Why Nick Jonas' single, Jealous, is all kinds of ew


I listened to Nick Jonas’ new single, Jealous, nearly a month after its YouTube premiere. (And, when you’re working on internet time, that’s like a decade passing.) I hadn’t been holding off hearing the revamped sound of one third of the Jonas Brothers, either. It was more so to do with 4 weeks of tumbleweed-like news on Google and nothing on my Facebook and Twitter feeds that showed any sign of the return of the most-liked member of Disney’s staple 2000s band; the Gordo of the trio.

It wasn’t until that Flaunt Magazine photo spread (you know the one) that everyone knew the youngest Jo Bro had returned, with a sexier image, sans purity ring. Even if the hype after the pics were released solely focused on the fact he was grabbing his dick and balls, รก la Marky Mark, Nick was back on the radar. And, all I can say at this point is he should be thankful that his marketing team didn’t actually, you know, promote his music. 

So, with that said, let’s talk about Jealous, the first song released off of Nick Jonas’ self-titled, second solo album.

Becoming Rebecca Doppelmeyer


Artwork by Emma Cohen.

It was something like 3am on a school night when I watched Ghost World for the first time. I was 12 and was dealing with the uncomfortableness of being a pre-teen girl; struggling with the difficulty of school, making friends, horrible back and stomach-aching periods and having to wear bras (to be honest, I’m still not over hiking up my boobs in a weird, wiry material, or time of the month’s). I was awkward, but dry humoured and sought friendships online because it was easier for me to connect with people in an anonymous space.

Watching a sarcastic and not really sure of herself character on screen, like Enid, I felt as if I’d found someone who, you know, understood me. When she got on the bus that never came at the end of the film, clutching her small suitcase as she headed off into the unknown, I thought she was the coolest person ever. I didn’t really ‘get’Ghost World then, but at the time, I thought I’d had it all figured out - I wanted to be like Enid.

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Zoe, you don't need the approval of teenage boys


In an interview with /Film about Marvel’s next MCU franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana – who plays leading lady Gamora in the film – said the following about the design of her character:
[And] what I was thinking was, “She just needs to be pretty.” And that’s usually a thing that I don’t think about with other characters that I play but for some reason because I was going to be green and I was going to be the lead girl, I just wanted teenage boys to find me attractive.
Now, this isn’t some anti-Zoe/feminist ‘crusade’ or whatever. The surprise here is that she became a famous Hollywood actress by playing women that aren’t totally reliant on their ‘attractiveness’. Not just that, but in sci-fi and action films too, which, unfortunately, is rare. She’s echoing the consensus of comic reading and comic movie watching fans that we’ve all heard before – that the sole demographic are teenage boys.

How Did We End Up Here: Our childhood in movies

A contribution to a group post on Screenqueens. Art by Sarah K
I was that kid, the one whose parents let them watch anything without restrictions. My mum introduced me to Midnight CowboyAmerican History X, and my favourite film, Akira, at the age of ten. My dad showed me The Warriors around the same time, which has become the quotable film in our household and one of my fondest movie-watching memories. The Muppets and Disney were part of my film vocabulary, too.
When my love for film began to grow organically and outside of our family unit, the Criterion collection became my cinephile bible. Dad already had a decent collection of Criterion’s and it wasn’t long before I used them as a source to find weird, obscure movies or watch ’50s film noir.
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