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February 2016

Film Question: Male-Gaze / Female-Gaze

How is gaze established? Obviously I’ve seen many films that employ the male-gaze, including the overt full-body pan shots of females and their bodies for consumption, but what are the examples of more subtle male-gaze. I ask because I’m curious how films could use the female-gaze. Obviously a film could just use the same techniques on male characters instead of female ones, but as I can only really think of these overt examples, I feel like the reverse (so full body shot of male characters as they’re putting on suntan lotion, for example) can sometimes illicit a more comedic affect since it’s such a reversal of the traditional male-gaze. Are there films that subtle employ the female-gaze? Definitely, but I’d like to study them more specifically. So if anyone has any examples, please comment!


One-Off Dialogue: Eager Beaver

A: Eager beaver gets the worm.
B: That’s not the expression. And beavers don’t eat worms, they eat wood.
A: Aren’t there worms in wood? Whatever… Eager beaver gets the wood… And worms.


A: Eager bird gets the wood.
B: *facepalm*


A: Eagle beaver gets the wormwood.

Identity Podcast

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When I was an RCA (residential college advisor) at Princeton, we brainstormed once about how we could talk about diversity with our freshmen. A lot of people, when they think of diversity, think of non-white skin colors, exotic last names, or foods that you couldn’t find in the typical American restaurant.

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Listen, Watch, Read: February 14th, 2016


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I found a new modern radio drama podcast: The Black Tapes. It is one reporter – Alex Reagan – investigating supernatural happenings that have been collected by Dr. Richard Strand, some dude who collects cases of the supernatural in order to disprove it’s existence. Most of the cases he gets he is able to disprove, but The Black Tapes are all the cases he receives that he has no plausible explanation for. (Also there’s maybe some love thing developing between Alex Reagan and Strand, which is just hilarious to hear play out on the tape.)

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Observations at Breakfast, Cafe Arquiza, Best Western La Corona Manila

From my vantage point in the corner of Best Western La Corona Manila’s Cafe Arquiza, I can see families and couples eating the most important meal of the day. For me, that’s two pieces of toast and soggy, cold, mush called scrambled eggs. There’s an individual egg maker in another corner of the cafe. Disappointed with the scrambled eggs, I order a proper fried egg from a new trainee called Kaylee.

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Listen, Watch, Read: February 7th, 2016


I like listening to interviews with artists (filmmakers, musicians, writers) I admire. Recently I listened to an interview with Miranda July. What I liked about this interview was the interviewer (Jenn Brandel from Curious City) asked really well-crafted questions that were not just about one work or another, but about the whole of July’s career in a way that was clear Brandel knew and admired most of July’s work. Although it was a conversation, the two never really talked about Brandel’s work, but her public media background came across in the type of questions she asked: really focused on how certain Miranda July’s pieces incorporate audience in fresh ways.

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Listen, Watch, Read: January 31, 2016


I’ve started Chinese New Year Break, so I haven’t been doing much new music. The week before I left on holiday, I downloaded the entire Marine Girls discography into a Spotify playlist and listened to it almost exclusively one day in Okinawa. I first heard about the Marine Girls through Expressway to Yr Skull. The Marine Girls were a minimalist (guitar, bass, vox, the lightest percussion) post-punk band from England in the 80s. They have some really good songs and a really good vibe. Kurt Cobain names their album Beach Party (the other one is Lazy Waves) one of his favorite 50 albums. Even though the music is over 30 years old, it feels like something I could find in an alternative music venue. But then it also sounds older than the 80s. Like it could be from the 60s. It’s another one of the bands that I would pick to build the soundtrack of a Wes Anderson movie. I suppose that means Marine Girls sounds timeless.

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