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Come on Barbie, Let's Go Party.
It's a few years old but still holds molded plastic...
DAILY The Gay Place  March 16, 2007, by Kate Getty


The Safety of Objects
A guitar. An antique chest. A Barbie doll. These are some of the objects that fill (but do not fulfill) the lives of the four families banging up against each...
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Film Review  March 14, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...An antique chest. A Barbie doll..."

The AggreGAYtor: August 21
Your daily dose of LGBTQ news
DAILY The Gay Place  August 21, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...Matt Barber starts a witch hunt, Jeff Kent gets voted off the island, and Barbie turns it out. Step into my web said today’s AggreGAYtor, etcetera...."

Shooter
Mark Wahlberg plays an ex-Marine marksman who is set up to be the fall guy in a government plot.
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Film Review  March 23, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...But before you can say “fall guy,” Swagger is wanted for murder and on the run, and though they may have trained him to kill, they want him dead, and all that. There’s a junior agent (Peña) who believes Swagger has been framed and Barbie-doll co-stars (Mara and Mitra) who change clothes often and discharge weapons while wearing lots of eyeliner..."

Far From Heaven
Far From Heaven begins just like Douglas Sirk's 1952 Hollywood melodrama All That Heaven Allows: The camera cranes through a grove of treetops, through their fiery display of autumnal leaves...
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Film Review  November 21, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Both Dennises -- Quaid and Haysbert -- are spectacular, all jutted chins and quivering guts. Todd Haynes, whose first film used Barbie dolls to tell the story of Karen Carpenter's anorexia, is in the business of making us see beyond surface values..."

Bride of Chucky
No matter that Brad Dourif snagged an Academy Award nomination for his work in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest -- for legions of moviegoers, he'll always be best remembered...
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Film Review  October 23, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...A black vinyl Martha Stewart fanatic with a latent taste for homicide, Tiffany and beau Chucky immediately hit a brick wall when the topic of matrimony comes up, which results in Tiffany's soul being unceremoniously transferred into a bridal doll's plastic shell and the sudden death of Alexis Arquette (don't ask). From here, Bride of Chucky morphs into a Barbie and Clyde road movie as the pair hijack a couple of young newlyweds (Heigl and Stabile) and make their way to Hackensack, NJ to retrieve Chucky's decade-old corpse..."

Pocahontas
Here is a movie that knows its target audience. Pocahontas' arrow, tipped with tender romance and feathered with spirited folklore, hits the bulls-eye dead on. If you can get past...
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Film Review  June 23, 1995, by Hollis Chacona
"...The human characters, especially, are skillfully drawn, full of subtle nuance and graceful movement. Pocahontas is lovely and while the animators have succumbed to the modern day heroine's seeming requisite -- impossible Barbie doll physiology -- they have also imbued her with a spirit so innocent and a bearing so noble that it precludes a too-lascivious allure..."

The Swan Princess
A spirited princess, a valiant prince, a villainous sorcerer, a supercilious frog, a faithful turtle, and a spunky puffin. Put them together and what have you got? No, not Cinderella...
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Film Review  November 25, 1994, by Hollis Chacona
"...And, as long as the two detest one another, it's a pretty entertaining story. But, inevitably, Odette turns from ugly tomboy duckling into a Barbie doll swan and it becomes the kind of movie only a seven-year old girl could love..."

Shelf Life
Director Paul Bartel has a talent for identifying great premises. As evidence, I offer examples like the “pound-of-flesh” financing scheme of Eating Raoul, the Machiavellian auto race of Death Race...
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Film Review  November 11, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Each day is occupied by game-playing and established rituals, the structures deriving both from their own free-ranging psyches and the sporadically intercepted, black-and-white TV images of soap operas, commercials, movie fragments, and Ed Sullivan-ish variety acts. These middle-aged bodies are tormented by all the usual childhood fears that have somehow warped to accommodate their unusual situation, their libidos continue to develop amidst this incestuous Barbie and Ken-like atmosphere, and the social dynamics are a constant whirl of power shifts, bonding moments, and individuation gambits..."

Poison
The Sundance Film Festival, that prestigious enclave of independent film juries, awarded Poison its top dramatic prize this year. But that distinction is hardly enough to thrust a film out...
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Film Review  August 30, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Haynes is no stranger to controversy. His previous film was 1987's Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, a bio-pic about the Carpenter family's rise to celebrity and Karen's growing obsession with food and independence -- filmed entirely with a cast of Barbie and Ken dolls..."

Girl, Upgraded
According to the 1999 Interactive Digital Software Report (IDSA), the majority of people playing computer games are older than 18, and 38% percent of the people most frequently playing computer games are women. Boy, have things change
Screens Story  December 17, 1999, by Sarah Hepola
"...In an effort to reinvent the century's most resilient -- and maligned -- girl toy for a modern world, Mattel unleashed a splashy new ad campaign. "We girls can do anything!" the anthem went, and to match the emphatic pronouncement of feminine power, the company launched a new line of Barbies, working women with a bod and a brain to boot..."

After a Fashion
Go way back to the deconstructive Eighties as Your Style Avatar takes a chain saw to Barbie
Columns  November 20, 2009, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...TOY PLOY The ubiquitous toy company Mattel announced that it would be styling Barbie as Deborah Harry, Cyndi Lauper, and Joan Jett as part of its Ladies of the Eighties series. God, they're making Barbie into the kinds of women who rejected everything Barbie stood for..."

Coffeetable Books
Dream On
Books Story  December 24, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...The Collectible Barbie Doll: An Illustrated Guide to Her Dreamy Worldby Janine Fenwick..."

Object Lesson
In Sherry Kramer's new play, things that are ordinary become magical: flowers, Barbies, even the writer herself
Arts Story  May 16, 2008, by C. Denby Swanson
"...When Something Wonderful Ends, which premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2007, is described as a "one woman, one Barbie" show. It's about the history of American involvement in the Middle East, Kramer's childhood as a Jewish girl growing up in a decidedly Baptist community, and the loss of a parent..."

When Something Wonderful Ends
Sherry Kramer's play is heavy-handed when discussing America and oil but funny and moving when discussing her late mother
Arts Review  May 23, 2008, by Hannah Kenah
"...Barbie may be a perfect metaphor for America. She is mass-produced, grossly disproportionate, and derived from petroleum..."

The Avatar's Avatar
How game designer and Women's Game Conference Chair Sheri Graner Ray plans to save the industry from stagnation
Screens Story  September 10, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...SGR: They tried about 10 years ago, when the Barbie titles came to define the women's market. The game industry saw the success of Barbie and went out and tried to make a bunch of Barbie clones, and failed miserably because only Barbie does Barbie well..."

Crossing the Lines
Women Comic Strippers
Books Story  May 12, 1995, by Kate X Messer
"...Since hit comics almost exclusively feature action heroes, they contribute to this vicious cycle. Despite the cycle, the phenomenon of growing ranks of great female artists on the indie scene poses the question: Would enticing young girls into the audience deliver female artists in the industry later? Javins offers, "Barbie is [Marvel's] proud failure; we can't seem to sell that thing!" Barbie sells on the average 32,000 per issue...."

Capitol Chronicle
Would David Dewhurst really know a terrorist if he saw one?
News Column  November 16, 2001, by Michael King
"...To paraphrase Mercutio, it did suffice. In addition to the CIA, Banzer had other helpful cronies -- most notably Klaus Barbie, the notorious Gestapo "Butcher of Lyons," spirited out of France and into Bolivia by the U.S..."

SXSW Film Conference and Festival '98 Further Reflections
Screens Story  March 27, 1998
"...BARBIE NATION: AN UNAUTHORIZED TOUR..."

Texas Rollergirls, Heartbroken No More
Honky Tonk Heartreakers end a six year championship dry spell
DAILY Sports  July 21, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Flash had opened the door, but it was her fellow Heartbreakers Nae Slayer and Barbie Got Back who slammed it shut in the Hotrods' collective face. They had been tagging in and out for much of the second half, grinding out a few points here and there, still trailing behind the Hotrods by 30 to 50 points, but nothing that a hefty power jam and some lucky breaks couldn't fix..."

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