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  • Clicking and Streaming: 'Fried Green Tomatoes' and 'Bridesmaids,' two films that pass The Bechdel Test

    Clicking and Streaming: 'Fried Green Tomatoes' and 'Bridesmaids,' two films that pass The Bechdel Test
    When it comes to film, representations of women are for the most part, epic fails. They're almost always afforded roles like a flatly characterized romantic partner or their actions and emotions are used toward other, almost always male characters' motivations. One way to understand just how frequently movies undermine or just plain ignore women characters is The Bechdel Test. Conceived by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in a 1985 strip from her seminal comic "Dykes To Watch Out For," it is used to highlight the rare movies which feature women talking to each other about something other than a man. That's literally it. Three criteria: It has to have (1) two named women who (2) talk to each other, (3) about something other than a man. You'd think that it would be incredibly easy to pass this test, but the sheer volume of movies (most of them) that don't make the cut is disappointing and lame.
  • Spit and shit and dead bodies: 'Hard to Be a God,' a grimy, three-hour Russian sci-fi epic, comes to the Senator

    Spit and shit and dead bodies: 'Hard to Be a God,' a grimy, three-hour Russian sci-fi epic, comes to the Senator
    The world of “Hard to Be a God,” a sci-fi film decades in the making and only completed after the death of its visionary Russian director Aleksei German, is inescapably fetid and squalid. Everybody spits—and almost constantly. They...

    A Wrinkle In Storytime: A parent thinks too hard about children's stories

    A Wrinkle In Storytime: A parent thinks too hard about children's stories
    When you have a baby, you imagine reading to them, snuggled up in a rocking chair, sharing beloved stories. And it’s like that, in the early days, when your baby is an adorable casing for unpredictable bodily fluids that stares at you lovingly....

    Clicking and Streaming: 'Friends' is part Gen-X shit-bag time capsule, part sci-fi New York where 9/11 didn't happen

    Clicking and Streaming: 'Friends' is part Gen-X shit-bag time capsule, part sci-fi New York where 9/11 didn't happen
    A proposition: Here are the only three ways to watch "Friends," the NBC sitcom about six white buddies living in Manhattan, which aired from 1994-2004 (streaming on Netflix in its 10-season-long entirety right now!) and none of them entail actually...

    Wandering Eye: A neo-noir crime blotter, data on parking in Baltimore, and more

    Wandering Eye: A neo-noir crime blotter, data on parking in Baltimore, and more
    Routine police coverage, ever a staple of local reporting, was epitomized in Baltimore by The Sun's Dick Irwin, who retired in 2010 after 44 years of slogging out the minutiae of blood and busts, and died in 2013. The Baltimore Guide also has a long...