Reviews and Blog Posts: film criticism

Oh, did that pass the Bechdel Test?

Miss Congeniality

While putting together a quick DVD display at the Ross-Broadway Library Branch this morning, I started thinking about the Bechdel Test. In case you have never heard of it, it's a simple test developed by a cartoonist in the eighties about women in film.

To pass the test a movie must have three things:

Win your Oscar Party with DPL and DFS

The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael

Beginning on Wednesday, February 5th, The Denver Film Society will launch a new film education course, Film Criticism: The Envelope Puhleeze - What Award Season Fever Tells Us About The "Best" Of Hollywood, taught by esteemed Denver Post film and theater critic, Lisa Kennedy.  

The class -- which meets every Wednesday night from 6:30-9:00 at the Sie FilmCenter -- will examine the peculiar cultural ritual that is the film Awards Season and consider what it means to single out one movie as the "Best Picture" of the year.

Whether you're an Oscar fanatic or Oscarphobic, Kennedy's class will definitely give you something to think about in-between munching on popcorn and snickering at fashion faux pas.

The Brokeback book : from story to cultural phenomenon

by William R. Handley, editor

Reviewer Rating:
4

Annie Proulx may have written the short story but Ang Lee started a national discussion.  The film Brokeback Mountain has been analyzed, parodied, and memorialized from the blogsphere to Saturday Night Live.  You don't need to be a film historian to appreciate the essays but seeing the film first is a...

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