Author: Stephanie Tran

Frameline41’s “Transtastic” Selected Shorts Series is Fantastic

When I walked into the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and settled down to watch Frameline41’s “Transtastic” selected shorts series, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. There wasn’t any particular theme to the series, and the synopses of the films posted on the Frameline41 website revealed that they varied in theme, genre, and tone. The subject of the films, of course, centered around trans and gender nonconforming narratives, but I was curious if I would find themes that were present in multiple films. Knowing that the series was being co-presentd by local non-profit TransThrive, I hoped that, as...

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A Little Bit of Hope from Billy Boyd and Middle Earth

During my time at Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC) I had the opportunity to interview actor Billy Boyd. Boyd, who is perhaps best known as Pippin in The Lord of the Rings movies, was kind enough to take the time to speak to me and discuss the work he did on Lord of the Rings, as well as parallels between Rings and current events. It was surreal to even see Billy Boyd in person and also a bit shocking to see a bit of white in his hair — has it really been 16 years since The Fellowship of the...

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Just Butterflies: Steven Universe and Distress Tolerance

“Watch Steven Universe,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. Alright, I’m joking, but Steven Universe certainly is unique in how it handles serious and pertinent topics such as queerness, characters who are coded as people of color (POC), and characters living with mental illness. The show’s depiction of mental healthcare in particular isn’t just broad, it’s also cutting-edge, incorporating aspects of a relatively new method of therapy called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to explain how to live with mental and emotional distress. TW: attempted suicide, trauma, GIF warning *NOTE: I am not a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist...

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Emma Watson and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Classic White Feminism

In the fall of 2011, I met Emma Watson while studying at Oxford University in England. At the time the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie was only just being considered by Disney, and Watson was rumored to be attached to the project. As I waited for her to sign a page in my notebook, I asked Watson if she was actually attached to the movie. When she said she was, I blurted out, “Good, because I think you’d be perfect!” At the time I meant it with my whole heart. Ultimately, however, I’ve outgrown both Disney, Watson, and...

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Does “Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back” Hold Up?

Back in 2012, Topher Grace edited the three Star Wars prequels, The Phantom Menace, The Clone Wars, and Revenge of the Sith, into one 85 minute movie and called it Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back. After Rogue One, we wanted to see if held up. (Or, honestly, if it was ever good.) So Kat, Christa, Stephanie, and I sat down one Sunday afternoon together to watch and marvel over this valiant effort to turn the much despised prequels into, well, an actual movie. Is Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back an improvement on the originals? Christa Seeley: It’s an...

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