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IN THE REALM: Best Films of 2014 [so far]

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Maleficent
starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning
–brilliant feminist re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. magical and strong.

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Obvious Child
starring: Jenny Slate
–bold, thoughtful and touching feminist comedy about abortion

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Veronica Mars
starring: Kristen Bell, Tina Majorino, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colatani
–Veronica Mars is back. It’s ten years after high-school graduation and this film is perfect!

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Under the Skin
starring: Scarlett Johansson
–bizarre and visually gorgeous

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Belle
starring: Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
–based on a true story. this is about a remarkable, amazing mixed-race woman in turn-of-the-century London.

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The Railway Man
starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman
–based on true story about building the bridge over River Kwai during WWII and one POW’s PTSD. An emotional, riveting story about forgiveness and peace.

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Begin Again
starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine
–funny and sweet film about a lovely singer/songwriter recording an album around New York after breaking up with her rock star boyfriend

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Palo Alto
starring: Emma Roberts, James Franco
–completely unpredictable film about teacher/student relationship

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Running from Crazy
–with Mariel Hemingway, a Barbara Kopple film
–must-see documentary about mental illness and the Hemingway family

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choice quote: Kirsten Dunst

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“Obviously I’m a feminist. It’s ridiculous that anyone would think other of me.”
–Kirsten Dunst, Flaunt Magazine, July 2014

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Choice Quotes: Men on FEMINISM

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“all men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society.”
–John Legend

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“I do call myself a feminist. Absolutely! It’s worth paying attention to the roles that are sot of dictated to us and we don’t have to fit into those roles.”

“My mom brought me up to be a feminist. She was active in the movement in the 60s and 70s. The Hollywood movie industry has come a long way since its past – It certainly has a bad history of sexism, but it isn’t all the way yet. It’s important to acknowledge that there’s a lot of patriarchy and sexism in mainstream movies.”
–Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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“I’m attracted to films that have strong female characters because there are strong female characters in my life.
–Ryan Gosling

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“Women are responsible for two thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10% of the total income and own 1% of the property…So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”
–Daniel Craig

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“I’m usually good about my temper, but all these men trying to control women’s bodies are really beginning to piss me off.”
–Eddie Vedder

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Choice Quote: Dakota Fanning

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“It’s about both genders being equal. There’s a history where when women get to a certain age in this industry, the roles become strictly the mother, the wife, or the older single woman. There should be more of a variety because there are so many different paths that humans take and they should be given a platform to be seen.”

–Dakota Fanning on women in Hollywood and film, The Daily Beast, May 29, 2014

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Choice quotes: Staying single is the best

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“I’m just going to stay single forever. I could never live with anybody ever again.”
–Lena Headey to Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately June 9, 2014

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“I don’t want to have to tell anybody what I’m thinking, where I’m going.”
–Whoopi Goldberg on The View June 9, 2014

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Starving in Suburbia: [Lifetime] TV movie review

High-school senior Hannah [Laura Wiggins] puts a lot of pressure on herself as a teenager to look good and be thin as she’s a dancer surrounded by lots of seemingly perfect bodies. She’s also applying to colleges. Her younger brother, Leo [Brendan Meyer], is a wrestler who always needs to maintain his weight to remain in his wrestling competition class. Leo’s father [Marcus Giamatti] stays on top of Leo’s weigh-ins and monitors Leo’s eating and wrestling career. He’s under intense pressure.

One day when they’re supposed to be working on college essays, Hannah’s best friend shows her a “thinspiration” site [a website for people obsessed with dieting and eating disorders and being dangerously thin] and Hannah becomes obsessed with it. She originally wants to lose only five pounds but then gets further involved with the people on the site and losing more and more weight. Someone named ButterflyAna [Izabella Miko] takes a particular interest in her and pushes her to the extreme, getting inside her head and telling her to be in control by being as thin as possible and not eating. She eats less and less until she completely stops eating. Her original weight is 128. She gets to her goal weight of 123 and she’s thrilled. When her mom buys her a new pair of shorts, Hannah’s completely upset that they don’t fit and they’re a size 6. She flips out. With the support through her online friends she sets a new goal to lose 20 pounds.

Her mother finds out what she’s doing. Hannah tells her: “I believe what I do on my computer is private.”

Her mom says: “not private. The internet is public and it’s permanent.”

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Even when her parents force Hannah into outpatient treatment, she’s sneaking behind their backs and losing weight and connecting with her ana [pro-anorexia, eating disorder] friends. She’s just as unhealthy, fixated and deceptive as she was before. It’s questionable what will break Hannah of her preoccupation with being as thin as possible. Leo tries to support his sister but his wrestling season keeps him so busy. He feels bad that he hasn’t been there for her as much as he used to be.

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As Hannah’s mom, super-talented Callie Thorne looks wonderful and plays a supportive, caring mom. She realistically expresses the anger and concern for her daughter’s health as well as fear of her daughter at times. Hannah’s brain has become so malnourished through starvation that she’s lashing out at her mother. As Hannah, young actress Laura Wiggins impressively goes there. She’s deep into the darkness behind the disease and completely effective in the delusional states it causes. Clearly teens with eating disorders think they’re invincible and they’re confused by reality. This family learns the hard way that eating disorders silently take over and destroy young lives. Written and directed by Tara Miele Starving in Suburbia is scary, tragic good.

Starving in Suburbia airs on Lifetime, Saturday April 26 at 8pm ET/PT

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FILM: Wesley Snipes in Expendables 3

I had a major crush on Wesley Snipes back in the day. So I’m happy to hear that he’ll be in the latest sequel to this successful franchise. This is Wesley’s first major film role since he served a 3-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania for tax evasion. He’ll star alongside Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Mel Gibson and regulars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Jason Statham.

The film doesn’t premiere in theaters until August 15.

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