amazon (it is excellent) and it reminded me that I personally am so very, very grateful (and that is still a paltry word) for all the hard-working, brave women that came before me. The women who fought (physically and mentally) to get us to a place where we can work, go to school and vote without persecution, but we and many other parts of the world still have a lot of work to do. This documentary also made me think of the group of anti-feminsts who say they don’t “need” feminism and I want to sit them down and have them see the true cost of their free lives. Had those suffragette not fought for their rights, those young “I don’t need feminism” ladies wouldn’t be able to speak their mind and video tape and photograph themselves with their anti-feminism slogan.

It’s endlessly frustrating to be a woman and to be able to see how far we’ve come and at the same time, how far we still have to go. Nonetheless, I have hope and faith that we’ll get to a place one day where women are seen as equals. If nothing else, the fight rages on and none of us will stop pushing towards a world where all are equal. Where all are one.

Sixteen-year-old British suffragette Dora Thewlis is arrested by two policemen on March 20, 1907 (according to info shared via Wikimedia Commons).
Sixteen-year-old British suffragette Dora Thewlis is arrested by two policemen on March 20, 1907 (according to info shared via Wikimedia Commons).

Are you a feminist and proud of it? Tell me YOUR thoughts in the comments!