Sara Bareilles: Brave

Sara Bareilles is easily one of my favorite working musicians today. I particularly enjoy the way her music swings between really sad songs like “Gravity” and poppy, anthemic songs like “Brave” above. “Uncharted” was my jam when I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my life a couple years ago.  I’ve seen … Continue reading

Girls and Oscar Night 2013

The Oscars are tomorrow! I’m attending an Oscar party hosted by some friends and am fretting over what to pick on my ballot for the pool. It was a great year for girls on film, though! My friend Abby sent me an NYT article, “Hollywood’s Year of Heroine Worship” which looks at the cluster of … Continue reading

Brave: Is the Best Part the Larger Conversation?

Note to anyone reviewing Brave: the phrase “hits the target” has already been used. A lot. Don’t do it.  Also unbearable puns. No. I don’t think I’ve ever left a movie feeling quite so confusingly neutral before. I spent the larger part of Brave playing a sort of mental ping pong, bouncing between disappointment or … Continue reading

Pixar’s Brave and Merchandising

Update: Check out these smart(er) folks at Slate (Conflict between Brave and Pretty?) & Jezebel (Beauty Comes Before Bravery). This afternoon, hopefully as a reward for finishing a draft of my seminar paper, I’m going with a friend to see Pixar’s Brave. I am stoked. As I mentioned before, I have some questions about Brave, … Continue reading

The New Brave Trailer: Some Questions

Between The Hunger Games and Brave, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been practicing a lot of archery on my Wii. I’ll also admit that I am excited that Pixar is finally making a movie with a female lead. But, as Peggy Orenstein has already pointed out, that shouldn’t be a big deal. In all … Continue reading