July 11, 2003 |
Sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief. Sometimes it takes a victim to catch an assailant. So the stylish thriller Gender Bias, a French-Belgian coproduction, suggests. As a serial killer maims and murders transsexual prostitutes in Brussels, Bo (Robinson St?venin) - a fetching trannie in vintage Chanel - hunts down the perp. It's a tough job, thanks to the police lieutenant (Richard Bohringer) who fingers Bo herself as the self-hating killer. It's made tougher since apparently every man in Brussels thinks he's entitled to rough up transsexuals because of "false advertising.
February 14, 2003 |
A competitive swimmer with a promising career ahead of him, Avery (Richard T. Jones) has the bad fortune, in the prison drama Lockdown, to take a post-meet joyride that ends with an arrest, a trial, and a murder conviction. This low-budget indie film also suggests that in this instance, at least, the hero - who has dropped out of college to support his girlfriend and their little boy - has the bad fortune to be black. Well-acted, and, in its penitentiary sequences (literally and figuratively the better part of the film)
November 2, 2001 |
Until the phone rings - a shattering clang in the room where the quiet, pretty Asami lives - things in Audition have been fairly benign. Sure, there's an offensive scam in which a widower and his film-producer friend interview 30 young women for what the actresses believe is a movie project, though it is, in fact, just a means for the widower to find his "ideal woman. " And there are some peculiar dinner conversations between the widower, Aoyoma (Ryo Ishibashi), and his teenage son about fish and ovaries.
September 7, 1990 |
Honey, who does your nails? Those scarlet-enameled talons belong to Lilith, a voluptuous vamp who has emerged from the primordial ooze to stage the sexual conquest of Los Angeles. Like most man-traps, Lilith teases her quarry with come-hither looks before breaking their hearts. Unlike most man-traps, when Lilith breaks your heart, she literally breaks it, ripping it from your chest and shredding it with her razor-sharp claws. Night Angel is the kind of horror show that puts the retch into wretched.
March 18, 2011 |
Four years after creating a guide for Pennsylvania trial judges on the complexities of sexual-violence cases, state judicial system officials have begun distributing a new version for the state's 540 magisterial district judges. "Since district judges often make the first significant decisions in these cases, we felt it was important for them to get guidelines on the special conditions concerning victims and witnesses and also protecting the rights of the accused," state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin said in an interview this week.
November 16, 2007
With Patrick Carroll, Rob Devaney, Izzy Diaz, Mike Figueroa and Ty Jones. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures. 1 hour, 31 mins. R (violence, sexual violence, profanity, adult themes). Playing at Ritz at the Bourse. For anyone who saw The War Tapes - and there weren't many because that's the problem dogging almost every film about the Iraq conflict - Redacted is going to seem even more of a cheat than it is. In reality, Redacted, the work of director Brian DePalma, offers footage - ostensibly from a Pfc.'s minicam, a French documentary crew, Arab TV, radical Islamic Web sites and closed-circuit security cameras - assembled and intercut to tell the story of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Iraqi, the killing of her family, and subsequent cover-up by U.S. soldiers.
June 13, 1986 |
When I was a young crime reporter, I hung around police stations and watched the dregs drift by. They included every sort of sexual adventurer: rapists, peepers, flashers, child molesters, zoo invaders, and guys who wore pink negligees. Some were harmless, others were deadly. But one thing that I never saw was a dirty book sticking out of any of their pockets. Nor did any of them confess to having dashed from a porno movie house to satisfy their lusts. That would have been unlikely, since there was little pornography available.
April 12, 2011
ACTRESS ASHLEY JUDD dogs out her famous singing family in her new memoir, "All That Is Bitter and Sweet," but what really has people talking is the sharp jab the actress takes at hip-hop. No, make that a one-two punch, because in her memoir, Judd blames hip-hop for promoting rape culture. It's a startling claim - especially from someone who doesn't know the difference between Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee , who was busted last week for public lewdness and exposure, and Cee-Lo Green . It's unfair to blame rap music and hip-hop for America's rape culture, but if Judd comes to Philadelphia for a book signing, I'm going to personally high-five her for kicking off what's becoming another national discussion about misogynistic music lyrics in rap music and videos.
August 6, 2011 |
AT FIRST, Julia Ramsey blamed herself after she became a victim of sexual violence at a campus party. "Then I realized that when you pass out and wake up, you didn't really say yes," Ramsey, now 30, recalled. "You're not guilty. You're not to blame. Too often, victims of crime blame themselves. " That's why Ramsey will march today in SlutWalk Philadelphia - to help other victims of rape and sexual violence realize that it's not their fault. She'll join hundreds, possibly more than 1,000, starting at Kahn Park at 11th and Pine streets, said organizer Hannah Altman.
January 2, 2013 |
A YOUNG WOMAN is savagely gang-raped and beaten one December evening on a moving bus in New Delhi. Hordes of protesters gather in India's capital and demand that the six perpetrators be hanged or at least castrated. India's electronic media offer continuous coverage of the sort once reserved for important cricket matches. The woman, a medical student, suffers infections in her lungs and abdomen and an injury to the brain, and is flown to a hospital in Singapore, where she later dies.