Monthly Archives: March 2011

For the love of Marple

WTF Jennifer Garner As Miss Marple? By Sadie Stein,, March 29, 2011 ‘Nihilo sanc­tum estne?’ Miss Cross asked, famously and semi-accurately, in Rushmore. And contemplating the conundrum that is this Miss Marple remake, we’re left wondering the same thing. … Continue reading

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The Historical Hypatia

“Agora” and Hypatia – Hollywood Strikes Again by Tim O’Neill, Armarium Magnum, May 20, 2009 Normally I’d be delighted that someone was making a film set in the Fifth Century (at least, one that wasn’t another fantasy about “King Arthur” … Continue reading

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Mysterious Cleopatra

Cleopatra – what do we really know? from, August 8, 2011 What do you think of when you hear Cleopatra? Do you image a dark haired beauty, queen of sin, an enchantress?  Cleopatra was born in 69 BC and what we know … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor at 17: A Vintage Portrait

Elizabeth Taylor: Star Rising TIME, Monday, Aug. 22, 1949 Hollywood, which has a special logic of its own, has a ready answer for one kind of criticism: If entertaining the public and breaking box-office records isn’t art, what is? Beset … Continue reading

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The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Wild things: 16 films featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls by Donna Bowman, Amelie Gillette, Steven Hyden, Noel Murray, Leonard Pierce and Nathan Rabin The Onion A.V. Club, August 4, 2008 1. Elizabethtown (Kirsten Dunst) Ah, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole in 1903

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll’s tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the … Continue reading

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I Don’t Wanna Wait

TV Surveillance: Dawson’s Creek by Cory Barker, November 10, 2010 Perhaps more so than any other genre, teen dramas exist in a very specific moment that can tell us things about the how, what, when, where and why they came to … Continue reading

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Girlhood, 1971.

Here are the first five minutes from the documentary Growing Up Female, widely considered to be the first film of the modern women’s movement.

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