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

7/30/10

From The Women's Desk

Taking Feminist Radio To The Next Level...


Hung: Sex, Detroit And Economic Hard Times. Radically subverting sexuality on the small screen.
Adelante Siempre! Sikivu Hutchinson, correspondent at our LA Women's Desk, in a roundtable with Chicana artists exploring class, race, sex and culture.
Feminists Gone Bad? Joy Rose takes on right wing feminism. A conversation with feminist psychologist and author, Phyllis Chesler.

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A presentation of the WBAI Women's Collective. Covering the entire spectrum of political and cultural issues crucial to women's lives, from revolutionary global sisterhood and movement building to critical aspects of the mind, body and yes, men.
Radio Goddesses In Session: Joy Rose, Sikivu Hutchinson, Prairie Miller, Laura Aguilar, Jacalyn Lopez Garcia. Music by Polly Wood.

7/12/10

The Concert Movie Review


A sentimental comic odyssey keen to wring tears and laughter from a script that can't sustain it, if you played classical music to your unborn child in the hopes of spawning a genius, this one's for you....

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Catherine Bray
Channel 4 Film, UK
Guardian, Observer, The New Statesman

7/11/10

Cyrus: Class Bonding and Man-Children in LA


By Kim Nicolini

We know this character from the world he lives in. He is a lonely, existential man, not poor, but too self-pitying to do anything but hide his head and his penis in the hovel of his home and his internet connection....

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Kim Nicolini
CounterPunch

Hung: The Punisher Puts A Price On His Head


...A delightfully brash, expectation defying, gender role reversal sex trade satire, from a mercilessly feminist point of view. While among the many unpleasant rude awakenings for this self-commodifed guy sex toy, are male expectations of erotic entitlement and exemptions not routinely extended to female sex workers; forced tolerance for far less than hottie demanding customers; a variety of on-the-job sexual humiliations; female screamers; and aggressive horny women who 'give orders like four star generals'....

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7/10/10

Women Film Critics Circle's Jan Lisa Huttner Wins Top Honor


Feminist Film Critic Wins Top State Honor Plus National Recognition
 
Chicago film critic Jan Lisa Huttner recently earned her third Silver Feather Award for writing the most award-winning articles in the Illinois Woman's Press Association's annual Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest. Huttner made international news in 2009 when she questioned why Loveleen Tandan (the credited co-director of Slumdog Millionaire) became an “invisible woman” just as Slumdog began generating serious Oscar buzz, thereby setting the stage for March 7, 2010, when Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in history to win an Oscar in the Best Director category. Huttner’s passionate posts about the “Slumdog Brouhaha” on her blog, The Hot Pink Pen, won first place in IWPA’s Website Development/Creation category, then placed third in national competition when IWPA passed it up to its parent organization, the National Federation of Press Women....

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7/9/10

Who's Afraid Of Orlando?



Screening Room: Who's Afraid Of Orlando? Can an enduring Virginia Woolf screen classic hold its own amid the clutter of summer blockbusters and instant short shelf life of Hollywood movie culture? A conversation with Orlando writer/director Sally Potter and star Tilda Swinton about the re-release nearly two decades later of the page to screen adaptation of a woman journeying through the centuries. Or is it a man...

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7/2/10

Emerging Female Directors From The Middle East


Agheleh Rezaie, At Five in the Afternoon

By Rose Capp

Predominantly low-budget, sometimes stylistically rudimentary, these films constituted a compelling, collective call to arms reminiscent of the forceful feminist polemic of Western female filmmakers in the 1970s and 80s....

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Rose Capp
is a member of The Women Film Critics Circle. She is a critic at The Melbourne Times, RealTime Arts, Senses Of Cinema, Metro Magazine, on-air at ABC Radio 774, The Film Show and Film Buffs Forecast, and she has lectured in film studies at Monash University, RMIT and The Australian National University in Canberra.