Before Midnight

Obsessed with Boyhood: The Latent Misogyny Running Rampant in Richard Linklater’s Films


On the surface, a lot of his female characters reflect strong ideals. … But take a deeper look and Linklater’s female characters tell another story: one of a creator deeply obsessed with ignorant male stereotypes and the women that encourage them. … Looking back through his films, they all contain this running theme of underdeveloped man-children who are routinely validated in their anti-woman approach.

The Ten Most-Read Posts from July 2013

Did you miss these popular posts on Bitch Flicks? If so, here’s your chance to catch up.  “Sixteen Candles, Rape Culture, and the Anti-Woman Politics of 2013″ by Stephanie Rogers “The Killing and the Misogyny of Hating Bad Mothers” by Leigh Kolb “Does Hollywood Revolve Around Men? ‘One Man’ Video Says Yes” by Megan Kearns […]

The Flattening of Celine: How ‘Before Midnight’ Reduces a Feminist Icon

This is a guest post by Molly McCaffrey. Before Midnight movie poster There are numerous reasons why Before Midnight—the third film in the Richard Linklater Before Sunrise/Before Sunset trilogy—is an important film. Jesse and Celine in Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight It’s an important film first and foremost because it’s a film about […]

Travel Films Week: The One-Night Stand That Wasn’t: ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘Before Sunset’s Jesse and Celine

Before Sunset movie poster This is a guest review by Carleen Tibbetts. I could easily and happily blame Richard Linklater for making me believe in destiny, fate, kismet, or the idea of a soul mate. When Before Sunrise was released, I was twelve or thirteen. I remember getting it from the video store with my […]