Howdy! I've started playing around with the graphics I'm making for these round-up posts, since this batch kind of has a theme: truth/fame/celebrity/perception. Or something!
"There’s an inherent tension to making a fact-based film about someone entirely from their perspective: you have to take everything she says with a grain of salt, because people aren’t always honest about themselves, whether in private correspondence or public interviews. The 1970 interview with David Frost (famous for interviewing President Nixon in 1977), sprinkled throughout Maria by Callas like black-and-white punctuation, is where Callas is the most candid and revealing about herself of all the interviews shown in the movie, but it was still meant for public consumption. The insight into Maria Callas, then, comes when we compare her recollections or versions of events to other accounts of the same events, because these gaps tell us more about Maria as a person."
With most of the YA dystopian fiction I’ve read, teenagers often lead the way to a better world, but they largely manage to keep their emotions and adolescent angst under control for the greater good. Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior might have issues with love triangles and/or boyfriends, but McIntosh takes it a whole step further, refreshingly making his group of protagonists actually resemble real-life teenagers.
"The American Meme isn’t a story about “social media gone wrong”—there are no stories about how a nude pic ruined someone’s public relationship, or how an offensive tweet cost someone a job. As you watch The American Meme, it dawns on you—in a horrifying way—that for many of the people Marcus interviews, including DJ Khaled, Paris Hilton, The Fat Jew, and The Slut Whisperer, this is a story about social media and self-branding gone right."