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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    In Which Star Wars Finally Passes Bechdel

    I thought long and hard about whether or not to click the "I've watched this film before" box. Because technically I have, but my viewing experience was so terrible that I did not at the time write a review, not least because I missed a lot of the movie. On the fourth of May, my son's school did their Movie In The Gym as a showing of this, and I missed so much…

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★★

    What Being a Good Daughter Means

    I'm not sure parts of this movie even made sense to Simon, my four-year-old, with whom I watched it this evening. It's not just that I'm not completely sure he knows what war even is. it's that I don't think he quite gets that a girl might be literally forbidden to talk in front of a man, that she might be expected to do nothing but keep house and have babies. He's been talked…

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  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★★★★

    Another Lost Father Figure

    Dear Roger,

    It's not like you'd be surprised it wasn't nominated. I think we could have shared a grim smile, if you'd still been able to smile. No, of course Steve James wasn't nominated for Best Documentary Feature for this, even though it's better than Finding Vivian Maier. Leaving aside that there seems to always be one mediocre film nominated in the category, every year, we could share a grumble about Hoop Dreams. If you'd still…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Promised Feminist Non-Click-Bait Perspective

    I don't normally do spoilers, as my regular readers know, but I really felt I had to this time. This is going to involve a heavy-duty discussion of the ending, because I promised a friend online that I'd talk about it from a feminist perspective, and I'm pretty sure, having watched it, that what he wanted to talk about was the ending. Or anyway about the last twenty minutes to half hour, which is about…