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Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), a romcom about the singing gays

Continuation from this post, regarding which Pitch Perfect movie provides the best content for Bechloe shippers. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) is interesting to me because I really think the movement from a small movie about acapella to a produced-for-the-masses movie about Ladies Who Sing is so significant and evident in every level of this movie’s production.

The reason why I struggle with ranking the first and second movies is that they really flow into each other so nicely. An understanding of the first movie really informs your PP2 viewing experience. Now, it’s difficult to watch the first without remembering the age-old adage of “what could have been” that the second really teases at. As far as shippers are concerned, there are fantastic moments in this movie and they tell an even more fantastic story about Beca and Chloe’s relationship.

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A theme I’ve noticed in TV shows and movies: boys and young adults as they get older are concerned with ‘being a man’ and what it means to ‘be a man’. Many reach a point in which they decide that they need to start acting like a man; this often encompasses the more negative aspects or stereotypes of masculinity: they start drinking alcohol, using violence, or misusing women. Then a father figure sits them down and gives them a talk on what it really means to 'be a man,’ i.e. responsibility and taking care of others. 

Correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s not really any equivalent for womanhood in popular culture, is there? All that I can think is when young girls get their first period and someone tells them 'you’re a woman now.’ Womanhood is often something imposed on them, and it’s perceived as as burden, but what does it actually mean to ‘be a woman?’

Manhood seems to be a status that one has to achieve, one that can be lost or taken away (the concept of 'man cards’ is a thing that exists). Womanhood seems more associated with beauty and femininity, but outside of Margaret Atwood novels, there’s no real fear of being declared 'unwoman’ for failing to live up to the standards. Then again, grown women are regularly referred to as 'girls,’ but maybe that’s a different topic entirely.


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Secondo la strategia del racconto la “storia” rappresentata non si conclude in un finale vero e proprio dal momento che la soggettività del lettore e il suo intuitivo desiderio di immaginare e scoprire collabora alla costruzione della narrazione riformandola nella propria mente e ri-trasmettendola nel tempo. 

Penso che una forma grafica si equivalga a un racconto, ha la capacità di superare il suo stesso finale e rimodellarsi attraverso la lettura. La metodologia narrativa utilizzata è ottenuta dalla sovvraposizione di sei lucidi ognuno con stampa diversa dall’altro,  che definiscono un senso illusorio della forma “muro”, il metodo avverte di come ogni storia possa aprire nuovi orizzonti in chi la legge, assumendo quindi ulteriori contorni e magari nuovi significati imprevisti. Con questo esercizio ho cercato di suscitare domande più che risposte. 

I sei lucidi sovrapposti quindi vanno ad aiutare il lettore a costruire nel suo immaginario visivo dinamicamente i concetti e farne propri i contenuti quindi percepire questo testo esteso e riprodotto “osare per scoprire se stessi” come una forma di “muro” che  riconosciamo come “leggibile”, ci vuole impedire di andare avanti perchè percepiamo un risultato famigliare e noi abbiamo paura se le cose cambino. Invece, sfogliando uno alla volta i sei lucidi distruggiamo la nostra interpretazione di “muro”, quindi reinterpretiamo il suo senso insieme alla sua forma di lettura non più regolare in una forma non stabile, quindi “illeggibile”, qualcosa di non usuale e per questo abbiamo paura di superare i nostri ostacoli perchè le cose cambiano, siamo bloccati nell’affrontare un qualcosa di diverso, bisogna essere coraggiosi e andare avanti per trasformare qualcosa di non conosciuto in una nuova opportunità.

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I went to go see Rihanna accept the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award and it was every bit the surreal postmodern cultural experience I’d hope it would be.

Highlights include:

-Rihanna somehow makes a light grey sweater dress edgy and sensual. I’m in awe.

-The Dean of Harvard College, visibly starstruck, addresses Rihanna and says “allow me to explain the mission of Harvard College” and then does just that for like 5 minutes. Then, he goes to shake her hand and when she kisses him on the cheek he turns beet red and looks like he’s about to faint.

-3 different Harvard undergrads give speeches about Rihanna and each one sounded more like a paper they wrote for a media studies class than the last.

-Rihanna gives each of the speakers’ cute references to her music a polite laugh and then actually, truly laughs when one of the undergrads recites a litany of her contributions to feminism that ended with a paean to her bejeweled flask.

-Rihanna is presented with a bouquet of roses by an adorable six-year-old who is probably now the coolest kid in his whole school district.

-This was the first Harvard event I’ve been to that didn’t give any stage time to a white man.