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The Week In Review: Top 5 Posts, Movie Trailer Round-Up, ‘WTF’ Moments

November 17 – November 23, 2013

Top 5 Posts You Should Read

1. Interview with Zeba and Fariha from “Two Brown Girls”

Our podcast is basically a fuck you in response to that, because it’s that very mode of ignoring said issues that’s resulted in the dearth of people of color, women, queer, and disabled people in movies and TV. It’s that mode that results in little black girls living in white suburbs growing up thinking that they’re worthless because they don’t look like Jennifer Lawrence or Angelina Jolie. It’s that mode that makes a white audience unable to see the humanity of a black character like Rue in The Hunger Games – an inability that directly ties into how they may feel about the humanity of POC in general.

2. Five Favorite Action Films with Michelle

The man of action himself, any list about action movies wouldn’t be correct unless it had a little James Bond in it. While many of my friends are firm believers in Sean Connery as the one and only true Bond, I will always have a place in my heart for Pierce Brosnan’s vulnerable, blue-eyed portrayal of one of the most famed action heroes of all time.

3. “Inside Llewyn Davis” Film Soundtrack Review

Naturally, the songs on here are all folk songs with a swerve in a different direction here and there (“Please Mr. Kennedy” and “The Auld Triangle”). This type of folk music, however, shouldn’t be confused with the folk of bearded guys like Iron & Wine, Bon Iver or Mumford & Sons.

4. The Best (And Worst) Fall 2013 TV Villains

It doesn’t get much better than a headless mercenary from the 18th century, especially when that headless mercenary turns out to be Death itself, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Besides looking pretty tricked out in his Revolutionary-era uniform and atop his pretty white red-eyed horse, the Horseman’s villainous exploits around Sleepy Hollow include going around decapitating people (cause he’s obviously got a complex about his own looks) and wielding a M16.

5. “Golden Sun: Dark Dawn” Game Review

A big part of the reason I found Golden Sun: Dark Dawn – the third entry in the series, released for the Nintendo DS – so interesting and worthy of review, is because the series itself has very graphically simple roots, utilizes the now largely outdated traditional Japanese Role Playing Game game play format and combat system, and yet still manages to be completely relevant.

Movie Trailer Round-Up

1. NSFW Trailer for Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”

Charlotte Gainsbourg, who worked with von Trier in Melancholia and Antichrist, plays a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, or sex addict, who “recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.”

2. “Need for Speed” Trailer Starring Aaron Paul in Really Fast Cars

Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison determined to settle the score with the man responsible for his false conviction.

3. Trailer for Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past” Starring Bérénice Bejo

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce.

4. “Devil’s Knot” Trailer: Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

5. Angelina Jolie In “Maleficent” Trailer

The “Sleeping Beauty” tale is told from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent and looks at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora.

Top 5 ‘WTF’ Moments of the Week

1. Shockingly Racist ‘Got Talent’ Judge Makes Howard Stern Look Tame [Gawker]

2. CBS Program Mike and Molly Says ‘F*ck You’ to the LGBT Community [The Huffington Post]

3. Kanye West’s New Video: ‘Bound 2’ [Ellentv]

4. Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Oprah’s Comments ‘Undermine Racism When It Does Occur’ [The Huffington Post]

5. Adam Levine is People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2013 [PEOPLE]