Monday 24th July 2017,
Televisual

Film

Who Should Have Directed ‘For Colored Girls’?

Who Should Have Directed ‘For Colored Girls’?

So the reviews are out! And they are bad vitriolic. What went wrong? (UPDATE!: In the end, despite early pans, reviews for For Colored Girls are just as mixed as with all of Tyler Perry’s films. For an answer why, see my previous post on why critics can’t seem to make up their mind on [...]

October 22, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 12

Where is the Black Julia Roberts? Top Actresses 2000-2010

Where is the Black Julia Roberts? Top Actresses 2000-2010

Thanks to Racialicious and Women and Hollywood for reposting! The “black actress” stepped into the spotlight last year, as Nia Long called out Beyoncé Knowles and other singers for taking roles; Tyler Perry released yet another film starring newcomer Taraji P. Henson; and Precious gave its stars, especially Mo’Nique, a chance to shine. The November [...]

October 22, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 12

‘Black Swan’ Is En Pointe

‘Black Swan’ Is En Pointe

There are a lot of ways to screw up movies about women. So warped is the film market, directors have few examples to draw from: most films, mainstream and independent, are about men. We can even test for it. Like a ballerina en pointe, Black Swan maintains an athletic sense of balance: between a woman’s [...]

October 18, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 3

Sex and the Millennials from Lady Gaga to ‘Easy A’

Sex and the Millennials from Lady Gaga to ‘Easy A’

Camille Paglia is at it again! You have to appreciate the critic for still knowing how to cause a stir. That’s not easy to do these days. Paglia has ignited the blogosphere with a profile on Lady Gaga claiming the starlet has “exhausted the sexual revolution,” among many other laments about the postmodern, or postpostmodern, [...]

September 19, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2

10 Things You Should Know About ‘The Social Network’

10 Things You Should Know About ‘The Social Network’

If you want a shorter, more nuanced take on the film, check out my review, which states: “The Social Network is poised to be this generation’s response to Wall Street, a timely, preachy zeitgeist story of excess and intrigue, built around a delicious antihero.The Social Network is your standard story about greed, sex and all that [...]

September 13, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1

Review: ‘The Social Network’ Gives the Web Its ‘Wall Street’

Review: ‘The Social Network’ Gives the Web Its ‘Wall Street’

Full review at SpliceToday. Comment there! I left The Social Network typing a quick review into my Facebook app, which, soon after, my Blackberry requested I update. As my phone installed and rebooted a friend called me about an event I’d posted earlier to the site; apparently we had too many RSVPs. While preparing to type [...]

September 11, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 3

Is the Bechdel Test Overlooking Feminist Films?

Is the Bechdel Test Overlooking Feminist Films?

If you’re interested in women and film, you’re probably acquainted with the Bechdel test, which I’ve referenced about before (see here and here). The informal test is a quick shorthand for whether or a not a film offers a meaningful space for women. On a broader level, the popularity of the Bechdel test provides an [...]

August 30, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 9

Has Hollywood Mastered the Gay Film?

Has Hollywood Mastered the Gay Film?

If all goes according to plan, 2010 will be remembered as the year gay and lesbian audiences enjoyed three well-directed, well-acted and well-marketed gay films: The Kids Are All Right (dir. Lisa Cholodenko, 2010), I Love You, Phillip Morris (dirs. Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, 2010-US) and Howl (dirs. Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, 2010). These three [...]

August 25, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 5

Are Men Still Afraid of Hugging?

Are Men Still Afraid of Hugging?

Full article at SpliceToday! Comment there. Reviewing Dinner for Schmucks was a challenge, not only because the film itself is neither here nor there, but also for all the constant grunts, groans and grumbles from the mostly male audience. What was all the fuss about? After all, Dinner for Schmucks is a benign little movie, [...]

August 12, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1

Jennifer Thym: Making Independent Films and Web Series in Hong Kong

Jennifer Thym: Making Independent Films and Web Series in Hong Kong

Thanks to Racialicious for reposting! Here in the US, it’s pretty safe to say, most if not all of the Hong Kong films we see are big budget, triad-themed or auteur-centered. We see Johnnie To, Wong Kar-Wai, films from stars like Tony Leung, Andy Lau, and Jackie Chan. While film production in Hong Kong has [...]

July 27, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2