EIFFEL – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

We’ve all looked at skyscrapers thrusting tall and proud into the unsuspecting sky and snorted to think of what was subconsciously driving the (inevitably male) architects. Right? Of course we have. Yet I cannot think of a single film before this one that takes our presumptions and seems to say, “Yes, heh heh, yesssss,” with a glint in its eye.

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GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Why am I crying at this movie? Like literally from the opening moments of Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, I was sobbing. This is supposed to be a comedy, or a dramedy, at least: light, funny, diverting. So why was I bawling? It’s because we don’t see “older” women — Emma Thompson is 63 — onscreen quite like this.

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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

An incisive film adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s groundbreaking story — one that captures the quiet horror of how the world has in the past and still today fails to acknowledge that women have inner lives that need nurturing — would be very welcome. This is not that movie. This is a stiflingly literal mounting of Gilman’s words that lacks any wider context.

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