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

9/27/09

Fuel

Van Jones: The Red, Green And Blue Of The Environmental Movement

Fuel: America's Dirty Secret.
A conversation with guerrilla filmmaker Josh Tickell about why he grew up hating oil companies; Fox News and the anti-left red scare witch hunt against Van Jones who appears in the movie, and what it has to do with Kurt Vonnegut; whether you can change the world just by asking capitalists to do the right thing; and will the US left ever be able to participate politically in this society.

And...
AM New York reporter Emily Ngo, on the demise of newspapers.

9/24/09

HE SAID, SHE SAID....NY Film Festival: Antichrist

Antichrist Internalizing The Gynocidal Oppressor?

HE SAID....


I found this movie pretentious because it makes an exaggerated outward show of how it uses misogyny as its basis. Charlotte Gainsbourg gives a brilliant performance in a challenging role as "She." The plot embraces mistrust of women. It encompasses the sexual theory where women disproportionately radicalize sexual healing....


CONTINUE TO READ REVIEW HERE


Gerald Wright
HDFEST.com
Film Showcase


SHE SAID....

A self-flagellating sexorcist weepie employing arty gore, and dubious New Age therapeutic kinky when not satanic sex remedies. And hopefully no animals or human genitals were harmed in the making of this movie...

CONTINUE TO READ REVIEW HERE

Prairie Miller


The NY Film Festival 2009 runs through 10/11. More information about the NY Film Festival is online at: FilmLinc.com

The Most Dangerous Man In America


The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers. A conversation from the Toronto Film Festival 2009 with Daniel Ellsberg about the documentary, his jungle encounters with the Viet Cong that transformed him ideologically, the Cuban American goon squad the US government sent to assassinate him, the true meaning of political courage, and what exactly is Vietnamistan.

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO CONVERSATION WITH DANIEL ELLSBERG HERE

9/23/09

Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore is funny in the wake of disaster, but usually he has some understanding of what the disaster is.

With Capitalism, A Love Story, Mr. Moore is out of his league. He seems to have a dearth of knowledge and understanding when it comes to economic/political theory. At a time when we need to know, need to sort out the pieces of the tragedy of our lives, we need more than this superficial documentary. With the loss of our homes, our source of livelihood, health care, education for our children we need answers, more knowledge not the confusion of terms and ideas that Michael Moore offers.

This film should not have been made in the cheap, seemingly rushed manner with careless details, and slapstick humor. This is a tragedy that needs reality, examination with merit and a delineation of the perils ahead. The New Deal of the Roosevelt administration has come and gone. It never did cure the Great Depression and it certainly can't help us now.
We are in a worldwide crisis that is not going away and we need to focus on the real. But the laughs that Michael Moore offer up to a confused, bewildered public are funny, at points, amusing.

For me the music was the best part of the film. The content, the words and ideas were not.

Maybe for you, there is something worth the price of admission particularly if you like looking at Michael Moore as he looks into the camera.

LindaZ
WBAI Women's Collective

9/19/09

HE SAID, SHE SAID...Darn It: Pre-Feminist Women Artists Chanel And Fanny Reap What They Sew


HE SAID....BRIGHT STAR

In this romantic tragedy, Abbie Cornish shines as Fanny Brawne, an 18th century Victorian young feminist who earned a living sewing and making her own fashionable dresses. As an outspoken and opinionated person, she meets John Keats, who is brilliantly portrayed by Ben Whisaw...This is when and where Fanny Brawne comes into his life as a muse....

CONTINUE TO READ BRIGHT STAR REVIEW HERE

Gerald Wright
HDFEST.Com
Film Showcase


SHE SAID....COCO BEFORE CHANEL


While most biopics about women linked to legendary men focus on obsession and female neediness, the suspicion does arise, connected to a history of thwarted female lives through time - did these women desperately want to be with those men, or be them? Following in the path of musical assistant Anna Holtz in Agnieszka Holland's Copying Beethoven or more recently Jane Campion's Bright Star, about John Keats' worshipful lover in longing, Fanny Brawne, French director Anne Fontaine's Coco Before Chanel traces the troubled life of the famed clothing designer noted for an unstoppable drive to smash gender and garment ceilings alike.

CONTINUE TO READ REVIEW HERE

Prairie Miller

9/16/09

Gladys Knight And Mary J. Blige Talk I Can Do Bad All By Myself


While these not always subtle messages about human connectedness and individual self-worth are best when secularized, they do get nicely channeled intermittently through the uplifting musical impressions of Blige and especially Knight as club torch singers.

CONTINUE TO READ I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF REVIEW HERE



LISTEN TO INTERVIEWS WITH GLADYS KNIGHT AND MARY J. BLIGE HERE

9/15/09

Amreeka Movie Review



By Penelope Andrew
Huffington Post


...A heartbreaking reminder of the farewells that immigrants must make when they tear themselves away from parents, siblings, and children. Dabis' direction of her actors' performances brings an extraordinary tenderness and pathos to the universal experience in this and so many other scenes throughout this wonderfully authentic film.

CONTINUE TO READ REVIEW HERE

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO INTERVIEW WITH AMREEKA DIRECTOR CHERIEN DABIS

9/8/09

WBAI Women's Collective: Boobs 4 Sale



The Women's Collective, Feminist Radio And Beyond....


BOOBS 4 SALE
: Exposing female image exploitation and promotion of physical disfigurement in media imposed depictions of women and their bodies - Fallout and Fightback. And how to be comfortable in the skin we're in. Join hosts Vanessa Cooper, Linda Z, and guests Shashana McNeil and Joy Rose of Mothers On Prozac.

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The WBAI Women's Collective covers the entire spectrum of political, cultural and intellectual issues crucial to women's lives, from feminism and revolutionary global sisterhood to critical aspects of the mind, body and men. Airing every second Thursday of the month, at 11AM.

Airing Thursday September 10, 11AM-Noon
At 99.5FM in NY and streaming live/archived at Wbai.org