The Runaways is a rock 'n roll biopic about Joan Jett's original band, written and directed by Floria Sigismondi | Full review at onecriticalbitch.com

The Runaways, The Band, and Girl Power

There are movies with lesbian subtext (Buzzfeed wrote about it just this week), and then there are movies that don’t need to bother with the subtext at all. Enter the The Runaways.  The Runaways (2010) Rock ‘n’ roll is a blood sport, a sport of men… This ain’t women’s lib, this is women’s libido! I had an editing…

Robert Altman's murder-mystery "Gosford Park" is perfect for the Downton Abbey fan in your life | Full review at onecriticalbitch.com

Robert Altman and the Femininity of Gosford Park

Gosford Park is a Robert Altman movie. Therefore, it is approximately eight hours long, difficult to make out what everyone is saying, a cattle call of twenty plus actors, and also – very, very, very good. Gosford Park (2001) Could you imagine someone being hanged for something I said? It’s “officially” two hours and seventeen minutes,…

The Turning Point is the dance movie you've never seen, starring Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine| See the full review and join in on #ChickFlickFebruary at onecriticalbitch.com

A Dance Movie for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m celebrating with my one true #chickflick love – the dance movie. Today, it’s Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, and Mikhail Baryshnikov in The Turning Point. The Turning Point (1977) I don’t believe in being sorry. We are what we are. I hadn’t ever seen The Turning Point, so when it popped up on my Netflix recommendations,…

A ladies' night double feature is #ontheblog. Check out this review of Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL | Part of the #thischickpicks February challenge at onecriticalbitch.com

Double Feature: Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL

Going into this, I was really hoping to present to you the most absurd, obscene, magical ladies’ night double feature of all time. Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, hopefully soon to be joined by Magic Mike: Magnum or something equally as crude. What I got instead was a lesson in “direction matters,” and “here’s what the same…

Jersey Girl is a surprising romantic comedy from writer/director Kevin Smith | Read the full review on onecriticalbitch.com

Fathers and Daughters in Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl

Happy Saturday! If you’re looking for a heartwarming feature for a chilly weekend afternoon, I think I’ve got a winner for you. Movie #5 is Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl. Jersey Girl (2004) ‘Cause you’re the only thing I was ever really good at. There are plenty of shitty rom-coms. Even more rom-coms that got shitty reviews. Jersey Girl is…

The Maysles 1975 documentary Grey Gardens is both devastating and romantic, serious and more than a little crazy | See the full review and join in on #ChickFlickFebruary at onecriticalbitch.com

Living and Dying and Dancing in Grey Gardens

Today we hit a simultaneously serious and campy note with, of all things, a documentary. I’m watching Albert and David Maysles’ Grey Gardens. Grey Gardens (1975) It’s my mother’s house and she owns it. If you have not ever ventured into Grey Gardens territory, be forewarned – this is not an easy watch. It’s a documentary with very little…

Beyond The Lights is a romantic drama from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood | Read the full review and get in on the #thischickpicks February challenge at onecriticalbitch.com

Beyond The Lights and a Woman’s Image

Movie #3 is a dramatic and new choice – today I’m watching writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights. Beyond the Lights (2014) I feel like I’m suffocating in the middle of the street and no one can see me dying.  Fact: I don’t watch a lot of straight up dramas. Fact: I watch them even less…

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“Spectre” and Dialogue as Character

I, like, really liked the cat. So. There’s that. Spectre It was me, James. The author of all your pain. This is the first disappointing crit you’ll see here – I spent October sharing some of my horror favorites (and a few newbies that turned out only for the best – or at least, I…

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#31: The Midnight Meat Train

Happy Halloween! Happy 31st Day of Horror! Let’s take one last ride. I promise, it’ll be quick. The Midnight Meat Train Step away from the meat. There is no arguing for The Midnight Meat Train on anyone’s “Best Of” list; it offers nothing new, nothing overwhelmingly special. If you’ve heard of it at all, it probably…

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#30: It Follows

*The giveaway is now closed* By now you’ve realized that I like a slow build. A crawl even. This one walks with conviction. It Follows And the most terrible agony may not be in the wounds themselves but in knowing for certain that within an hour, then within ten minutes, then within half a minute,…

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