Category: Editorial

Arianne’s Monthly Watchlist.

If you know me, you know I watch A LOT of television. Finding hidden gems, trying to keep up with what everyone is watching and losing myself in television is the norm for me. Television has always been my escape, even more than film. But not everyone watches as much television as I do and I know that. So in this column, I will tell you what I watched and loved and what to look forward too.

So every month, I will give you guys a television report card in a certain way. My top 10 TV shows of the month, in no particular order, some honourable mentions and what to look forward too. I will even tell you where you can watch it! Now this time it will be a little different because I want to cover shows beyond this month since a lot of great television has aired in 2019 and I haven’t covered it. So this list will be longer than usual. So here we go… Welcome to Arianne’s Watchlist.

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Marvel’s Phase 4 is a Step In The Right Direction

It’s been almost 48 hours and I still can’t believe what Marvel announced in Hall H during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. In the past, I have been one of those who have criticized Marvel for simply doing the bare minimum when it came to diversity and always tapping itself on the back when it came to praises. I even wrote on here about that token moment in Endgame and how Marvel needed to do better.

And then on Saturday night, during Comic-Con, Marvel blew my mind. During the panel, I was watching Do The Right Thing in theatres on 35mm for the first time and I was already more than emotional when I walked out. So to opened my twitter feed and saw everything that had happened, my jaw was on the floor. Since then, I have been trying to process it all. Just to recap, in 2 years Marvel is going to release 10 projects, 7 of those in 2021. And that’s insane. But what’s even more insane is the lineup of everything that was announced.

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A new 007 is coming and I can’t wait.

I will be honest, yes I have watched most of the James Bond movies but I never was a true fan. I liked the films but the sexism and misogyny of it all always rubbed me the wrong way. Hell, one of my final essay in University was about just that. But never the less, I was always planning to keep going with the series, because they actually happened to be good. I enjoyed the action and Daniel Craig was a good Bond, he wasn’t your typical Bond but he still was entertaining.

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Jodie Comer is giving the best performance right now on television

Since it’s premiere last year, I have been praising Killing Eve. In just eight episodes, the show was able to create one of the most dynamic relationships on television and yet only have it’s two main characters together for a handful of moments. Killing Eve brought something new in term of the cat and mouse story. With that, it also created opportunities for it’s two leading ladies to shine brighter than ever.

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Stop saying Marvel is having a gay moment, it isn’t.

Avengers Endgame is breaking all box office records in the books. It is the fastest movie to ever get not only to 1 billion dollars but also to 2 billion and I would be surprised if it surpasses Avatar soon-ish. With a 300+ millions debut in North America alone and 1.2 billion worldwide, it is indisputable how big the film and the franchise is. And Marvel Studios deserves the praise for what it has achieved. Endgame is one hell of a film, giving everyone a satisfying ending to the Infinity Saga that we have been watching since the first Iron Man came out. But, if there’s one flaw for me in this near perfect film is the introduction of a throwaway gay character (played by one of the directors) and how the media decided to frame this character.

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Film PSA: International Women’s Day

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll see that this is a post we make every other week or so whenever we have new film releases that we can support. Today marks a very crucial day, so we’re going to start celebrating this way, we’re here to talk about some of our favourite films by and about women.

Today also marks the day that Captain Marvel is released, so there’s that too.

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Her gender isn’t everything.

I still remember when it was announced that Jodie Whittaker was going to be taking over for Peter Capaldi as the new face of Doctor Who. A day of celebration for many, haters were naturally drawn to the sounds of joy and started flooding the Internet with comments about how a female doctor would ruin the show. White, male nerds do not take well to change. Thankfully, the overwhelming support for a female doctor made those comments seem like nothing more than a small, obstinate few. When the show premiered and Whittaker’s performance met with overwhelming approval, those comments were nearly forgotten. Nearly.

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Don’t Call Us Niche

A few years back, Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for her role in BlueJasmine​, and during her acceptance speech, she touched on something that Hollywood had yet to catch on to: “[They think] female films, with women at the centre, are niche experiences – they are not, audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money.” She said it in 2014, but they’re just barely catching on.

If you take a look at the films coming out of the major studios, there’s a tendency towards casting known White actors. It seems as if Hollywood believes that by doing so they will attract more viewers. Fans of Wes Anderson are aware that isn’t always the case.  When we focus on a specific group of people, like some examples we will be looking at momentarily, we’ll see how they aren’t minimizing the amount of viewers.

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Welcome

Hi! We’re new, so we’d like to introduce ourselves.

We are the underSCENE. Primarily based out of Toronto, we are a collection of writers who want to be a step towards the change we need. But first and foremost, we’re a bunch of film geeks, and so we’re gonna frame these ideas for the big screen. And that means looking at the film industry and its mess. Before we get into all of that (Trust me, we will.) we’re here to talk about being visible on screen. For those of us non-cis, non-white folk, we don’t often see ourselves in the movies or on T.V. Rarely in a positive way. We’re never the hero of the story, but the sidekick, the villain, or dead before the end. It’s exhausting and demoralizing. Sure, representation for minorities is getting better, but for every Black Panther or Crazy Rich Asians, we have thousands of films starring Scarlett Johansson as an Asian person. The corporate media chooses not to properly cover these films, so we’ll do it instead.

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