The action thriller flick Salt starring Angelina Jolie opens today and I plan to be there for the earliest showing possible (to avoid the crowds and I have tons of grant writing to do this weekend!) in order to vote with my dollars for the kind of movie, which while not perfect, is light years ahead of much of the other big budget releases featuring women this summer.
When questioned as to why my film criticism tends emphasize mainstream offerings, my response is usually, "Because that's where the people are." I actively consume and thoroughly appreciate obscure, art house fare where dialogue is delivered in urgent whispers; lives are complicated by eccentric passions and heartbreaking twists of fate. That said, I'm also a very pragmatic pop culture consumer, rejecting the notion that critically conscious content should be relegated to low budget art films screened far away from the masses.
Let me just say right up front that I don't expect any of the following from Life&Style, Us Weekly, or any of the other mags barfing their neon coverlines all over the Safeway checkout line: Accuracy, subtlety, reason, nuance, intelligence, imagination, responsibility, or feminism. They're tabloids about Bachelors and Kardashians, and their douchebaggery is as inescapable and unremarkable as traffic in Los Angeles.
But there's everyday Hollywood stupid and there's offensively, egregiously stupid—so stupid that I'm actually almost embarrassed for anyone associated with the product in question. And this week's Life& Style, featuring the wee Shiloh Jolie-Pitt sporting a cute new pixie haircut, is so emphatically the latter that there was no other possible contender for today's Douchebag Decree.
Both Angelina Jolie and Shakira have made headlines recently with their respective humanitarian work, Jolie with a recent Time magazine article, and a New York Times Magazine piece on Shakira's efforts to make child welfare reform a reality in Latin America. How do the two compare?
Maybe I over-post about Saturday Night Live, but I just can't
help myself. This season is one of the best ever! Plus, I'm thrilled
with the screen time that female cast members are getting. The newest
lady cast members, Michaela Watkins and Abby Elliott, are especially
crushable. They were presumably brought on at the end of last year to
fill the feminine gap left by Amy Poehler's departure, and they haven't
disappointed. Both have held their own in ensemble sketches and come up
with some hilarious recurring roles too.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is developing a new film adaptation of the popular Tomb Raider video game. In line with approach J.J. Abrams has taken for the new Star Trek movie, this new Tomb Raider picture would not be a sequel to the first two films in the Tomb Raider series starring Angelina Jolie, but a reboot featuring an all-new origin story for Lara Croft. It's a good bet that Jolie won't be starring in the new film.
Should we be excited about a new Tomb Raider movie? Well, sorta. More after the jump....