MaryAnn’s quick take: Dishearteningly less concerned with giving Natasha Romanoff her own story than with setting up her MCU replacement. Black Widow is superfluous, backward-looking, its bit of feminism belabored. She deserved better. Read the review…
My Octopus Teacher documentary review: out of the way, human (#Netflix) - This otherwise gorgeous nature documentary is marred by the banal self-therapy of its human protagonist... and he is nowhere near as interesting as the manic pixie dream octopus who changes his life.
movies for the resistance
The Body Fights Back documentary review: food for thought - Honest, compassionate, and very necessary, this is a provocation, a challenge to our individual and cultural preconceived notions about and neurotic relationships to food, weight, and body image.
on vod in us
Sweat movie review: let’s get metaphysical - Nuanced, sensitive peek into the world of a social-media influencer, with a beautiful central performance. Uncynical and pragmatic about the seachange human society has endured in the 21st century.
- question of the weekend: what’s your favorite movie-related app or site?
- question of the weekend: have you ever attended a film festival? (and if not, would you like to?)
- I’m on two panels at the BFI’s Woman with a Movie Camera fest (now available globally!)
- please review ‘Cultural Artifacts’ if you’ve read it!
- AWFJ Presents… a collection of amazing movies by (and about) women
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who is maryann, anyway?
- curated: “The San Diego Comic-Con News Generator”
- curated: “The Movies Are Back. But What Are Movies Now?“
- curated: “in defence of historical inaccuracy,” particularly re colorblind casting
- curated: why so much movie criticism, and the movies themselves, are so awful these days
- curated: “Donald Trump‘s Presidency Was Supposed to Be Great for Art. It Wasn‘t”
- curated: 10+ minutes of glorious dancing in movies, so you can forget 2020 for a bit
- curated: how we look at art… and how we think about looking at art
- reader Bluejay’s project to help us all stay sane (and I want yours too)
- “Remain Indoors”
- a message from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost…