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Manohla Dargis On A Tear!

OK, for those of you not familiar with Manohla Dargis, here’s the short version:  she’s a film critic for the New York Times.  In fact, she is positioned as the next Pauline Kael – the heir to the throne of film critics.  Notice I didn’t say “female film critics“.  Does the gender of a critic matter?  It does if you make her mad.  Here, Ms. Dargis lets the F-bombs fly, venting her spleen about the position (or lack thereof) of women in the studio system.  I must admit, I love Ms. Dargis’ writing, and I salute her for taking a stand.  That said, I have never been on the receiving end of her diatribes, and evidently man, sometimes it stings.  Ms. Dargis’ article (CLICK HERE) is thought-provoking.  Check it out, and stay tuned for more!

— KMB

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