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The Curse of Bonnie Bennett and the Magical Negro Stereotype.
Throughout the entire series run of The Vampire Diaries there’s been one character who has had the worst luck on the show, and that’s Bonnie Bennett the show’s resident witch (and hero in my eyes). Forget about Elena Gilbert and her “tragedy” the real tragic character is Bonnie Bennett, who joins a long list of token magical Negro characters in American cinema.
2017 has been a year to behold for superhero-themed live-action movies. We got a total of seven films out of the crazed genre; ranging from origin stories to team-ups of some of our iconic comic book heroes. I must say, I was satisfied by the efforts we've gotten from the filmmakers who were entrusted with bringing our heroes to life respectively. Even with some dire misfortunes, none of these movies completely fell flat.
How South African television's reinforcement of toxic gender-roles is holding our children back in an evolving world
Being "carefree" shouldn't be a conversation left on the frosty, whistling streets of Twitter when the lights go down. It shouldn't be treated like some sort of unwanted virus that disintegrates outside of said host. Twitter has helped a lot of us moult unhealthy societal norms, which have for years been coded into our very beings. But how do we take these signifact changes to the streets and apply them so that they benefit all South Africans outside of social media?
It's taken me five viewings in total to come to enjoy this film, having hated it for the first couple of viewings and felt ambivalent about it for the other couple, as a result of which I feel I must elaborate on my gradual change of heart about it.
I must begin, however, by saying that this will not be a defence of the film against the overwhelmingly negative mainstream critical appraisal it's received, which has actually already been carried out by a cabal of passionate fellow DCEU fans. This will also not involve any extraneous comparison to or juxtaposition with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it's relative critical and commercial success, for while it may belong to the exact same genre of film, it tends to different needs for the filmgoer. Lastly, this will not involve any justification for any of the litany of egregious flaws of this film.
Tessa Thompson coming on screen as Valkyrie is more important than we give it credit for. We're talking about a black bisexual woman serving some serious finesse on a movie by a studio as big as Marvel. Thompson realises the advantageous position she's in and she's unashamedly using it to push the "agenda" of putting more women, especially of colour, on. Needless to say, she's a queen with a purpose, muchlike her on-screen persona, Valkyrie- who debuted on the third Thor movie titled Thor: Ragnarok.
With my "8 Strange Things" blog-post series I'll be picking out 8 things that "strangely" caught my eye during watching a movie, TV series, reading a book, etc. and do a little analysis on those 8 things, and then rate the particular movie/series/book on my "strange meter".
Below is my 8 strange things about Blade Runner 2049
I've found movies helping me cope through my mental health battles more than I could've ever hoped for. Especially movies which address what I am going through (depression). I've found myself relating to the characters and finding solace in them more than I had ever felt before. We all know that movies are a good escape but, boy, I didn't imagine them providing some form of healing, acceptance and/or comfort for me. This is why I've compiled the lists below; I'm hoping that they reach and help one other person out there through the battle with their mental health.
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