So last week I got a bit into the life and work of Malcolm X. I’m going to be referring to him more as we go on, but for this week I wanted to throw a bit more of a light-hearted example into the equation. That’s why today we’re going to be looking at Cyrus' … Continue reading Film Studies – The Warriors
So...a couple of things before we begin: I’ve already mentioned before how I am not Indigenous (not even the proverbial Cherokee grandmother), and I am in no way an expert in First Nations history or culture. I’ve read a few books, watched a few docs, listened to some podcasts. I’d like to think this qualifies … Continue reading 37-Molly’s Speech? (3) -Dreams/Visions
This one's long overdue. When I first planned out this blog my intent had been to have all of my key articles written beforehand, so that I could load them up right away as the first 5-6 posts. What I hadn't counted on was what a huge leap this blog would be in terms of … Continue reading What do I mean when I say ‘White’?
So this will be the second post on Molly Grace’s brilliant speaking abilities, and…it’s going to get dense. For the next two to three pages it’s going to be like walking against a blast from a firehose of wrong, so prepare yourselves. On a more serious note, this next section is going to involve a … Continue reading 36-Molly’s Speech (2)-Racist?
Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic Malcolm X (often just called 'X') is one of those movies that becomes more powerful the more you learn about the events it’s portraying. My first impressions of how Spike Lee framed the life story of American Muslim activist Malcolm X was that this was a bit of a fanboy hagiography. The movie … Continue reading Film Studies – Malcolm X
One of the many decorations in the background of the bar in the TV sitcom Cheers is a wooden Indian affectionately known as Tecumseh. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched the show, but to the best of my recollection, the only time it’s really brought to the forefront is one of the episodes … Continue reading 35-Molly’s Speech (1) – Authenticity
A kitbomb is a popular term in the Canadian Armed Forces, referring to the mess that results when a soldier (usually a panicky recruit on basic training) careless rifles through their ruck sack or duffel bag, leaving clothes scattered everywhere and making a bigger problem for themselves then when they started. I'm mentioning this because … Continue reading 34-When Billy met Molly
***This post is going to primarily be about the 2011 documentary Wiebo’s War by director/producer David York which can be seen for free at the National Film Board website. It will also draw upon the book ‘Saboteurs: Weibo Ludwig's War against Big Oil' by Andrew Nikiforuk for added information.*** The events of the late 1990s which came to be known as … Continue reading Film Studies – Wiebo’s War