The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. This special edition features, naturally, a lot of Star Wars: Episode VII reactions tucked prominently into other non-Star Wars editorials.
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“The Star Wars Cast Should Be Better” — Richard Lawson at Vanity Fair is irritated by the minority math for the as-yet-named cast. He wags a finger at 2/11 women and 2/11 minority (men), hoping for further casting announcements.
“Why the New Star Wars Could Still Give Us the Hero we Deserve” — Meanwhile at Vanity Fair, Joanna Robinson champions John Boyega, bruv.
“Whose Girlfriend Will The One New Female Star Wars Cast Member Get To Be?” — Devin Faraci at Badass Digest spits bile at the boy’s club while making a healthy amount of assumptions about who Daisy Ridley will play.
“Hey Star Wars — Where the Hell Are The Women?” — Annalee Newitz at io9 adds the production’s dismissal of the extended universe (and its many female characters) to the pile, one more stab in the eye.
“Gender Politics and the Casting of Star Wars” — Drew McWeeny wants to wait for the final product to pass judgement. What a novel concept. He’s also excited about the talent they’ve picked.
“Andrew Garfield on The Amazing Spider-Man‘s ‘Ultimate’ Potential” — All of this comes on the heels of Peter Parker claiming that the movies could turn to Miles Morales after he’s done. Josh Wigler at Comic Book Resources has the interview. Here’s Garfield:
“I think one of the amazing things about Spider-Man is that you don’t see skin color when he’s in the suit. You don’t see any religious beliefs. You don’t see any denominations. Everyone can project themselves into that suit. It’s incredibly powerful in that way. So of course I think it’s important that the openness, the casting, in terms of who could be Spider-Man, could be absolutely anyone. A hero is a hero, whether you’re a man, woman, gay, lesbian, straight, black, white or red all over — it doesn’t matter.
Miles Morales was a huge moment in this character’s comic book life. And I do believe that we can do that. It’s something I’m really interested in figuring out; an eloquent way of coexisting, or passing on the torch. I don’t have an answer, but I think it’s actually a really important move. I think it’s a really beautiful and important move.”
“The Star Wars Sequel That Never Happened” — Mike Ryan at ScreenCrush takes a look at “Splinter Of the Mind’s Eye,” the alternative plan if Empire hadn’t gone through.
“For Criterion Consideration: Jean-Luc Godard’s Notre Musique” — Joshua Brunsting at Criterioncast nominates an exploration of violence for the collection.
“Sex, cruelty, comedy and the cast in A Fish Called Wanda” — The Dissolve gang covers all of the topics listed in the headline while trying not to laugh the entire time. Remember, everyone, Vietnam was a tie!
“Advice to Young Critics” — Matt Zoller Seitz at RogerEbert.com puts his veteran status to instructional use for aspiring young critics. I’d add to know what you’re getting into. This is an occupation where you can get a modest paycheck supplemented by access to passion, but you’re going to eat a lot of salad. Seitz’s advice is excellent, particularly this entry:
“7. Avoid rhetorical echo chambers. Seek out and converse with people whose views on art and life are diametrically opposed to yours, so that you don’t preach to the choir all the time. “
Seems appropriate, no?