Category Archive: Film

Jun 25 2012

“Hysteria”: What the New Movie About the Fascinating History of the Vibrator Leaves Out

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This piece was originally published on AlterNet. A romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Set in Victorian England. With references to feminism, socialism, class privilege, phone sex, prostitution, harm reduction, science, evidence-based medicine, and steampunk. What could be bad? A fair amount, unfortunately. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed “Hysteria” quite a bit. …

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Jun 13 2012

Blogathon for SSA: Documentaries

Saw the Avengers last weekend. Or was it the weekend before? I forget. Which kind of tells you something. I was all prepared to be hugely excited about this movie. What with being a giant Joss Whedon nerd and all. But I found it a little “meh.” It was fine, it was reasonably enjoyable; but …

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May 30 2012

‘Hysteria’: What the New Movie About the Fascinating History of the Vibrator Leaves Out

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A romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Set in Victorian England. With references to feminism, socialism, class privilege, phone sex, prostitution, harm reduction, science, evidence-based medicine, and steampunk. What could be bad? A fair amount, unfortunately. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed “Hysteria” quite a bit. I found it funny (generally), charming (usually), …

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Mar 22 2012

“Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” Promo Video!

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The promo video for my book, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, is out! I had more fun than a barrel of monkeys making this video. Especially the part where… well, you’ll see. It was a challenge, trying to distill the essence of a whole book into a …

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Sep 24 2011

Dream diary, 9/24/11: The Nude Version of “Sideways”

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I dreamed that I was watching a version of the movie “Sideways” that was exactly the same as the original, except that all the actors were in the nude. The main thing that was surprising about this, apart from the fact that it existed, was that both Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church had extensive …

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Sep 16 2011

I have my archives!

I have my archives from my old blog! They’re here! With comments and everything! They’re even in the right categories! Images and videos didn’t make it over, and there are a handful of posts that didn’t make it and that I’ll have to put in by hand. (For some reason, it didn’t like my posts …

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Jul 06 2011

“The Ledge”: Does Atheism Have Its “Brokeback Mountain”?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. “The Ledge” is available now through On Demand and through online streaming from SundanceNow. It opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this Friday, July 8. A young man walks toward the ledge of a tall building. He is clearly filled with trepidation and even terror; …

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Jun 24 2011

Sex, Love, Revenge … and Atheism? Finally, a Big New Film That Shows Non-Belief in a Positive Light

“The Ledge” is smart, riveting, complex, emotionally engaging, visually gorgeous… and best of all, almost entirely unpredictable. A young man walks toward the ledge of a tall building. He is clearly filled with trepidation and even terror; at the same time, he has an equally clear air of purpose and resolve. That resolve: To jump. …

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Jun 14 2011

The People I’ve Slept With

This piece was originally published on CarnalNation. The movie is now available on DVD. A young woman is talking to her newborn baby. “I love sex,” she says. “And some people thought it was a bad thing. But I’ve learned that a slut is just a woman with the morals of a man.” Sudden, screeching …

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Feb 21 2011

The Kids Are All Right

This review was originally published on CarnalNation. The movie is now available on DVD, and it received four Oscar nominations, including on for Best Picture. Are queers just like everyone else? Are queers just ordinary human beings, with the same hopes and fears and neuroses and dreams as everybody? Or are queers fundamentally different from …

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