Author: bell hooks
Publication Date: 1996

bell hooks won't be kind when she finds flaws in your film. A gifted writer with the oppressive webs of racismcapitalism, and sexism forever in her crosshairs, hooks should be on everyone's reading list, especially because of the headlock white men have on film criticism and production.

When critics were cheering Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, hooks stood up to decry the film's sexism. Similarly, she's spoken out against Beasts of the Southern Wild, a film that audiences have swallowed without a second thought. Read hooks and have your eyes opened. —RS