At We Minored in Film, Kelly Konda writes about the women involved in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising who made it surprisingly feminist — including Chloe Grace Moretz herself.
Mario Vargas Llosa published an excellent essay on the value of literature at the New Republic. Yes, a million essays have been published on this topic. But few of them were by Nobel prize winners who have written so generously and expansively about the human condition as Vargas Llosa, who writes:
Literature says nothing to those human beings who are satisfied with their lot, who are content with life as they now live it. Literature is the food of the rebellious spirit, the promulgator of non-conformities, the refuge for those who have too much or too little in life.
Vulture writes about how The Mindy Project responded to critiques of its representation with the “Coconut” episode — and how Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt didn’t quite respond as well.
Nashville ended this week, presumably, though the #bringbackNashville campaign is still going strong on Twitter. (It also ended on a cliffhanger, with an alternate happy ending filmed just in case, and Lionsgate sounds very confident it will come back on another platform.) The Internet bid it a contingent goodbye with some fun thought pieces:
- Vulture writes that “Nashville Wasn’t A Great Show But It Was Hard to Quit.”
- Slate writes that “Nashville Wasn’t Just a Mediocre Show About Country Music. It Was a Great One About Addiction.” We would argue that the dark, great show at Nashville’s core was one about Juliette’s struggles with depression and addiction, rather than Deacon’s, but still an interesting piece.
- And, of course, Rolling Stone’s 12 Best Musical Moments from the series. Too much Rayna/Deacon and not enough Lennon/Maisy for our taste, so we might just have to write our own!