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New review: The Ides of March

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Perhaps you were lured into your cinema seat, popcorn in hand, because of Ryan Gosling's talent for the introspective pause. Or was it George Clooney's husky chuckle? Oh wait, F-Word readers: you must have been counting on Marisa Tomei's witty one-liners and you also heard newbie starlet Rachel Evan Wood had a powerful screen presence.

New feature: ‘Who is interested in old women?’

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It is through films that I became aware of the all-pervasive toxic combination of ageism and sexism in our visual culture. I had always loved the cinema and on my retirement 17 years ago I decided to study for an MA in film and television at the University of Westminster. I wanted to understand why, both in my teens and as I entered my 60s, I felt so at odds with film critics.

Lifetime to Remake "Steel Magnolias" With and All-Black Cast -"The Help" Effect

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Are we seeing the first signs of "THE HELP" - Effect. Whereby Hollywood TEMPORARILY falls in love with southern Black women... or should I say, White women watching southern Black women on Lifetime. After this summer's sucess of "Mammie goes to Bloomingdales"... I mean, "The Help," suddenly Black women living in the south are all the rage in Hollywood. So much so that Lifetime has decided to remake Steel Magnolias with an all-Black cast.... because Black women in the south don't have their own stories and all.

New review: I don’t know how she does it

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Allison Pearson's 2002 novel I Don't Know How She Does It asked the question: "Can women have it all?" and came to the conclusion: "Probably not."  The recent film adaptation of the book has moved the action from London to Boston, but the question remains. "Having it all" is, of course, the hackneyed phrase summing up marriage, children and a successful career, all of which (it is assumed) is every woman's destiny.

What Fight Club taught me

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I watched Fight Club at a pretty young age. Aside from the blatantly obvious fact that this film doesn’t have two or more female characters I still like it.

What’s Your Number? Who Cares, and Why?

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A new film, What’s Your Number? revisits old questions about sexual pasts, honesty, and slut-shaming. Samhita (whose new book Outdated is a treasure) writes about the film and the obsession with “the number” today at Feministing. I recently did a still-unpublished interview with a reporter for a college paper, and in the middle of a conversation on this topic, she asked me my “number”. I blurted it out, much to my own amazement, and had to send her a message after we were off the phone to ask her not to use it. (She agreed.) For a host of reasons, I don’t disclose the number of sexual partners I’ve had, but in a relaxed moment, out it popped…

Do women still worry about their “number?”

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What seems like a title for a romantic comedy where women are asked for their phone numbers (an equally annoying number ask, at least when unwanted), “What’s Your Number?” is based on a different premise–how many people you have slept with in your now 30-something unmarried state and if that number is going to impact your future relationship prospects.

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

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Kali Films have asked us to spread the word about their attempts to crowd-source the funding to allow them to release a film about the life of novelist Alice Walker. Between them with a mixture of small grants, donations and credit card funding they have managed to film around 85% but need to raise another $50,000 in the next three months. In the team's own words:

What romantic comedies can teach us about ourselves

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God, I hate romantic comedies with a fiery passion. It’s a cliche, I know–look, the bitter, humorless feminist hates love and laughter–but they make my teeth itch. I don’t fault anyone else for enjoying them, if that’s their thing, but I can’t get over the repeated implication in every single movie that I’m supposed to identify with the inevitably vapid/obtuse/obsessed/otherwise undateable (yet gorgeous, under the ponytail and glasses) woman who will find love at last in the third act.

Seeing Women Characters: part one, the begining

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I do really enjoy watching movies, and I particularly enjoy watching movies that were inspired by the books that I read. ‘Lemme’ explain this one to you, dear reader, I read the Twilight saga books just so I can say, I don’t like it. Because you know, when you tell some wise ass that you hate a book they are going to ask you, ‘Well, how do you know that you don’t like it if you’ve never read it?’

Put on your bulletproof vests, ladies! Tom Hackbarth is back

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On November 24, 2010, I wrote a post on Tom Hackbarth’s pistol-packing girlfriend-stalking scandal. I’m rerunning the piece in its entirety today because 1) it remains one of my most popular posts of all time, 2) a Google search of “Tom Hackbarth,” a Minnesota legislator, leads you to my blog, which I find totally hilarious, and 3) last Friday, Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers quietly gave back Hackbarth’s chair of the House Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee.  This leadership position was yanked from Hackbarth in the wake of allegations that he was, y’know, stalking a woman with a loaded gun.  Apparently Zellers thought that all the 9/11 hoo-hah would keep folks sufficiently distracted from such a move.

New review: Heavenly creatures

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Peter Jackson's first foray beyond the creature-feature genre retells the true story of Parker-Hulme murder, which shocked New Zealand in the late 1950s. Jackson's film, originally released in 1994 and currently reissued on Blu-ray and remastered DVD, sticks closely to the facts of the case - the murder scene was even shot on the same forest path where the real crime took place. However, Jackson famously didn't film in the exact spot of the murder, after the forest went eerily quiet.

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