It's New Years Eve, and it's also my second vegan anniversary (yay!) and I'm having a low key night posting a low key blog post.
I saw Annie today with a friend of mine, and it was really great. Quvenzhané Wallis was amazing (but we knew that already), and all of the other actors did a really good job too. They got creative with the implementation of the music, and they modernized it for 2014.
I recommend putting some money into this movie; it's getting a bad rep and it doesn't deserve that. That's saying something because I don't particularly like musicals.
Quvenzhané has been getting a lot of crap because people don't know how to pronounce her name. More accurately, people often won't learn how to pronounce her name. So here's a link to her pronouncing it herself here.
Wallis' past roles include Beasts of the Southern Wild and 12 Years a Slave.
And while I'm talking about movies, I want to talk a bit about The Interview and the ridiculous amount of viewings it's gotten.
The main issue with The Interview isn't that Sony initially canceled screenings of it. The issue is that it's a racist film that dehumanizes the struggles of MILLIONS of people. The film shouldn't have been made, and it's a terrible example of artistic freedom.
You know what it's a great example of? Damaging media. So everyone can shut up about it being some beacon of patriotism to see this film. It's harmful, it's racist and it should go away.
If you're interested in donating to North Korean refugees, link here.
I suppose that's a bit of a hard note to end on, but it's a hard knock life. (Get it?) No but seriously, 2015 should be a year for deconstructing the harmful content in media, and in conversation, and in academia. Come on guys, we got this.