Archive for the 'Film' Category

“Banana Envy”: Notes on a Global Obsession

The banana is one of the most popular and ubiquitous fruits in the world. Walmart sells more of them than any other product. The word “bananas” has entered our language not just to refer to the fruit, but also as a slang word for something crazy or bizarre. In terms of imagery it’s slippery skin has become a […]

Review | Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years

I first saw Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years (2012) when it was screened at the FWSA Biennial Conference in June 2013 at the University of Nottingham. The film focuses on the time the African American, feminist, lesbian, warrior, poet, Audre Lorde spent travelling back and forth to Berlin between 1984 and 1992, and her influence on the […]

Mavericks and Miracle Workers: Musings about Teacher Movies

Over the Christmas break I binge-watched several “teacher movies,” one of my regular holiday hobbies along with re-reading the Little Women series and the Harry Potter collection. I never had a Mr Keating (Dead Poets Society) or a Ms Gruwell (Freedom Writers). I certainly had several good, even excellent, teachers throughout my education, but never […]

Under the Dome, Episode 1: Sealing the Glass Ceiling

In a nutshell, the television series, Under the Dome (2013),  is based on a novel (2009) by Stephen King which focuses on the town of Chesterville as it’s inhabitants cope with their entrapment under a giant, impenetrable dome. Before I get into the specifics of this review I must say that I have read the novel, Under […]

From Text to Screen: A [tele]Vision of Stephen King’s Works

I recently read about J.J. Abrams’ wish to purchase the rights to Stephen King’s 11/22/63 with a view to creating  a miniseries or TV series. This news comes as many King fans await the premiere of the Under the Dome (CBS) series in June 2013. The notion of Abrams taking point on Kings time-travelling novel is not unattractive. […]

A Marine Story (2010): From Sexuality to Sexism in the U.S. Military

“A decorated Marine officer unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp, but when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them. A MARINE STORY [Directed by Ned Farr] highlights the absurdity of the military ban […]

Feelings in Motion: Dance in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Little Miss Sunshine”

I recently watched Silver Linings Playbook (2012) which examines the developing friendship between Pat (Bradley Cooper), recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a widowed sex-addict. Tiffany convinces Pat to be her partner in a couples dance competition, promising to secretly deliver a love letter to his ex-wife in exchange for his help. […]

A Review of “The Sessions” (2012)

Based on an autobiographical essay (“On Seeing a Sex Surrogate“) by Mark O’Brien, The Sessions (2012) tells the story of the disabled poet’s (John Hawkes) experiences with a sex surrogate, Cheryl Cohen-Green (Helen Hunt). Anxious to experience sex for the first time, Mark, on the advice and encouragement of his priest (William H. Macy) his […]

A Review of Stephen King’s “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.”

*This review was written as part of The Stephen King Project* Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is a novella by Stephen King which originally appeared in his collection, Different Seasons. In 1994 Frank Darabont directed an acclaimed film adaptation called “The Shawshank Redemption. In 2009 it was adapted for the stage (I personally recommend […]

ALTAR. Cruzando Fronteras, Building Bridges.

ALTAR: Cruzando Fronteras, Building Bridges is a documentary film about the writer, theorist and activist, Gloria Anzaldúa, directed by Daniele Basilio and Paola Zaccaria (2009). Click HERE to view it on Vimeo. The documentary explores Anzaldúa’s influence on visual artists, her own interests in art, and the intersection of art, spirituality and activism in her […]