Two romances, each with a classic southern belle - The Notebook and Boy Meets Girl are on the blog |Read the full review at onecriticalbitch.com | #chickflickfebruary

Charm Makes a Southern Belle: The Notebook and Boy Meets Girl

It’s two days into March and I’m bringing an official (and officially late) end to #ChickFlickFebruary. I wanted to end with something classic. I wanted to end with something new and different. I had a strong desire for something with a bit of a twang, maybe a Southern Belle, and crazy rich mothers with a lot of…

Philomena was NOTHING like what I expected|Read the full review at onecriticalbitch.com | #chickflickfebruary

Philomena: Finding Faith in Stories

Shame on me for assuming Philomena would be precisely the type of “based-on-a-true-story” sentimental feature I hate. Shame on me, because Stephen Frears’ Philomena is a great deal more than that. Philomena (2013) Because ‘human interest story’ is a euphemism for stories about weak-minded, vulnerable, ignorant people, to fill newspapers read by vulnerable, weak-minded, ignorant people. Not that you…

Deadpool has one or two secrets - not least of which is his incredible vanity|Read the full review of Marvel's anti-superhero movie at onecriticalbitch.com | #chickflickfebruary

Deadpool Has a Hard-On (All For Himself)

Deadpool could have been worse. It could have been better. But this is not a place for aimless thumbs up or down or to the side reviews – this is a place for critique. And there is A LOT to critique in Deadpool. Deadpool (2016) You look like Freddy Kruger face-fucked a topographical map of Utah. You may…

Notting Hill is NOT a chick flick|Read the full review of this rom-com favorite at onecriticalbitch.com | #chickflickfebruary

Notting Hill is NOT a Chick Flick

You know that movie that you think is the quintessential chick flick? Maybe it’s Pretty Woman. Or When Harry Met Sally? Guess what? It’s not. And Notting Hill? It’s NOT a chick flick.  Notting Hill (1998) Oh, sod a dog, I’ve made the wrong decision, haven’t I? Hugh Grant as William Thacker is the relatable protagonist. Julia Roberts as Anna Scott…

Looking at male and female friendships in television's gutsiest shows|Read the full review on Hannibal and Jessica Jones at onecriticalbitch.com

Jessica Jones and Hannibal: A Friendly Double Feature

Jessica Jones is just the kind of show I can’t shut up about. Before that, it was three seasons of NBC’s Hannibal. When I initially thought to write this piece, I thought I’d be talking about the unique female friendship between Jessica and her sister Trish, and the toxic, obsessive relationship super villain Kilgrave has with Jessica. But as…

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,…

Pixar's Inside Out is a romance for all the emotions | See the full review and join in on #ChickFlickFebruary at onecriticalbitch.com

Emotions, Gender, and That Inside Out Feeling

Remember when Inside Out came out a year ago and you all saw it? I didn’t. So, today was my day. Inside Out (2015) I’m too sad to walk. Just give me a few hours. I knew I wanted to see Inside Out this month because of its female protagonist. I’m focusing on #chickflicks, but namely chick…

Goodnight Mommy is an unsettling horror/thriller from Austrian directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala| See the full review and join in on #ChickFlickFebruary at onecriticalbitch.com

Goodnight Mommy and the Alienation of Women

Fair warning: Goodnight Mommy may not be your chick flick style. But it’s mine. Goodnight Mommy (2014) Our mother wouldn’t do that. There’s a reason I’ve asked everyone sending me recommendations this month to hashtag their choices with #thischickpicks. Goodnight Mommy is that reason. A horror/thriller with torture tendencies may not be your idea of a…

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