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Mar 02 2014

Ashley’s 2014 Oscar’s Predictions

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As you may or may not know, I get screeners every year, so I usually see most of the nominated movies.  Here are my predictions and opinions on the categories for this year (except the shorts). EDIT: I missed 3 out of 21, most disappointingly, The Act of Killing did not win Documentary Feature.   …

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Jan 03 2013

2012 Movies, Part 1: Top 5 Films

The Extraordinary Fantastic movies of 2012 I’ve seen a lot of movies this year and wanted to discuss all of them in-depth, but realized that was way too much for one post.  So, to start with, this is a list of my ten favorite films of the year and a discussion of the problematic aspects …

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Jun 07 2012

What’s Up?

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to be joining Freethought Blogs.  Interestingly enough, I was asked to join FtB exactly 2 years after I started blogging about skepticism and atheism.  I am a relatively new voice in this atheist/skeptic/oh-my-god-don’t-conflate-the-two blogosphere, though I have been blogging for 14 years. Many of you know me, …

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Feb 27 2011

Ashley’s 2010 top 10

Since I’ve just watched all of the Oscars out of some sort of masochistic impulse, I felt like I should do my top 10 list of the year. 1. I Love You, Phillip Morris 2. The King’s Speech 3. The Social Network 4. Waiting for Superman 5. How to Train Your Dragon 6. Black Swan …

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Dec 18 2010

Tron: Legacy: Where are all the women?

I’m the first to admit that sexism and lack of reasonable representations of women in movies doesn’t always bother me, especially if the movie is entertaining otherwise.  The original Star Wars Trilogy, for example, didn’t pass the Bechdel test at all, but I still love them.  So, my extreme dislike of the movie Tron: Legacy …

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May 05 2010

Advice for 2010 Grads Coming to LA; 15 things

The Bitter Script Reader posted some advice about how to survive to move to LA.  I tried to comment over there and it won’t let me, but this is what I said. 1) Get settled so that you’re as comfortable as possible — living out of boxes makes everything seem transient. Have roommates or whatever, …

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Oct 12 2009

Why I Write for Children; Why I love Children’s Media

Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket knows that children have the best appreciation for the imagination at work. I’m not there because I subscribe to the specious and lunkheaded notion that children are unspoiled spouters of true wisdom. (Let’s mothball that idea, next to the one that African-Americans are inherently rhythmic and Latinas can’t be on …

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Oct 11 2009

100 Favorite Female Characters OnScreen

This was actually really hard.  I could shoot you off 100 dudes in no time, but I had to do a lot of IMDb surfing to find these.  So, who am I missing? 1. Abbey Bartlett, Stockard Channing (The West Wing) 2. Ainsley Hayes, Emily Procter (West Wing) 3. Anna, Jodie Foster (Anna and the …

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Oct 07 2009

Female Filmmakers; Women Directors

There’s an interesting article over at Film School Rejects which basically lists about a hundred films directed by women.  Now, I do appreciate that there are not very many women directors, or at least, not a lot of successful ones, but I do think that it’s useful to look at the entire field of filmmaking.  …

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Sep 29 2009

Roman Polanski; No Sympathy

It’s not OK to drug and rape children; sex with a child is rape.  People who admit to raping children and flee the country should be brought to justice. http://jezebel.com/5369395/whoopi-on-roman-polanski-it-wasnt-rape+rape

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