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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

film criticism is a sausage fest

I went to a screening tonight (of a film I won’t mention since it doesn’t open for a while yet, but it was fantastic and I can’t wait to tell you about it), and as always, the screening was packed… with men. In a screening room that seats 94, and was at least three-quarters full, I counted only a handful of women, perhaps less than half a dozen. And some of them may have been guests of male critics, not critics themselves.

It’s not only my perception that film criticism is overwhelmingly dominated by men. Studies have done the tallying and proven it. Science!

This is yet another damn good reason to support the work I’m doing here: to help redress this imbalance. There aren’t that many women’s voices talking about film with any authority. I don’t want to have to relinquish mine.


Reader Bob Boatman said here:

We can’t lose you.. you are a national treasure.

Reader Bluejay, who just bumped up his subscription from $12 a year to $5 a month, told me:

I’ve been regularly visiting ever since I stumbled onto your LOTR reviews. (Or was it your posts about reading Harry Potter? Was that at your other site? It seems like years and years ago!) I really appreciate your distinctive take on things — even when we disagree — and the space you’ve provided for conversation among smart, interesting people. Your posts — and the sometimes heated arguments in your community of commenters — have done so much to raise my consciousness, clarify my thinking, and sometimes even change my mind on a whole range of subjects, from film criticism to feminism to politics to pop culture and the world at large. I can honestly say that I *think better* today because of all the time I’ve spent on your site, and for that I’m grateful.

I wonder if anyone has ever said to any of all those male film critics that they made their readers understand feminism better!


The 321 new subscribers I’m looking for in February has nudged down to 305.

At this rate, it will take me only until February 2015 to meet my goal. That’s not good enough. In fact, it sucks.

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