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Ursula Rising: The Female Problem in Renaissance Italy as seen in ‘The Borgias’

Let's make one thing clear: Ursula Bonadeo is a fictional character in the greater scheme of Borgia history, a composition of the women Cesare romanced during his time. However, I have a humongous problem with her. She is the weakest female character on the show, and poorly constructed. I don't…

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Zootopia cityscape

Zootopia (2016)

If you're familiar with the species relations in Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (movie version) or even Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (book version), it brings up the question: who decides who is savage or not? The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is…

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Keanu Reeves as John Wick

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I knew exactly what to expect and got it. You can't ask too much of any action/adventure film anymore. Say what you want about Keanu, but you cannot take your eyes off of him. I'm not saying that as a red-blooded woman. Keanu has that…

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Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station (2013)

Fruitvale Station (2013)

I vividly remember watching the footage of Oscar Grant’s murder on New Year’s Day 2009. Phones were becoming smarter every day. Citizen journalism was on the rise, even if it didn’t have a name then. The videos disturbed me greatly. So I resisted watching this movie until I was better…

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chris evans and mckenna grace in gifted

Gifted (2017)

Gifted is a beautiful, heart-wrenching picture. Chris Evans headlines as Frank Adler, uncle to the precocious and uber-talented McKenna Grace's Mary, the gifted of the title. Jenny Slate, Lindsay Duncan, and Octavia Spencer round out the intimate cast. I loved Evans and Grace's chemistry. My favorite line of his is…

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dunkirk

Dunkirk (2017)

This side of Nolan was refreshing. I feel like his big blockbusters were the first rounds to the main event. Nolan said in the marketing junkets for this movie that this was his dream project for many years. But he felt he wasn't professionally ready to. I'm glad he knew…

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faye dunaway as bonnie parker, warren beatty as clyde barrow

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

They're young... they're in love... and they kill people. Bonnie and Clyde is a solid, character-driven film that holds up well after 50 years. They easily could've made a picture focusing solely on the action, but it was led by these larger-than-life characters. I felt Beatty and Dunaway had great…

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disney/pixar's inside out

Inside Out (2015)

As part of the Fathom Events special event premiere, Pete Docter (who also directed Monsters, Inc. and Up) and the producer Jonas Rivera brought us along on a tour of the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville. My favorite parts were seeing Peter Sohn (he did the voice for Emile in…

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vin diesel as kaulder in the last witch hunter

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

On the surface, The Last Witch Hunter feels like Vin Diesel playing Vin Diesel in a Vin Diesel film, produced by Vin Diesel. And you may very well come away with that perspective, once you’re through. But if my writing program have taught me anything, it’s that the story takes…

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