AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


CRITICAL WOMEN HEADLINES

4/11/09

READER MAILBAG

NY POST DISSES PRAIRIE


Lou:
You ought to report more accurately to your readers. My review was no 'rave.' It was a mixed review.


'...The weekend's fourth release is predicted to finish out of the top 10 with a paltry $1.7 million. That would be Gregor Jordan's Bret Easton Ellis adaptation "The Subterrean,'' the most loathed film at this year's Sundance Film Festival. In honor Mr. Ellis' most famous work, I award this appalling portrait of the '80s "less than zero''stars. This release from the financially-challenged Senator is scoring 14 percent positive reviews at RT, thanks to raves from Joshua Rothkopf and Prairie Miller.'

Lou Lumenik
Lumenik On Film
http://blogs.nypost.com/movies/

In the buff naughty boobs 'n buns bad parenting sex and drug addiction romp. And a weird cry for help cinema probing wasted LA youth without adult supervision in sight. Though with sly hints about exactly where all those hallucinatory Hollywood plots in theaters across America may arise.

CLICK TO READ REVIEW HERE


My name is Reed Martin and I am a professor at NYU.

I have a new film school textbook coming out that I would like to send to Prairie Miller. It's being released by Macmillan Press and it's already getting some terrific reviews. Can I send you (or Prarie) a copy? That would be great. Thanks. I appreciate it.


http://us.macmillan.com/thereeltruth

Reed Martin
NYU


DAZZLED BY THE GOLDEN BOYS


BRUCE DERN AND DAVID CARRADINE TALK THE GOLDEN BOYS WITH CRITICAL WOMAN
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW


HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE...I LOVED IT!!!
Claude H.

Hi Claude:
Yes, this was a real surprise, a unique gem! Glad you enjoyed it too.
Prairie

The sheer delight of this salty boy talk elder outing, with lifelong fierce courage on the high seas but acute commitment panic when females are around, is how creatively goofy this gang of confirmed and born-again bachelors can be when fleeing romance.


CLICK TO READ GOLDEN BOYS REVIEW HERE


STATE OF PLAYBOY: CROWE TAKES TIME OUT FROM CORPORATE CRIMEFIGHTING TO SHAG AFFLECK'S CRANKY SPOUSE


Hello, there!

I’m Jose from Mallorca (Spain) and I’ve read your interesting review about upcoming movie State Of Play.

I’ve been following Robin Wright Penn’s movies for a long time…
And I would love to know if she has an important role here.
I know she’s playing Anne Collis, Affleck’s wife and I know she has a supporting role but…

Does she have important amount of screen time? I mean, I don’t know if she has only 3 or 4 scenes or if her role is bigger than that? I don’t know, but if you can be a little specific on how much she appears in the movie and if her role is good or not.
Do you think is an interesting role, a showy role…?

Thanks a lot for all and sorry for my regular English. It’s a little difficult for me to express myself in English but I hope you can understand what I mean...

Thanks.
Jose
Mallorca, Spain

CLICK TO READ STATE OF PLAY REVIEW HERE

Hey Jose:
Robin Wright Penn's role in State Of Play is nothing much to write home about. She mopes around at rare intervals, doing the cranky housewife thing. It's pretty much a guy movie.


STILL BURNED UP OVER FIREPROOF



READER BLESSES CRITIC...AND MEMPHIS TIGERS


Prairie,

Your review of "Fireproof" was interesting, but a little shallow. Actually, this story is targeted at church-going couples as much as (if not more than) those who never darken the church door. The sad truth is that trends like porn addiction and divorce are as common in Christian circles as anywhere else. As a Christian husband and father who faces the same struggles as every other red-blooded American male, I am grateful for the Kendricks' treatment of these delicate issues.

The reconciliation of the marriage in the movie is ALL about the grace of God. The medical equipment for the mother-in -law just create an interesting sidebar. When Caleb learns to humble himself before God, his priorities change about EVERYTHING...including his use of discretionary income.

If you think the production was cheesy, fair enough. Considering Sherwood's budget, I think they did an admirable job. However, please don't miss the point that God worked in the hearts of both husband and wife to save the marriage.

Blessings to you in Jesus' name.

Kent S.
Arlington, TN

GO MEMPHIS TIGERS!!



Hello:
You are entitled to your point of view...however; personally this happened to me; same church different set of circumstances....married for over 30 years, ex went through mid-life crisis....I only wish a film of this caliber would have been out six years ago; I truly believe it inspires hope for marriages who believe life is greener on the other side of the fence only to find after thousands of dollars in attorneys, heartbreak, et cetera, that the marriage could have been salvaged if both saw beyond their own selfishness and what is really important in life....
I also have done my fair share of writing as well as worked in radio for my dad's radio station, so I think I have a fair handle from where you are coming from....religious beliefs set aside, I still felt the movie had a lot of merit in that even if you do not center your core beliefs around a God or a religion in any rite, the crux of the situation is perhaps there is a lot of truth behind the old adage, familiarity breeds contempt; so in essence if nothing else reflect the reason you are married and if one cannot deal with their short-comings in one relationship, they will haunt you into the next relationship!
Thank you for considering my comments.
Best of luck in your articles! ( : Take care ~Susan


Hi Susan:
Thank you for your very thoughtful personal comments about this movie, and I'm sincerely happy that the film was inspiring for you. But I do write for a broad audience, so I have to take a more general view of any film and its entertainment value, for believers and nonbelievers alike, hope you understand and glad that we can respectfully disagree.
Best,
Prairie


FIREPROOF: TWO VIEWS OF PRAIRIE


Prairie Miller sounds like a Christian hating liberal.
Maureen H.

FIREPROOF: CLICK TO READ REVIEW HERE


Hello Maureen

She was mainly commenting about the structure of the story. That is what critics do. If they weren't allowed to comment on something because it involved religion, then how would good quality work be separated from weaker efforts? She was saying the story left loose ends, didn't make sense in some places. It wasn't intended to be an attack on anyone's beliefs. You don't want a lower standard to be applied to a movie just because it contains religious aspects.

Best Wishes
Alan G.


Hi Prairie
I love it when the religious freaks get on your case! I trust you have finally started working on your relationship with the lord! Your replies are so mild - Obama-like in your calm sagacity. How do you control yourself? I suppose you have to, or risk having nutters turn up on your doorstep.
And you can use my name too. Loud and proud

Gary Gilbert


READER: DON'T DISS MILEY


Hello,

I'll be the judge of this after I have had the opportunity to view the new Hannah Montana movie for myself. Until then, your opinion holds absolutely no credibility with me. I also consider your snipes and hurtful comments about Miley's slight overbite (buck-toothed) to be completely unacceptable. In my opinion, it never ceases to amaze me how critics like you always try to tear down somebody successful like Miley Cyrus that provides a good role model for kids today. I suppose too, that if the little guy that plays "Richo" on the Hannah Montana Show becomes too successful at his craft, you'll probably pick on him for his size or some other physical feature that he has no control over! I wish that "bottomfeeders" like you would do us all a favour and just go away!

Ted M.


SEEING STARS


Ms. Miller, your critique of Duplicity is right on. However, how did it get three stars? My wife and I both thought exactly as you described it about the non-chemistry between Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. I couldn't help but imagine what it must have been like on the set during the filming of this boring movie and two inharmonious actors, both out of their element.

What movies like this do tell me, however, is that no matter how famous the actors/actresses have been in the past they clearly must keep working in order to maintain their lavish lifestyles while keeping their star status.

Had it not been for Julia Roberts in this movie I would not have bothered seeing it knowing what I know now. For her sake, I hope in the future she finds a role which I truly believe will complement her acting skills. Duplicity was not one of them.

Richard S.
Austin, Texas


Hi Richard:
You're pretty persuasive. Have you ever thought about taking up movie criticism? No license is required!


EAGER TO HEAR FROM PEEVED MOVIE CRITICS


Hi there,

I am a college journalist working on an article about why critics are often regarded as irrelevant by mainstream movie audiences. As part of my research, I am hoping to interview some critics about film criticism and its relevance. If you would like an opportunity to have your own say about the issue, please contact me.

Best regards
Will D.

Hi Will:
I've got a posse of irrelevant critics heading your way! Stay tuned....


WOMEN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE MEMBER CONDUCTS SURVEY TO APPEAR IN JAPANESE MAG


I am asked by a Japanese TV guide type magazine to do quick survey to Americans.
The article will compare opinions about the U.S. TV shows.
**This survey is for The High Vision magazine (April 24th issue).
The High Vision: Japanese monthly TV magazine.

Izumi Hasegawa
HollywoodNewsWire.net

Thanks, Izumi. Looking forward to see the survey!

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