17 – Genderswap The 80s!

Bustin’ makes me feel good. The new Ghostbusters film? I dunno, I haven’t watch it yet.

Here’s some stuff you might find interesting:

  • I wanted to open with a cool 80s song by a female artist, then this popped up on Spotify – a modern cover. Seemed appropriate. It was either that or post Fall Out Boy’s cover of the Ghostbusters theme, but this seemed more enjoyable for everyone.

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  • The Bechdel Test (or the Bechdel-Wallace Test) originated in the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985. Cartoonist Alison Bechdel made the strip after getting the idea from her friend Liz Wallace. The source of the test can also be traced back to Virginia Woolf’s 1929 thinkpiece A Room of One’s Own, where she criticised the simplicity of the relationships between females in the literature of the time.
  • Man // Woman // Mirror showcases a trope seen in many films; staring at your reflection and just generally thinking about yourself. This video compares male and female characters’ emotional, whether it’s angry or sad.
  • Coming to America was the first of many, *many* films to have Eddie Murphy in multiple roles. So, yay for that, I guess.
    • Most people know that James Earl Jones, Eddie Murphy’s character’s father and the King of Zamunda also voices Mufasa in The Lion King. Madge Sinclair, his wife in Coming to America, also voices his lion-wife Sarabi.
  • Mandy Patinkin‘s Inigo Montoya is, by far, my favourite character in The Princess Bride. Patinkin lost his father to cancer in 1972 and according to the actor, the major reason he took the role was so that through killing the six-fingered man who killed Inigo Montoya’s father, he was killing the cancer that took his own father.

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That’s all we’ve got this week. Join us next week for my pitch, which should be pretty Fantastic.

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