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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Mar 22

Fri Mar 22 2019, 06:54pm | 0 comments

Mikki Daughtry cowrites teen romantic drama Five Feet Apart, starring Haley Lu Richardson; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian) movie review: smuggler’s blahs

Fri Mar 22 2019, 03:35pm | 0 comments

This uninvolving coming-of-age crime drama tries to dazzle with visual tricksiness, but it cannot make up for its teen protagonist who is mere metaphorical symbol, and a bystander in her own story.


a Patreon thank-you video

Thu Mar 21 2019, 05:10pm | 0 comments

I’ve made a brief video to thank new patrons of my Patreon; you’ll see it after you make a pledge. (Existing patrons can see it, too.)


gendered abuse I have received

Thu Mar 21 2019, 04:44pm | 166 comments

Dude thinks calling me ugly somehow negates my review of Captain Marvel.


Us movie review: a new kind of horror for a newly precarious world

Wed Mar 20 2019, 04:27pm | 0 comments

An anxious moan, a looming disquiet of a reckoning coming for America. This is horror as weird, funny, damning, and more disconcerting the more you think about it, finding fear right in front of us.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Mar 19-22

Tue Mar 19 2019, 10:06pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Mar 18

Tue Mar 19 2019, 09:18pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


“(fictional) notes from The British Museum #11” now live (late!)

Tue Mar 19 2019, 08:28pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Mar 15

Sun Mar 17 2019, 06:42pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening US/Can Mar 15

Sun Mar 17 2019, 06:36pm | 0 comments

Mikki Daughtry cowrites teen romantic drama Five Feet Apart, starring Haley Lu Richardson; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Mar 14-15

Sat Mar 16 2019, 07:52pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Mar 14-15

Sat Mar 16 2019, 07:45pm | 0 comments

Tina Gordon and Jas Waters cowrite fantasy comedy What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


The Fight movie review: a woman’s struggle is real…

Sat Mar 16 2019, 05:01pm | 0 comments

Actor Jessica Hynes makes an astonishing directorial debut with this disconcerting little movie about women’s everyday anger and resentment, and the absolute battle just to get through the day.


having a gone day

Fri Mar 15 2019, 08:31pm | 0 comments

Sorry, guys. I’m right at the edge of seriously losing my shit today. Not able to concentrate on anything.


Five Feet Apart movie review: love/sick teen romance

Thu Mar 14 2019, 02:53pm | 0 comments

Beautiful teens fall in love while dying prettily in this year’s tragic young romance, one that medical necessity renders refreshingly chaste. Best bit: Star Haley Lu Richardson is genuinely charming.


Children of the Snow Land documentary review: an epic journey… to and from school

Wed Mar 13 2019, 08:37pm | 0 comments

An unexpected, beautiful movie about the character and mettle it takes just to go to school when you come from one of the poorest and most remote places on the planet. A profoundly moving journey.


curated: toys of Japanese monsters giving press conferences to apologize for destroying cities

Wed Mar 13 2019, 11:16am | 0 comments

This may be the best thing I have ever seen.


curated: White Savior: The Movie Trailer

Wed Mar 13 2019, 10:49am | 0 comments

Yup.


curated: the arts contribute more to the US economy than agriculture or transportation

Wed Mar 13 2019, 10:06am | 0 comments

Imagine how much more the arts would contribute to the US economy if there were actually meaningful support for them!


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Mar 12-15

Tue Mar 12 2019, 10:47pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Mar 11-16

Tue Mar 12 2019, 10:18pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


me on feminist film criticism

Tue Mar 12 2019, 04:32pm | 0 comments

Enjoy the rage.


Captain Marvel movie review: superpowered female SJW invites manbaby nerds to suck it

Sun Mar 10 2019, 03:05pm | 0 comments

An indie ethos comes to the comic-book movie, upending the origin story and offering a female superhero who throws out the boys’ rule book, goes her own way, and stalks among us with easy confidence.


my flash-fiction project “(fictional) notes from The British Museum” continues

Fri Mar 08 2019, 09:38pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Mar 08

Fri Mar 08 2019, 09:33pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening US/Can Mar 08

Fri Mar 08 2019, 09:26pm | 0 comments

Anna Boden codirects and cowrites Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Mar 08

Fri Mar 08 2019, 05:22pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Mar 08

Fri Mar 08 2019, 05:13pm | 0 comments

Anna Boden codirects and cowrites Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Doctor Who: “Logopolis” Fathom Event review: it’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for

Wed Mar 06 2019, 02:03pm | 0 comments

An iconic story from the classic era of the British cult TV favorite comes to US big screens for one night only… and the cleaned-up FX as well as its deceptively simple tale hold up rather well.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Mar 05-08

Tue Mar 05 2019, 10:55pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Mar 04-09

Tue Mar 05 2019, 10:15pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


2019’s film ranked (a teaser)

Tue Mar 05 2019, 02:58pm | 0 comments

My on-the-fly, as-I-see-movies ranking of the new theatrical releases of 2019 has begun, and there are already quite a few movies on it…


Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) movie review: weak wedding whodunnit

Mon Mar 04 2019, 09:27pm | 0 comments

Asghar Farhadi attempts to meld melodramatic mystery with his usual humanistic drama, but leaves little space for either impulse to be satisfied. Disappointing and strangely anticlimactic.


another installment of (fictional) notes from The British Museum

Sun Mar 03 2019, 08:48pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Mar 01

Sat Mar 02 2019, 12:38pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 27-Mar 01

Sat Mar 02 2019, 12:34pm | 0 comments

Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert star in thriller Greta; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 25-Mar 01

Sat Mar 02 2019, 11:27am | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Feb 25-Mar 01

Sat Mar 02 2019, 11:17am | 0 comments

Charlotte Rampling stars in drama Hannah; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


The Aftermath movie review: don’t mention the war…

Fri Mar 01 2019, 09:59pm | 0 comments

Post WWII upheaval is a cheap backdrop to beautiful people getting it on. Characters and situations are undeveloped, and there’s little genuine romance here, and too much laughable preposterousness.


curated: all worldbuilding is political…

Fri Mar 01 2019, 09:49am | 0 comments

…even when it might not look like it.


Serenity movie review: gonna need a bigger nope

Thu Feb 28 2019, 01:41pm | 0 comments

Accidental hilarity turns ugly in this baffling exercise in genre-hopping that thinks it justifies its Hollywood-typical adolescent-boy attitudes about women, sex, violence, and morality. It does not.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Feb 26-Mar 01

Wed Feb 27 2019, 02:15pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Feb 25-Mar 01

Wed Feb 27 2019, 11:44am | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.


curated: Emma Thompson’s powerful #MeToo letter to Skydance re John Lasseter’s “second chance”

Tue Feb 26 2019, 01:04pm | 0 comments

The woman is a goddess and a badass.


my picks for tonight’s 91st Academy Awards (the Oscars for 2018’s films) (winners indicated)

Mon Feb 25 2019, 09:19pm | 0 comments

I correctly guessed 9 out of the 24 categories, which is appalling. I shall be in my corner reprimanding myself.


2018’s films ranked

Sun Feb 24 2019, 06:54pm | comments off

This list is now final.


more (fictional) notes from The British Museum

Sat Feb 23 2019, 08:42pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Feb 22

Fri Feb 22 2019, 10:36pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 22

Fri Feb 22 2019, 10:28pm | 0 comments

Two movies directed by women open in US cinemas today. They are impossibly tiny releases. [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 22

Fri Feb 22 2019, 04:35pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.


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