Other Stuff: Backseat Critique: Cinderella (2015)

ROBYN IS BACK! And joins Hagan in watching Kenneth Branaghs Cinderella.

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Screams from the Netherworld of fandom. Diamanda Hagan, reviews movies and rants about them online.


  1. Snorgatch Pandalume

    Bearing in mind that I have nothing against lesbianism, there is nothing in Frozen to suggest any sort of sexual relationship between Elsa and Anna. This is pure wishful thinking on Diamanda’s part. I’ve seen this before in members of the LGBT community–if two characters of the same gender have any sort of friendship or care about each other, it automatically means they’re banging.
    The reason for this tendency is simple: validation. It’s understandable, given that the LGBT community has been marginalized for most of human history, and given that many members of it have suffered greatly due to social prejudice, that they would desire this, but wanting something to be true doesn’t make it so. Here in America we have a group called the Log Cabin Republicans, gay Republicans who insist, on the basis of his personal letters, that Abraham Lincoln was gay. I don’t much care if he was or not, but the evidence put forth to validate that claim is questionable, to say the least.
    In the case of Elsa and Anna, since they are fictional, it’s even more ridiculous, since being imaginary they don’t actually DO anything, and even within the context of the fictional universe they inhabit, they don’t do anything that isn’t expressly shown or described by the writers.
    While I understand the reason for this tendency in the LGBT community, I can’t help but think that it hinders rather than helps their cause, and damages their credibility and any claim they might make of objectivity.

    • Iv never seen Frozen, Iv only seen the short before Cinderella and those 2 were written like a teenage couple in love. Its not dependant on them being girls, if they had the exact same script and were brother and sister Id read it the same way. Maybe we do tend to read crap thats ‘not there’ but equally maybe we’re good at reading nuance and subtle-stuff that straight people miss (because we’re a pretty invisible minority and until recently we had to).

      Not sure why you bring objectivity into it, you cant have an ‘objective’ opinion about anyones sexuality but your own and you equally cant be objective about fiction.

      • Snorgatch Pandalume

        Thank you for your kind and thoughtful reply.
        In response to your statement that you can’t be objective about fiction, that is not entirely true. As Leon Thomas mentions in his recent review of Citizen Kane, art CAN be judged objectively, on the basis of criteria like technique. One can say that a movie is well executed, even if one doesn’t find it particularly entertaining. Far be it from me to tell you your job, but movies can be evaluated based on both objective AND subjective qualities, and in order to do the former, one needs to strive to eliminate as much personal bias as possible and not just say: “I enjoyed it, so it was good.” There are plenty of movies that I freely acknowledge are not objectively good, but for various reasons I still enjoy watching them.

  2. Why are you stating that they forgot to dye her eyebrows? There are many blondes that have naturally dark eyebrows. It’s based on your genetics.

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