June 27, 2010 |
Growing up in San Francisco's Chinatown, Arthur Dong loved going to the movies and began collecting movie fliers when only 7. The first one, like first love, is imprinted in memory — "Flower Drum Song" (1961), based on a hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about the Chinese American generation gap. "It was really something because it was the first English-language film shown at the Great Star Theatre," he recalls, "and also because it was a Hollywood film with all Asian actors."
June 10, 2010 |
Carrying firearms. Chopping wood for fuel. Eating deer stew for dinner. Gathering your kith and kin together for a folk-music jam session. In certain parts of contemporary America, these activities wouldn't register as unusual. But to a self-described liberal, East Coast, upper-class person like director Debra Granik, the world she set out to depict in the new film "Winter's Bone" might as well have been a foreign country. "I did not have a connection to that region," Granik said recently, speaking of the Ozarks of southern Missouri, where her tautly poetic drama takes place.
June 8, 2010 |
Fox's musical comedy hit "Glee" has revolutionized TV in many ways (including the fact that TV critics can now write the term "musical comedy hit," and who thought that would ever happen?). But watching the recent "Safety Dance" episode, it all came together: Here is a show celebrating popular music and there isn't even a whiff of boomage. Those of us who had the misfortune to be born in the first half of the 1960s are truly a lost generation. Not quite boomers, not quite Gen X, we came of age as the Carter White House succumbed to the Reagan years, when women rediscovered shoulder pads and men wore penny loafers with no socks, when everyone found the conceits of "Bosom Buddies" and "Three's Company" racy and hilarious.
May 23, 2010 |
Since its release, the video game franchise Prince of Persia has become notable for the acrobatic grace of its dagger-wielding, balloon pants-wearing hero as well as for what the games didn't do: affront gamers of Middle Eastern and Muslim descent with stereotypical depictions of people from the region as terrorists or religious zealots. Independent filmmaker and blogger Jehanzeb Dar, to name one such player, remembers his favorable first reaction to the swashbuckling action game, which is set amid the sands and ancient cities of Persia (as ancient Iran is known)
April 21, 2010 |
Kim Yong-sook is fed up and she's not going to take it anymore. She's weary of women between the ages of 30 and 60 being ridiculed as selfish and unstylish — bossy, gossiping magpies with bad perms who pinch pennies and hog seats on the subway. They're known as ajumma , a word long applied to married women with children but which in recent years has taken on a pejorative connotation that irks Kim. Among many South Koreans, it's now often used to conjure an image of homemakers who disdain full-time jobs to while away afternoons on park benches, in coffee shops and at social clubs, bragging about their children and, if they've got the money, go on shopping sprees.
March 18, 2010 |
For much of the 1950s and '60s, Sidney Poitier was the standard-bearer for all of black Hollywood, his stardom held aloft as a beacon of integration and progress. In reality, the movie industry remained largely segregated and out of step with the developments of the civil rights era; the Poitier mythology not only obscured this truth, but it also dwarfed the contributions of other African American actors, some of whom paved the way for Poitier's ascent. No one deserves more credit for presaging the stereotype-breaking characters that Poitier perfected than James Edwards, who, in 1949, shot from anonymity to stardom in producer Stanley Kramer's controversial, race-infused war melodrama, "Home of the Brave."
February 4, 2010
Dear Amy: I am a 16-year-old girl and have a part-time job as a baby sitter. Every day is an adventure, learning about these kids. Recently, I have become aware of their stereotypes about Latinos. Coming from a Latino family (although my skin is white), I get offended by this. Recently, while walking home, a van with Latino men passed by. One of the boys made a comment about how these men had "probably just robbed a house." I was shocked and didn't know what to say. Is it my place to say anything?
January 26, 2010 |
Starring in a popular TV series is a highlight of any actor's career -- but it can also be a trap. Once a series is over, it's hard for many stars to get off what one veteran called "the island of lost actors." For Gerald McRaney, getting off that island was doubly hard since he was identified with two hit series, "Simon & Simon" (1981-89) and "Major Dad" (1989-93). But McRaney has made the great escape in fine fashion, and today the 62-year-old actor finds himself much in demand for movie, stage and TV roles with some of the top talents in Hollywood, including J.J. Abrams ("Lost")
January 26, 2010 |
Girls have long embraced the stereotype that they're not supposed to be good at math. It seems they may be getting the idea from a surprising source -- their female elementary school teachers. First- and second-graders whose teachers were anxious about mathematics were more likely to believe that boys are hard-wired for math and that girls are better at reading, a new study has found. What's more, the girls who bought into that notion scored significantly lower on math tests than their peers who didn't.