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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5/29/14

HE SAID, SHE SAID....The Female In French Biopics: Violette and Yves Saint Laurent


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HE SAID....

By Gerald Wright

....Levels of love, jealousy, resentment, distrust, insecurity and ambiguity run deep in Violette. So does the gulf between men and women, as the women are  looking at tradition and past, yet aggressively pushing forward for a change....

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Gerald Wright
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SHE SAID....

On rare occasions a movie can say more about a time and place by just displaying that world rather than dissecting or discussing it, and the lavish biopic Yves Saint Laurent seemingly unintentionally, does just that.  Nearly as analytically mute as the both heralded and scandalous French clothing designer in question who died in 2008, the film nevertheless has much to intimate about its historical moment, whether by design so to speak, or not...

...Likewise left unspoken, is Laurent as gay yet more obsessed with women than anything else - as mystifying, subliminal and perhaps envied decorative objects of adoration and creation, but objects in all regards nevertheless. And like the dark side of the fashion world and the dehumanization of the women there serving as compliant, nourishment-deprived dressup dolls and playthings, a subject bereft of explanation or comprehension.

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Prairie Miller

5/12/14

Clutter Movie Review: Carol Kane Channels Female Scars Embodied In The Emotional Meaning Of Things


....The embodiment of inanimate objects with all sorts of magical meanings and psychological illusions, needs and desires is nothing new. Embedded in a US culture whose rampant throwaway consumer lust thrives on such financially lucrative fetishism in the marketplace.

But even less acknowledged is a peculiar kind of related pathological fallout from the unhealthy clinging to stuff, substituting for real human relationships. Namely, hoarding. Which is the subject of Diane Crespo's eloquent dramatic feature conveying disintegrating families ties and torment, Clutter....

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Prairie Miller

5/2/14

Walk Of Shame: Elizabeth Banks Sassy Strut In Mean Streets LA Underbelly Romp


.... No matter the story in movies lately, whether solemn or silly, they usually seem to end up being about joblessness these days - or the frustrating search for employment. And while the latter sentiment of laughs on the light side may best characterize Steven Brill's urban comedy, Walk Of Shame, there's a lot kicking in from the sidelines too in this LA underbelly romp, checking in to the proceedings as a kind of goofy along with grim state of the nation journey....

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Prairie Miller