Candice Frederick

As the blogger and founder of Reel Talk Online, I write film reviews, news and features that bridge the gap between critical and audience response, and engage readers through honest, sometimes snarky commentary that explores core themes of film, with an emphasis on the collision of politics and entertainment. Reel Talk Online also aims to bring attention to such issues as diversity, feminism, and intersectionality through posts that resonate with a variety of readers.


Articles by Candice Frederick


BAD MOMS — Review by Candice Frederick

bad moms posterI know when I think of young struggling mothers in America, I think of the ones living in Suburbia in their multi-floor houses and two-car garages, grappling with the demands of bake sales and full-time jobs. Don’t you? Okay so, no. Despite its need to constantly remind you of how hard it is for young white suburban moms desperate to live up to patriarchal standards of handling all domestic responsibilities, including having and raising the children, cleaning the house, and in some cases, making all the money, the only thing BAD MOMS manages to say is that they also know how to have a really great time when they allow themselves to. Read more>>

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BAD RAP — Tribeca Film Festival Review by Candice Frederick

The film’s title says it all: BAD RAP. Sure, it’s a play on words, but it also highlights a type of music that has long been considered the source of racial, political and social aggravation. Which makes it ripe for exploration in the documentary that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2016. But filmmaker Salima Koroma doesn’t focus on the negative sociopolitical issues persistently discussed in the media (misogyny, cultural appropriation, sexism, etc). Rather, she opens up the conversation to the far less discussed marginalization of Asian-American rappers in an industry dominated by African-American men. Read more>>

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New from Hollywood Whitewash Chronicles: GHOST IN THE SHELL — Candice Frederick Comments

GhostShell_ReelTalkOnlineIn case we needed another reminder that Hollywood does not care about minority characters or actors, yesterday brought the news that Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures thought it would be a cool idea to cast Scarlett Johansson as the famous Japanese heroine Major in the film adaptation of Japanese writer/illustrator Masamune Shirow’s Kodansha Comics manga comic series, GHOST IN THE SHELL. Read more>>

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On #OscarsSoWhite, Genre Inclusion, and Enabling the Status Quo – Candice Frederick comments

The blinding whiteness of the Oscars nominations is on the tips of everyone’s tongues–again. Honestly, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that once again the Academy completely ignored performances from people like Benicio del Toro (Sicario), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), Rinko Kikuchi (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter) and all the lead actors in Straight Outta Compton. We all know they have a looooong history of blatantly ignoring some of the best talent of color ever to walk the earth. In an industry that continues to pat itself on the back, suck its own b*lls, and self-congratulate over and over (so much so that that they don’t have just one award, they have a season of awards), none of this is shocking. But what might be the most frightening thing about all of this is that there are actually people out there who scoff at accusations of Academy discrimination. Read more>>

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Feminism, and Diversity — Candice Frederick comments

All we need now is a WOC sci-fi protagonist and we’ll be getting somewhere. Here’s my take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and its implications for feminism and diversity in sci-fi. Read more>>

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SICARIO: Where’s the Awards Love? – Candice Frederick comments

Sicario is absolutely brilliant. The cinematography (shout out to the great Roger Deakins), the acting (literally, every cast member adds such a terrific element to the narrative), and Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay–all led by director Denis Villeneuve–make for a brilliant film. But Sicario has been shut out of most of the major awards contests? Why? Read more>>

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