When are we to be held accountable for the way we react to what's on screen, and how much of our reaction is to be blamed on the director's failure to communicate clearly? For this we look to the new 'Evil Dead,' 'Tyler Perry's Temptation,' 'The Host' and 'Spring Breakers' -- four very different movies, but all with something in common.
Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' is the outlaw fantasy of four college girls (or maybe just two of them) behaving very, very badly with guns and bikinis and one delightfully trashy white rapper. But the most crucial takeaway from the film isn't satire of primitive American debauchery -- instead it's how we want to perceive these women and why the agency they have over their lives and bodies feels too fantastical to believe.
We can all agree that Anne Hathaway is a gifted actress and a delight to watch on screen, but apparently many of you hate her off-screen persona -- an issue that calls to mind similar, recent complaints about Beyonce in her HBO documentary. And an issue that I don't agree with.
With Lucasfilm and Disney making a standalone 'Star Wars' film focusing on the adventures of young Han Solo, we started thinking about the young actors that could possibly fill those shoes, and only one name made sense: Jennifer Lawrence. Too bad she's a woman.
Austin Chick's 'Girls Against Boys' is yet another in a long line of rape/revenge thrillers, this time dressed down for listless millennials, but rather than turn in a thoughtful essay, it looks like Chick just copied from his classmates in Feminism 101.
'Don Jon's Addiction,' the directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, explores the ways in which rom-coms and porn might both be creating unreasonable expectations for women and men alike -- but neither form of media is mutually gender exclusive and both can be damaging, if we allow it.
This week journalist Linda Stasi of The New York Post wrote a review (?) of the second season of Lena Dunham's 'Girls,' but wound up passive-aggressively -- and sometimes aggressively -- critiquing Dunham's body instead. Why are we still talking about this?
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