Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - SCREEN REVIEWS - Ariel Du­mas WRITER, THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COL­BERT

Moulin Rouge! lays out its whole deal in the very first scene: Ewan Mcgre­gor mourns his lost love while peck­ing away on his typewriter. And he’s not like your id­iot ex who thinks own­ing a typewriter gives him a per­son­al­ity. Ewan has to use one be­cause it’s the year 1900. Moulin Rouge! ex­ists be­cause the sum­mer of 2001 was a more in­no­cent time. Ge­orge W. Bush hadn’t started any wars. The United States still liked Ben Af­fleck. So when some­one asked, “Hey, what if we mashed to­gether his­tory’s most iconic rock songs and let Ni­cole Kid­man take a whack at ’em?” this coun­try said, “AW, HELL YEAH.”

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