The Morning Read: Male-Pattern Badness, Poli-Sci-Fi and Karen Black Remembered

By  · Published on August 9th, 2013

The morning’s most fascinating articles from around the movie website-o-sphere.

Just leave a tab open for us, will ya?

“Male-Pattern Badness: Breaking Bad’s Doomed, Antiquated Masculinity” – Tim Grierson breaks down Walter White’s cajones for Playboy. A great read made bizarre by the naked women framing it.

“Half-Lives: The Walking Dead, 400 Days, Sorcery!, and Depression Quest” – Without a doubt one of the strongest video game editorials of the year. An exploration on identity and empathy created in a way only gaming can manage, and a reasonable call out for why we need more diverse playable characters.

“The 11 Most Important Political Science Fiction Movies” – Charlie Jane Anders gets listy for i09, holds out a hand, and says “Come with me if you want to think about governmental constructs represented by robots (and live).”

“Five Easy Pieces Actress Karen Black Dies at 74” – A thorough, fitting memorial for a true actor’s actor. From schlock to absurdism to an Oscar nom, she did it all.

“I am that guy from District 9 aka Sharlto Copley” – Wikus did an AMA on Reddit, and has some great stories and advice: “Don’t stop when the hell comes.”

“Who’s Who On a Movie Crew” – Better know a gaffer:

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