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Staff Rants and Raves: Movies

From Lizzie McGuire to Lady Bird — here’s what our staff thinks about movies.


On Issues With “Blue Is The Warmest Color”

Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Deputy Managing Editor

When I was younger, closeted and in total denial about my own queerness, I found this one graphic novel in a dusty basement of a Moscow comic book store, “Blue Is The Warmest Color.” For those who only ever saw the movie adaptation, it was a graphic novel first, and a good one too! Anyway, after having liked the novel, I expected the movie to meet my high expectations — it didn’t. By then I knew I was queer (a baby gay at that) and was relying on my relative knowledge of English to teach me about non-heteronormative relationships through Western media. Did “Blue Is The Warmest Color” do a good job? No. Instead it taught me that lesbian sex looks like homoerotic action for creepy middle-aged cis-men, all queer relationships will inevitably fizzle out and end in heartbreak by one remorseless partner, and emotional abuse is just a trait of homosexual relationships. If you watched “Blue Is The Warmest Color” as a young queer, I hope, wholeheartedly, you found better ways to educate yourself. I sure did! Here are the lessons I want you to take out of this rant: lesbian sex isn’t for creepy middle-aged cis-men, it’s for the consenting parties involved; emotional abuse shouldn’t be a part of any relationship; queers do find their “happily ever after.”  But most importantly, read the damn graphic novel!

On Lizzie McGuire

Helen Wajda, Deputy Opinion Editor

While bored in quarantine last week, I decided to introduce my youngest sisters to the cinematic masterpiece that is “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” in an attempt to get them to stop asking me if I have games on my phone (which I don’t). I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t enjoy watching the movie — it was a great distraction and a nostalgic throwback to simpler days — but I did severely underestimate just how catchy the soundtrack would be to my sisters. At first it was cute, but trying to write papers and attend class while a 7-year-old belts out “What Dreams Are Made Of” for the seventh day in a row has now become headache-inducing. This is definitely not what dreams are made of and now I just have a lot of regrets.

It’s Okay to Not Be Pretentious

Jake Capriotti, Photo Editor

Upon entering the Film and TV major at Tisch, I knew that at some point I would be confronted by a “film bro.” This came rather early on during my time as a Tisch student when I was talking to a classmate around the time “Joker” came out. They had asked me where I had seen the film and I replied “The AMC on 34th” to which they replied, “Oh, you’re not a real Film and TV major until you’ve seen it on 70mm print rather than digital.” First off, it’s more expensive to see it on print rather than digital. Secondly, the fact that I saw a different format of the film does not make me lesser than you. Everyone has their own way of enjoying films and all the ways don’t have to be agreed upon but at least be respectful. If you want to spend extra money to see an original print of a film, by all means — go ahead! But if you want to choose a more  economic route, such as going to the AMC or just streaming it, that’s okay too! There is no need to bag on someone for the way they watch or make films. Being a pretentious jerk who chooses to alienate those with differing opinions on cinema doesn’t make you sophisticated, it just makes you unbearable to listen to.


On Greta Gerwig

Emily Dai, Deputy Opinion Editor

Not to be the completely stereotypical artsy New York college student, but gosh dang do Greta Gerwig movies just hit different. She’s only directed two movies, but I’m calling it now: Lady Bird and Little Women are going to be the movies of this century. As somebody who doesn’t get that excited about movies, I was completely captivated throughout these two. I’m ready to read anything that has touched Gerwig’s hands — even her grocery lists.

On Jojo Rabbit

Gabby Lozano, Deputy Opinion Editor

Earlier in the semester, I saw Jojo Rabbit. Not to sound cliche but it changed my life. I became enthralled with the plot and Taika Waititi’s work, so much so that I have seen the film six times since then and spent many days watching interviews with the actors and director. Needless to say, this information came in handy when I started my paper on religious violence in film at midnight. Was the paper good? No. Will I still watch the movie after deeply analyzing it? Yes.

Opinions expressed on the editorial pages are not necessarily those of WSN, and our publication of opinions is not an endorsement of them.

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About the Contributors
Anna-Dmitry Muratova
Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Under the Arch Managing Editor
Finley  comes from Moscow, Russia! They're a junior studying Journalism and Environmental Studies and it's their fifth semester at WSN. Finley loves all things inclusive, sex. ed., ecology and advocacy for a whole bunch of stuff. They'd love to chat with you if you want to write for Under the Arch! Find them @veryawkwardfinley on Instagram. :-)
Helen Wajda
Helen Wajda, Opinion Editor
Helen is a junior double majoring in Childhood/Special Education and English. She's from Upstate New York (actually Upstate, not Westchester) and enjoys making extremely specific playlists when she's not writing. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @helenwajda.
Jake Capriotti
Jake Capriotti, Photo Editor
Jake is a senior at Tisch studying film and television and has been with WSN since Spring 2020. He is an Arizona native and that is his one personality trait. Outside of WSN, Jake specializes in portraiture, performance and unit stills photography as well as being the official photographer for the NYC OffBrnd Dance Team. You can find him on Instagram @capriotti.jake and maybe he'll DM you some memes.
Gabby Lozano
Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor
Gabby Lozano is a senior studying Global Liberal Studies and minoring in food studies. After NYU, she aspires to work as a digital reporter or producer, but her dream is to become the next Anthony Bourdain. When she's not in school or at WSN, you can find her in the kitchen burning garlic or going for a run along the East River. Follow her latest eats on Instagram @gabriellalasagna.
Emily Dai
Emily Dai, Opinion Editor
Emily is a sophomore studying Politics and Economics. She is from Richmond, Virginia and is passionate about presidents, Pride and Prejudice and public transportation. Reach her on Instagram @emliydai for podcast recommendations and Supreme Court discourse.

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