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defining the female gaze

In response to something I posted recently about “the female gaze,” I got an email from a male reader who appeared to believe that “the female gaze” refers to “movies women like to watch.” It doesn’t. Not even close. But his email got my thinking that perhaps I need to explain what “the female gaze” … more…

top 10 movies of 2009: the whys and wherefores

If you regularly check my on-the-fly ranking of new theatrical releases as I see them, then my top 10 movies of 2009 are no surprise: I shuffled a few titles around a bit last month, but the films ranked in the top 10 for 2009 haven’t changed much in months. (The 2009 ranking is here; … more…

bias update: October 19

obsession: Doctor Who (I keep buying new DVDs of the old show; see more after the jump) boyfriend: Paul Gross in Eastwick (see more after the jump) psyched: The Men Who Stare at Goats (George Clooney as a psychic warrior, and Ewan McGregor as anything? I’m so there; also, see more after the jump) girl … more…

Bright Star (review)

John Keats is the intruder into the story of Fanny Brawne, and if you didn’t already know that he turned out to be the renowed poet and she turned out to be ‘merely’ the young woman who loved him, and was loved by him, and inspired some of his greatest poetry, you might be forgiven for assuming that she’s the one who surely washed up legendary years later, for how the film defies the convention of lavishing its focus not on him as the de facto presumptive natural center of attention, but on her.

bias update: September 18

obsession: Doctor Who (the old standby; my love for it never really fades) boyfriend: Paul Gross in Due South, which I’m finally catching up with 15 years later (it’s a very goofy show, but he is so delicious — and now I learn he’s playing the Devil in Eastwick… yum!) psyched: Where the Wild Things … more…