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HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ Subverts the Dead Girl Trope

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Amy Adams gives a performance unlike any other in “Sharp Objects”

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“We are a culture obsessed with dead girls — so much so that the trope is now a wildly popular sub-genre.

The misogyny of Dead Girl narratives is evident in recent additions like Twin Peaks, True Detective, 13 Reasons Why, The Night Of, and countless others. Most use the corpses of beautiful young women as a vehicle for the growth of male characters.

And that’s just the surface-level issue.

I myself am guilty of an irresistible attraction to the Dead Girl genre. But I’ve always been baffled by its failure to engage with the reality and trauma of everyday violence against women.

Until the new must-watch HBO mini-series Sharp Objects came along, that is, and featured one of the most hypnotically compelling reversals of that cliché.

Starring Amy Adams in a raw and Emmy-worthy performance, the show isn’t just a slow burn. It’s the kind of mystery that festers inside you, like the half-remembered memories of girlhood trauma, boiling under your skin in the unforgiving Southern heat.

Adora (Patricia Clarkson) insists on whitewashing everything in “Sharp Objects”

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It’s the latest adaptation of another bestseller from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, brought to the screen by Emmy-award winning Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée. Add the craftsmanship of creator and showrunner Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and you’ve got a story that deals equally in entertainment and profundity, in unrelenting dread and an ineffable aliveness.

The first seven episodes given to press unravel its well-controlled murder mystery, revealing the much more unruly underbelly at its core. Each episode adds to your mounting suspicion that something rotten lies beneath the white lace frills of Wind Gap, a small town in Missouri.

At the heart of that mystery is a single question, asked with faux concern by a gaggle of gossiping mothers: “How can someone hurt little girls?”

Or, in truth – who doesn’t hurt little girls?

Our introduction to Adams’ Camille Preaker finds the reporter drinking vodka in a beat-up car, face slick with sweat and some unknown horror, as her editor urges her to return home for an investigation. The brutalized bodies of young girls are piling up in Wind Gap, and Camille is the only one for the job.

Richard (Chris Messina) as the hunky outsider detective from the big city

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She agrees.

Meeting her estranged mother, Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), is our first clue into what’s behind Camille’s mascara-smudged……..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/08/sharp-objects-hbo-review/

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‘Game of Thrones’ drops stunning first Season 8 trailer

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“The final season of Game of Thrones just got a whole lot realer – a new teaser from HBO confirms that the show will return in April.

The video itself doesn’t have new footage, but recaps the past seven seasons and the journey of everyone in Westeros until this point. But as we know, everything so far has been child’s play compared to the war between the living and the dead.

“There’s only one war that matters,” Jon Snow narrates, a quote from Season 7. “And it is here.”

We can’t wait. #ForTheThrone”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/game-of-thrones-final-season-teaser-april/

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The new season of ‘Outlander’ is one of its best

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‘Outlander’ finds a new home in America for Season 4

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Another season of Outlander — another leap into relocation to new political upheaval.

“After four years of this pattern, you’d think the gimmick would get old. But the time-traveling period drama might’ve actually found its most fascinating and fertile ground yet in the new frontier of Season 4’s colonial America.

The reunited Frasers landed on American shores after last season’s almost-fatal trek around the world. And as the couple now seeks to make a home in the Land of the Free, they come to discover that its citizen are a lot more backwards than the beautiful but dangerous woods they’re trying to tame.

It might be the bias of actually living in the country that Outlander is now set in. But by delving into the seedy underbelly of America’s ugly origins, the show has never felt more relevant than it does now in 2018. Slavery, Native American genocide, the dangers of being gay: Outlander Season 4 does not hesitate to entangle itself in the diciest territories of this country’s legacy.

‘Outlander’ tries once again to tackle the issue of slavery with mixed results

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Of course, Outlander never shied away from the discomfort of how history can collide with modern sensibilities………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/outlander-starz-season-4-review/

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Trailer for ‘True Detective’ Season 3 is here

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“HBO’s True Detective has always been half about solving crimes and half about the people who solve them. This first trailer for Season 3 of the hit show promises to delve even deeper into the mystery of Mahershala Ali’s detective character by flashing backwards and forwards to different periods of his life, and how one missing child case has wracked his conscience for as long as he can remember.

True Detective Season 3 premieres on HBO on January 13, 2019.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/true-detective-season-3-tv-trailer/

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