Born in Flames Reviews

  • Jun 28, 2016

    Another odd one from Lizzie Borden.

    Another odd one from Lizzie Borden.

  • Apr 16, 2015

    Not a great film, but has some great ideas and moments. Honestly it's mostly just edited poorly, this could easily be recut and come out more coherent. That theme song is hillaaaaaarious though.

    Not a great film, but has some great ideas and moments. Honestly it's mostly just edited poorly, this could easily be recut and come out more coherent. That theme song is hillaaaaaarious though.

  • Nov 16, 2013

    A feminist filmmaker celebrates and ridicules the concept of feminism simultaneously.

    A feminist filmmaker celebrates and ridicules the concept of feminism simultaneously.

  • Nov 30, 2012

    Um governo machista é combatido por feministas que usam a mídia para se organizar, fazendo protestos e protegendo mulheres contra o estupro. É interessante a forma como o movimento feminista se organiza descentralizadamente e a pluralidade de opiniões que se preserva durante todo o filme.

    Um governo machista é combatido por feministas que usam a mídia para se organizar, fazendo protestos e protegendo mulheres contra o estupro. É interessante a forma como o movimento feminista se organiza descentralizadamente e a pluralidade de opiniões que se preserva durante todo o filme.

  • Aug 23, 2009

    Really badass in every possible way. The premise, style, soundtrack: fantastic. The fact that this was made in 1983 makes it even moreso.

    Really badass in every possible way. The premise, style, soundtrack: fantastic. The fact that this was made in 1983 makes it even moreso.

  • Stella D Super Reviewer
    Jul 05, 2009

    set in a future nyc, tho it sure looks like the 80s, the film posits a post-revolutionary socialist society that isn't the great success the government claims. the poor and minorities have seen little change in their situations and feminists, tired of waiting for their turn, get organized. this is the most radical feminist film i've ever seen, with women's groups plotting full-blown terrorist activities, and in fact i'm still a bit blown away that this thing even exists, but i'm so glad it does. it's inspiring to know we once dreamed this big. this is a great example of ultra low budget guerilla filmmaking, admittedly rough but with some really good acting, effective satire and a whole lot of passion. and it's the tea party's worst nightmare

    set in a future nyc, tho it sure looks like the 80s, the film posits a post-revolutionary socialist society that isn't the great success the government claims. the poor and minorities have seen little change in their situations and feminists, tired of waiting for their turn, get organized. this is the most radical feminist film i've ever seen, with women's groups plotting full-blown terrorist activities, and in fact i'm still a bit blown away that this thing even exists, but i'm so glad it does. it's inspiring to know we once dreamed this big. this is a great example of ultra low budget guerilla filmmaking, admittedly rough but with some really good acting, effective satire and a whole lot of passion. and it's the tea party's worst nightmare

  • Jun 09, 2009

    It seems like good fun, but is actually unfocused, and quite contrived,and silly. Good for a laugh, nonetheless.

    It seems like good fun, but is actually unfocused, and quite contrived,and silly. Good for a laugh, nonetheless.

  • Apr 25, 2009

    scared me straight ;) hahahaha all power to them. The plot was interesting but as a movie it wasn't very good.

    scared me straight ;) hahahaha all power to them. The plot was interesting but as a movie it wasn't very good.

  • Jan 21, 2009

    There's a lot of ideas rattling around in Born in Flames but little precious plot to tack them to. This aggressively feminist, aggressively independent film isn't much of a "movie" it's a bunch of different scenes of women either fighting against some sort of revolution and protesting to keep their jobs and the death of one their leaders is shoddily covered up to look like a suicide leading them to resort to violence to get what they want. But that takes up about 15 minutes of the movie. My favorite aka the worst scenes of the movie are montages of women working at their various jobs while the god-awful titular song drones on in the background- if only this was entertaining enough to be campy.

    There's a lot of ideas rattling around in Born in Flames but little precious plot to tack them to. This aggressively feminist, aggressively independent film isn't much of a "movie" it's a bunch of different scenes of women either fighting against some sort of revolution and protesting to keep their jobs and the death of one their leaders is shoddily covered up to look like a suicide leading them to resort to violence to get what they want. But that takes up about 15 minutes of the movie. My favorite aka the worst scenes of the movie are montages of women working at their various jobs while the god-awful titular song drones on in the background- if only this was entertaining enough to be campy.

  • Aug 25, 2008

    1: opened at Film Forum in 1983 and distributed by First Run Features 2: Borden took the film where ever she had been invited, training her in frugality [coach air fares, no limo, low per diem] 3: infamous MONTAGE of "traditional" women's jobs demonstrates Borden's film-style: giving a bottle to a baby, filing work, wrapping chicken in a factory, putting a condom on a penis, washing dishes, preparing surgical instruments, cutting hair, and handing out political fliers 4: What is American Independent Cinema? [futuristic] dystopian social-political-feminist narrative

    1: opened at Film Forum in 1983 and distributed by First Run Features 2: Borden took the film where ever she had been invited, training her in frugality [coach air fares, no limo, low per diem] 3: infamous MONTAGE of "traditional" women's jobs demonstrates Borden's film-style: giving a bottle to a baby, filing work, wrapping chicken in a factory, putting a condom on a penis, washing dishes, preparing surgical instruments, cutting hair, and handing out political fliers 4: What is American Independent Cinema? [futuristic] dystopian social-political-feminist narrative