Pixar and TV Sex: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of reading about entertainment


Age of Reboots: How Marvel Is Killing the Popcorn-Movie
Sady Doyle | Medium
“Marvel has been racist and Marvel has been sexist, but Marvel’s most profound failing is that it just plain doesn’t care about people. Age of Ultron is the clearest demonstration yet of the problem. And you should care about this problem. Because it’s getting worse, and because you can’t get away.”

An Oral History of Pixar
“To top it all off, Pete had an idea for a film where a man’s wife dies. Our jaws hit the floor. It was the best idea any of us had ever heard. As soon as I could stop gaping, I said, ‘Pete, I need to know what happens to the man whose wife is dead.’ Before the words even left my mouth, Pete had written the entire script for Up on a napkin.”

How Hollywood Stays White and Male
Alyssa Rosenberg | Washington Post
So why is it so hard to make the very engine of America’s fantasies and aspirations look much like the country Hollywood hopes to inspire? The answers lie in the nature of the film and television businesses, which are project-based and rooted in the idea of artistic autonomy and meritocracy.”

What modern action films could learn from the original Mad Max
Kevin Lincoln | The Dissolve

It’s nice to have a dystopian setting as a license to create anything, but what matters in Mad Max isn’t the fact that it’s set in the future—it’s the way every element of that future is meticulously curated.”

How TV Sex Got Real
Eliana Dockterman | Time
“We’ve entered a new era of realistic, wide-ranging on-screen intimacy that reveals as much about our society’s evolving social and sexual politics as it does about any one character.

Helen Cho, Age of Ultron, and Representation Feels

Nicole Soojung Callahan | The Toast

“I wish I could be neutral and reasonable and blasé about media featuring Asian characters who don’t seem like tokens or play to obvious stereotypes, but it’s so rare that I can’t be.”