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A trip to the movie theater usually stresses me out, and it's not just the $12 popcorn that does it. I am notoriously that movie-goer who easily gets offended by the portrayal of women onscreen. There have been some standouts lately--films like Bridesmaids and Pariah that have made me optimistic about what can be done if female writers and directors are given a voice. But the majority of movies still disappoint. In a million-dollar blockbuster, can't ... Read More
A lone woman is standing at baggage claim in full army uniform. The look on her face suggests doubt that anyone is coming for her.  She lingers for a moment until a squeal is heard and the camera pans down to her young daughter latching on to her. As Kelli, played by Linda Cardellini (of Freaks and Geeks fame) reunites with her husband and two daughters, the camera hangs so close to their faces it's almost suffocating.  In writer/director ... Read More
 Wednesday night I celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the '73 case that legalized abortion) by attending author Jennifer Baumgardner's screening of the documentary she made with Gillian Aldrich entitled, I Had an Abortion, which was released by Women Make Movies. The event was held at Bluestockings, a feminist and activist bookstore on Allen and Stanton st. I must admit, despite having read and loved her modern guide to feminism Manifesta: Young ... Read More
Have you ever been in one of those relationships where you feel like only you and the other person exist? If so, Drake Doremus' Like Crazy will evoke all your nostalgia, and suck you into the confined space that young lovers create for themselves.    You may recognize actor Anton Yelchin from Alpha Dog or Charlie Bartlett, but he has certainly taken a leap of maturity in this film. Yelchin plays Jacob, a college T.A. who receives a love note from British ... Read More
Music lovers, rejoice! The 31st annual CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival is back and bigger than ever. From October 18-22, around 900 bands (!!!) will be performing at over 80 of NYC's greatest venues. CMJ's five jam-packed days will also include over 70 informative panels with renowned industry speakers, cutting-edge film screenings, exclusive parties, and more.Just a few bands from this year's CMJ music lineup include: Wild Flag, Dum Dum Girls, CSS, Neon ... Read More
Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Alice In Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska, Restless has all the bells and whistles to make the love-obsessed 14-year-old in me sing. I walked into the theater with high hopes.  And as the end credits rolled up, I still wanted to like it.Restless is the tale of two youths who are brought together by a shared fascination with mortality. Enoch Brae is a young man struggling to deal with the death of his parents. In his ... Read More
New York has not always been the safe, overpriced playground for the rich. Sure, cities change but comparatively NYC is  now a child’s wonderland compared to what it was in the seventies. Left to crumble into both financial and physical ruin by president Ford, who refused to help the city pay off its debts, lower New York City was sent into a state of heavy decline. Times were bleak. The Lower East Side and Alphabet city were relentless war zones. ... Read More
“What has become of the woman? She is imprisoned in her own sex, striving to negotiate her identity in the society that she lives in. Her individual development and relations have been deformed by the pervasive patriarchal ideologies that link her femininity to submission.” (Cairo Film) The Women’s Voices Now organization hopes to put an end to this, or, at the very least, give women who otherwise might not, a voice through which to tell ... Read More
It’s officially time to get excited for the Oscars! With the list of 2011 Nominations announced yesterday, many of the incredibly talented individuals on the list are expressing their gratitude, excitement, and renewed/and/or/reaffirmed faith in their career path. Of course there are the nominees we all called, such as Natalie Portman and Nicole Kidman, both for Best Leading Actress in Black Swan and Rabbit Hole, respectively, but we were otherwise ... Read More
  August 23rd marked the last day of the IFC Center’s summer Queer/Art/Film festival, a series of  truly unique cinematic productions from some of New York’s most talented queer artists. If you were too busy rooftop hoppin’ and bronzing on the beach to catch any of the festival’s flicks, fret not because autumn brings a whole new line up. BUTT (not to be confused with BUST) magazine editor Adam Baran and filmmaker Ira Sachs ... Read More
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