Reflections at the Art Institute.
Reflections at the Art Institute.
RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THIS WEEK’S ONCE UPON A TIME
Episode 2.12 “New York City Serenade”
Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! (or belated Women’s Day, depending on the time zone)
Legends never die.
"This year’s Oscar nominated male leads averaged 85 minutes of screen time, while female leads averaged only 57 minutes. That means audiences spent an average of 28 extra minutes watching performers like Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio than they did with Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. (This year’s biggest outlier is Sandra Bullock who received a whopping 87 percent of Gravity’s screen time, thus making her the exception that proves the rule.) After factoring in supporting nominees in both categories, male actors averaged 59 minutes while women averaged 42. And it turns out the disparity was even worse last year when nominated male leads averaged 100 minutes of screen time compared to female leads’ 49 minutes.” [Read More]
Coffee Chicago has everything I need in a coffee shop: delicious baked goods, free wifi, and good coffee. It’s conveniently located just off the Berwyn red line and a great place to do work or catch up with friends. The shop offers a fairly large menu—the vegetarian chili is quite delicious—as well as a whole selection of ice cream!
If there were a competition for finding Olympian doppelgangers, I would totally win gold.
Political discontent in Ravenswood.
If you’ve ever wanted to listen to me talk about The West Wing on a podcast, your oddly specific wish is coming true! I was honored to join the Televerse Podcast to talk about one of my all time favorite TV shows. We discuss the difference between the Aaron Sorkin and John Wells years (with supporters of each!), the fantastic acting, and our favorite episodes. My segment starts at 1:17:13 and you can listen here.
What a difference a year makes. Last February I escaped the frigid cold to visit a friend in LA. This year I’ve spent the Chicago winter only venturing outside to take out the trash. Spring has to get here soon, right? RIGHT?!?
My thoughts on last night’s Olympic Coverage!
"The biggest downside to narrative-driven programing is that often only one point of view is explored. Take, for example, NBC’s coverage of this year’s Opening Ceremony. Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira pointedly drew attention to Russia’s regressive policies against homosexuality and somewhat haughtily informed the audience that the ceremony glossed over the most violent, repressive eras of Russian history. On the one hand, Russia should absolutely be called out for its horrific treatment of the LGBT community, and it’s important to remember the bloody path Russia walked to become a world super power. On the other, every country sugarcoats its history when hosting the Olympics, yet not every country receives the criticism Russia did. For example, did commentators for the London Open Ceremony criticize Danny Boyle for glossing over England’s bloody, imperial past? Would Vieirademand that a US Opening Ceremony remind the world of slavery, Japanese internment, and the atomic bomb? If the games took place in New York would NBC bring in experts to discuss stop-and-frisk laws the way they have done occasionally for Russia’s anti-gay laws? Indeed, would they remind viewers that there are several US states that prohibit gay propaganda? The singular, slightly aggressive narrative of the Opening Ceremony—fueled by residual Cold War prejudices—left little room for such complexity or self-reflection.” [Read More]
Happy Valentine’s Day from these snow bunnies!