Made in Dagenham

In 1968, Ford Motors employed around 40,000 British in their UK factories, including one in Dagenham (Essex). Apparently, while General Motors tried to work with unions, Ford constantly looked for skeezy ways to pay workers less, and this led to strikes in which the men would stop work for a day and so on, shutting […]

Strictly Ballroom

A recent discussion about the fact it’s far more acceptable to have a much younger/better looking woman paired with a much older/unattractive man than the reverse had me racking my brains for an example of a better looking man being paired with a less attractive woman. I had to go back nearly twenty years, and […]

Black Swan

Natalie Portman in her costume for the Black Swan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUx5_NLFxe8 YOU GUYS, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis took a risk and hit that shit out of the fucking park. Wow. I’ve never seen a movie with such visceral acting, such an honest portrayal of dysfunctional family dynamics, and that was so. fucking. creepy. Basically, Nina Sayers (Portman) has been working with her ballet company […]

Incendies

Trigger warning: story includes rape (offscreen) and forgiveness. Incendies is a Quebec film, in French and Arabic with subtitles, that has only recently been released in Quebec after playing at TIFF and the Venice International Film Festival. It has already been selected as Canada’s entry for next year’s Foreign Language Oscar, so hopefully it will […]

L.A. Times on men on Eat Pray Love

The new Julia Roberts movie, Eat Pray Love, came out this weekend. While it’s largely getting not-so-good reviews, Patrick Goldstein of the L.A. Times asks “What does this say about U.S. manhood: Male critics actually like ‘Eat Pray Love’: In short, once you factor in that the guys outnumber the women in the critical trade, […]

Underbelly: The Golden Mile

Note: Kim Hollingsworth, John Ibrihim, etc., are real people who are still alive. I have no idea how realistic their portrayal in Underbelly: The Golden Mile is; this critique is of the way people and events were portrayed in the show and in no way is intended to reflect on any real people. While we […]

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 […]