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[Now Streaming] Your ‘War Horse,’ ‘A Separation’ & ‘Pariah’ Alternatives

  • The Film Stage
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently streaming on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to War Horse, Pariah, & A Separation.

With the Academy Awards eligibility deadline about to hit, three Oscar hopefuls do battle at the box office, including Steven Spielberg‘s latest epic, a gritty indie from Brooklyn, NY, and an Iranian thriller that’s drawing worldwide notice.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel and its resulting Broadway hit, Spielberg’s War Horse centers on the bond between a young man and his horse. With its posh pedigree, this drama is looking to win more than audience attention. [Full Review.]

Oscar loves a good war story:

The English Patient (1996) This epic World War II-set romance scored 12 Oscar nominations and took home nine, including honors for writer-director Anthony Minghella and star Juliette Binoche, not to mention Best Picture.
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New Release: Orgasm Inc. DVD

First Run Features will release the provocative 2009 female sexuality-themed documentary Orgasm Inc. from director Liz Canner on DVD on June 21 for a list $27.95.

The movie finds filmmaker Canner taking a job editing erotic video clips to be used for a drug trial sponsored by a pharmaceutical company that’s working on the development of an orgasm cream for women–a sort of Viagra for women, if you will. The experience sets Canner on a nine year odyssey as she follows the companies that are racing to be the first to win Fda approval for the product, with the potential prize being billions of dollars in profits.

Orgasm Inc. features numerous interviews with therapists, doctors, scientists and “sexperts,” along with footage that helps to explore the strange science of female pleasure. And along the way, the film reveals the arguably warped mentality of the pharmaceutical and medical industries.

Bonus features on
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Liz Canner’s Documentary Orgasm Inc. on DVD June 21

The Strange Science Of Female Pleasure

In the shocking and hilarious documentary Orgasm Inc., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos to be used for a drug trial sponsored by a pharmaceutical company that is developing an orgasm cream for women. The experience launches Canner on a nine year odyssey as she follows the companies that are racing to be the first to win Fda approval for a product to cure a new condition – female sexual dysfunction.. The potential prize: billions of dollars in profits.

Featuring illuminating footage and powerful interviews with sexperts, therapists, doctors and scientists, this enlightening film explores the strange science of female pleasure and in the process reveals the warped mentality of our pharmaceutical and medical industries. Upbeat, engaging and provocative, Orgasm Inc. will change the way you think about sex.

Orgasm Inc. Will Be Released On DVD June 21
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Women at the Box Office: April 8-10, 2011

Women Centric Currently Playing Hanna Soul Surfer Potiche Miral Sucker Punch Desert Flower – written and directed by Sherry Hormann Cracks - directed by Jordan Scott Jane Eyre – written by Moira Buffini Red Riding Hood – directed by Catherine Hardwicke I Will Follow - written and directed by Ava Duvernay Orgasm Inc. - directed by Liz Canner (doc) The Roommate From Prada to Nada True Grit Black Swan Tangled Winter's Bone - directed and co-written by Debra Granik, co-written by Anne Rosellini Made in Dagenham The Woodmans Women Directed Films Currently Playing Blank City - directed by Celine Danhier
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Orgasm Inc's Liz Canner Talks With Screen Comment

By Sam Weisberg - March 9, 2011

"Orgasm Inc .," which opened nationwide last month, is documentary filmmaker Liz Canner's first-hand, nine-year account of a would-be medical breakthrough shooting itself in the foot. In 2000, she took a job for Vivus—the medical company claiming to have developed the Viagra equivalent for women—editing provocative videos for test subjects supposedly stricken with the “disease” of Female Sexual Dysfunction (Fsd). Discovering that certain Vivus employees themselves weren't all that knowledgeable about Fsd, she dug deeper, interviewing other drug, patch and device makers (including the inventor of the now-notorious “Orgasmatron”), as well as their proponents, subjects and detractors. The result is a probing, illuminating documentary that could protect scores of healthy women from misdiagnosis and in turn damaging side effects. Screen Comment talked with Liz Canner about making "Orgasm Inc."

How did you develop the idea for “Orgasm Inc”? Was it something you always wanted
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Women at the Movies This Weekend - February 25, 2011

Women's Films Now Playing The Other Woman Orgasm Inc. - directed by Liz Canner (doc) When We Leave The Roommate From Prada to Nada True Grit Bhutto (doc) The Woodmans The Tempest - written and directed by Julie Taymor Black Swan Tangled Made in Dagenham Tiny Furniture - written and directed by Lena Dunham The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Winter's Bone - directed and co-written by Debra Granik, co-written by Anne Rosellini Women Directed Films Currently Playing Even the Rain - directed by Iciar Bollain Somewhere - written and directed by Sofia Coppola Night Catches Us - written…
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$8,773 Opening Weekend for Orgasm Inc. in NYC

Not too bad! Orgasm Inc. is making quite the impression on audiences!

Critic’s Pick! “By taking a playful approach to a deeply serious subject, Orgasm Inc. explores the link between female sexuality and corporate profits with a style that’s as entertaining as it is revelatory.”

- The New York Times

“A desperately needed antidote to all the hype generated by pharmaceutical companies pursuing their holy grail: a female Viagra.”

- Newsweek

“Impassioned, well researched and valuable.”

- Time Out New York

“Both poignant and hilarious, Orgasm Inc.

will leave you hot and bothered.”

- Time Magazine

Synopsis:

In this shocking and hilarious documentary, filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women to win Fda approval to treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (Fsd
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

[Interview] Liz Canner, Director of Orgasm Inc.

Orgasm Inc. is an exhilarating doc that takes a hard-hitting but humorous look at pharmaceutical companies’ quest to create so-called female Viagra. (Read my review here.)

Documentarian Liz Canner crafted Orgasm Inc. over a nine-year span, and provides a uniquely insider perspective, as she was employed at a pharmaceutical companies during the clinical trials for their proposed female Viagra drug. Though she set out to make a documentary about female pleasure, she found herself compelled to capture the pharma industry’s haste (and recklessness) once they began marketing an incredibly ambiguous affliction: Fsd, Female Sexual Dysfunction. Before her eyes, Canner saw a disease invented and marketed to the media by the pharma companies who were racing for a quick-fix cure and its accompanying windfall.

I recently sat down with Canner and discussed her approach to Orgasm Inc., the truth behind the hype, as well as some of the film’s hairier revelations.
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Orgasm, Inc. Review | Unraveling Female Sexual Dysfunction

  • Pajiba
Fellas: If you can't bring your lady to fruition, there's three very simple reasons for this: 1) You're not attractive to her; 2) You're an asshole; or 3) She's exhausted and stressed out because you didn't make her dinner.

Female sexual dysfunction is an invention of drug companies; so posits Elizabeth Canner's documentary, Orgasm Inc. After the billion dollar success of Viagra, pharmaceutical companies basically invented this disorder so that they could come up with another billion dollar drug to treat it. Basically, female sexual dysfunction is the new restless leg syndrome. Drug companies want women to believe that, if they can't have an orgasm every time they have intercourse, then there must be something wrong with them. And if there's something wrong with them, then surely there must be a drug to treat it.

It's bullshit.

The bigger reality here is that women don't always go to their happy place every time.
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‘Orgasm Inc.’ (documentary)

Reviewed by Amy R. Handler

(February 2011)

Directed by: Elizabeth Canner

Featuring: Andrilla Chakrabarti, Nan Cochran and John Griesemer

The provocative brainchild of documentary director Elizabeth Canner, “Orgasm Inc.” will leave you wondering what just happened and why it continues. Born as a gently graphic byproduct, “Orgasm Inc.” emerged when Canner was invited by the biopharmaceutical company Vivus Inc. to create erotic videos to be used with its clinical drug trials. The trials in question concerned the development of Alista, a topical gel for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction (Fsd). While making what amounted to pornography for the good of science, Canner discovered that all was not necessarily beneficent at Vivus, and she asked if she could make a documentary of her own. Considering what Canner unearthed, it is a wonder she was allowed to make such a project at Vivus headquarters and live to talk about it.

Strategically disguised as a black comedy,
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‘Orgasm Inc.’ (documentary)

Reviewed by Amy R. Handler

(February 2011)

Directed by: Elizabeth Canner

Featuring: Andrilla Chakrabarti, Nan Cochran and John Griesemer

The provocative brainchild of documentary director Elizabeth Canner, “Orgasm Inc.” will leave you wondering what just happened and why it continues. Born as a gently graphic byproduct, “Orgasm Inc.” emerged when Canner was invited by the biopharmaceutical company Vivus Inc. to create erotic videos to be used with its clinical drug trials. The trials in question concerned the development of Alista, a topical gel for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction (Fsd). While making what amounted to pornography for the good of science, Canner discovered that all was not necessarily beneficent at Vivus, and she asked if she could make a documentary of her own. Considering what Canner unearthed, it is a wonder she was allowed to make such a project at Vivus headquarters and live to talk about it.

Strategically disguised as a black comedy,
See full article at Moving Pictures Magazine »

[Review] Orgasm Inc.

Orgasm Inc. is an investigative exposé that masterfully strikes the balance between entertaining and enlightening. Surprisingly full of humor, documentarian Liz Canner’s feature debut reveals an inside look at the pharmaceutical race for a female Viagra, which would cure a disease that may not exist.

Interestingly, Liz Canner didn’t set out to be a whistleblower. She was in development on a documentary about female pleasure when a kismet job offer fell into her lap. The drug company Vivus, which was the first to put an erectile dysfunction drug on the market, asked Canner to cut together a titillating montage of female-friendly pornography to be shown to subjects in the clinical trials of their proposed female Viagra. She eagerly signed on—with the condition her cameras came too. However, as the race to produce this guaranteed cash cow heated up, Canner began to see a dark side to the drug’s development.
See full article at The Film Stage »

‘Orgasm Inc.’ Titillates & Enrages with New Trailer & Poster

In her daring documentary debut, Liz Canner tackles deception and possibly criminal behavior in the pharmaceutical companies that seek to sell women solutions to sexual problems that may not exist.

After two years hitting festivals and seeking distribution, the provocative doc, Orgasm Inc., will finally come to theaters in February, but you can check out the trailer now (via Film School Rejects).

Synopsis courtesy of Orgasm Inc.’s site:

In the shocking and hilarious documentary Orgasm Inc., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women that wins Fda approval to treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (Fsd). Liz gains permission to film the company for her own documentary. Initially, she plans to create a movie about science and pleasure but she soon begins to suspect that her employer,
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‘Orgasm Inc.’ Trailer Comes With Free Map To The Clitoris

There’s a danger in our first world society of creating new diseases, and with the Viagra movement of the last decade, that danger was quickly spreading both into the sex industry and into the nether regions of womankind. The documentary Orgasm Inc., directed by Elizabeth Canner, has been done for almost two years, but it’s not had distribution until now. Now, First Run Features is promising an early 2011 release, so the film got a shiny new poster. Plus, since it hadn’t made its way to the site yet, we’ve got a look at the trailer that’s been around for a while. Hopefully you’ll learn something new. This, like many episodes of the show Bullshit!, looks like it has the potential to frustrate and infuriate. The segment in the trailer on the surgical “inventions” just about puts it over the edge, and the rest of the film probably seeks to do a
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