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FFR #52: A Star is Born
This week’s episode is (maybe) our one year anniversary and Ebony eats cake in celebration. This week’s discussion surrounds the most recent remake of A Star is Born, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. As usual, we are a group divided on these tortured love stories but it might not be what you expect. Ebony […]
FFR #50: Gender Swapping in Media, Live at GeekGirlCon ’18!
On this week’s brand new FFR, we’re live at GeekGirlCon ’18 to talk about the ongoing trend of gender swaps in movies and television, whether it be specific characters who are reimagined as women (a la Starbuck in the Battlestar Galactica reboot) or a franchise that has historically centered men now centering female characters (as we […]
FFR #47: Top Gun
On this week’s FFR, we fly into the danger zone with Maverick, Iceman, Goose and the rest of the best of the best with the cultural juggernaut that is Top Gun. Is it a film carefully calculated to represent masculinity in such a way as to maximize navy recruitment efforts? Is it a film dripping with […]
FFR #46: Monsters and Men
On this week’s episode of FFR, we discuss the new film Monsters and Men, a drama loosely inspired by the 2014 murder of Eric Garner by officers of the NYPD. The film follows three men of color, one of them a cop himself, whose lives are impacted in different ways when police murder an unarmed black […]
Cinemaball 14: The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)
On this very special episode of Cinemaball, we celebrate Ebony’s achievement of scoring the first proper goal in the history of the game with an examination of her goal film, the overlooked 1985 teen power ballad of a movie that is The Legend of Billie Jean. Our conversation covers the film’s noteworthy respect for its young […]
FFR #45: Searching
On this week’s episode of FFR, the gang discusses Searching, a new thriller starring John Cho which takes place entirely on computer screens. As David Kim, a father searching for his missing daughter, John Cho navigates Facebook, Tumblr, creates spreadsheets, makes phone calls using FaceTime, and otherwise employs technology in the ways that many of us […]
FFR #44: Jack Ryan
On this week’s FFR, we talk about the new Amazon Prime series Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski as Tom Clancy’s most famous hero, who finds himself on the trail of–surprise!–a Muslim terrorist! What makes Jack Ryan interesting to discuss is the ways in which the creators of the show have clearly made a conscious effort to […]
Cinemaball 13: Broadcast News (1987)
This week on Cinemaball, Carolyn and Ebony take a close look at James L. Brooks’ 1987 masterpiece about the collision between professional ethics and personal desires, Broadcast News. The film features Holly Hunter in a breakthrough performance as news producer Jane Craig, a woman fiercely dedicated to maintaining high ethical standards for herself and her news […]
FFR # 42: Mulholland Drive
This week, Anita’s away so Ebony and Carolyn get weird with a look back at David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, a dreamlike odyssey about female fantasy, the commoditization of women in Hollywood, and—well, what IS Mulholland Drive about, really? We go on a winding journey in search of answers. We also discuss Louis CK and the enduring […]
FFR #41: Hackers, Strange Days, and How to Pronounce Ralph Fiennes
In this week’s episode, your favorite radical hacker collective get into the nitty-gritty of 90’s tech paranoia via the 1995 films Hackers and Strange Days. Caro can’t help but admire SD‘s attempt to create compelling a fable for its time; while Ebony and Anita discuss the gendered violence the film doesn’t allow us to look away […]
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On October 2nd, the highly anticipated debut from Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams will hit shelves. History Vs. Women is going to shake the foundations of what you know about larger-than-life women in history — but more importantly, it’s going to introduce you to a breathtaking tapestry of artists, Amazons, scholars, rebels, and villains you’ll be delighted to know. Pre-order today and get ready to be amazed by what women can do when they dare to be great.