THE LAST MISTRESS

We admire Breillat provocative explorations of female sexuality (especially FAT GIRL), so we really wanted to like this, but chilly 19th Century costume drama is distracting “pretty.” Camera draws eye to Aattou’s lips, Mesquida’s dress, etc, when we should be focused on Argento’s fierce performance as “a woman scorned.”  Click HERE for FILMS FOR TWO…

MAMA MIA!

“The ABBA Musical” – Almost unwatchable… except… Meryl Streep is fabulous! Altho almost 60, she plays someone ~ 40, & she blows all the youngsters off the screen, especially in tandem with Gal Pal showstoppers Baranski & Walters. Rich agrees, but these miracles weren’t enough for him. Kudos to good sports Brosnan, Firth & Skarsgard. …

KIT KITTREDGE

Well-paced, gently-didactic story about life in Depression Era America based on popular series of stories by the AMERICAN GIRLS doll company. Breslin stars as a Cincinnati preteen with ambition, empathy, & pluck. Recommended for all (girls & boys & adults too) by Jan & Jan’s BFF Dorthea, but Rich says: Kids only.      Click HERE…

BRICK LANE

BRICK LANE

A haunting evocation of immigrant life, tenderly delineating the slow steps by which a Bangladeshi woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee) makes a home for her daughters in London so different in every way from the one she herself knew as a girl. The Hot Pink Pen applauds the filmmakers’ intentions, but one huge casting decision undermines their…

KIT KITTREDGE Rant

      Today I took myself to an afternoon screening of KIT KITTREDGE.  I was surrounded by eager girls, many of them with dolls.  Moms, grandmothers, & aunts were there too.  There were 2 adult men in the audience. (Hopefully they were Dads with daughters in the Ladies Room, but who knows.)  What didn’t I see?  Boys!  Not…

6/10/08: AWJ Update

Here’s a message I just posted on the AWJ Listserv in response to a challenge about my earlier posting:      Someone I respect just challenged me offline (“as a feminist”) about all of this, so here’s my reply: look at the options! In the past 3 years, I have spoken to over 50 audiences filled with women & every time I say:…