Pop-Culture | Posted by Jackie S on 09/16/2010

Women in Pre-Code Film

Pre-production code films were made from 1929-1934. They were interesting, because they explored subjects that would be relevant in today’s society. They had themes of violence, drug abuse, and sexuality. The thing that was so “naughty” about these films was that most of the sexual encounters were controlled by women. The actresses in these movies gave strong performances as intelligent, independent, and, yes, sexual people. The roles were such departures from the housewife/stereotypical characters women usually played in classic cinema.

There were some great actresses in pre-code films. There was Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo, and Barbara Stanwyck. Actresses got to personify the promiscuity of the typical “male stereotype,” and turn it into many complex characters that were also successful and strong-willed. To me, it was so refreshing …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 03/24/2010

Obvious Child

So recently I got an email from Gillian Robespierre, a filmmaker, letting me know about her short film Obvious Child. I’ll let her take it from here, but before I do I have to say I really, really enjoyed this film. It’s so nice to see a new perspective on an issue that has been handled so singularly in pop culture.

I made a short film earlier this year called “Obvious Child” It stars Jenny Slate (the F bomb dropper on SNL). She plays Donna, a twenty-something living in Brooklyn. After getting dumped she has a spontaneous one-night-stand and finds that she is pregnant. She decides that an abortion is the only option for her. On her way to get the abortion, she happens to run into Peter, the

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 03/16/2010

Kathryn Bigelow: The Woman Behind the Landmark

Kathryn Bigelow made history on March 7th when she became the first woman to win the award for Best Director. And to be honest, up until that point I knew very little about her. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one, since she hasn’t exactly been the most prevalent director of our time.

I haven’t seen the Hurt Locker because, frankly, it is my junior year of high school and when I emerge, blinking at the unexpected brightness of the sun after hours of light generated by my computer screen I usually take shelter at a friend’s house so that they might remember I still exist.

So, instead, I did what I do best and took to Google. Apparently, Kathryn Bigelow has directed Point Break – a bank robbery …

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