Friday Link Roundup – Ghostbusters Edition

Ghostbusters

It’s been two years since the all-female reboot of the 1984 movie Ghostbusters was announced and today the movie finally hits theatres. It’s the film that everyone’s got an opinion about and until today most of these opinions were completely based on speculation. Now that people are finally able to actually see the movie (and maybe judge it on its merits rather than the gender of its cast) the internet has exploded with think pieces, articles, and click-bait. Here’s some of the best links we’ve found:

  • We here at The Pop Culture Reference saw Ghostbusters last night and LOVED it. And we all agreed that the standout performance of the movie belongs to Kate McKinnon. Slate has a great post breaking down when people first fell in love with her (for me it was her take on Cecilia Gimenez on Weekend Update). The post does a really good job of paying tribute to the queer lady fans she’s had for a (relatively) long time.Ghostbusters Kate McKinnon
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Ep. 9 – Beyoncé’s Lemonade

This week, we’re diving into Beyoncé’s world-changing visual album/way of life LEMONADE. Jeff and I are thrilled to be joined once again by guest panelist (and noted Beyoncé scholar) Taryn Cheal. Disclaimers first: we speak about “Beyoncé” and “Jay-Z” in the context of the work, and we are primarily talking about them as characters in […]

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I’m Here for Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee

The hosts of late-night television programs on the major networks are all white males. If you expand out to include the cable late nighters, you add some racial diversity to the mix (Hi Larry Wilmore and Trevor Noah! It’s great to see you both here, as of 2015). When Vanity Fair profiled the “titans of […]

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Friday Link Roundup – Lemonade Edition

Beyonce Lemonade Edition

It’s a Taryn Hope takeover! I have been honoured with the opportunity from my good pals at The Pop Culture Reference to come here and basically scream some of my thoughts about Beyoncé at someone other than my poor partner (who kindly listens to my ranting). Beyoncé’s second surprise visual album, entitled Lemonade, has dropped […]

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The Changing Role of the Male Mentor on Television

Television shows with a male mentor holding a clear position of power over a female character are nothing new. This specific relationship has existed almost as long as TV itself. Often this dynamic was even portrayed between married couples. Programs like I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, and I Love Lucy showed that even though the […]

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A User’s Guide to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Since it was coined in a 2007 A.V. Club review of Elizabethtown, the term Manic Pixie Dream Girl has been used to describe everyone from Zooey Deschanel’s character in (500) Days of Summer to Zooey Deschanel, the real-life human being. On its surface, the label of Manic Pixie Dream Girl appears to be no more […]

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