Les Mis: Just Men, Minimized Women and Immodesty?

Two very different women, coming from very different perspectives, are unhappy with Les Miserable. Their unhappiness reminds us that though we polish and burnish our preferred lenses, we obscure our own capacity to see.Feminist author Stacy Wolf takes to the pages of the WaPo to report that as a feminist, all she could see was the bad men and victim women who populate her daily thoughts; width and breadth are just words:. . .in “Les Miz,” female characters are there only for the men to sa … [Read more...]

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CAN AN AGNOSTIC BE DIVINELY INSPIRED? “Babette’s Feast” Is a Eucharistic Allegory From an Unlikely Author

You probably know at least a little about Danish baroness and plantation owner Karen von Blixen-Finecke. She was the heroine (Meryl Streep) who had a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter (Robert Redford) in the 1985 romantic drama Out of Africa. She was an author who wrote under the pen name “Isak Denisen.”But you may not remember that she was an agnostic.My husband and I recently pulled out our copy of the film Babette’s Feast (Danish: Babet … [Read more...]

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"The Rite" Roundup – UPDATED

It's not on my "must see" list, but then again, I am a crank who doesn't like going to the movies, anyway (although True Grit did lure me), but The Rite opens today and it seems many people are aching to explore a theme of exorcism, so here is a round-up of sorts:Start with the book by Matt Baglio which uber-reader Julie Davis says "gets it right":Undoubtedly, when the film is released, it will be sensational, but reading The Rite may deliver more authentic chills; without the CGI there is … [Read more...]

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Randomness & Event Horizon – UPDATED

Getty ImagesRarely has the introduction of a work of art struck me as so exactly suited to its times as Antony Gormley's Event Horizon, whereby we find ourselves encountering a naked fiberglass-and-metal naked man at random spots in the city.From March 26 to August 15, New Yorkers will be encountering this form -made from body casts of the artist- amid their daily meanderings. As morning fog lifts, his eerie-but-beautiful silhouette will be visible. Those texting as they walk may bang into … [Read more...]

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Polanski: Althouse dares to ask…UPDATED

Honestly, you'd think that -of all issues in the world- the rape of a 13 year old by a 44 year old man would be one issue on which people on the left and the right could come together.Apparently not.For the record, let Kate Harding remind us what Roman Polanski did.As the chronic moral arbiters of the world, who work out of Hollywood, rush to defend Roman Polanski by signing petitions, crying about how they can't watch movies in Switzerland "knowing Roman Polanski is sitting in a cell 5km … [Read more...]

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Al Gore Hearts Tarantino's Footprint

Al Gore, who hasn't been getting much attention, lately, is going to get into a few headlines by helping Quentin Tarantino promote his new film, Inglorious Basterds, in Tennessee.Lawrence Bender, producer for Quentin Tarantino's new film, Inglourious Basterds, asked the former vice president to host a Nashville movie premiere tonight, and Gore was happy to do it, reports spokeswoman Kalee Kreider.The connection: Bender was one of the producers behind Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth. … [Read more...]

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Our freezing summer makes me gripe

It's freezing here; we can't swim, can't have the windows open. Every day is cold. It just convinces me more than ever that solar flares (or the lack of them) have more to do with the ever-changing climate of planet earth.And more resentful of policies, programs and restrictions put in our way, in service to the hoo-hah of Mr. Gore. And why this ticks me off, too. And this. And why not, anymore?I am most seriously unhappy today.The prescient satirical genius of Paddy ChayefskyIn … [Read more...]

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Gleason; Gorgeous Short Films

Just about a year ago, thanks to Fausta I posted an exquisite little gem of a film short, by a young artist named Joe Gleason. He called the film "The Dinner Guest" and its simplicity and sweetness made people weep. At the time, I wrote:"...the joys of anticipation to which we - in our era of immediate gratification - no longer allow ourselves. Perhaps that is why it made one of Fausta’s reader’s weep; perhaps we miss anticipation in our move to easy cynicism, and we miss the intimacies of … [Read more...]

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