Open Thread: Precious

None of us have seen Precious, so I thought I’d open a thread inviting comments from anyone who has? The limited-release movie, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, features a female African-American lead and a number of other female characters (many of color, and at least one is a lesbian). The character “Precious” is […]


Fame follows the lives of a dozen or so young performing artists at the New York Academy of Performing Arts over a period of four years. It’s been roundly panned by the critics, but from a feminist perspective, there was a lot I liked about it. Obviously, this being an ensemble cast, it’s hard to […]

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

This was a trainwreck of a  movie. Basically, it’s a bit after the end of the first Transformers. Sam is now getting ready for college. His girlfriend Mikaela is staying home, and they’re going to be long distance. Sam finds a chunk of the All Spark in his stuff and starts having visions. He’s also […]

Up – by Pixar–SPOILERS and a small rant

Up was a heckuva lot of fun. It did get a little toothgrinding, though, that Ellie, Carl’s wife, ended up dying before she could have HER adventure, and it was a little too pat that, once he actually looked through her adventure book, he discovered all the pictures she of the two of them together […]

Open Thread: Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian

Night at the Museum 2–Second attempt at writing this review. I thought it was funny, but I didn’t like it much. The main change in this sequel is there’s a female costar. Amy Adams plays an effervescent Amelia Earhart. I won’t quibble too much with the immense difference between this adventurous, bubbly character who doesn’t […]

Fire Study — Maria V. Snyder

Fire Study was a somewhat unmemorable conclusion to an otherwise strong trilogy. In it, we’re once again trying to negotiate peace between Ixia and Sitia. Yelena is also trying to get comfortable with her role as a Soulfinder, figure out a way to be with Valek, and reconcile a series of dual obligations related to […]