Recently in No Stars: Setting Us Back 20 Years

November 14, 2011

Immortals: The Movie That Made Us Love The Three Musketeers

If my husband and I ever divorce, I have no doubt that he will itemize "made me see Immortals" as one of his grievances. He's usually very patient with seeing movies for the blog. But on this one, he...

November 07, 2011

Wing Chun: Why, oh why did I watch this movie again?

[Trigger warning on this film for rape by deception and an attempted gang rape. It's mentioned in the review but not discussed in detail.] I saw Wing Chun years ago in a theater in Austin. If I'd been asked...

July 29, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens: All this, AND I was bored

Friends, internetcountrypeople, thank goodness for Native American characters. Without Native American characters, the plot of Cowboys & Aliens would have completely collapsed. Without Native American characters, who would have given Daniel Craig a magic drink to bring back his...

March 27, 2011

Sucker Punch: Such a Waste of Potential

Trigger warning on this post for mention of sexual assault. Dear Director Zack Snyder, I saw your film Sucker Punch today. Based on the premise and the posters, I had decided not to go. Then I saw the trailer,...

September 09, 2010


(Trigger warning here for a joke from the movie concerning sexual assault, which is mentioned briefly at the end of this post.) Ah, Machete. What I remember best about Machete, unfortunately, is the phone call I got as the...

June 29, 2010

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

TRIGGER WARNING for this film. Really. This film contains explicit scenes of graphic sexual violence. I almost walked out, so please be careful. I am going to mention that it happened in this review, though not discuss any specific...

June 21, 2010

Jonah Hex

I knew nothing about the comic before I went to see the Jonah Hex movie. I hope I still don't. Because if the comic is anything like the film, it goes something like this. Once upon a time there...

May 18, 2010

Bitch Slap

Oh. My. So I love a good farce. Thoughts like these, at Racialicious, had me hoping that Bitch Slap would be a good farce: Satire by its very nature is something that disarms you, most often through comedy or ridicule,...

January 12, 2010

Mutant Chronicles

I thought it was bad when I was seeing films that were adapted from video games. Then I saw Mutant Chronicles, which was adapted from a role playing game. So not good. Mutant Chronicles takes place on some kind...

October 10, 2009

Jennifer's Body

Jennifer's Body was not on my must-see film list. I saw the previews, was skeptical, and agreed to take it on because I love Heroine Content. Then I started reading other people's reviews--lots of mentions of Heathers, even a few...

July 17, 2009


I've long wanted to see 2004's Catwoman because it is so often cited, along with Elektra, as one of the low grossing films that has somehow magically ruined it for everyone who wants to see more strong women in...

September 29, 2008

Dhoom 2

If you wanted to create a film to show that Men Are Awesome! and Women Are Sexy!, you could not do much better than Bollywood action thriller Dhoom 2. It reminds me so much of a 1980's hair band...

July 07, 2008

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Back in March, I gave Charlie's Angels two stars. These stars were given in spite of the massive gender and race problems the film had, based on the relationship between the Angels and Bosley, and in the relationship between...

June 27, 2008


In his Guardian review of Wanted, Peter Bradshaw writes that the film "plays like a party political broadcast on behalf of the misogynist party." I don't disagree with this assessment--it's a truly, truly awful movie--but sadly I don't share...

April 01, 2008

Barb Wire

No, this isn't an April Fool's joke. I actually watched it. If a DVD has a ten minute selection called "Sexy Outtakes" (presumably for those who thought the five minute half-naked Pamela Anderson music video at the beginning of...



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