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Tron: Legacy vs. the Bechdel Test

Hello, readers (if we still have any…) and Happy New Year!

One of my many resolutions is to write more often.  One way I’ve decided to do this is to apply the Bechdel Test to every movie I see in theaters this year and write it up for BTW.  The Bechdel Test, for those of you who’ve been living in a cave, has three rules.  In order to pass this test, a movie must (1) have two or more named female characters, (2)  that talk to each other, (3) about something other than a man or shoes.  My first contender this year?  Tron: Legacy.

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BTW Watches: Jennifer’s Body

Hell is a teenage girl.”
As opening lines go, Jennifer’s Body has a pretty kicking one. (Hey, pun!)

Jennifer's Body Movie Poster

Let me begin by saying that I had high expectations for Jennifer’s Body.  Since reading Diablo Cody’s interview in the Aug/Sept 2009 issue of BUST, I’ve been wanting to see this flick.  I missed it in theaters, and finally got around to seeing it recently.  Why was I excited?  Two reasons, mostly: first, because of what I’d read about it; that it was supposed to be a feminist take on the horror genre.  As a viewer who enjoys shows like CSI and Law & Order, I was anxious to see the bad guy played by a girl.  Frankly, I’m sick and tired of always seeing women cast as the corpses, or soon to be corpses, running and screaming from Faceless Rapist and Murderer of the Week.  I was beyond excited to witness Ms. Cody turn the tables on men and make the killer a hot young woman targeting men.  And second, I’m not gonna lie, I wanted to see how Megan Fox would do in a non-decorative role (::cough::Transformers::).  I have a soft spot in my heart for her because I think she’s gotten a disproportionate amount of hate, and for virtually no reason.  I recently read a piece over at HuffPo posing a similar question: Why do we hate Megan Fox?  The author argues that we hate her because she’s beautiful and she speaks her mind: a lethal combination in a culture that rewards and values silent womanhood.  Check it out.

So I watched it and I’m left a little flummoxed; but I’m going to give it a B-.  If you’re still with me, read on… Continue reading

Linking Randomly

MEN WANT FAMILIES.  EXTRA! EXTRA!  MEN DEPOSE THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS!  EXTRA!  MEN, REPEAT, MEN WANT TO HAVE BABIES—WITH OR WITHOUT WOMEN! (forget that the “growing number” is only a fraction of 70 and 100.)

This article tells women that they shouldn’t ever say “I love you” first. And then the author says “But I’m a Feminist, I’m only telling you this for your own good!” Sorry, Wendy Atterberry, your “feminist card” has been revoked.  This article, purporting to have women’s best interests in mind, actually robs them of their own agency; if the dude’s not up to the L-word, lose the dude, not your independence.  

This is a website that shows the definitions of words and then related words and so on and so on. Interesting, right? Until I looked up “Woman” and you find that a woman is “an adult female person, as opposed to a man: “the woman kept house while the man hunted.””  Sorry, ladies.  It’s in the definition.  And you can’t argue with the dictionary!!

White males win again.  No surprise there. Even though I tried to do my part for Barbados.

While we’re on the topic of end-of-year lists, here’s the Top Ten Box Office movies of 2008. Yay that Wall-E is #5! What does this say about American movie-goers?
Numbers 11 and 12 are Sex and the City: The Movie and Mamma Mia!– women have proven they have some box office muscle. Let’s hope 2009 gives us more and better options.

I will end by proclaiming my undying love for everything that Tina Fey touches: 30 Rock and Mean Girls being 2 of the greatest things. Ever. Fey was on the cover of Vanity Fair this month– photographed by Annie Leibovitz and interviewed by Maureen Dowd. Me-yow. THREE powerhouse women and I’m swooning. My biggest criticism is that Dowd spent too much time quoting and interviewing Fey’s husband; how many articles reviewing Jay-Z spend 1/2 the time interviewing Beyonce? But I didn’t let that taint an otherwise stellar article about the woman who is the sex symbol for people who can read without moving their lips. Read the full article here. Debra Dickerson responds on the Riff and hits spot-on the things that bothered me underneath it all. But I don’t want to bitch too much because it’s Tina Fey and she’s my heroine. Fuck you, Christopher Hitchens. Women ARE Funny.

JUNO (it moved!)

juno

Juno

{Here be spoilers}

I think Michael Cera is possibly the funniest little white boy in the world so when I heard that he and Ellen Page, aka Kitty from X-men, were making a movie together–i pinched myself to make sure i wasn’t dreaming. And then i saw it. What. Happened.
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BABY MAMA DRAMA

Baby Mama

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I went to see Baby Mama on opening weekend with high hopes, not only because I was going to the movies, but also because I was going to a comedy starring two women. I was thrilled, my blood pumping with excited anticipation; mowing on popcorn like there was no tomorrow, and, unlike a number of my movie-reviewing fellows, I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading