The Weekly Read – July 25th


Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a weekly round up of links to read every Monday.

This week we have Harold Ramis tribute, representation, and in praise of Elle Woods 15 years later.


1. On My Dad Harold Ramis and Passing the ‘Ghostbusters’ Torch to a New Generation of Fans | Split Sider
“I was seven years old in 1984 when the original Ghostbusters (GB84) was released. It was huge. To say I was the coolest kid in 3rd grade wouldn’t be entirely accurate but I definitely had the coolest dad. All the boys in my elementary school would flock to him at pick-up, “Mr. Ramis, can I have your autograph?” “Egon! Egon! How did they make the Marshmallow Man?” “Hey, Violet’s dad, I ain’t afraid of no ghost!” Always respectful and appreciative of the fans, he would patiently answer every special effects question, sign every lunch box and pose for pictures — his sunny smile and laid back energy so different from the stiff reserve of Egon Spengler, his character in the movie.”

A wonderful tribute to Harold Ramis, actor who played Egon in Ghostbusters, by his daughter Violet Ramis Stiel.

2. Why ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Creator Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Future Protagonists Will Be Mixed Race | NBC News
“In 2010, the “Scott Pilgrim” series was adapted into a film by Edgar Wright starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. With human actors, the racial ambiguity of the comic gave way. O’Malley addressed this on his blog in 2013. “Honestly, when I saw the ‘Scott Pilgrim’ movie it was kind of appalling to see just how white it was — to not even really see myself represented on the screen,” he wrote. “I’ve sometimes joked that ‘Scott Pilgrim’ is my fantasy of being a cute white indie rock boy (which, as an ostracized mixed-race weirdo, was something I occasionally wished for when I was younger). I guess I whitewashed myself out of my own story, and I got what I deserved.”

Representation matters to comic creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, he’s putting representation in all his futures works starting with his newest title Snotgirl.

3. Mr Robot’s Rami Malek: ‘The world is in chaos – and all we do is hyper consume’ | The Guardian
“Mr Robot is an addictive journey into the dark heart of modern America. Full of twists, the show follows reclusive hacker Elliot Alderson in his attempt to bring down corporate giant E Corp, which Elliot simply calls Evil Corp. In his now-iconic black hoodie, he stalks the streets of New York, shoulders hunched and eyes wild as his hacks cause mayhem.”

The second season of Mr. Robot has started and the Guardian gets a small insight into actor Rami Malek.

4. Why Pacific Rim is the greatest blockbuster of the 21st century | little white lies
“Pacific Rim marks a convergence point in del Toro’s career. It’s where the humans and the machines finally combine as one. To operate the monolithic robot Jaegers which have been constructed to defend the planet against an under-floor infestation of Kaiju (giant reptilian wreckin’ balls with an ingrained mandate to destroy), two people must enter into its skull plate and work the controls manually. But there’s a catch, because it’s not the usual case of just sitting in front of a console, mashing a keypad and hoping the little red warning lights don’t start flashing. To make these machines work, the pilots have to commune with one another on a psychological level. They have to dance together. The process is called “drifting”.”

A wonderful article looking back on Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film Pacific Rim.


5. In Praise of Elle Woods, Feminist Film Icon, 15 Years After ‘Legally Blonde’ | mic
“It takes about two seconds after stepping onto the campus of Harvard Law School for everyone to discredit Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon). Dressed in hot pink from head to toe, with a moving van full of stuff behind her and a water bowl for her tiny dog Bruiser, she’s set up as a walking joke.

Yet slowly over the course of Legally Blonde, Elle gains respect. She wins over her toughest critics, from her professors to her romantic rival Vivian (Selma Blair). She does it all without changing who she is — her final success in court is while clad in all pink, spouting facts about perm maintenance.”

Great piece about Legally Blonde after 15 years and its own definition of feminism.


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