Sun, Dec. 5th, 2010

Happy things

Sun, Dec. 5th, 2010 09:21 pm
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I saw both Tangled and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 this weekend.

Tangled is much more of a Disney princess movie than the trailers had me believing, complete with Alan Mencken songs (!!). I was glad to see Rapunzel getting much more of a role than I thought she would, given early talk about adding Flynn Rider specifically to appeal to the male audience, and she gets to whack a few people around and not be saved, although she's not hugely active either. Minus points for privileging the standard biological nuclear family and demonizing older women and making them pathologically long for youth and beauty.

Happy thing 1: Before watching Tangled, my friends and I got cordoned off by survey takers who asked us to watch certain trailers and respond. Mine was some legal thriller starring Matthew McConnaghey (sp) about some guy accused of rape and murder.

SURVEY GUY: So how likely is it that you would see this movie in theaters?
ME: None.
SG: How come?
ME: Too many white guys. Too much violence against women. Not enough female roles or speaking roles for people of color.
SG: ...

I am hoping I seriously skew his statistics, although the pessimistic part of me doubts it.

Harry Potter has some lovely atmosphere and still a bit too much teenage emo for me, although they cut it down drastically from the books. Also, I really did not need to see that much of Harry and Hermione naked.

Happy thing 2: Going to a Kearney Street Workshop reading with [personal profile] troisroyaumes, loving both the authors, and thinking of quite a few people in my dwircle who would also enjoy the authors! Barbara Jane Reyes' Diwata has Filipin@ folklore, aswang, and mermaids and water, and Shailja Patel did a wonderful reading on textbook editing, Kenyan genocide, being brown and Hindu in Kenya, and so much more. I especially loved the mix of languages in their works and being able to hear them read as they should sound, and everything in their works about the things we're taught and the things we're taught to not know, the way history writes itself in personal memory, and how we write ourselves into histories that have written us out.


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