FEBRUARY 2ND-4TH | Many horrors and thrills infiltrate the cinema starting this Friday!
If you're caught up with all of the Oscar-nominated flicks by now, it might be time to try out something a little more terrifying but a little less show-stopping.
In Popdust's column, Box Office Breakdown, we aim to inform you of the top flicks to check out every weekend depending on what you're in the mood to enjoy. Looking to laugh? What about have your pants scared off? Maybe just need a little love? Whatever the case may be, we have it.
Take a peek at our top picks for this week...
The dangers of climate change before very real in this film where the weight of the pressures are finally enough to lead to the Earth's collapse. After an entire generation was essentially wiped out from the planet due to unlivable conditions, a new society has been established, one where bounty hunters are on the look out for environmental criminals just as much as they are those of any other kind. A female bounty hunter is on the search for a gang including one of these worst of these criminals of all time, but when she encounters a slave girl who reminds her of her deceased sister, the journey gets thrown a bit off course.
Marina is a waitress and a singer, who alongside her boyfriend, Orlando, is looking forward to discussing and planning their future together. Then, Orlando suddenly becomes ill and passes away, leaving Marina's plans to herself. The passing means Marina must confront and handle Orlando's family while remaining true to who she is and what she believes in. However, Marina will face challenges and disgust on her behalf simply because of her transgender identity. A powerful look and what it means to stand up for yourself while also understanding who it is that you really are as a person.
An animated flick, but necessarily ones for the kiddos with all of the action and adventure that ensues. Set more than 1,000 years back in time, a young man and his sister are abducted and taken far away from their home in a place they do not recognize. The siblings grow up in a world fueled by greed and injustice, making the young man's hopes of becoming a warrior for justice just a bit out of reach. However, if he can raise his voice and try to bring about change to his situation, something might just come to pass. Based on a true story, the tale tries to give justice to a "real hero."
A documentary to break up the intense fictional narratives might be in your cards. This true story of a newly forty year-old man named Joe who is in pursuit of taking back control of his life. His job is taxing, his custody battle even more so, all while his wife struggles with chronic illness and trying to raise four children. Joe can find himself when in the ring, although he promised he would stop the fighting for his family. Secretly, Joe works out alone, realizing that there are possible health complications from his passion of mixed martial arts fighting. Get a look at the demons living inside one man's head.
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Mostly on board for this because of Helen Mirren, the dame who can do no wrong. After her entire family passes away, Sarah Winchester is left the heir to a firearms company. Her house will then eventually turn into one of the most haunted in the entire San Francisco area. Outsiders only see the marvelous construction, but don't know of the tireless, endless hours of work that went into it. They're also clueless to her true intentions: to turn it into a prison for ghosts looking to take revenge on the Winchester family. Perhaps the most frightening thing about this horror picture is the fact is it based on a true story.
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Plus celebrities react to Nigerian protests.
Young people across Nigeria have been pouring into the streets for the last two weeks to protest police brutality, specifically the controversial special police force known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Tension came to a head on Tuesday when armed forces fired on protestors in Lagos, the biggest city in Nigeria, who were out past the state-mandated curfew. According to AP News, "Police also fired tear gas at one point, and smoke could be seen billowing from several areas in the city's center. Two private TV stations were forced off the air at least temporarily as their offices were burned."
Not all non-binary people prefer gender-neutral pronouns.
October 21, 2020 marks the third annual International Pronouns Day.
Created by an independent board and first observed in 2018, it's one of those small commemorative holidays that trends on Twitter in hopes of drawing attention to a pressing social issue, like International Women's Day (March 8th) or the ever so serious National Taco Day (October 4).
But Pronouns Day in particular "seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace." The organization's website further describes, "Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people's multiple, intersecting identities."
But in the words of nonbinary activist and Trevor Project's Head of Advocacy and Government Afairs, Sam Brenton, "Pronouns are hard." Never before have pronouns been scrutinized as closely as they are in 2019 for their power to (in)validate or accurately describe something as fluid as gender identity. In fact, it was only this year that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary expanded the definition of "they" "to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary" (thus codifying a long history in English language of using "they" to refer to a singular non-gendered entity).
‘Everyone has the responsibility to be respectful.’ — The @TrevorProject’s Sam Brinton is explaining why pronouns a… https://t.co/pMMO8KRvBR— NowThis (@NowThis)1571253180.0
But throwing an additional wrench in the works is the fact that not all non-binary people prefer gender-neutral pronouns.
Take me, for instance: Despite having female biology, I couldn't pass a lie detector test saying I'm a "woman." But my pragmatic, Puritan family is still endearingly confused by the idea of "liberal arts," let alone the notion of gender fluidity. And I'd rather share a communal language with them than do the emotional and mental labor of re-orienting their worldview for them. Plus, I have the privilege of passing as female without feeling too, too, terribly dysphoric (which non-binary people can definitely suffer from, despite not identifying as trans).
But enough about me, look at Queer Eye's beloved Jonathan Van Ness. While he's been outspoken about being genderqueer, gay, and HIV positive, he prefers he/him pronouns. "The older I get, the more I think that I'm nonbinary," Van Ness said. "I'm gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman." As he told Out magazine, he doesn't identify as a man, but he does prefer "he/him/his" pronouns. In his view, those pronouns don't detract from or contradict his non-binary identity, because gender is not about simple binaries between masculine and feminine identifiers. "Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I'm here for it," he said. "I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide. It's this social construct that I don't really feel like I fit into the way I used to."
On the other hand, last month non-binary singer Sam Smith announced that their preferred pronouns are "they/them." Smith posted to Instagram, "I've decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out." People like Smith and Trevor Project's Sam Brenton simply feel more validated, seen, heard, and true to themselves with gender-neutral pronouns. Smith wrote, "I'm so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f*ck it!"
Most importantly, as pretty much every non-binary person and activist is aware, changing cultural norms is hard. While LGBTQ+ activism is inspired and passionate and dedicated to expanding human rights to all gender identities, we all know that changing society's entire understanding of gender and pronoun usage is about slowly opening minds. As Smith wrote, "I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you." Happy Pronouns Day to you/him/her/they/(f)aer/zim.