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Film Review: Circumstance

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It's no secret that Iran is one of the most hostile places in the world for lesbian, gay and bisexual people (interestingly, however, Iran is a bit progressive -- though far from ideal -- when it comes to transgender rights). In 2007, during a visit to Columbia University, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad famously declared that homosexuality does not exist in Iran. And according to "We Are a Buried Generation," a report issued last winter by Human Rights Watch, "The environment in Iran today is such that sexual minorities, who are often the victims of abuse and violence, are instead treated as culprits;

Film competition: Heavenly Creatures re-mastered

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Based on a crime that shocked a nation, it features two New Zealand schoolgirls: Pauline (played by Melanie Lynskey), who has no affection for her family or her classmates, and Juliet (Kate Winslet), the beautiful and wealthy new student who becomes her best friend. Through their shared tastes in art, literature, and music they begin to build an elegant fantasy world. However, when Juliet's parents threaten to separate the girls, they make a ruthless pact to preserve their fairytale forever, whatever the cost...

Get me a Piece of Vanilla, Milquetoast, BS Pie

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Imagine if the film industry took every meaningful, inspiring, insightful and incite-ful story and made it G-rated, a box office success and shaved off every bit of thorny truth or multi-layered complexity.  Imagine if a writer misrepresented a real person and retold a historic event to suit themselves.  Maybe it is their right to do that, to show one side of a life, but a tragic loss occurs when a generation believes that the sanitized version, the mischaracterization, the fantasy re-telling is the actual reality.

Same Vamp Story, But With Robert Pattinson

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Last night, my boyfriend came home with low-budget vampire series called ‘Subspecies.’ Need I say more about the film’s abysmal visual content and lack of good acting? The first episode doesn’t stray too far from the Twilight saga. Girl (Bella or Michelle) falls in love with good vamp, almost gets turned into a vampire by bad vamp (James/Radu), but in the end she stays with good guy vamp (Edward/Stefan).

Embodiment: A portrait of queer life in America

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I was excited to stumble upon this project: Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life In America is a collection of 18 short films and 80 photographic portraits that represent and archive the varied lives of Queer America today. Photographs and videos will be released episodically online, accompanied by personal statements, throughout the next year.

Quick Hit: Chloe on what we can learn from romantic comedies

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Chloe was featured on NPR yesterday, talking about what we have to learn from romantic comedies. She should know, she watched every single one that was released this summer.

Go see The Interrupters

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I caught this new documentary by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Stevie) & Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) during its sold-out run at the Siskel Center last week.

What I mean when I talk about movies that bore the everloving shit out of me.

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For some masochistic reason, I ended up watching the trailer for The Art of Getting By today. Here’s the official synopsis: THE ART OF GETTING BY stars Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally (Emma Roberts — Scream 4), a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

More on The Help and Romantic Hindsight

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. . .though not by me. In the comments on Jill’s post about The Help, Angel H linked to an excellent, hard-hitting essay by Dr. Bernestine Singley that covered the reality of being a Black woman who worked as a maid. She also puts to rest the bullshit lines that a family’s maid loved them (no, they often didn’t, actually), and that the maid was like a member of the family (no, they really weren’t). (Seriously, can we shut that shit down? That’s about as patronizing as “My secretary really runs this company!” Oh yeah?

Step into my film school! The importance of casting in breaking open movie stereotypes.

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Did any of you catch Matt Zoller Seitz’s pieces on underrated actors and actresses? Given that the purpose of “top ten” lists is to make people argue about who should really be on the list and obviously there are great people not on the list who are underrated, I’m going to say that any list that makes the argument that Wendell Pierce should be in everything is a list I can be happy about. I was especially pleased to see a nice variety of ages among the actresses.

Quick Hit: Jamia Wilson on the upside of The Help

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The brilliant Jamia Wilson has a hopeful, inspiring piece about The Help up at GOOD today. Here’s a taste:

The Help is a model of the most unhelpful cinematography

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I didn’t want to see it. I knew it would most likely infuriate me and it would make me sad (and I try to avoid sad because sad is an emotion permanently lurking and waiting to make a jump and get hold of me; and then it sends me into this spiral of more sadness and anxiety). I didn’t want to see it because I knew some of it would hit too close to home for personal reasons. Mostly, I wanted to spare myself the potential heartbreak. I am, of course, talking about The Help.

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