Maybe it's too much to ask for from a romantic
comedy, but could "Bridesmaids,"[opens Friday] which stars and is co-written by Kristen Wiig, be the
vanguard of a revolution for women in Hollywood? Let's hope so because the Oscar
for Kathryn Bigelow didn't really open the floodgates for women directors.
So maybe it's up to teenaged girls with guns and women in designer gowns
crapping in sinks to subvert the invidious stereotypes of women on the big
All About Eve (1950)
This year's Coolidge
Award goes to "Film Preservation," and the two days of ceremonies will climax
with a prime example of that noble work, a screening of the restored version of All About Eve (Wed @ 8 pm)- now, despite her quips about aging, Bette Davis's Margo
Channing will remain as fresh and vivid as when Joseph L.
Karen Aqua's "Taxonomy"
You don't have to go to Pixar Studios for inventive,
eclectic, and visionary animators - many of them can be found right here. Like
Karen Aqua, whose short "Taxonomy" (2011) whimsically reveals the
secrets of metamorphosis among animals, plants, and minerals. Or Ruth
Lingford's "Little Deaths" (2010), which takes an animated excursion into the
mystery of orgasms.
Vengeance is served not just cold but repeatedly in
Korean director Kim Je-woon's relentlessly gruesome and frequently hilarious I Saw the Devil (2010), in which a member of the police elite
whose fiancée has been butchered by a serial killer takes justice into his own
hands. Over and over again. Crime may not pay in this movie, but punishing
crime offers diminishing returns as well.