The “Both/And” Celebration of “Into the Woods”

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The film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods should please feminist lovers of musicals, fairy tales and narratives that don’t take themselves too seriously. The film, like the play, pokes fun at our all-too-human wishes and failed quests and, oh joy of joys, suggests heteromonogamy is the true tall […]

Marriage Equality Keeps on Winning

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Six months ago, when Marc Solomon went to press with his new book, Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won, there were 17 states with marriage equality and the movement was gaining ground at an unprecedented pace. In recounting the struggles that led to that point, Solomon, […]

The Final Hobbit Film: One Kick-Ass Chick Among the Sausagefest

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You like battle scenes? You’ll probably like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last of director Peter Jackson’s six films based on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Battle scenes make up the majority of the 144-minute film—and that doesn’t even count preparing for battles and talking about battles. Though there are some […]

The Privilege of Christmas Carols

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It’s that holly, jolly time of year again when the festive patriarchy and cultural majority rises up and celebrates itself for its good-spirited, happy camaraderie. A time when we sing in hearty chorus, celebrating the triumphs and tribulations overcome by our favorite heroes, chipper and forward-looking, pulling themselves up by their red-and-green-striped bootstraps. Don’t get […]

In Bed with Susan Sontag

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In Regarding Susan Sontag, a deliciously dark and brooding documentary about the fiercely private but publicly fierce writer and activist, filmmaker Nancy D. Kates shares lesser-known details of Sontag’s personal life. She uses interviews with past lovers and close friends, archival footage and excerpts from Sontag’s most culturally resonant and prescient works, including On Photography […]

Opening Soon in L.A. and N.Y.: Inspiring Doc About Late-60s Women’s Movement

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This month, filmmaker and activist Mary Dore shares her feminist film masterpiece with the world: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, photographs, uniquely feminist texts and music (The Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band? Yes, please!), the film offers an inspiring account of the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s. The Ms. […]

For Amy Poehler, Writing is Hard, Feminism Comes Naturally

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Well, Amy Poehler makes comedy look easy, but her new memoir, Yes Please, nearly killed her. Or so she says at great length in the preface (aptly titled “Writing is Hard”). Anyone who has ever written anything will relate to her account of the procrastination, […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: December

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Ms. December Outside December’s window howls the bark rolled endlessly, big ocean’s opal foam, then silence. Then she thinks of her shalom, then longs for home, then hears the morning lark. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or […]

The Woman in the Glass Case in the Window

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If you had asked me what I did over the weekend and I explained I had spent 12 hours contorted inside a glass display case the size of a tree stump in the ATA gallery window on Valencia Street in San Francisco, you’d probably say I was crazy. After all, this is not generally speaking […]

Vampires, Skateboards and Autonomy: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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Director/writer Ana Lily Amirpour’s mixture of pulp fiction, Iranian New Wave Cinema and horror has created a beautiful dark fairy tale of a dangerous yet heroic she-vampire who swiftly kicks ass when needed. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is shot in black and white and set in an eerie ghost town called Bad […]