Projecting: Leaked Photos, Food Network’s Fall, The Simpsons & Movie Parodies, Female Superhero Film



Editor’s Note: Projecting features a selection of great film and television focused writing from around the internet.


Courtney Enlow explains how the latest naked celebrity photo leak speaks to a deeper issue with the way women are viewed, for Pajiba:

That’s why the 4chan photo leak is so upsetting. Because a single glance at Twitter will tell you that victim blaming is not only rampant, it’s likely the majority. For every statement of sympathy to the women whose massively personal, vulnerable information was shared, there are several posts about the idiocy of posting these pictures on the internet (which they didn’t) or taking them at all (which is none of our business).


Farsh Askari takes a long hard look at the tattered remains of a once beloved Food Network, with an eye on who is to blame for its downfall, for Salon:

Let’s break this down. One of my biggest pet peeves is the way local news reporters talk. They deliver news to viewers like we’re all 5-year-olds, with their excessive use of alliteration and disproportionate pauses between words. Guy Fieri has adopted this local-news-reporter intonation and cadence, except Guy is also shouting for some reason. He is incessantly screaming at us to eat concoctions such as beer-battered meatball sandwiches, wrapped in a pizza and deep-fried in lard.


Adam Bellotto goes all the way back to the first time and breaks down how The Simpsons’ movie parodies have evolved, for Film School Rejects:

But an exemplary trait of The Simpsons that tends to get short shrift (or shorter shrift, anyway), is its relationship with cinema. The Simpsons overflows with a love for film. Little homages to the classics. Grand spoofings of whatever’s current. Whole episodes based around Cape Fear or Mary Poppins. Throwaway puns on movie theater marquees. Story. Music. Cinematography. All will be parodied by this crudely-drawn family with wildly inaccurate skin color and haircuts that extend out of their face-skin.


Laura Kadner struggles to find a reason for not having a female led superhero movie, for Hello Giggles:

It’s fair to say that past films like Catwoman or Elektra didn’t exactly clean up at the box office, but times they are a-changin’! And besides, think of all the conventional male-led superhero movies that bombed. It’s not a matter of gender—people just want to see good movies. And now more than ever the public is looking for female representation in leading roles. I’m pretty sure audiences would be clamoring to see a Scarlett Johansson Black Widow spectacular or a Mystique spin-off from the X-Men headlined by Jennifer Lawrence.


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Derek was the only engineer at Northeastern University taking a class on German film and turning a sociology research paper into an examination of Scorsese’s work. Still living in Boston, MA, he blatantly abuses his Netflix account, but can never seem to get his Instant Queue below 200. He continues to fight the stigma that being good at math means you are not any no good at writing. I good write, very much.