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10 Diverse Web Shows To Solve HBO’s ‘Girls’ Problem

10 Diverse Web Shows To Solve HBO’s ‘Girls’ Problem

Thanks NewsforTVMajors and Racialicious for linking. So HBO has a problem with Girls. Mainly, that a lot of smart people are really pissed the show is so white! And they’re right. I’ve refrained from writing extensively about this because (a) so many other people (links above!) are doing it well, (b) I think the show is smart, [...]

April 23, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 2

The End of Post-Identity Television

The End of Post-Identity Television

Thanks to NewforTVMajors for linking. Nothing ever “ends” in culture — and nothing is ever new. Conditions change. Culture changes, sometimes. Still, it does feel like a certain era is ending. That era might be called the post-identity era, which, in television, had its prime in the 2000s. “Post-identity” here refers to the casting of characters [...]

April 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 0

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

At one point in José Padilha’s Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a police officer confronts local gang members in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, asking for his share of their drug revenue. The police are corrupt, but their illicit money supply has been cut off by their own belligerence: a massacre at a prison temporarily [...]

April 1, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 0

‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and the Need for Consequential Characters of Color

‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and the Need for Consequential Characters of Color

Thanks to Racialicious for linking. It was a blockbuster weekend if there ever was one. The Hunger Games shattered theatrical record after record, all the more admirable for what is essentially a feminist blockbuster — broad, violent and just as stirring other top earners Harry Potter and The Dark Night (blockbusters are so dark these days, aren’t they?). [...]

March 26, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 3

’30 Rock’ Charms Producers Guild By Mocking TV — On the Web

’30 Rock’ Charms Producers Guild By Mocking TV — On the Web

The Producers Guild joined the WGA this past weekend and honored original web programming. As Tubefilter notes, the nominees were usual suspects, a mix of web-grown originals (Ask a Ninja, The Guild), derivative programs (Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock) and web-to-TV success (Web Therapy). 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy: Executive Superhero won. Another of its series, Frank [...]

January 25, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 1

Video Awards: Making a Market?

Video Awards: Making a Market?

Originally posted at Hacktivision. Why have awards? Award shows help media creators establish norms and values for audiences. They adjudicate quality, innovation, diversity and help raise awareness. The past two weeks have seen two big awards developments for professional web video: the IAWTV Awards held at CES January 12 and the WGA nominations. What about [...]

January 20, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 1

Why TV Still Loves Books

Why TV Still Loves Books

The final version of this post has been published at Sparksheet. Comment there! From Sherlock Holmes to Gossip Girl, television has always loved books as source material. But recently it seems like every new series announced comes from the hottest novel or work of pulp fiction. Of course, there are deep historical connections between serialization [...]

November 12, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1

Is ‘Enlightened’ Enlightened? The Strange, Quiet Brilliance of HBO’s Dark Comedy

Is ‘Enlightened’ Enlightened? The Strange, Quiet Brilliance of HBO’s Dark Comedy

I recently texted a friend to complain about how overwhelmed I was by my lengthy to-do list — which included, incidentally, writing this blog post. Me: “My to-do list is never ending bleh.” Friend: “It always has been Marps. I’ve never met you when you told me ‘oh I’m so chill I got nothing on [...]

November 8, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Hollywood Needs Will Smith. Why Doesn’t It Make Another One?

Hollywood Needs Will Smith. Why Doesn’t It Make Another One?

In yet another great exclusive report on the industry, New York‘s Claude Brodesser-Akner writes today that Fox has been having a bit of trouble starting production on two possible sequels to Independence Day, in part because Will Smith is not yet signed on to star. Money problems. Smith, who’s been absent for years but is coming [...]

October 27, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 4

This Summer, Restrained Films with Bombastic Trailers

This Summer, Restrained Films with Bombastic Trailers

In the summer that gave us fairly unimaginative superheros in the Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America — are superhero films, post-Batman and Inception allowed to be this earnest? — and a slew of predictable money-grab sequeels in Cars, Pirates, Transformers and Kung Fu Pandas, it was exciting to go into the theater and be surprised. If you saw those [...]

September 13, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0