So, we’ve got our first glimpse of Reign, the CW show about Mary, Queen of Scots. The young man appears to be Francis, Dauphin of France, giving Mary a remarkably casual welcome to France. Mary comments on how tall Francis … Read more →
Brava, Jessica Chastain! Apparently, some media outlets are attempting to manufacture a feud between Chastain and her fellow Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence. Catfight! Chastain responded to the rumors on her Facebook fan page, which I’m going to quote at length … Read more →
So…there’s this anime show called Princess Tutu. It’s one of the most profoundly odd things I’ve ever seen. I haven’t seen much anime, so I’m probably ignorant of genre conventions, but it’s so odd. Not necessarily in a bad way, … Read more →
I recently attended a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s film Talk to Her (Hable con Ella). It made me really angry, and some of the responses to the film have made me even angrier. I haven’t seen any other Almodóvar films, so … Read more →
Spoilers for Season 3 Episode 5. Once again, I’m assuming that readers have knowledge of the series, but my apology to those who don’t.
Major spoilers for Downton Abbey, Season 3 Episode 4. I’m presupposing knowledge of the series; my apologies to those who aren’t Downton watchers.
War Witch (Rebelle) has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. I wrote about the film after seeing it at a festival, and I’m over the moon that it’s received a nomination. It tells the story of a teenage girl … Read more →
Ramin Setoodeh has an insightful article in The Daily Beast about the dearth of female protagonists in films this year. This isn’t a new criticism. Strong male roles have always dominated the male-centered movie industry. But this year, the gap … Read more →
Yesterday I had the opportunity to watch festival screenings of the films War Witch (Rebelle) and The Impossible. I really, really recommend War Witch. The Impossible made me feel very cynical. War Witch is a Canadian production filmed in the Democratic Republic … Read more →
Much has been made of female sexuality and our current preoccupation with sexy, eternally young, overly protective vampires. I’d like to take a moment to discuss the lady vamps, because I think their appeal to women may be a larger … Read more →