Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip

: 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.



Boarding Gate: 2007

Oliver Assayas
Director, Screenwriter

Cast: Asia Argento, Michael Madsen, Carl Ng, Kelly Lin, Joana Preiss

CONSENSUS: "Boarding Gate has little substance beneath its faux-thriller surface, and marks a step down from director Olivier Assayas' usual work". rotten tomatoes

And what is the substance beneath the surface of this summer's "must see " film Bat Man?

Boarding Gate is not a step down nor would I call it a faux thriller. It is a thriller with all the ingredients that kept my attention for the full 1:46 minutes which is more than can be said of Bat Man, the film everyone agrees is too long.

What is it that allows for this prejudice to continue, to have men determine the films that will make money, that cry out for others to see just because it is a film to be seen. Why can't women enjoy this phony applause of a film. Just because a film is called Bat Man and men remember when they read the comic and they love the character, Bat Man, and the Spider man and the Super man and they enjoy seeing the characters they read about as children come alive on the screen, doesn't justify reviewers' Faux applause for a film such as Bat Man where the acting is great but the substance is lacking and the film is too long to hold the audience attention.

Well, I loved Boarding Gate.. i thought the acting was great, the characters were creative and the sexual tension palpable . The over the top plot made for a tastefully made film about a subject(s) many would rather know less rather than more about.

I say see Boarding Gate. And if you are a woman I say seeing this film is a must! Feel the thrills, the sexual tension the weaving of a creative plot superbly acted and filmed with delicacy that only a seasoned film maker can champion.

Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective 2007
RT: Vine Witches Brew

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