Film / Film with Female Lead / Review

Whip It (2009)

“What has gotten in to you?” “Just defective, I guess” Unhappy with her life, “alternative” young woman Bliss (Ellen Page) lives involuntarily in loneliness. Her self-described “only friend”, Pash, is a hilarious and equally misfit young woman, while Bliss’ mother is the stock Southern housewife who loves nothing more than reliving her own glory days as pageant … Continue reading

Film / Film with Female Lead / Gender Politics / Philosophy / Review

Haywire (2011)

Opening with a brilliantly realistic and rather unexpected fight scene, Haywire begins with a promising start for an action film. With infallibly choreographed fight but less-than-mediocre acting and great shooting locations, the film really is just as most other action films are. As regular readers will know, the generic action and/or espionage film is one I vehemently … Continue reading

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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

“Please, just…go with it, ok?” Teenager Nick (Michael Cera) suffers from what I call post-traumatic relationship disorder (PTRD), a very common condition which affects the manner in which a person behaves, reacts, and lives as a result of a terrible breakup and/or terrible partner. Aside from leaving quite literally fifty messages for his formulaic-ly “bitchy” … Continue reading

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Insidious (2010)

“It’s not your house that’s haunted. It’s your son.” James Wan’s latest horror enterprise is surprisingly terrifying and simply (using this overused adjective for the first time) creepy. As a lover of the horror genre since before I could read, it is my pleasure to announce that I have finally found a modern horror film … Continue reading

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The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

“Remember that the heart is the body’s strongest muscle.” Vadim Perelman’s (director of the fantastic House of Sand and Fog) exquisitely depressing film is a tale of guilt, redemption and friendship set amongst the backdrop of angst-filled high school years. A beautiful story of two best friends, Maureen (Eva Amurri) and Diana (Evan Rachel Wood) … Continue reading

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

“Vicky had no tolerance for pain and no lust for combat. She is grounded and realistic. Her requirements in a man were seriousness and stability. She had become engaged to a man because he was decent and successful and understood the beauty of commitment. Cristina, on the other hand, expected something very different out of … Continue reading