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Feminist Satire on Late Night Television Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

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Feminist Satire on Late Night Television: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

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Feminist Satire on Late Night Television: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Shortly before the premiere of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Vanity Fair published a cover photo featuring “all of the titans of late night television.” Effectively editing the only female late-night comedy host out of the lineup, the magazine cover paraded 10 male ambassadors of the genre, three of whom happen to be named Jim (Corden, Fallon, and Kimmel), sipping cocktails and dressed in suits and ties. Samantha Bee set the record straight by tweeting a PhotoShopped version of the image, inserting herself as a laser beam-shooting centaur into the negative space between Corden and John Oliver. Since then, Full Frontal has continued to do just that: fill in the missing links in mainstream news discourse with incisive feminist satire.

Toronto International Film Festival 2014 Eden, Rosewater, & Jauja

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Toronto International Film Festival 2014: Eden, Rosewater, & Jauja
Toronto International Film Festival 2014: Eden, Rosewater, & Jauja

Filled with retro house cuts, Eden insists upon a good time whenever Paul (Félix de Givry) or his DJ peers spin in various house parties and clubs, yet the prevailing atmosphere of Mia Hansen-Løve’s film is melancholic. One of the more sensitive contemporary directors of youth, Hansen-Løve flips the dynamic of Goodbye, First Love, a film in which the passage of time is keenly felt in the protagonist’s maturation and regression occurs from the reintroduction of outside elements. In this film, it’s everything around Paul that changes and outpaces him while he remains resolutely, depressingly, the same person at 34 that he was at 20.