Does “V for Vendetta” celebrate rape? (And other viewer mail.)

The latest letters at CT Movies are very interesting: I saw V for Vendetta, and I am appalled that the cruelty shown toward the Natalie Portman character has been overlooked in practically every movie review I've read. ... Why is no one noticing this? This is a film about a rape, not a revolt. You know what? I completely agree. I haven't officially reviewed the film yet, but I was very disturbed by the way they ended up showing the abuse of this character in a positive light. Why didn't you … [Read more...]

Two late-but-great reviews of "V for Vendetta"

Two home-run reviews of V for Vendetta popped up this week, and even though the film is already fading, I thought them worth a read:CAUTION: SPOILERS!L. Michael Foote reviews V for Vendetta for Stylus. (Caution: Harsh language) Merely replacing the simplistic morality of one political system for another, the people of England never honestly question their own circumstances. Finally realizing that something is wrong with their society, citizens leap at the vague beliefs of a man who … [Read more...]

Specials: New Ron Sexsmith music! Greydanus flunks V. Walter on Soderbergh.

NEW RON SEXSMITH MUSIC! My friend Jessica Poundstone, a vigilant Ron Sexsmith fan, send me this today: Well, you're probably all over this, just haven't gotten around to posting it on your blog yet (where the heck DO you find the time to write so voluminously there??? It's staggering - I don't make it over for a week or two and I have to take 45 minutes to catch up!) but there's a sneak peak of a new song off of the new Ron "Sexy" Sexsmith album up at his site: Also, apparently, according to … [Read more...]

Alan Moore on “V for Vendetta”

Thanks to Opus for sharing this link.In this interview with Alan Moore, who wrote the original graphic novel of V for Vendetta, is absolutely right.The Wachowskis' film misunderstands the story, and distorts it to be about American liberalism versus American conservatism, instead of about anarchists versus fascists.Sure, it's takes place in a futuristic, fascistic London and the characters are British. And yes, you could say this is a cartoonish tale about Nazism.But come on... … [Read more...]

V for Very Disappointing

I won't publish my review of V for Vendetta until opening day. But I will say that I managed to make it until the closing credits without walking way in boredom and disgust... but just barely.I will, however, link to one of those pages where the reviewer (David Denby of The New Yorker) is apparently somehow exempt from the industry standards. And I find myself agreeing with him. ...even if one enjoys the craft of “Vendetta,” and, viewing it as an extravagant pop myth, cuts it as much slack a … [Read more...]

Specials: DaVinci suit. V’s prophetic. Wenders tips.

Let me just say that I have never been afraid of clowns. Until the Olympic closing ceremonies.Was that creepy, or what? … [Read more...]

Specials: Leary on Dynamite; Brothers Quay + Gilliam; V for Vendetta; The Island

Today's specials:Michael Leary on Napoleon Dynamite.Twitch scoops an intriguing collaboration between The Brothers Quay and Terry Gilliam. Wow. Sounds promising indeed. Go here for news and stills.The trailer for Natalie Portman's new film with the makers of The Matrix: V for Vendetta.What did I say about The Island being built out of parts stolen from other movies? … [Read more...]


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