Elena Sheppard I think Carol Burnett is a wonderful choice, but as Douglas mentioned, it just feels a bit belated. It does make me wonder why they would honor Tina Fey (brilliant though she may be) before Burnett.
Elena Sheppard "At the age of six, I had experienced my first moment of auto-correction and self-censorship, of political mimicry and doublespeak." A really powerful anecdote. Thanks for sharing your story, and Yoani's.
Elena Sheppard "Considering current fixations on image and shareable content, this is a viable strategy. Mass slaughter is now Facebook shareable. There are few better ways to effectively send a message than through a striking image. And despite their horror, there’s something undeniably artistic in the way these mass killings are structured, so clearly executed with a distinct aesthetic in mind." A completely fascinating point.
Elena Sheppard I think you raise some good points but fail to bring up some of the other interesting elements of the film. Boiling it down to whether or not "Spring Breakers" is feminist, really views the whole thing through a simplistic lens. Yes sex and power are key tools in the film, but I don't think that we are being told to feel one way or another about the girls' empowerment or lack thereof. In fact, one of the most interesting choices I think Korine makes is that he throws out all of these huge questions but never imposes a perspective on the viewer. Ultimately this film felt more like a commentary on the pursuit of happiness and how that can bleed into nihilism, and less about rewriting feminism.
Elena Sheppard It's funny when I read those books (Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre in particular) I felt like the characters were so much older than I was. But it really is the same feelings we feel today, just within the context of a totally different time period.