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The Punk Singer, dir. Sini Anderson (2013)
I went to see this as a Double Union outing, and I actually really liked it--it's an excellent documentary about the life of Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and about riot grrrl. I did wonder, given the people I know, whether the documentary didn't pay enough attention to the women of color who were doing riot grrl, but Hanna's story is grimly inspiring. Rock on.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, dir. Justin Chadwick (2013)
I went to see this with an activist friend of mine and we really liked it. IDRIS ELBA. NAOMI HARRIS. I really liked that the movie showed how Mandela's imprisonment changed both him and his wife, and that her story wasn't subordinated to his; it also had a lot of focus on the actual tactics and strategies of activism, and I appreciated that the movie insisted on Mandela's refusal to renounce violence.

Her, dir. Spike Jonze (2013)
I thought this one was pretty terrible--in the near future, men's fashion goes to shit, and even beyond the fact that the protagonist is totally uninteresting (which may be the point?) the love story between him and his OS, voiced by Scarlet Johansson, is mostly unbelievable. I liked the ending, but probably Amy Adams was the best thing overall about the movie.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, dir. Wes Anderson (2014)
The Royal Tenenbaums will probably always be my favorite, but I think this may be Wes Anderson's best movie yet. I really need to read the works of Stefan Zweig.

Veronica Mars, dir. Rob Thomas (2014)
I have not seen the TV series (a flaw I am working on remedying), but I really liked the movie! I think Veronica/justice is my OTP.

The LEGO Movie, dir. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (2014)
I loved this movie. It was so funny, and so charming, and so pleasantly un-focused on the current mode of capitalism (even at the same time that it reinforces it, but that's capitalism for you). Really, the send-ups of Batman were worth the price of admission alone, but then it just kept getting better!

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Date: 2014-03-25 14:10 (UTC)
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It's good to hear that you liked Veronica Mars without having seen the series. Most of the reviews I've seen from VM fans (my own included) have been along the lines of "I really loved this, but I wonder how it will play to people who haven't seen the series."

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Date: 2014-03-25 18:09 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wild_irises
Everybody seems to love the Lego movie. Who'd 'a thunk it?

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Date: 2014-03-26 01:18 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sassbandit
I just watched The Punk Singer too! Loved it. Wish I could have seen it with DU, but then I would have been all embarrassed about sniffling in public. I think "Girls to the Front" gives a bit more discussion of WoC in riot grrrl and associated movements, but yeah it wasn't very visible at all in that film. Still, as a biography of a specific person and her circle, I'll give it a bit more leeway on that than if it was trying to be a general history of the movement.

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