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Assassination Nation
Dark satire lets social media tear us apart
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Film Review  September 21, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Homophobia, jock culture, body image, #metoo, noods, hacking, the corrosive nature of social media, online celebrities, gun violence, sexual harassment, the male gaze, objectification: Successfully taking on all these issues as parts of the same hideous whole, Assassination Nation works best when it is broad and sharp, but is at its weakest when it is too on the nose. It’s strongest as a metaphor rather than a polemic, and Levinson (who also wrote the script) feels like he’s leaning into the material too much when he sets the film in witch trial country, or has the fat cop talk like a deep-fried Southern bubba, and especially in a girl power resolution that is meant as a call to arms, but feels as forced as that bile-raising Pepsi commercial with Kendall Jenner..."

Boxing Helena
Writer/director Lynch -- yes, she's the daughter of Twin Peaks guru David Lynch and it shows -- has generated much notoriety for her debut feature's subject matter, a woman's mutilation...
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Film Review  September 10, 1993, by Robert Faires
"...Shocked that so much energy had been expended on an infantile piece of psychosexual mumbo-jumbo. Forget any expectations you may have had about Boxing Helena's treatment of obsessive love, gender roles, the objectification of women, disabilities, or the psychology of prisoners and captors; there isn't any..."

Felt
In this psychological horror story, an artist uses her craft to fight rape culture
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Film Review  July 17, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Amy is an artist in northern California, who works with fabrics and other elements from pop culture to create bodysuits with prominent sexual genitalia. She regards her work as a response to rape culture and society’s objectification of women..."

Two Actresses, Fat and Thin
Staging Neil LaBute's 'Fat Pig' is a heavy proposition
DAILY Arts  October 2, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...We figured this was something worth talking about, to get the two actresses' take on the situation and on the general habits of objectification and size-judgment in the performing arts. So your man Brenner sat down with the two women at Thunderbird Coffee on Manor Road..."

Back Roads
Dark family drama works, but was better as a book
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Film Review  December 7, 2018, by Matthew Monagle
"...But whereas the novel was praised for getting inside the mind of its central character, Pettyfer’s film often succumbs to the novel’s most lurid instincts. Harley is obsessed with sex  –  more accurately, his lack of it  –  and his interactions with the women around him skew those relationships into bouts of objectification and obsession..."

Revenge
Bloody vengeance fit for the #MeToo era.
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Film Review  May 11, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...Fargeat’s feminist cri de coeur argues, rightfully, that just because a woman looks delicious doesn’t give a man the right to devour her. This is underlined by the fact that the objectification of Jen by the men continues even after they leave the screen, by the camera eye itself..."

The Boy Next Door
Jennifer Lopez stars in this brazenly dumb MILF thriller.
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Film Review  January 23, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...(Animal lovers note: No bunnies die in this movie.) From the film’s introductory shot of Guzman – you first see his bulging bicep, followed by that ridiculously handsome mug – there’s no question who’s the sex object here, which appears to suit the fortysomething producer and star Lopez just fine. The objectification of the studly actor allows her to have it both ways..."

Beyond the Lights
A popular singer finds the courage to be herself with the help of a friendly cop.
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Film Review  November 21, 2014, by William Goss
"...It’s an effectively uncomfortable contrast, objecting to the objectification of talented young women without becoming preachy. That level of sensitivity runs throughout the film, suggesting racial pressures as well, rather than explicitly addressing them..."

'Fired Up!'
This ceramic, glass, and steel art's beauty and wit will knock you on your ass
Arts Review  September 3, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...and ceramicists, glassworkers and metalsmiths, on the other (often heat-scarred) hand, wrest the very objects from their brain box and into the world, in as many shapes and shades as materials and industry will allow. The results of objectification will vary, of course, depending on the inciting idea, the skill of the artist, and what's used to manifest the thing...."

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Lots of information and finely honed arguments characterize this vicariously thrilling and joyous documentary that explores heavy metal’s many permutations and sheer endurance over the past 30-odd years.
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Film Review  March 24, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Iconic names like Iron Maiden, Dio, and Alice Cooper chime in from time to time, but it’s Metal’s comprehensive and comprehensible dive into the history of the genre that is its most intellectually satisfying part, tracing the music’s regimented, bottom-heavy sound far past the blues to the martial, operatic epics of Richard Wagner, and beyond that the pounding polyrhythms of Mother Africa. Heavy metal’s penchant for attracting controversy is touched on as well as is its supposed objectification of women..."

She Hate Me
Spike Lee strikes out with his new "joint" about an unemployed whistle-blower who makes a living impregnating sperm-deprived lesbians.

Film Review  October 1, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...Sure, Lee’s looking for laughs here, but there’s something so misguided, not to mention delusional, in his utterly male-centric understanding of a lesbian’s interest in the sex act with a man. When the lesbians – coarsely hollering for Jack to "show us your tube steak!" – demand that he strip naked for their inspection, one suspects that the filmmaker is trying to address sexual objectification in a way that Girl 6 did..."

Booty Call
Rushon and the learned relationship counselor dwelling in his underpants agree: Seven weeks of patiently wooing the lovely but demure Nikki have earned the man a little something more than...
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Film Review  May 30, 2002, by Russell Smith
"...So – is it too late to convince you this is often a very funny movie that, while hardly a must-see, is far better than its knuckleheaded trailers suggest? Within the context of films that include the word booty in their titles, it serves up an unusually fresh, inventive and good-natured brew of pure lascivious fun. The actors are warm, engaging, and somehow able to convey the unspoken message: “It’s okay to laugh at this shit; you’re still a good person.” Booty Call is also more woman-friendly than most of its ilk in the sense that blatant sexual objectification is taken as a given, and the females are every bit as randy as, if more prudent than, the guys..."

The Mahogany Project Makes Space for Queer People of Color
The latest performance by the theatre collective embraces joy
Arts Story  August 2, 2018, by Trey Gutierrez
"...Penned by the performers, the Project's pieces draw inspiration from interviews conducted within the community, conversations between friends, and, most commonly, personal experiences. The subjects they've touched on over the years include love, sex, gender, homophobia, racism, objectification, and intersectionality, to name a few. [inset-1-right]..."

Sound on Sound Review: Yelle
The book of David Byrne with a chapter on French seduction
DAILY Music  November 12, 2017, by Lauren Modery
"...Their choreography derives from the book of David Byrne with an added chapter on Gallic seduction, all of which makes live Yelle radiate as reimagined mating rituals. Occasional gestures bridging the rock star gender gap and the singer’s tongue-in-cheek objectification of her two male bandmates proved refreshing...."

The Luv Doc: A Carp in a Sand Trap
There's nothing much sadder than a stripper in a golf cart
Columns  September 7, 2017, by The Luv Doc
"...I sincerely hope you're not asking me to tell you to give your husband the benefit of the doubt. You surely know him well enough to know whether or not he is into the objectification of women..."

The Luv Doc: Titty Bar Lunch
The chef knows what medium rare is, so don't send your steak back because it's undercooked
Columns  February 18, 2016, by The Luv Doc
"...There may have been extenuating circumstances. If he's a regular, however, it's a fairly strong indication he is OK with giving his money to a place that profits primarily from the sexual objectification of women..."

SXSW Film Adds Midnighters and More
Horror lineup announced, plus shorts and more
DAILY Screens  February 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"..."Miss Me: The Artful Vandal" Director: Mohammad Gorjestani Renowned Montreal street artist, “Miss Me”, gives us an unprecedented inside view into her life and her quest for self-liberation and authenticity, as she uses her art to take aim at the objectification of women in advertising. (World Premiere)..."

Dita Von Teese: Your Beauty Mark
Our intrepid reporter and his friend take the new book for a test drive
DAILY Arts  December 9, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I’ve read some of it, too, and it’s not all, ah, vapid or anything like that. It goes – for all that the whole book is about surface, about objectification – it goes a bit below the surface, too...."

Knowing One's Station
What does it mean to be the hostess with the mostest?
Food Story  June 18, 2015, by Melanie Haupt
"...The feminist gut response to this kind of objectification is outrage and revulsion, naturally, but personal circumspection is also in order. I've had to check my own attitudes about hostesses, particularly when I judge them for their attire..."

SXSW LGBTQ Pro Tips: UPDATE
Finding community in the land of overstimulation
DAILY Qmmunity  March 17, 2015, by Kate X Messer and Andy Campbell
"...We don't know how to say this without blustering into the crass objectification of some of hardest working folks of festival season, but holy nalgas, lezbehonest: Austin Pedicabbers got glutes for days...."

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