Happy Memorial Day, everyone. I hope you enjoyed your cookouts.

Today we have a couple articles focusing on the feminist (or not) perspective, specifically as relates to recent release Mad Max and HBO hit Game of Thrones, along with clips of audience reactions, an interview with Martin Sheen, and a good sci-fi list.

  • Here, The Verge discusses the supposed anti-feminist boycott of Mad Max: Fury Road, and what makes the film different from other post-apocalyptic speculative fiction when it comes to women and plot. Good stuff.
  • Here, Alyssa Rosenberg of The Washington Post explores Game of Thrones and its portrayal of rape.
  • Finally, here is an interview with Martin Sheen on playing a gay man now versus in 1972. As you may know, Sheen is playing Robert Hanson on Netflix’s recently released series, Grace and Frankie (which I recommend, by the way — I love seeing actors over 40, especially women over 40, playing real roles), but he also played the role of the new lover of a divorced man in That Certain Summer more than 40 years ago. This interview’s a truly interesting read.

That’s all we’ve got this week. Enjoy your shortened work weeks, those of you that have them. Thanks to Sean Fallon and Richard Newby for their contributions this week.

 

Featured Image:  The Exorcist, Warner Bros.