movies

The Women of Wakanda

B is joined by Still Processing's Jenna Wortham to talk through the women in the hit film Black Panther.

Romantic Comedies 101

Rom coms were invented thanks to Hollywood censorship. In this introduction to a five-episode series exploring the vintage screwballs to the modern screwups, Cristen and Caroline spotlight the hallmarks, hijinks and heteronormativity of the romantic comedy movie genre.

Why are witches green?

What's up with our popular conception of witches as a green-skinned hags? It is, after all, one of the most common witch-related Google queries.

The Very PG-13 Summer of 1984

If you want a film to rake in cash at the box office, here's a tip: make it PG-13. From 1995 to 2012, PG-13 films made more money than those under any other rating, with PG-13 flicks grossing $42 million on average, compared to $38 million for G, $37 million for PG, and $15 million for R. When the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) unveiled the rating on July 1, 1984, it wasn't looking to create a Hollywood cash cow; rather, it was seeking to assuage parents complaining that the 1984 blockbuster "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," which features a scene with a man holding a still-beating heart in his bare hands and other visual delights, was too gory for its original PG rating.

Failing the Bechdel Test: Women on Screen Don't Have Much to Say

If you went to see a movie this weekend at your local cineplex (as opposed to the art house cinema), there's a good chance that the leading actor on screen was a man. Don't buy that assumption? Take a moment and consider the Bechdel Test, a three-question quiz on gender representation in film: