Archive for the 'Film Review' Category

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 […]

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 […]