With its harrowing statistics and deeply personal stories from survivors, The Hunting Ground, a new documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, is not an easy film to watch. But it is an important one.
The last time we heard about a film being pulled from theaters it was The Interview, a major studio production that received so much publicity from the alleged "censorship" that it's earned almost $46 million to date. This stands deep contrast to what the filmmakers of Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistanare facing.
Let’s just get this clear at the outset: New film The DUFF is based on the premise that every group of female friends has a “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” whose sole purpose for being in the group is to act as a gateway to her prettier companions.
For the first time in four years, the acting categories of the Academy Awards are lily-white. It's a curious circumstance, since one of this year's Best Picture nominees, Selma, features a predominantly Black cast.
Look, I don’t think the Oscars are all bad. There are some good films nominated, for sure. I’m rooting for Selma as Best Picture and Citizenfour for Best Documentary. I bet Patricia Arquette will snag Best Actress for her excellent role inBoyhood and I like howThe Imitation Game centers its story around the destructiveness of homophobia and sexism. But... that’s pretty much it.