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film review: 8: the Mormon Proposition

I can’t tell you how glad I am to hear my state’s GOP lawmakers are reviving a push to pass an amendment banning gay marriage. Which reminds me: I’ve recently started reviewing films for my local public radio station, WFIU. You can see my first review, of the documentary film 8: the Mormon Proposition, here.I’m also including the beginning of the review below.

Just FYI, this review led WFIU to post, for apparently the first time ever, a … Read more

film review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

***spoiler alert***

***foul language alert***

If you’re keeping track, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the third in a series of mystery novels by the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It’s also the third in a series of film adaptations of the novels. I’ve written before about some of the feminist critiques of the books, though I haven’t read the books myself. I have seen all three films; I praised the first, The Girl with the Dragon Read more

film review: The Social Network

Summary: my Facebook friends’ status updates hold more surprises in any five minutes than this film can muster in 2 hours.

As I was waiting for my friends to arrive at the movie theater for the 7:00 showing of The Social Network, the newly released film chronicling the early years of Mark Zuckerberg’s rise as the co-founder of Facebook, I accidentally got the zipper pull on my sweatshirt stuck in the mesh of the bench I was sitting on. I … Read more

film review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire

Still from The Girl Who Played With FireThe Rejectionist offers a powerful and persuasive feminist critique of Stieg Larsson’s series of mysteries starring Lisbeth Salander. Actually, “critique” is probably too mild of a term; it’s more accurately a “complete smackdown.” She writes:

There are some problems with Dragon Tattoo, and let’s talk about the main one: There are a lot of dead ladies in this book. Literally: hundreds. There are other beefs I have with Dragon Tattoo, on the level of Literature: the plotting is

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the sleeping alone review of films: Surrogates (2009)

summary: I liked it better when it was District 9; I, Robot; and the middle third of The Matrix. And I didn’t really like District 9 or I, Robot all that much.

The 2009 film Surrogates wonders what might happen if we started letting technology do the living for us. It creates a world in which war is treated as a video game, physical characteristics are treated as malleable, and real-life human interaction is treated as an oddity.

Boy, that … Read more

the sleeping alone review of films: Robin Hood (2010)

summary: I liked it better when it played as Braveheart, The Patriot, Lord of the Rings, and Saving Private Ryan.

I wondered after watching the new Robin Hood if there was ever a point during filming when someone slipped up and accidentally referred to Russell Crowe’s character as William Wallace instead of as Robin. It’s also entirely possible that someone accidentally referred to Cate Blanchett’s Marion as “Eowyn”–dye Blanchett’s hair blond and you have a dead ringer for Miranda … Read more

the sleeping alone review of films: And Then Came Lola

summary: I have a big problem with this movie.

I’ve been sitting on a review of And Then Came Lola (2010), described in press materials as a “time-bending, comedic and sexy lesbian romp-loosely inspired by the art house classic Run Lola Run,” since it showed at Bloomington’s Pride Film Festival last weekend. On the one hand, yay! This film presents a welcome antivenin to the cultural poison of heterosexual action-romances, romantic comedies, action-comedic romances, thriller-romances, romantic melodramas…you get the … Read more

on homophobia, classism, and the politics of rape: Don Belton and Bloomington’s Pride Film Festival

I want to talk about Don Belton.

Belton, you may remember, was the Indiana University professor who was found stabbed to death in his home on Christmas day. He was the gay Indiana University professor; his killer, ex-Marine Michael Griffin, has not only confessed but has explained his motive for stabbing Belton:

The former military man told police that Belton, who was openly gay, sexually assaulted him in front of his girlfriend, while they were both intoxicated on Christmas Day.

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the sleeping alone review of films: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Originally posted at <a href="http://jennamcwilliams.blogspot.com/2010/01/sleeping-alone-review-of-films-curious.html" target="_blank"http://jennamcwilliams.blogspot.com.

summary: Just cut out the middle man and watch Forrest Gump instead.

It’s a strange but true fact that I’m far more likely to post a review of a film I didn’t like than I am to post one of a film I enjoyed. There are, she protests, lots of reasons for this, but that’s a blogpost for another day. Right now I just want to tell you why The Curious Case of Read more