Author Archives: Sabrina Cognata

“Ready Player One” Sacrifices Another Dynamic Female Character for Male Gaze

Screen Shot 2018-04-03 at 11.49.28 AM“Without the extensive buildup of backstory [from the book], Art3mis essentially loses her own storyline and purpose and, in doing this, Artemis’ sole purpose becomes a visual totem used as fodder for the obsessive male gaze,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Red Sparrow” Is The “Atomic Blonde” Prequel We Never Needed

red sparrow“The world is changing and the demand for female characters who burst from the screen like warriors is very “in”, which is great because that means there are more films being lead by actresses. However, star power alone doesn’t make these movies compelling and that’s a lesson studios are hopefully coming to understand,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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Academy Awards Could Redefine What It Means To Be Best Actor

adrien brody“The state of being a man, of being old enough and mature enough is so severed that brilliant performances are often neglected. This lack of diversity throughout the years means the Best Actor category is stacked with older men who have, paid their dues to get even the head nod of being nominated,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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The Academy Awards Makes a Statement for Hollywood’s Future with Presenter Picks

daniela vega“Hollywood is facing such an interesting backlash that is simultaneously creating a flashforward that’s catapulting rising stars like Daniela [Vega] onto the center stage,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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11 Presidents That Deserve the Big Screen Treatment

president collageWhile most of the men who’ve held the highest office in the land don’t have their own film, almost all of them had interesting lives. So to celebrate this Presidents’ Day, Sabrina Cognata takes a look at which presidents are sorely lacking their own film and who should play them.

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Celebrate the Romanticism of Friendship with These Films on Valentine’s Day

sisterhood of the traveling pants“There’s a kind of love you share with your best friend(s) that’s not quite romance but is a deeper connection than you have with anyone else. It’s a sort of romantic love where you’d rather be with this person than anyone else. Something that’s not nearly celebrated enough, but should be,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Spice World”: A Look Back at the Iconic Feminist Film

spice girls 2Sabrina Cognata takes a look back at the film, starring the mascots for feminism in the late 90’s, and finds a film that may actually have been more accepting of women’s flaws than films today.

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“Dawson’s Creek” Is 20 Years Old But Its Characters Are Timeless

dawsons creek“At the time, Dawson’s Creek was a vehicle for change as it developed progressive teen storylines, and without it, shows like Gossip Girl, Riverdale, or even Pretty Little Liars wouldn’t have been possible,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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Since When is Consent in Film Unsexy?

love and basketball“When people say #MeToo movement threatens ‘Sexy Hollywood Movies’ it really threatens the broad spectrum of what sexy can be,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Saturday Night Fever”: A Problematic Classic in Film History

saturday night feverSaturday Night Fever celebrated its 40th anniversary last month and while the film is considered iconic, it’s storyline may be much more problematic than viewers may recall. Sabrina Cognata takes a look at the movie that made John Travolta a star and its darker, cultural impact.

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Seth Meyers Kills It As Golden Globes Host By Knowing When Not To Talk

seth meyers 2“A special hello to hosts of other upcoming awards shows who are watching me tonight like the first dog they shot into outer space,” said Golden Globes host Seth Meyers as he delivered one of the strongest and well-received monologues in recent memory.

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Top 10 Women on the Big Screen in 2017

top womenIt’s been a great year for women on screen, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do! As Hollywood continues to take baby steps in showing greater representations of women, Sabrina Cognata takes a look back at some of the best women in film from 2017.

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“Godless” Tells a New Tale of Women in the Wild West

godless michelle dockery“In a lot of ways, [Godless] took some huge leaps forward in terms of female characters and character development, even if it wasn’t everything I needed it to be they were still necessary and wonderful steps forward,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Friends” Character Ross Geller Is the #NotAllMen Prototype

ross-gellerFriends isn’t just the quintessential 90’s sitcom, it also defines the annoying nice-guy/bad-guy archetype through Ross Geller,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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The Mark of the Whore: How HBO Needs to Reexamine the Female Characters in “Deadwood”

deadwood womenWith the exciting announcement of a Deadwood revival inching towards production, Sabrina Cognata highlights successes and failures of female characters in the original series.

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Hollywood’s Serial Sexual Offenders, and Why the First Step Towards Societal Change Is Admitting We Have a Problem

Louis CK“This town has run on sexism for decades, but I can see that the collective tolerance for that power dynamic has run its course. As more men confess their crimes, and they are crimes, we’ll have real proof that we’re evolving,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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