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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

mainstream Hollywood media: it is to laugh

Sometimes, ya just gotta scream.

Media by Numbers, the home of “lead box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian [who] has been the industry’s most widely respected and widely quoted expert for nearly 15 years,” a site that purports to offer us “unique insights… [e]xpert commentary and analysis…”, has this to say about this past weekend’s box office:

Of course no weekend would be complete without a sports-themed Will Ferrell comedy…

Love Will Ferrell’s sports-themed comedies or hate ’em, it must be said that this is completely, blatantly, obviously untrue. Clearly, many weekends are perfectly complete without a sports-themed Will Ferrell comedy.

Though I suppose one could call “pulling random nonsensical shit out of your ass” a “unique insight”…

This is worse, though:

Desson Thomson in The Washington Post says this about The Other Boleyn Girl:

Its message here is unintentionally self-hating: Men may be pigs, it tells us, but women — especially those women— deserve everything they get. Send ’em all to the Tower!

Again, this isn’t a matter of loving the movie or hating it: this “message” is nowhere near the movie… and it’s hard to imagine what kind of misogyny it takes to read that into this film.

Then again, The Washington Post is the same paper that this weekend published an op-ed opining that women are stupid. Too stupid to realize, it would seem, that if they try to take power by whatever meager means men leave to them, they deserve to be beheaded.

Our serious corporate media outlets at work.

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