When the Order 66 flashback was shown at the start of Obi-Wan Kenobi, people started discussing the recent school shooting in Texas. If you have not watched the first two episodes, this conversation is on the news and social media. My apologies if this is a spoiler but I have to say something. In hindsight, maybe I should have thought about writing something in my review but school shootings are happening too frequently in the…"Obi-Wan Kenobi: The Order 66 Jedi Massacre"
Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility, or TDOV for short, in 2022 and the state of things in America could not be any worse. I am an Orthodox Jewish transgender woman and frequently use these pages to write about film and television. Sometimes, my words are on other outlets like Below the Line or elsewhere. But right now, I cannot stay silent even though I would prefer nothing more than to just discuss film…"Transgender Day of Visibility – TDOV 2022"
Because of the Utah transgender athlete ban, I will have no choice but to boycott the future editions of the Sundance Film Festival. An increasing number of states have decided to ban transgender athletes from playing sports. This is certainly unacceptable. As a transgender American, I cannot in good conscience spend money in any of these states where anti-trans hate is on the books. Moreover, I cannot in good conscience cover film festivals within these…"Sundance 2023: I’m Boycotting Due to Utah Trans Athlete Ban"
I am standing in solidarity with all of the Disney LGBTQ employees who are walking out in response to the recent comments from Bob Chapek. What this means is that I will certainly not be doing watching any of the following today: Anything owned by The Walt Disney Company Disney+ Hulu ABC ABC owned-and-operated stations Disney Channel Disney XD Freeform FX Networks Marvel Lucasfilm Pixar 20th Century Studios National Geographic ESPN The list goes on…"Disney: I Stand In Solidarity With LGBTQ Walkout"
Marvel Studios recently denounced the Florida Don’t Say Gay bill in a statement on social media but the studio needs to go further. I’m happy to see Marvel Studios denouncing the legislation. However, it isn’t enough for the studio to simply denounce the bill. No, they need to go further and make a principled effort in LGBTQ content appearing on the screen. We know that there are LGBTQ characters in the comics. In recent years,…"Marvel Studios Denounces Don’t Say Gay Bill But…"
LGBTQ employees of The Walt Disney Company are staging walkouts in response to recent actions by Disney CEO Bob Chapek. The first of several mini-walkouts during breaks start on March 14. They will all be leading up to a full-stage Disney LGBTQ employee walkout from 8 AM-6 PM on Tuesday, March 22. If you wish to show solidarity, do not watch any feature films or anything on a Disney-owned TV network or streaming service during…"Disney LGBTQ Employees Stage Walkouts"
Trans Rights Are Human Rights and that is reason #1 in why this film critic is not attending or covering this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Transgender rights. Voting rights. Women’s rights. Education. You name it and it’s under attack by the right-wing fascist Republicans in Texas. It’s because of this that I want nothing to do with supporting the Texas state economy. I love SXSW and the city of Austin but no, I cannot in…"Trans Rights Are Human Rights – No SXSW 2022"
Today is Presidents Day and there is no better way than to celebrate some of our favorite presidents to have graced the big screen in film. In addition to the classic offerings, new releases this Presidents Day weekend include Lincoln’s Dilemma on Apple TV+ and Abraham Lincoln on the History Channel. Dave (1993) I saw this film back in 2018 during a 25th anniversary screening in 35mm at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago.…"Presidents Day 2022: Movies/Series/Docs To Watch"
SXSW 2022 might still be six months away in time but the actions of the Texas state government have made my decision not to attend. Listen, I love SXSW and the city of Austin. Of all the major film festivals I’ve attended, it’s my favorite film festival. I’ve had no shortage of interview opportunities, parties, and networking during my two years on the ground. It’s the only film festival that I submitted Pandemic Therapy even…"SXSW 2022: Why I Don’t Plan To Return To Texas"
Trans rights are human rights and there is no reason on earth for the Republican Party to keep taking out their hate on transgender people. The Republican Party is at it again. It’s worse now than during the four years of Donald Trump. You know, the four years where trans people were treated like a third-class citizen in our own country. And for what? No reason whatsoever other than their fragile egos. They lost their…"Trans Rights Are Human Rights"