‘Argo’ fosters Hollywood’s racism by casting Ben Affleck as Latino

Ben Affleck, who is white, plays Tony Mendez, an Hispanic, in 'Argo'
Ben Affleck, who is white, plays Tony Mendez, an Hispanic, in ‘Argo’

Most people tend to think of the medium of film as nothing more than entertainment, and once upon a time I probably did too.

But it isn’t true, not in the slightest.

Film is an extremely powerful medium that affects the way our society sees the world. And as such, it has the power to inflict great hurt on people. A common saying is: “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” So when that line is crossed, it needs to be addressed.

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Pixar’s ‘Brave’ Scottish adventure is worth breaking out the kilts for

Merida takes aim in 'Brave'
Merida takes aim in ‘Brave’

[rating=3]Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
Director(s): Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Writer(s): Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell

It seems you can always count on Pixar to raise the bar, in animation and in movies in general. Whereas everyone else is regurgitating the same fairy tales that have been regurgitated several times over, they’ve done what apparently is unthinkable: they made a new one.

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Kathleen Turner delivers in uneven ‘The Perfect Family’

Kathleen Turner in 'The Perfect Family'
Kathleen Turner in ‘The Perfect Family’

[rating=3]Starring: Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Michael McGrady
Director(s): Anne Renton
Writer(s): Claire V. Riley, Paula Goldberg

Once again Kathleen Turner is playing a woman who on the surface seems to be the ideal wife and mother. But unlike Serial Mom, her character in The Perfect Family is driven by a deep dedication to Catholicism.

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‘Snow White: A Deadly Summer’ is a bad apple

Starring: Shanley Caswell, Maureen McCormick, Eric Roberts, Tim Abell
Director(s): David DeCoteau
Writer(s): Barbara Kymlicka

Shanley Caswell stars in 'Snow White: A Deadly Summer'
Shanley Caswell stars in ‘Snow White: A Deadly Summer’

It’s been 75 years since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and it seems like everyone except Disney is taking advantage. Capitalizing on the release ofMirror Mirror comes Snow White: A Deadly Summer on DVD.

This version brings things into the modern day, and its contribution to the legacy pretty much ends there.

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Lena Dunham is excellent in ‘Tiny Furniture’

Lena Dunham wrote, directed and starred in 'Tiny Furniture'
Lena Dunham wrote, directed and starred in ‘Tiny Furniture’

In what I had thought was a wholly unique experience, I spent my initial post-graduation days at home in limbo, unsure of where I was heading or if I’d even get started on that journey. But now it appears that it wasn’t just me, as Jill of all trades Lena Dunham draws on that precise situation and feeling in her breakthrough film, Tiny Furniture. This 2010 film, which won best narrative feature at South by Southwest and best first screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards, has finally found its way to DVD and Blu ray thanks to the Criterion Collection.

After graduating from college in Ohio, Aura Freeman (Dunham) returns to her New York City home to live with her mother Siri (actual mother Laurie Simmons) and younger sister Nadine (actual sister Grace Dunham). Neither particularly care that she’s come back, and the more into the film we get, it becomes clear that they treat Aura’s presence as more of a burden. In a strange — and fitting for the purposes of this story — coincidence, Siri and Nadine look like each other and don’t resemble Aura physically all that much. It’s almost like Aura was adopted. One has to wonder if Lena herself ever feels that way.

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‘Godzilla’ roars with Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray beautiful black-and-white

Godzilla (Gojira) first trampled through Tokyo in 1954
Godzilla (Gojira) first trampled through Tokyo in 1954

[rating=4]Starring: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Takashi Shimura, Raymond Burr
Director(s): Ishiro Honda
Writer(s): Shigeru Kayama (story), Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda (script)

Godzilla, the creature who was baptized in the fire of the H-bomb and survived. This film icon that’s crossed international and generational lines has been with us for nearly 60 years. Films, video games, television, and music videos inside Japan and out continue to draw inspiration from it. Now the 1954 film that started it all has been added to the Criterion Collection in a new digital restoration on DVD and Blu-ray.

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