The Reel World Christmas Special 2017: Carol & Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

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Unconventional hosts Mike Thomas and Matt Waters chose two unconventional Christmas films to review for their unconventional podcast. How quirky. Continue reading The Reel World Christmas Special 2017: Carol & Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

How Carol Demonstrates that The Patriarchy Is Bad for Everyone

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This column contains spoilers for the film.

While the awards season buzz for Carol has mostly (and very deservedly) concentrated on the performances of the wonderful Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the work done by Kyle Chandler has been in some need for praise and celebration. The film was about the Blanchett and Mara characters of course (as well it should have been), and it was a gripping and (at times) emotionally devastating story of two women punished and held down by patriarchal values and institutions. It becomes clear though by the end that the film also expresses how those same values and institutions are crippling for men and thus, making matters even worse for women. Continue reading How Carol Demonstrates that The Patriarchy Is Bad for Everyone