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Hit So Hard

BY Intern Tessa in Movies

Patty Schemel, former drummer for Hole (among others), is a survivor. She found success in one of the biggest acts of the 90s, but along with her rock-star lifestyle came some dark moments, and while Patty played the shit out of the drums, life equally played the shit out of Patty. The story of her life and career is told in Hit So Hard, a documentary that opens in theaters on April 13th. A drummer holds every song together, and with her focused expression, steady arms, and bare feet, Patty established herself as a powerful presence. Read More
Director David Foenkinos' debut feature (based on his same-titled novel) stars Audrey Tatou as the ethereal Nathalie, who throws herself into her work after the death of her husband. Nathalie has no semblance of a personal life, as she prefers to live by formal interaction and is repelled by the advances of her arrogant boss. There is a shift in the film, however, which eradicates the narrative's predictability--the introduction of Markus (Francois Damiens), Nathalie's awkward and homely Swedish coworker. Read More
It’s been a good year for movies about female politicians. The first to receive a fabulous film treatment was “The Iron Lady,” aka Margaret Thatcher. Now the lens has turned to the woman who led Burma’s democratic revolution in the 1990s, Aung San Suu Kyi (dubbed the “Steel Orchid,” according to a line in the new film The Lady, out April 11). Of course, there are differences between these two female political forces. Read More

Movie Review: Bully

BY Lisa in Movies

Outrage, devastation, an overwhelming sense of injustice—these are just a few of the feelings you’re likely to experience while watching Bully, the new documentary from filmmaker Lee Hirsch (read our interview with the director here). And you might want to bring a tissue or two. The poignant movie highlights one of the single-most terrible aspects of adolescence—bullying—and the lives and families of five kids who are heartbreakingly enduring it (or its aftermath). Read More
Growing up girl in America is tough. We are simultaneously told to be vigilant keepers of our sacred virginity and also to be ready to whip off our tops if the Girls Gone Wild camera crew shows up on spring break. We are deemed to possess a priceless, powerful, can't-get-it-back-after-you-lose-it gift from the big guy upstairs, but we're expected to cheat the system a little, too. The virgin/whore dichotomy is such old news that won't die. Therese Shechter's new documentary How to Lose Your Virginity attempts to deconstruct the systems that foist these expectations on us. Read More
  Seventh grade isn't a great time for anyone, but it was my worst year in school. Why? Because I was constantly bullied and sexually harassed by some boys in school. I never talked to anyone about it (because it seemed to be par for the course), but those experiences affected how I felt about myself for years to come.  I overcame these experiences over time, but not everyone does. That's clear if you take a look at how many kids have committed suicide due to bullying over the past few years. Read More
The Hunger Games hit theaters last Friday with the third most successful opening weekend in North American history. One of the reasons I love the story so much is because of Katniss Everdeen, the strong female protagonist who volunteers to take the place of her sister, represents District 12, and proceeds to kick tons of ass. And in this age of blockbuster hits like Twilight that emphasize little more than the idea that every woman needs a man, an independent lady at the center of the action is always welcome. Read More
And the Hunger Games madness continues! This time it takes the form of the (extremely awesome) Hunger Names generator. Click the link, and it tells you your Panem name, which Hunger Games you participated in, and the way you died. Give it a go, and leave your Hunger Names in the comments! According to Hunger Names, my name is Dabble Portmanteau, I was a District 6 tribute in the 70th Hunger Games, and I was killed by a poison kiss (guess I didn't have any rubber lips on me, amirite?). Read More
Not gonna lie, y'all--I am way more afraid in my parents' quiet, suburban home than my urban apartment. True, I could get mugged or something on my walk home, but I'm probably never going to get BTK'd. That sort of stuff happens where nobody can hear your screams. And that sense of helpless isolation is exactly what is so scary about Silent House, a new thriller from Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the duo behind Open Water.  Sarah, a young woman(played masterfully by Elizabeth Olsen) is working with her father to renovate the family's dilapidated lake house. Read More
A trip to the movie theater usually stresses me out, and it's not just the $12 popcorn that does it. I am notoriously that movie-goer who easily gets offended by the portrayal of women onscreen. There have been some standouts lately--films like Bridesmaids and Pariah that have made me optimistic about what can be done if female writers and directors are given a voice. But the majority of movies still disappoint. Read More
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