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Fans fume as Canada’s Tatiana Maslany snubbed by Emmys

Originally posted on Global News:

TORONTO — Tatiana Maslany has twice won the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress and won Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Role at the Canadian Screen Awards.

The 28-year-old Regina native’s work on the made-in-Toronto series Orphan Black also earned her nominations at the Golden Globe Awards, ACTRA Awards and Dorian Awards.

But, for the second year in a row, the Primetime Emmy Awards have shut Maslany out — and fans are letting their feelings be known.

“If playing 9 characters and 2 genders doesn’t swing it, I don’t know what does,” tweeted Jenny Brennan.

Another Twitter user called the snub “a crime punishable by law.”

Emmy voters will choose between Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Claire Danes (Homeland), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Julianna…

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Tatiana Maslany vs. The Emmys: The snub heard around the world

Originally posted on The Mind of Slick:

Who’s more trustworthy: the Dyad Institute or the Emmys?

I’m not sure whether it was my involvement in Clone Club or what, but I don’t think anyone was expecting Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black fame to be blatantly ignored by the Emmys this year.

This is twice now.

For season one, I can almost see it. Sarah Manning was, for the most part, everything. Her seestras existed, but not as heavily for this was a mere push into the talk of conspiracies and human gods. This isn’t to say that she wasn’t a great actress at that time; this was simply a more plot-driven than character-driven season.

During the second batch of episodes, things crept into a more mature exposure of twisted morality, and with that, an expanded arena for Maslany to explore. Details were an absolute must, and she got that, she truly did. The plot was a bit…

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Film Review: World War Z

Originally posted on The Distinguished Grizzly:

wwzI didn’t have much urge to see ‘World War Z’ when it came out. The zombie craze has been out of control and nothing about it seemed too terribly interesting. Granted, the zombies ran with lightning speed, had the behavior of ants trying to reach food and would destroy themselves in the process of hunting humans. Still, I kind of got fast suicidal zombies with Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” a decade ago.

While there wasn’t seemingly anything new here, I did enjoy the film. Brad Pitt knocked it out and the appearance of Peter Capaldi (the next Doctor on “Doctor Who”) added a level of awesome.

The plot was okay enough, as Brad Pitt had to travel the zombie-infested world figuring out what the cause of the outbreak was and how to stop it. The conclusion doesn’t quite answer the question but it is still as happy as…

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Critical Article : Half of a yellow sun

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So the movie for this book is supposed to be out in Nigeria but its not, due to some major unfortunate BS, Si decided to satisfy my brain and all my crazy alter egos by writing this.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s luminous and formidable talent was first seen in Purple Hibiscus, her 2004 novel, which won a Commonwealth writers’ prize and was shortlisted for the Orange prize. Her second novel, half of a Yellow Sun, takes its title from the Biafra period, the breakaway state in eastern Nigeria that survived for only three years, and whose name became a global byword for war by starvation. Adichie’s powerful focus on war’s impact on lives, and the trauma beyond the trenches, earns this novel a commonwealth writer’s prize. While reading this book, sometimes I’m introduced to a hidden gem, and other times I suffer through a complete dud. The one constant thing that makes everything worth my while is that I am continually exposed to material that would have otherwise escaped my notice. I tend to collect American literature; the scarlet letter, or books by Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Bernard Shaw and many more fantasy and romance books. In this instance, Half of a Yellow Sun gave me the kick in the pants I needed to begin my foray into African literature.

I actually prefaced my reading of this book with Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. That was a smart move on many levels for me. Achebe is widely regarded as the first example of modern African literature; Adichie is commonly referred to as his literary daughter. Both Things Fall Apart and Half of a Yellow Sun deal with pivotal points in Nigerian history (the introduction of colonialism and the Biafra war, respectively), and I appreciated how the issues raised by Achebe’s book helped to give a wider perspective to this novel.
Half of a Yellow Sun is a fictional retelling of the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War (1967-1970) through the eyes of a small handful of characters. The particular selection of these characters was impressive, as they represented a broad cross-cut of experience: a houseboy raised in the tribal swamps of the Nigerian Delta; twin daughters of an African shipping magnate; a radical university professor; and a white writer whose love causes him to become entwined in the Biafran struggle.

The plot becomes quite upsetting, as many atrocities were committed on both sides in this gruesome war. It’s certainly not a read for the faint of heart. What makes this particular novel worth reading, though, is that it refuses to become a jeremiad. There is weeping and wailing, but the intent is not bitter lamentation. It unerringly remains an exploration of the human condition, a remembrance of an event which should not be forgotten.
In terms of story elements, among the protagonists are Odenigbo, or “the Master”, a radical math’s lecturer at the University of Nsukka – in what became the secessionist Igbo land – and Ugwu, the village teenager who becomes his houseboy, but whom he enrolls at the university staff school. A novel that descends into dire hunger begins with Ugwu’s devoted creativity in the kitchen, confecting pepper soup, spicy jollof rice and chicken boiled in herbs
One angle that quickly won me over was the character arc of Ugwu, the houseboy. He is introduced to us as a superstitious and naïve bumpkin with little experience of the world beyond his tiny village in the swamps of the delta. Adichie handles his character with wonderful delicacy, without ever demeaning or criticizing his outmoded cultural beliefs. His gradual development allows him to act as a cultural buffer between the modern sensibilities of the urbanites and the superstitions of his home village, providing the reader with an incredible window into what makes the hearts of the Igbo people beat.

Ugwu’s domain is encroached upon by Odenigbo’s lover, Olanna, the London-educated daughter of a “nouveau riche” businessman in Lagos, and the household is later disrupted by its links with Olanna’s periodically estranged twin sister Kainene and her English boyfriend, Richard.
It might sound horrible of me to admit this, but I truly think that the addition of the white Western writer (Richard) to the cast of characters was a stroke of genius by Adichie in embracing a global audience. Through Richard’s character, I experienced a swell of emotions that hit me like a sledgehammer, between extremes of violent anger, stunned disbelief and impotent despair. I know that this book will stay with me whenever I think about the lack of Western attitudes toward African struggles. Adichie managed to strike a chord in me that I think shall never remain silent. While Richard identifies with Biafra and intends to write the history of the war, it is Ugwu who takes up the pen and the mantle. As Richard concedes, “The war isn’t my story to tell really,” and Ugwu nods. “He had never thought that it was.”

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I can also pretty much guarantee that once you find out why the book is titled Half of a Yellow Sun, the reason will be burned in your memory forever. And despite my complete ignorance of the relevant historical events, the simplicity of story and complexity of character made everything work for me on multiple levels. Many of the events recounted in the novel also have a ring of truth that could only have come from personal experience. Adichie was born well after this war ended, but you can tell that she is surrounded by living memory. These ingredients make for a compelling reading experience that remains highly accessible to a novice such as me.


Cyclical theory sees society, culture and civilization moving in cycles rather than going on a straight line. Some civilization will experience progress and glory before slowly regressed (and vice versa)
The theory that the development of societies occurs in cycles [rather than a straight line] that parallel the lives of individuals – societies are born, mature, age and die.
Cyclical theory of social change focus on the rise and fall of civilization attempting to account for this pattern of growth and decay. Splenger, Tonybee and Sorokin can be regarded as the champions of this theory. Splenger pointed out that the fate of civilization was a matter of destiny. Each civilization is like a biological organism and has a similar life cycle, birth, maturity, old-age and death. After making the study of eight modern civilizations including the west he said that modern western society is the last stage. He concluded that the western society was entering a period of decay as evidenced by wars, conflicts and social breakdown that heralded their doom.
Arnold Tonybee in his book ‘A study of history’ focuses on the key concepts of challenge and response. Every society faces challenges at first, challenges posed by the environment at first and later challenges from internal and external enemies. The natures of responses determine the society’s fate. He does not believe that all societies will decay. He has pointed out that history is a series of decay and growth. But each new civilization is able to learn from the mistakes of the culture before it and borrows the good things. It is therefore possible for each cycle to offer higher level of achievement.
Pitirin Sorokin in his book ‘social and culture dynamics’ has offered another explanation of social change, instead of viewing civilization into the terms of development and decline he proposed that they alternate or fluctuate between two cultural extremes ; the sensate and the ideational. The sensate culture stresses those things which can be perceived directly by the senses. It is practical, hedonistic, sensual and materialistic. Ideational culture emphasizes those things which can be perceived only by the mind. It is abstract, religious, concerned with faith and the ultimate truth. It is the opposite of the sensate culture. Both represent pure types of culture. Hence no society ever fully conforms to either type. As a culture of a society develops one pure type, it is countered by the opposite cultural force. Too much emphasis on one type of culture leads to reaction towards the other.

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