Film Review: Netflix’s Horror-Comedy “Little Evil” Breaks Gender Norms

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Parenting is hard, but not as hard as having to raise a stepson whom you are convinced may be the antichrist. That’s exactly what Gary Bloom, played by Adam Scott, has to deal with in the 2017 American horror comedy film, “Little Evil,” that was released by Netflix on September 1, 2017.image

You get all of your creaks, moans, jump-scares, classic horror movie references, and an outlandish story with a satirical take with the film written and directed by Eli Craig. However, I was surprised to find that the film also subtly promoted an understanding and acceptance of gender fluidity. Continue reading “Film Review: Netflix’s Horror-Comedy “Little Evil” Breaks Gender Norms”

Math and the Patriarchy

Photo by Wanda Dechant via Flickr
Photo by Wanda Dechant via Flickr

The subject came about when she had uttered the words, “boys are just better at math.” My eyes metaphorically rolled so far back into my head that they could have fallen back into my throat.

I tried to reason with her in the most polite way possible. “I think a lot of it has to do with the different ways in we teach boys and girls, how society treats boys and girls differently, and how this notion of ‘boys are just better at math, and girls are just better at literature and language,’ has been subtly indoctrinated into the minds of the masses throughout all of time and has affected the way that girls see themselves in the classroom.”  Continue reading “Math and the Patriarchy”

The Bechdel Test

This is a video that runs through the movies that were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and measures them for how well-represented women are in the Hollywood scene. They use the Bechdel Test – what initially began as a bit of a joke now really highlights the lack of a significant female presence in films. Basically it says that if a movie passes the test it must fulfill the following conditions:

1. The movie must contain at least 2 women.

2. They must have names

3. They must talk about something else other than a man.

The sad thing about this Bechdel test, besides the fact that it even has to exist, is that very few films even pass the test. You would think that in 2012 that women would play a bigger part in the Hollywood industry, but the jobs are saturated with male director, producers, and writers who make movies about male centered themes. The Bechdel test, however, brings to light the male centered presence in film and it does recognize the fact that there should be some more variety in Hollywood with other minority groups as well.