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Movie Review: Wetlands

BY Emma Tilden in Movies |

18-year old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) makes a kind of sport of taboos. She enjoys watching those around her squirm as she defies social boundaries. She takes personal hygiene as a challenge, something to be tested; among other things she cultivates the scent of her unwashed vulva (Wetlands opens with her wiping it around the grimy seat of a public toilet), and spreads the resulting effluvia like perfume over her body in order to attract her many sexual ... Read More
If you're looking for an alternative to watching 2014's 'meh' summer releases,Flavorwire's list of 50 essential feminist films cuts across history, mixing oldies-but-goodies with cult and criterion favorites. Check out some legendary picks, like the ever-androgynous goddess Tilda Swinton in Orlando, or the experimental Dyketactics, the first lesbian-made short film to portray lesbian sex. The list also features Alien, the first ... Read More
In case you’ve never heard of it, Into the Woods is basically the best musical ever.  Literally.  It is a work of genius born from the genius of the ever-magnificent Stephen Sondheim and bestowed upon our world as a heavenly gift. Just to be clear, I’ve never actually seen it performed live on Broadway. I have, however, seen a film of its original, 1987 Broadway run (which featured total legend, Bernadette Peters as the witch).  ... Read More
“Sarang” is the Korean word for “love.”  It is also the name of the 3-month-old baby who died from malnutrition in 2010 while her parents were out on a 10 hour online gaming binge.  The couple, a Mr. and Ms. Kim, spent 6-12 hours every day playing the online game Prius which, ironically, involves raising a virtual child named Anima.  Unfortunately, Anima took precedent over Sarang, their real-world baby.  “The ... Read More
  Jim Henson’s film Labyrinth has been my favorite movie since I was seven. For 14 years I’ve been an adamant fan of the dark children’s movie staring a young Jennifer Connelly and a not-quite-so-young David Bowie. I was entranced by the playful but undeniably sinister nature of the film and still to this day watch it at least once a week.   However, I also think that exposing me to this movie at a young and primitive age ... Read More
Opens today in theaters! The elevator pitch for Obvious Child is startlingly simple: Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), a 20-something comedian nursing a broken heart, has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger, gets knocked up, and has an abortion. The end. But the experience of watching the film is much more than the sum of its parts. Carrying the distinction of being one of the first ever pro-choice comedies, Obvious Child—which was a Sundance favorite—is also ... Read More
Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a shaggy-haired, chain-smoking, alcoholic divorced dad with a broken dream of running his own record label. Gretta (Keira Knightley) is a down-on-her-luck young New York émigré with a song in her heart and a battered past of her own. Begin Again is less about the new beginning these two lonely city dwellers find, and more about coming to terms with previous endings. Light on plot and heavy on stubbly Mark Ruffalo grins, Begin ... Read More
I Am Divine (directed by Jeffrey Schwarz) documents the true larger-than-life story of Divine, the three-hundred-pound drag trailblazer and star of many well-known John Waters films, such as Hairspray and Female Trouble. A fashion godsend and pre-punk muse, Divine bent gender and social norms to play some of the most inspirational queer roles of all time. The documentary features insightful personal interviews ... Read More
On My Way - the new film featuring Catherine Deneuve - tells the story of an older woman struggling to keep her life together as she juggles a restaurant, a nagging elderly mother, and a mostly tumultuous relationship with a moody daughter. Under the pressure of keeping it all together, she snaps, and embarks on an unanticipated road trip that turns her life upside down. As she journeys down this new and unexpected road of life, she meets many zany strangers, ... Read More
The movie industry is no stranger to baby mama drama--from the creatively titled Baby Mama starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, to Teen Mom on MTV, there are countless tales of white folks struggling through unconventional parenthood.On My Own is a desperately needed breath of fresh air among otherwise painfully white-washed portrayals. The documentary tracks the lives of single African-American mothers, some of whom are raising as many as eight children on ... Read More
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