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.


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4/10/11

The Conspirator Movie Review: Sins Of The Mothers?


If the corporate media is notorious for reporting only what they deem politically or personally expedient - and other stuff, even if involving up to a million protesters at an event, never happened - the official historical record may be even worse. Take for instance, the military trial and execution by the feds for conspiracy in President Lincoln's assassination of the first woman in history, Mary Surratt. Mary who?


Mary Surratt On Exhibit, National Museum Of Crime & Punishment, Washington D.C.


And not mentioned in the movie, is that she was shackled and hooded, Abu Ghraib fashion statement style, every minute of her several months incarceration...And tickets for the public throngs to attend her outdoor execution were a hot item indeed. While pieces of the rope that hanged her and locks of her hair, were then sold as souvenirs.

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4/9/11

Are You Surprised By Movies Anymore? Deciphering Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog is one filmmaker who defies the trailer, the reviewer and whatever formula you want to put on him. When I walk into a Herzog movie I never know what's going to happen. And when I walk out of one, I often question
 how to put into words what I just saw....

By Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

CONTINUE TO READ CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS COMMENTARY HERE


Logan Nakyanzi Pollard is a featured commentator at The Huffington Post, and has reported for ABC News and The Guardian. Logan is also a member of the Women Film Critics Circle.

4/8/11

TCM Film Fest: Classic Stars Walk Red Carpet for 60th Anniversary Of An American in Paris

                                                 Leslie Caron in Gigi, 1958


Leslie Caron Opens TCM Film Fest & Stars from Classic Era Walk Red Carpet for 60th Anniversary of An American in Paris

by Penelope Andrew

The evening began auspiciously with Leslie Caron walking the red carpet to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, which opened in 1927 and contains around 200 celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs embedded in the concrete of the building's forecourt. Flying all the way from Paris and showing no signs of jet lag, the still lovely and energetic 79-year-old was in Hollywood for the premiere screening of the 60th-anniversary restoration of her very first film, An American in Paris....

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Penelope Andrew was in Hollywood covering the TCM Film Festival for The Huffington Post and Arts Express Syndicate. She also writes for Bright Lights Film Journal, WestView News and Critical Women on Film. Penny Andrew is a member of The Women Film Critics Circle.

4/2/11

HE SAID, SHE SAID...Girl Power Goes Up Against Sexualized Violence On Screen


SHE SAID....Meek's Cutoff

'Directed by that rare figure in westerns whether in front of or behind the camera - a woman - the film gives voice to a segment of the Wild West back then which didn't have much of that to begin with. And with a title intimating macho cowboy metaphorical castration...'

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SHE SAID....Sucker Punch

..."Am I the Only One Who Liked This Film?"...We're all sexy. We are all vital. How does Sucker Punch discuss this idea? By pitting extreme versions of all aspects of ourselves: the sexy parts, the dark parts, the gluttonous parts, the longing parts, the masculine, the feminine, the childlike, the maternal, the paternal.

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Logan Nakyanzi Pollard
The Huffington Post

HE SAID....Sucker Punch

'..."I'm so cute and hot in my asylum look"...You may be considered the "sucker", if you don't skip over Sucker Punch.'

CONTINUE TO READ REVIEW HERE


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National Association of Black Journalists
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