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The Impact Of 'Star Wars'

George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise was an immediate cultural phenomenon. The series and the numerous spinoffs in books, toys and comics dates back 30-plus years and redefined how movies were made and marketed. 51 more words

Moving Pictures

Alyssa Rosenberg: The Uber-ization of Porn

Washington Post — Documentaries about sex work always risk falling prey to moralizing that doesn’t have much to do with the well-being of workers themselves. “Hot Girls Wanted,” a new documentary produced by Rashida Jones that arrives on Netflix today, certainly has concerns about the ways in which consumer demands affect the kind of pornography that’s getting produced and the way doing sex work affects the private lives of the women who are its subjects. 112 more words


Recap: Game of Thrones 'The Gift'

The threat of rape hangs over all the women of Game of Thrones, and it is beginning to weigh on the audience. So far, amidst all the think pieces and take-downs in light of Sansa’s treatment at the hands of her sadistic husband, I think that… 517 more words

Justine A. Smith

Cinema in the Age of Stupidity

Although cinema holds many useful purposes in modern society, perhaps its most important function is its ability to generate empathy, and ultimately, to foster social change. 1,324 more words


Why I Love Harry Potter

  About 3 months ago, I decided on a whim, to re-read one of my favourite books from the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and  the Prisoner of Azkaban. 1,508 more words


The Stake Podcast Episode 5: Should Pop Culture Grow Up?

AO Scott thinks Adulthood in American Culture is Dead. Chris, Andrew and Chris ask the next question: How do we define adulthood? Is the debate about art and adulthood the same old generational debate, or is there something unique about our current pop culture climate? 67 more words