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25

Jan

This message is long overdue, and I’m sorry for not posting it sooner. You’ve probably noticed that it has been, um, awhile, since I’ve uploaded anything. Le Cinema Bebe is a fun project, but it’s also pretty time consuming (for example, I try to watch a film at least twice before I begin writing the actual review or making screen caps).

The last few months have been pretty hectic and I haven’t had the kind of time (or focus) to devote to this project as it deserves. While I do plan on posting more reviews in 2014, I’m 99% sure that they will no longer be a weekly thing.

In the meantime, I am still active on tumblr; my secondary tumblr is http://necessarystatements.tumblr.com/ It’s mostly feminist (shocking, I know), and is also where I post some of my graphic design work. And puppies.

Likewise, if I just started following you and you’d like to return the favor, please please considering following  http://necessarystatements.tumblr.com/ instead (I mean, you can follow this one as well, if you’re into sporadic updates).

31

Aug

Saved! - A Review

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The rest of the cast might be looking towards heaven, but Mandy Moore knows where the true light resides.


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29

Mar

And we end on a happy ending freeze frame, just as God intended.

And we end on a happy ending freeze frame, just as God intended.

Look, don’t be too harsh. I’m not the first person to ever get the message screwed up. Looking at her, it’s like life is too amazing to be this random and meaningless consequence of the universe. There had to be a God… or something out there.
Saved

28

Mar

Hilary Faye and Jesus are having a pretty bad day…

Hilary Faye and Jesus are having a pretty bad day…

So everything that doesn’t fit into some stupid idea of what you think God wants you just try to hide or fix or get rid of? It’s just all too much to live up to. No one fits in one hundred percent of the time. Not even you.
Saved!
"Now that’s what I call being hung on the cross” - Saved!

"Now that’s what I call being hung on the cross” - Saved!

27

Mar

I know this is wrong, but do you ever wonder if she just made the whole thing up? I mean, it’s a pretty good one. It’s not like anyone can ever use virgin birth as an excuse again. I don’t really think she made it up, but I can understand why a girl would.
Saved!

This is not a weapon, you idiot

Hilary Faye:
Mary, turn away from Satan. Jesus, he loves you.
Mary:
You don't know, the first thing about love.
Hilary Faye:
*throws Bible at Mary*
Hilary Faye:
I am FILLED with Christ's love!

26

Mar

Don’t worry Mary, this picture of Jesus will fix all of your problems.

Don’t worry Mary, this picture of Jesus will fix all of your problems.

Okay. Two reasons.

Cassandra:
There's only one reason Christian girls come down to the Planned Parenthood.
Roland:
She's planting a pipe bomb?!

25

Mar

Remember kids, God made us all in His image… and clearly God was inspired by Mattel.

Remember kids, God made us all in His image… and clearly God was inspired by Mattel.

For very devout Christians, “Jesus told me to” is a pretty good reason to have sex before marriage,… if you can get everyone to believe it (spoilers: this almost never works).

For very devout Christians, “Jesus told me to” is a pretty good reason to have sex before marriage,… if you can get everyone to believe it (spoilers: this almost never works).

24

Mar

On The Side - Riding in Cars With Boys

If Riding in Cars With Boys has one thing going for it, I’d have to say its the supporting cast. You have a love interest who doesn’t run off after he gets a girl pregnant, a supportive best friend who spouts inspirational quotes, a child who doesn’t exist only to be cute, and James Woods.

 



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Best thing about James Woods in this movie? The aging makeup. Second best thing? His dead eyed stare in the last scene.



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23

Mar

Riding in Cars With Boys - A Review

Another similarity, at least among teen pregnancy films, is the general attitude surrounding the protagonist’s pregnancy. It’s pretty rare for anyone in these films (protagonist included) to be like “You’re having a baby? Awesome!” or even “You’re having a baby? Here, let me tell you how to raise it”. No, in teen pregnancy films, the reaction is almost always along the lines of “This is going to ruin to ruin your life”, followed by various questioning of the morals of the woman in question. Yet things generally seem to turn out out well - she often still has the support of her friends and family, and her future is not one of bleak poverty. But these movies are careful not to show the audience how she is able to lead a normal life above the poverty line.


This has always sort of fascinated me, the idea that we have to give these characters happy endings while still doing everything possible to discourage teenagers from having sex (and getting pregnant) in the first place. But even here, there is a place for a movie that depicts the struggles of not only teen pregnancy, but also teen motherhood. But does it do this well?


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