in which ‘Black Widow’ disappoints me...

everything that happened at Flick Filosopher from Monday, July 5th, to Sunday, July 11th

Delighted to announce that I’ll be appearing on two panels at next weekend’s Woman with a Movie Camera Summit, hosted by the British Film Institute. The panels — “The Rise and Fall of the Girl Boss” and “Behind the Bylines: Times Up UK Critics Roundtable” — are virtual, online only, and will be available to view next weekend, July 17th–18th, along with a panoply of other wonderful talks and Q&As around the theme of “reframing the conversation around women and film.”

Check out the full program at the BFI’s site, where you can also buy tickets for the weekend: only £5 (£3 for BFI members) for the whole shebang.

Some events are prerecorded — we did my panels last week, and they went really well! — but there are live events, too, including Zoom socials on both afternoons. I will pop in! Please stop by and say hello.

Alas, the event is only available in the UK, but the panels may later be posted on the BFI’s YouTube channel. If/when they become more widely available, I’ll be sure to let everyone know.


new at flick filosopher, Jul 05–11

new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Jul 09

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jul 06–09

  • Marvel’s Black Widow on Disney+… and that’s it. (Holiday weeks are often slow.) [get the full rundown]

new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jul 07–09

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jul 05–09

  • The beyond-lovely First Cow lands on Mubi; Marvel’s Black Widow on Disney+; more… [get the full rundown]

please review ‘Cultural Artifacts’ if you’ve read it!

  • Reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and anywhere else that sells ebooks really do help. Plus: A teaser from the book to tempt those who haven’t bought a copy yet. (Also: The serial science fiction project I’ve teased a few times is about to launch!) [read more]

I’m on two panels at the BFI’s Woman with a Movie Camera fest

  • My panels — “The Rise and Fall of the Girl Boss” and “Behind the Bylines: Times Up UK Critics Roundtable” — were recorded this week, and they went great. I hope you’ll tune in for them online. [read more]

question of the weekend: are you comfortable going back to cinemas yet?

  • If not, what will it take for you to be comfortable? Or, perhaps you’ve been going to the movies all along during the pandemic, when possible, in which case I’d ask: How safe did that feel, and were you ever worried about your safety? [post a comment at Flick Filosopher | post a comment at Substack]

Black Widow movie review: spy cruft (#DisneyPlus) [pictured]

  • Dishearteningly less concerned with giving Natasha Romanoff her own story than with setting up her MCU replacement. Superfluous, backward-looking, its bit of feminism belabored. She deserved better. [read the review | cinemas US/UK, Disney+ globally]

Tweet of the week…

In case you’re new to the goddess Pugh, her movies here are, from top to bottom, Lady Macbeth, Fighting with My Family, Midsommar, and Little Women. (And of course, she’s now stealing the entirety of Black Widow.)

coming up at Flick Filosopher…

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

  • Summer of Soul

  • The Forever Purge

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

  • Fast & Furious 9

  • Luca, the new Pixar animated feature

  • The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt

  • Oscar’s Best Animated Feature Soul and Best International Feature Another Round

  • Disney origin story Cruella

  • Peter Rabbit 2, for my sins

  • Riders of Justice, starring Mads Mikkelsen

(oh my god, there are just too many movies…)

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