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The Mirror To Nature: Neil Diamond’s “Reel Injun”

“What do you think he would say about Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger?” Dania asked.

Rolling her eyes, Eleanor replied. “What do you think?”

“It might make an interesting discussion,” Dania said. “Compared to something like Iron Eyes Cody.”

“Well, Iron Eyes Cody is a problematic example,” Gwen said, as the credits for Reen Injun began to roll. “An extremely interesting one, but a more extensive issue than simply casting Johnny Depp as Tonto.”

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By A Thread: Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of friends who are always out experiencing the best of entertainment. Be it plays, films, concerts, exhibits, or restaurants, they’ve learned that the arts are best when experienced together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Recently, the Girls saw “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Sony and Marvel’s sixth film featuring the web-slinging hero. Let’s hear what they had to say on their way back from the theater…

 

“Eh, not totally worth it to stay.”

“More like absolutely worth it to stay, Gwen,” Dania countered. “I am always down for more of that man on screen.”

“I’m just glad you were right about their being another post-credits scene, Dania,” Eleanor conceded, as the lights rose in the theater. Around them, the patient few who had stayed for the entire credits of the film were standing, shuffling their bags around, cleaning up popcorn, and murmuring their silent deliberations about the film’s quality.

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Rekindled Under Water: Disney/PIXAR’s “Finding Dory”

—Originally written June 19, 2016—

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of Northwestern students who always go to see art together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Recently, the Girls saw “Finding Dory,” PIXAR’s recently released sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo.” Let’s hear what they had to say on their way back from the theater…

 

The dull thumping of feet coming from the hallway informed Eleanor’s mother that her daughter was on her way to the living room. Tearing in between the boxes, still waiting to be unpacked, Eleanor’s head poked into view as she held aloft a plastic turtle and soared him through the air in the apartment.

“Gnarly, dude!” Eleanor said, loudly. She wove around the nearly empty apartment, the plastic toy leading the way as her mother watched from behind the kitchen counter. “You so totally rock, Squirt!”

Her mother laughed.

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A Phantom Menace: Ghostbusters (2016)

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of Northwestern students who always go to see plays and movies together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Recently, the Girls saw the 2016 remake of “Ghostbusters.” Let’s hear what they had to say about the divisive film…

 

On the drive over to the theatre, Gwen had only one thought on her mind: I have never seen the original Ghostbusters movie. As someone who always had very strong opinions on things, she realized that it was a notable omission from her cultural knowledge. She had originally planned to watch it alone at some point before this new version came out, but time had caught up to her, other things had taken greater importance, and, well, here they were. In the back of the car, Eleanor was singing the theme song, while Dania, sitting shotgun, was singing along with the instrumental parts. Both of them had been awaiting the movie for months – if not years, if only hypothetically – and both had convinced Gwen that opening night was the right time to go.

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