Author Archives: Sabrina Cognata
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
While 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.
“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.
Sabrina 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.
“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.
“When people say #MeToo movement threatens ‘Sexy Hollywood Movies’ it really threatens the broad spectrum of what sexy can be,” writes Sabrina Cognata.
Saturday 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.
“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.
It’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.
“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.
“Friends isn’t just the quintessential 90’s sitcom, it also defines the annoying nice-guy/bad-guy archetype through Ross Geller,” writes Sabrina Cognata.
With the exciting announcement of a Deadwood revival inching towards production, Sabrina Cognata highlights successes and failures of female characters in the original series.
“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.