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Cat Power’s Third Cover Album is a Personal Journey

Today is the birthday of Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall – best-known by her stage name “Cat Power.” And, to celebrate, I’m excited to write about her latest album.

The first Cat Power song I ever listened to was Chan’s cover of The Velvet Underground’s song “I Found a Reason.”… read more.

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Janis Joplin: Ode to Your Star in Our Feminist Firmament

Janis Joplin is a musical and feminist queen the likes of which are unmatched, and about whom much has been discussed, including in biography and film by women (see links below). A writer like me might wonder what else can be said about her, so I’ll praise instead.

Happy Birthday, Janis. You would have been 79, surely singing your way through a confusing world, lovingly looking back on the feminists and musicians you helped to birth.read more.

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Transforming Metal in Julia Ducournau’s Film ‘Titane’

Titane – the French spelling for the metal titanium –is a slasher flick which features no less than six murders in its first half-hour.

Watching writer/director Julia Ducournau’s new film wasn’t exactly a pleasurable experience for me. I frequently cringed, and had to force myself not to look away.… read more.

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Petra Volpe on Swiss Myths of Neutrality in WW2 & After

Filmmaker Petra Volpe grew up “half-Italian” in Switzerland and looks askance at the myths of Swiss history: “We are connected to the past because it also determines our present.” Her directing debut film The Divine Order – winner of the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival – entertainingly showed international audiences how Swiss women organized to finally get the right to vote at the late date of 1971.… read more.

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’: A Powerful Look at the Only Woman in the Room

Eight years ago today, Kathryn Bigelow released Zero Dark Thirty!
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Gurinder Chadha: Directing Multicultural Feminist Dramedies

Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley in Gurinder Chadha's Bend it Like Beckham.
From 1990 to the present day, Gurinder Chadha has built a prolific career as a director and screenwriter.
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