Author: Véronique Emma Houxbois

The Oscars: Do They Even Matter?

The Oscars. I basically hate them. Oscar voters are notorious for not watching the films, and instead voting based on what their friends liked. And it took two years of fierce organizing online (April Reign’s #OscarsSoWhite) and offline for the Oscar voter base to expand and diversify. But as fake, absurd, and even gross as the Oscars can be, they still represent an important career milestone…and they present one of the year’s best spectacles. So, let’s talk Oscars. Do you see signs that the Oscars are making positive change? Either in terms of transforming the voting base to better...

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace is the Apotheosis of Ryan Murphy

“Do you even know Gianni Versace?” – Naomi Campbell When the news surfaced that American Crime Story’s debut season would tackle the O.J. Simpson trial, adapting Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life, Ryan Murphy hardly seemed to be the ideal shepherd, given his long standing penchant for sensationalism, debauchery, and razor’s edge manipulation of stereotypes, for the most polarizing criminal trial in living American history. Against all odds and conventional wisdom, the season was a spectacular success that the set the stage for the re-litigation of every media sensation of the 1990s from the Menedez Brothers and the...

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Star Trek: Discovery Goes Through the Looking Glass in its Mid-Season Return

Star Trek: Discovery 1.10: “Despite Yourself” Jonathan Frakes (director), Sean Cochran (writer) Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Jason Isaacs (cast) In choosing Star Trek: Discovery as my TV show of the year, I opined that the series is taking the phrase “To Boldly Go” more seriously than any of its predecessors, but with the premiere of the back half of the season, that statement requires a bit more granular attention. The first nine episodes put the emphasis of that phrase on “boldly,” making daring choices like introducing a brand new, female-led crew in the first half of the two-part debut...

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How The Punisher Uncannily Mirrors the Crimes of SEAL Team 6

The media and critical reactions to The Punisher Netflix series have understandably been focused on the timing of its release relative to the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1st, 2017-prompting the cancellation of promotional events in New York and Paris- but there’s a parallel real world narrative that suggests The Punisher is disturbingly timely. On November 12th, less than a week before The Punisher’s release date, Spencer Ackerman and Kevin Maurer, reporting for The Daily Beast, broke the story that a pair of US Navy SEALs were under investigation for the murder of Green Beret Logan Melgar,...

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Happy!’s Debut is the Perfect Send Off for a Most Violent Year

Happy! Brian Taylor and David Petrarca (directors) Adapted from Happy! by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson Chris Meloni, Lili Mirojnick, Joseph Reitman, Patton Oswalt Released December 6, 2017 Bloodiness is nothing new to comic book adaptations, but Happy!, the dark comedy adapted from Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s comic of the same title about a washed up cop turned hitman who’s hallucinating a cartoon horse, is bloody in a way that very insistently wants to a reaction to it. At most other times, it would come across as not much more than an unoriginal plea for attention and maybe...

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