Perhaps the depiction of “the girl” in ‘The Girl in the Train’ will reassure my fears by allowing the woman to literally “grow up” on-screen. Yet, the title makes me very pessimistic. Presenting women as “girls” continues to fetishize women’s powerlessness in cinema. By situating this girlhood in a similar way to the male fantasy construction of the Final Girl, and by enforcing an infantilizing return to post-feminism’s “girliness,” these films offer ultimately disempowering images of female subjectivity.
However, in honor of some possible greatness, let us consider some more films that could also be equally amazing, or as roundly terrible. Enjoy.
Deathwish‘s Charles Bronson, doing what dudes do Is Hollywood really churning out the same movies, with the same stories over and over, revolving around men?? Yes, yes and yes. Geez, it’s called diversity, Hollywood. This “One Man” movie trailer supercut video posted on Upworthy (and sent to us by the fabulous writer Soraya Chemaly…thanks, Soraya!) […]
Your Feminism Ain’t Like Ours, Because We Are Raising Quvenzhané Wallis by Duchess Harris via The Feminist Wire What I Learned about Gender Roles by Watching the Trailers for Every Summer Action Movie by Alyssa Rosenberg via ThinkProgress How ‘Game of Thrones’ Traded Easy ‘Warrior Princess’ Empowerment for Something More Complex by Alison Willmore via […]
By Erin Fenner The trailer doesn’t provide the full context for why Gretel (Gemma Arterton), in the upcoming movie Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, headbutts a grumpy fella (Peter Stormare) after he says, “I’m not going to have you telling me what to do.” I really hope the exchange between grumpy guy and Gretel escalates […]
The Evil Dead movies are some of my all-time favorites. I love them the way you can only really love something you first saw in your teens: with nostalgia, delight, and fierce ardor. Just looking at this makes me incoherent with happiness. ;aksdjf. So I have a lot of complicated feelings about the forthcoming remake. […]
Well, only 2 female-centric films this week. Pretty sad. BUT! The two films — Pixar’s first female protagonist a feisty archer and an award-winning documentary about rape in the military — both look fantastic. Brave Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to […]
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits–and at times risking her life in the process–she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her […]
It’s that time again! Time to see which women-centric films will premiere in theatres this week. I’m uber excited to see Lola Versus. Starring Greta Gerwig — the only redeemable part of the annoying and insipid Greenberg (oh and the abortion plotline…seriously, I’m a big fan of abortion on-screen) — it’s a film about a […]
There aren’t many female-centric films that opened last Friday (only one…boo) or coming out this Friday. But I’m so excited to FINALLY see Snow White and the Huntsman. Now, that might surprise some of you, considering I complained that this version of the Snow White story, no matter how much of a badass action-fantasy retelling, […]
Stephanie’s Picks: Celebration at Sundance from Wellywood Woman New feature: Challenging rape myths in the mainstream from The F-Word Amber‘s Picks:French women directors: the great news & the not-so-great from Wellywood WomanWhy I’m (Probably) Not Watching ‘The Game’ from The Crunk Feminist CollectiveInternational contest of short films against homophobia from The F-WordLEGO & Gender Part […]
Trailers for ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’ and ‘Mirror, Mirror’ Perpetuate Stereotypes of Women, Beauty & Aging and Pit Women Against Each Other
Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna and Kristen Stewart as Snow White in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ Woman obsessed with aging fights her fading beauty. Older woman jealous of younger woman. Younger woman rescued by a prince. Yep, it’s a tale as old as time that Hollywood keeps churning out. With fairy tales ingrained in […]