Defending Mabel Longhetti in A Woman Under the Influence

If people tell you you’re crazy often enough, there’s a good chance you’re going to start to believe it. In John Cassavetes’ 1974 film–oft considered his masterpiece–A Woman Under the Influence–Mabel Longhetti (Gena Rowlands) suffers the anguish of perpetually being told she’s too “off” or “different” in comparison to other …

Pharrell’s “Happy” as a Brainwashing Sequel to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

It’s one of those songs that’s always on–you just can’t shake it. Even though Pharrell Williams’ annoying urging to “clap along if you think happiness is the truth” came out in late 2013 as part of the Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack (an ironic pairing considering the word “despicable” is not …