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Gianna Ward-Vetrano
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A Feminist Rebuttal to Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century
I've become increasingly wary of ranking works of artistic and cultural value as ranking has become increasingly central to the way criticism functions and is understood. Rarely is a consensus ranking particularly interesting, since consensus irons away the...

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Film Review: "The Purple Rose of Cairo"
As a general rule, I'm not a fan of Woody Allen. I find his neurotic self-absorption and flippant yet pretentious sense of humor all but unbearable and rarely find him as witty, clever, or innovative as many critics seem to, so I went into The Purple Rose o...

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Is Bridget Jones a Feminist Character (And Does It Matter)?
Helen Fielding's hit novel, Bridget Jones's Diary , and its subsequent film adaptation directed by Sharon Maguire and starring Renée Zellweger are unquestionably popular, with sequels both literary and cinematic extending Bridget almost into a franchise unt...

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Genre Fiction Shouldn't Be Considered 'Serious' Literature
It's become trendy to lament the critical drubbing reserved for certain popular genres among, ironically enough, the American literary establishment. In the pages of the New York Times Book Review and similar literary gate-keepers, one will find such commen...

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The Problem with a Modern "Auntie Mame"
Last year, Annie Mumolo, co-writer of Bridesmaids and Joy ,  broke the news that she had begun collaborating with Stan Chervin, co-writer of Moneyball , on a modern-day adaptation of Auntie Mame , to star Tilda Swinton as the madcappiest of madcap aunts. Th...

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10 Sports Movies for People Who Don't Like Sports
Give me an 'S'! Give me a 'P'! Give me an.... oh, yuck, sports movies, definitely among my least liked film genres. I can understand why someone would want to play a sport, but I'm at a loss as to why anyone would want to spend hours upon hours watching oth...

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Narnian Women, Part 2: "Prince Caspian"
In the second published volume of The Chronicles of Narnia , C.S. Lewis calls the four Pevensie children back to Narnia to aid Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne, in his war against the usurper, his uncle, Miraz. It is the most martial volume i...

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Narnian Women, Part 1: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"
No attempt at a feminist analysis is going to succeed in unearthing a feminist politics in C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia . It has become received wisdom that Lewis was a misogynist, though a devoted reader will observe a slow, but definite evolution...

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Movie Review: "The Little Hours"
Is anybody still shocked by the idea of a nun having sex? What about a nun swearing? What about a nun practicing witchcraft? What about a nun taking drugs? Jeff Baena's The Little Hours rests on the assumption that at least some people, willing to see an R-...

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8 Documentary Projects I Would Love to See
Documentary films tend to fly under the radar, finding few viewers outside of the rather small group of people who, like myself, make a point of watching documentary films. Many of us work, or have worked, in the field and want to support the continued effo...
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