This Massacre Was a Hate Crime – UCSB, Isla Vista, Feminism and One Alumnus’s Thoughts

An abandoned shoe in Isla Vista in 2008 Friday night there was a stabbing and shooting in my alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. I heard the news via facebook mere minutes after a young man drove through the center of Isla Vista in a black BMW shooting. For those unfamiliar with the community, UC Santa … Continue reading

Microsoft Demos How to Be Sexist Jerks to Gamers at E3 (TRIGGER WARNING)

“I can’t even block correctly and you’re too fast,” she says. He replies, “Just let it happen. It will be over soon.” The audience laughs “Wow, you like this,” the man continues. “No, I don’t like this,” she replies. It might sound like the dialog you’d hear regarding a sexual assault you might be surprised … Continue reading

Immigration Reform 2013: Mark Zuckerberg’s Lobbying Group Has Already Lost Key Donors

Mark Zuckerburg’s forays into political action aren’t proving to be successful. After launching on Aprill 11, Zuckerberg’s lobbying group FWD.us has managed to quickly anger allies and lose support from key donors. As the organization defines itself, “FWD.us is an organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the … Continue reading

Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Why She Got a Mastectomy

Actress, director, and humanitarian Angelina Jolie is no stranger to the public eye. But in a New York Times op-ed published on Tuesday, she brought the media’s attention to an issue Hollywood doesn’t normally talk about: breast cancer. After Jolie discovered she had a defective BRCA1 gene which sharply increased the likelihood of getting breast … Continue reading

The Newsroom Women

Much has already been said about the problematic dynamic of women’s representation in Aaron Sorkin’s newest TV show, The Newsroom. (See here, here, here, and just Google “Newsroom Women” if you want more…) And tonight we got more of same. Which doesn’t surprise me, but here’s a few things that would be quick fixes if … Continue reading

An Evening in the California Theater

Today I saw two films at Cinequest, both screened in the California Theater. First “L!fe, Happens” a charming buddy film about two roommates and how their lives change when one has to adjust to having a baby while the other remains committed to her professional ambitions. While it had all the elements of a cheesy … Continue reading

Yes We’re Open!

The film I was proud to work on last year (and that I’m continuing some side work with today) will be premiering at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival as a centerpiece this March! What’s a young, modern, and open-minded San Francisco couple to do when their relationship begins to stagnate? In the … Continue reading

Why I’m not impressed with Komen (Despite changing their stance on PP)

Last night I was going to post about Komen and Planned Parenthood but today’s news changes that thought train but I still think it is worth commenting on. For background see Rachel Maddow’s summary from last night. Attacking Planned Parenthood is not new, so why is it so hugely different when The Susan G. Komen for … Continue reading

My thoughts on the two Salanders – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies

*The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be abbreviated GWDT to save time. When looking at the difference between Niels Arden Oplev’s original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and David Fincher’s American interpretation it is clear that Fincher made an engaging, dynamic, and visually stunning movie, however the American interpretation of GWDT also changed the … Continue reading

Strong Women – obviously mean the death of men in the industry…

Just read this article which irked me a lot… The Telegraph had the following headline: Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna: Only girls allowed With Adele and Lady Gaga dominating the charts, Neil McCormick asks whether male artists will ever reclaim top billing . … which is problematic to me. Reclaim the top billing? As if it … Continue reading