In this series, Team FC scours the best of the internet every week to bring you a list of great reads, watches and more, from the world of film and entertainment.
Ryan Gosling, The Internet’s Boyfriend
Millennials will remember that in the first decade of this century, Ryan Gosling’s endearing sexiness made him the darling of the internet. This essay examines his career and what films like Drive, Blue Valentine and Crazy, Stupid, Love did for his appeal. You can read it here.
Shrek at 20: How a Chaotic Project Became a Beloved Hit
The New York Times remembers the making of the iconic Shrek, which arguably rewrote the history of American animation at the turn of the century. It won the inaugural Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It also had quite a patchy journey to screen, including the death of the original voice of Shrek, Chris Farley. Read the essay here.
Politics and the Star Persona of Katharine Hepburn
Film history channel Be Kind Rewind looks at Katharine Hepburn, one of the most influential women in 20th-century Hollywood. Specifically, the video examines her career in the thirties and forties, and her relationship with the feminist thought of the time.
The Other Bappi Lahiri, who Gets Drowned Out by Disco and Synth
In this essay, Ganesh Vancheeswaran takes a look at the prolific Bappida‘s career and extricates him from the quagmire of ‘disco king’ that he is stuck in (at least in our collective memory). You can read it here.
The outsize importance of SNL, explained by the Elon Musk hosting controversy
Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live at the beginning of May. The announcement of his hosting brought controversy: should SNL have hired the multibillionaire, who is also generally a doubtful personality? This essay uses the controversy to examine the importance given to SNL and why it is misplaced. You can read it here.