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I hope we don't have anything like this already, but knowing my luck and memory, we have a few. I thought it would be nice to have a place to post about interesting articles, reviews, and film criticism. Maybe be a place for discussion, but let's not hope for too much. Some of these are just things I want to read in the future, some are ones that I've been mulling over for a while. Anyone is welcome to join. If you can, include a summary or your own thoughts. Would make things a little easier.

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Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:33 am
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Excellent thread idea, rouge! :) I'll do my best to be contributing...

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Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:41 am
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Registered.

I will follow along and contribute whenever I come across something of note.

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Same as smalls. I'll be reading-contributing.

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http://feministfilm.tumblr.com/post/662 ... e-boys-are

"A Few Informal Thoughts About “Where The Boys Are,” which is at least among my top ten favorite films about virgins"

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Needless to say, at four minutes into the film, I was in love. As the story progresses, we learn that Merrit, smart and questioning, is ultimately uncomfortable with having sex with men she isn’t married to. To my classmates, this meant that Merrit could not possibly be a smart or liberated girl. One of them even said, “all she cares about or talks about is getting married!” even though Merrit is shown reading Russian books on the beach all the time. Basically, as the logic stands, a girl who is not willing to have sex—even though she is actively involved in discussing sexuality and asking questions—is a shallow girl. To which I say, “you brahs are gross.”

Merrit represents a different virginal archetype than one we are used to seeing—she is “virgin who understands her sexuality in relation to her education status” ie, she intellectualizes it. According to Jon Lewis:

“Merrit’s struggle to remain chaste clearly runs counter to her intellectual acceptance of the theoretical foundations of the sexual revolution. She is, the film posits, like a lot of coeds in the U.S., a victim of her own rational developing intellect and of society’s affirmation (via college) of equal opportunity. For example, when Ryder, her paramour, tells her she’s a good kisser, she being frosh queen and all, Merrit takes it as an insult. ‘No girl likes to be considered promiscuous,’ she says. But he counters with a line straight out of sociology class: ‘Sex is no longer a matter of social norms.’ That saying yes (on her part) has something to do with what happens in the classroom is hard to miss.”


I haven't seen Where the Boys Are, but this entry not only piques my interest but offers a strong analysis of genre film and gender, a hot-topic subject in academia. What I enjoy so much about this post is not only the strong backing on her viewpoints in regards to feminist, gender and sexuality as depicted in the film, but addresses the problematic nature of the academic environment, especially as it approaches political and social issues. She does it with humour and agency, she confronts her professors and fellow students with great intelligence. She maintains her political aspirations, which could be viewed as political, but she also lampoons the absurdity and extremity of second wave feminist thought.

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Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:56 am
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That is tempting.


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second wave feminist thought

summarise for me, darling

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Trip wrote:
summarise for me, darling

wikipedia, GAWD.

At a basic level, if the first wave of feminism is about overcoming obstacles and finding equality, the second wave addresses issues that emerge as a result of these efforts. It is wide-ranging and touches on a bunch of issues, blah blah blah. Perhaps most important fights include reproductive rights and fighting for stronger repercussions against rape. Extremists have emerged in this facet though, and have included thesis' including the idea that all heterosexual sex is rape and "traditional feminine behavior" is a form of self-censorship and gives the power to men. There is also a movement that eventually leads to the third wave that suggests no difference exists between sexes, which ends up being divisive. Third wave feminism further addresses this issue while serving as a backlash to the second wave, which is seen as only addressing the needs and concerns of the middle class white female.

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Now, make my dinner.

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Now, make my dinner.

with arsenic.

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with arsenic.

Extremist.

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Extremist.

tasty extremism

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rouge is a riot grrrl.


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rouge is a riot grrrl.

More like, Guerilla girl

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more like gorilla girl

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more like gorilla girl

HAD TO

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Yes, complain about having the more appealing physical form.


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I see they too were witty enough to see the likeness of 'gorilla' to 'guerrilla'.

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Yes, complain about having the more appealing physical form.

I don't think the nude thing would even be an issue if the number of actual female artists was closer to 50%. More appealing physical form or not, not having ownership over that form is as much of the issue of being perceived as merely a body.

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Trip wrote:
I see they too were witty enough to see the likeness of 'gorilla' to 'guerrilla'.

lesbians are so smart

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also, there's the little fact of men having the more appealing physical form

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Trip wrote:
also, there's the little fact of men having the more appealing physical form

I didn't want to get into that, but seriously. Why else do millions of people watch sports?

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Blood.


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Blood.

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Uggo.


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Uggo.

He's no Steve Yzerman, but who is?

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Philosophe rouge wrote:
He's no Steve Yzerman, but who is?

Steve Yzerman, most likely. Though that remains to be seen.

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Steve Yzerman, most likely. Though that remains to be seen.

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Alright. But this had better be good, dammit. *crushes packet of saltine crackers in hand in an intimidating fashion*


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Alright. But this had better be good, dammit. *crushes packet of saltine crackers in hand in an intimidating fashion*

I always use a plastic drink cup. It really makes women swoon when the strong masculine hand closes around it and squeezes it into shredded plastic.

Yeah.

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I always use a plastic drink cup. It really makes women swoon when the strong masculine hand closes around it and squeezes it into shredded plastic.

Yeah.

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Guys, Recommended Readings: Reviews, Writings and Rants, not, Recommended Privates: Dicks over Pussies or the Other Way 'Round.


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You'd know.


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I recommend this: http://www.filmcritic.com.au/

It has nothing in it yet, but it will be filled with stuff in early 2011. Wait.


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Been waiting so long :/

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Been waiting so long :/


Yeah.

In the meantime, this is good: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/screeningthep ... -film.html


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There are “common traits”, he claims, “in medieval stories and modern films set in the period”.

No shit.


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Discredited.


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Good stuff. Part II can wait for tomorrow.

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Been waiting so long :/


I sent an e-mail and Adrian Martin was kind enough to assure me it's going to be up in the coming months, with 2000 reviews to start with. :)


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I sent an e-mail and Adrian Martin was kind enough to assure me it's going to be up in the coming months, with 2000 reviews to start with. :)

that's...a lot

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that's...a lot


He plans to reach 3000 articles!


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Beau wrote:

He plans to reach 3000 articles!

What a guy.

I could have chatted to him during an Alain Resnais night at the cinematheque, but he was already chatting to some people...sadness. That's like the 4th time I've seen him.

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This is what I thought of, too.

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He should smother Ebert to death to generate media attention.


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He should smother Ebert to death to generate media attention.


Smothering people to death didn't serve our cause in Rotten Tomatoes.

Oh, you mean literally.


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What makes a movie star?

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An overviewof a book collection of essays on film comedy. Makes it sound pretty fascinating.

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