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Elsa and Elphaba: Princesses, Witches, and Power

Thanks to a wildly successful marketing campaign, there is one thing that Disney's female protagonists must be: Princesses. Disney's new animated feature Frozen doesn't deviate, but it does try to change the parameters of "princess" as they pertain to agency ...

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Four Eulogies

With a new season of TV comes plenty of excitement: the return of old favorite shows, the conclusion of gripping cliffhangers, and the birth of new, interesting television. But between these moments of joy are the moments of bitter sadness ...

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Privilege in Orange is the New Black

In Orange is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name, yuppie suburbanite Piper Chapman is thrown in a minimum security prison for 13 months for a drug-related crime committed in her youth. The successful Netflix ...

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PANEL REPORT: Masculinity in Parks and Recreation

Our first panel of ConnectiCon was on Masculinity in Parks and Recreation, inspired by this article from last year. To jump start the crowd we put signs in different seating sections with the names of the six major male characters ...

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Why Season 4 of Arrested Development was not a huge mistake

A lot of people have written a lot about season four of Arrested Development. Critics have said that the jokes go on too long, or that the show is too full of itself, leaning on far too many callbacks and references ...

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Attitudes On Sex In Archer

If there’s one single theme that pervades and permeates Archer, it’s sex. And not only sex, but a whole range of unhealthy and fetishistic approaches to sex showcased in each one of the principle characters. Archer himself is a stereotype of the ...

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Pretty in Pink: How John Hughes Accidentally Subverted a Sexist Trope

John Hughes deserves a lot of credit for his stamp on American cinema, and on the teen movie specifically. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a classic of the comedy genre by any standard, and The Breakfast Club captures teen angst ...

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Is The Office’s Big Reveal More Than They Bargained For?

I am still watching The Office. I know. I'm really bad at quitting shows, and there's no question that since Michael Scott left, the show has become a bit of a train wreck. But in this, its ninth and final season, it's ...

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In Defense of Les Misérables’ Cinematography

Les Misérables had all-star actors, emotional renditions of some of the best songs in musical theater, and stunning, elaborate sets and locations, so it's impressive that the detail all the critics chose to focus on was the cinematography. The movie made use ...

Tyler Durden, Richard Parker, and … Ferris Bueller? Alter Egos in Cinema

SPOILER WARNING: If you've never seen Fight Club and you've somehow managed to never be spoiled about Fight Club, for God's sake stop reading now. If you've never read or seen Life of Pi, it also might be a good ...