Mustang : Sisterhood in an Oppressive World

On another cold Christmas weekend day, it was off to see another film that just opened at the Living Room Theaters here in downtown Portland. Directed by Deniz Gamze Erg├╝ven, Mustang centers on five orphaned sisters, Lale, Nur, Ece, Selma and Sonay, whose innocent play one summer day with some local boys sets off alarms in their rural Turkish village and with their strict, conservative grandmother and uncle. Because of this innocent play the family home becomes a prison where bars and gates guard the girls from escaping, outside pop culture influences such as computers and cell phones confiscated, girls clothing reduced to modest dresses, and teachings in cooking and homemaking become the norm. But throughout the film, a hero emerges among the sisters that makes Mustang one of the best feminist films of our time.

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Two Friends and “A Bit Naughty” Maltesers

Maltesers Jeans from 1oakfilms on Vimeo.

All of us are chocolate fanatics, especially when it comes to M&Ms® and other small bits of chocolate candy that are hard to resist. And that urge for chocolate is hilariously portrayed in this ad for UK-based Maltesers® chocolate candy. What stands out in this ad is positively showing two women (and best friends) eating chocolate and creating hilarity in their lives. The cool part is this and a few other Malteser ads were actually directed by renowned British comedy writer Victoria Piles with 1 Oak Films! It’s a thrill to discover hilarious ads directed by women filmmakers too! Now if only a television or film studio would sign these hilarious women up for a comedy show or film of their own.

Jennifer Aniston and Emirates Airlines: Why the Uproar?

It’s always a sad moment when a perfectly good air travel commercial stirs up people into s fit of rage – especially when their hate involves comments such as “they’re part of the 1%” and other knee-jerk reactions (some even outright sexist!). What is the ad that’s brought on so much anger, you ask? An Emirates Airline commercial featuring actress Jennifer Aniston.

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IKEA Tables and Naturist Resorts

By now most people know who IKEA is. Know all over the world for its assemble-it-yourself philosophy and modern home furnishings, IKEA has changed the way consumers shop and design home furnishings for his or her home. But IKEA tables and naturist resorts, you say? As bizarre as it might sound, it’s a stroke of advertising genius – and in some way portrays a lifestyle in a fun, positive way without crossing over into “let’s make fun of them” territory.

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The Incredible Oneonta Gorge Adventure

Oneonta Gorge Falls Oregon
The Columbia River Gorge (just as you make your way out of Troutdale, Oregon) is a sight to behold. It’s the Disney World for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts. With so many hiking trails and waterfalls one could get an incredibly sense of what makes Oregon the best of the best in the United States. One such hike I had my eyes set on but at first was hesistent to attempt was Oneonta Gorge.
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