Big news from the NAACP Image Awards at the end of last week: women took top honors in the film directing and writing categories.Gina Prince-Bythewood won the prize for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture for The Secret Life of Bees, while Jenny Lumet took home honors for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture for Rachel Getting Married. Best Picture honors also went to The Secret Life Bees. What's more, women were represented almost equally in the writing and directing categories, with Prince-Bythewood earning a nomination for writing, and Darnell Martin earning writing and directing nods for Cadillac Records.
This is great news during the awards season homestretch. While the media is busy contemplating Kate Winslet's potential acceptance speech meltdown, it's a welcome sight to see more recognition of women who are MAKING films.
I think this year is the first time President's Day has felt worth celebrating! Considering the historic nature of our country's first African-American President, here are just a few other ground-breaking American political campaigns.
Several months ago, I remember hearing a movie reviewer say, "If you seen one teen vampire romance film this year, let it be Let The Right One In." I figured that since the Bitch site has been entranced by Twilight for what feels like months now, it would be appropriate to give this film its proper dues.
So, in honor of Valentine's Day and Kelsey's blog post on my favorite Swedish import, let me tell you a little about Let The Right One In.
Happy Valentine's Day! Okay, we all know that Valentine's Day is a vapid, capitalist, heteronormative holiday. The red and pink, the candy, the cards, the weird pressure to be in a relationship, it's all kind of annoying. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun, does it? Read on for some non-traditional Valentines, and to share your own thoughts on Cupid's (or Hallmark's?) holiday.
And you thought the Gandalf-on-Frodo slash fiction that circulates every time there’s a new LOTR installment was unsettling? You have no idea. Or actually, maybe you do. I didn’t, though, until longtime Bitch contributor Noah Berlatsky asked me if he could write about the Obama slash that’s apparently been sweeping the nerdier corners of these Internets for some time.
Notice that the Bitch blog just got a little more AWESOMER recently?
If not, check out the sidebar for our latest feature: BitchTapes! A weekly eight song playlist to get your weekend off right (or just to get you through Friday). Read on for my tracklist!
Last night, Annalee and I saw Swedish darling Lykke Li at the Hawthorne Theater here in Portland. The show included a kazoo solo, a megaphone, and covers of both Lil Wayne and Tribe Called Quest songs. Read on for more!
It is almost one and it still feels too early in the morning for this:
British young'uns Alfie Patten (age 13) and his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman (age 15) just gave birth to a bouncing baby of their own.
How is the media responding?
My Daniel Dae Kim crush began when I first saw him on Angel as Gavin Park, a rising star at an evil law firm. (Those cheekbones! That comic timing!) But of course, he's best known as Jin-Soo Kwon on Lost. After only one season on network primetime, Kim already had enough people crushing to earn a spot on People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" list 2005. Since Asian men normally get an asexual treatment on TV, it's refreshing to see that Daniel Dae Kim has maintained official heartthrob status, and proved his acting chops too.
Jin's character arc over the first four seasons of Lost also subverts expectations. He started out as an overbearing husband in the stereotypical Asian tradition (with an exceedingly timid Asian wife to match). But over the course of the series, Jim and Sun's relationship has been revealed to be a lot more complicated, and has grown to be more loving and equitable, too. Plus...