Movies

Woody Allen Is Canceled

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Hopefully most of you have already come to this conclusion on your own, but Woody Allen is unequivocal trash. Here’s a story about another teenager with whom he had a sexual relationship. This time, surprisingly, they appear not to have been relatives.

We get it, someone told you once that Allen’s movies were culturally relevant. Yeah, we all accepted a lot of things when we were freshmen in college. The taste of Jagermeister, for instance. That doesn’t mean it’s good or that we should swallow it and pretend we understand the appeal. It also doesn’t make you cool to imbibe ironically or to be deviantly contrary. We’re all set with that, too.

Your DGB for today is to quit watching Allen’s movies. Delete them from your libraries. His self-indulgent, autobiographical, pedophilic “art” can go right down the drain.

Watch A Movie

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February is Black History Month in the U.S. and we would like you to break from white washing and white centering. Today we want you to watch a movie made by, for, about, and starring Black people. Luckily there are dozens of great options and most are available via a streaming service. So check out these lists to find one that intrigues you, pop up some popcorn and celebrate Black artistry.

 

From Huffington Post: 29 Classic Movies to Watch in Honor of Black History Month.

From NYT: 28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month.

From Buzzfeed: 21 Movies You Need to Watch During Black History Month.

 

Foster Care Awareness Month

Your DGB for today is to watch the short film ReMoved for Foster Care Awareness Month (follow the link and click “watch”.)

ReMoved is a film directed by Nathanael Matanick and is utilized by social service agencies throughout the nation as a training tool for social workers, foster parents, and service providers. The film is poignant and painful and we’re asking you to watch the film because it captures the reality of the child protection system in a way that is more powerful than words can convey. The film is approximately 30 minutes long and has two parts. Yes, it’s more than the usual 5 minute DGB time commitment, but it’s worth it. If you feel it may be triggering for you, please don’t watch, but if you choose to, remember to bring the tissues.

Some statistics to keep in mind as you watch the film:

 

  • Over 400,000 children are currently in foster care in the United States

 

  • More than half of children in foster care are in the process of being reunited with their biological families

 

  • 43% of youth in foster care do not graduate high school

 

  • Over half of youth are unemployed within three years of aging out of foster care

 

  • 25% of youth become homeless within 2 years of aging out of foster care

 

  • Girls who have been in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to be pregnant by the time they are 19

 

Sources: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/foster.pdf & https://www.removedfilm.com/

Foster families and other service providers have the awesome and humbling task of supporting bio families and children with the hope of reunification. More often than not, reunification is the healthiest option for children who are removed from their homes. While there are no easy routes in child protection or foster care, the end goal of helping families succeed is one of the most important roles in our society today.  

 

Bechdel Test Awareness

Your DGB for today is to reject latent sexism in film by choosing to see movies that pass the Bechdel Test this holiday season.    Popularized by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, The Bechdel Test is an easy method of determining if a movie has substantive female representation:    1) The movie has to have at least two named women in it   2) Who talk to each other   3) About something besides a man    Amazingly, it’s estimated that around half of all movies fail the test.    This site    keeps a good database   for when you’re deciding which classic holiday movie to pop on while you snuggle up with family and hot cocoa. Or, if you're one of those people who goes “out” (we at DGB vaguely remember putting on pants of the non-yoga variety and going to the movies), it also maintains a list of films currently in theaters.    Make sure your movies pass the Bechdel Test and support female representation this holiday season.    

Your DGB for today is to reject latent sexism in film by choosing to see movies that pass the Bechdel Test this holiday season.

Popularized by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, The Bechdel Test is an easy method of determining if a movie has substantive female representation:

1) The movie has to have at least two named women in it
2) Who talk to each other
3) About something besides a man

Amazingly, it’s estimated that around half of all movies fail the test. This site keeps a good database for when you’re deciding which classic holiday movie to pop on while you snuggle up with family and hot cocoa. Or, if you're one of those people who goes “out” (we at DGB vaguely remember putting on pants of the non-yoga variety and going to the movies), it also maintains a list of films currently in theaters.

Make sure your movies pass the Bechdel Test and support female representation this holiday season.