Why ‘Ghostbusters 3’ Might Be Awesome

Published: The Good Men Project (September 27, 2014)

If a female-led Ghostbusters 3 becomes a reality, what could that mean for future of female comedy writers, actors. and directors?

 

Recently, Bill Murray made entertainment headlines by listing his picks for the new line-up to spearhead the long-awaited Ghostbusters 3. The names included Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini, and Emma Stone.

As you may have noticed, each of these comedians and/or comically-gifted actresses is female.

Since this isn’t the first time the prospect of an all-woman Ghostbusters movie has been bandied about, it makes sense that the feminist dimension of the subject hasn’t received much attention from the blogosphere. Now that there are specific names being considered, however, it is important for film aficionados and feminists alike to explore what having an ensemble of talented actresses “take over” such a mega-blockbuster franchise would have for American pop culture. read more

Anita Sarkeesian & The Self-Dehumanization of a Generation

Published: The Good Men Project (September 24, 2014; republished on October 15, 2014)

The backlash against statements by gaming commentator Anita Sarkeesian has writer Matthew Rozsa questioning mob mentality in the digital world.

 

Before discussing the Anita Sarkeesian controversy – better known these days as “GamerGate” – I’d like to submit the following quote for your consideration, courtesy of one the acclaimed 1976 dark comedy Network:

“… this is no longer a nation of independent individuals. It’s a nation of some 200-odd million transistorized, deodorized, whiter-than-white steel-belted bodies, totally unnecessary as human beings, and as replaceable as piston rods…” read more

Al Gore is the single-issue candidate we need

Published: Salon (July 19, 2014)

Maybe he wouldn’t win, but Al Gore could still make climate change one of the biggest stories of 2016

With Republican pundits speculating on the possibility of a third Mitt Romney bid for the White House, I think it’s appropriate to mention another two-time presidential candidate whose moment has come in 2016 — Al Gore.

Allow me to explain.

I have never met Gore, nor am I connected with anyone who has a professional interest in seeing a renaissance for Gore’s political career. Similarly, I am not writing this article in my capacities as a political columnist, graduate student or local Pennsylvania politician, but as a concerned citizen — not only of the United States, but of the world. Like President Obama, who made news this week by pointing out that the climate change crisis threatens every aspect of America’s future, I want to make sure my children will grow up in a strong country, one that is safe and secure on a healthy planet. And America needs Al Gore to make a bid for the White House because of his unique credibility on anthropogenic global warming. read more

Robin Williams Shaped By Depression’s Double-Edged Sword

Published: The Morning Call (September 10, 2014)

The New York Times, which is capable of producing great insights, puzzlingly expressed surprise at Robin Williams’ legendary work ethic in its obituary. “Given his well-publicized troubles with depression, addiction, alcoholism and a significant heart surgery in 2009,” it commented, “Mr. Williams should have had a résumé filled with mysterious gaps. Instead, he worked nonstop.”

While I can’t speak to the effect that Parkinson’s disease, substance addictions and heart surgery could have had on Williams’ career, I’m not the least bit surprised that a severe depressive would also have an indefatigable work ethic. read more