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All Saints: the Beginning

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 by scarlett

Last year, I griped a lot about just how bad All Saints had gotten in its portrayal of women and women’s issues compared to how it used to be. For Christmas, I got the first and second seasons on DVD. I’m remembering exactly why I loved this show, and why I keep watching it as […]

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A Kiss is Just a Kiss?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 by scarlett

I was watching Degrassi High with a male friend (we’re both in our early twenties) and my sixteen-year-old sister. There was one episode where Caitlin, a fifteen-year-old, ropes her study partner, Arthur, a thirteen- or fourteen-year-old who is obviously smitten with her, into lying to her boyfriend Joey because she wants to cancel their date […]

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Another Crappy Love Triangle

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 by scarlett

The main reason I stopped watching daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful was a love triangle involving Ridge, his wife Brooke and his late-wife-who-wasn’t-actually-dead Taylor. Taylor died, Ridge started seeing Brooke and married her, Taylor reappeared. Who is Ridge married to? Who does he want to be with? We’ll overlook the stupidity of […]

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Infidelity is OK, Pt II: Swimfan

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 by scarlett

In 2002, Fatal Attraction was loosely remade into Swimfan. The cheating husband, Dan, becomes devoted boyfriend Ben, to girlfriend Amy (reincarnated from Dan’s wife Beth.) The woman - although more of a girl - he cheated with becomes Madison (Erika Christensen), the new girl in town. Initially, I thought this movie was the better of […]

Infidelity is OK, So Long as She’s a Bunny Boiler

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 by scarlett

About ten years ago, I first saw Fatal Attraction. Even then, in my mid-teens and a burgeoning feminist, the movie annoyed me. I saw it again recently, and pinpointed exactly what I didn’t like about it.
You have Dan (Michael Douglas) a successful man with a loving wife and daughter. He meets Alex (Glenn Close), they […]

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