Objectification

Post-Feminist Rom-Coms and the Existing Female in ‘Trainwreck’ and ‘Legally Blonde’

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In the post-feminist romantic comedy, female characters transition from being non-existent objects, into existing, as subjects, in the course of love. … In ‘Trainwreck,’ Amy begins the film as a subject, but ends as an object. Amy’s opposition becomes submission to male desires, for a man, which erases her. In ‘Legally Blonde,’ Elle begins as object, but ends the film as subject. Initially, the gaze of the camera and the characters objectify Elle’s body. But eventually, Elle demonstrates her worth and success outside of male desires and ultimately finds love.

The Capaldi Conundrum: How We Attack the Female Gaze

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In any fandom based on visual media, fangirls are attacked because of the way the female gaze is misunderstood and misrepresented.

Murder Spouses and Field Kabuki: The Female Gaze in NBC’s ‘Hannibal’

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The show treats the bodies of living women with the same respect that it treats those of dead ones.

Women’s Bodies in the Oscar-Nominated Films

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What is telling is the presence of so many films that either elide or sexualize female bodies in the category that presumably represents the best of the best. The Academy clearly has a critical preference for movies about men, with women present primarily as wives and sex objects.

‘Despicable Me 2’: One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

Despicable Me 2 poster This is a guest post by Gareth Evans. I really enjoyed the first Despicable Me movie. The characters were all a lot of fun, the bond between Gru and his adopted daughters was believable, and the world that the movie built was interesting. When the sequel came out, I saw it […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

I Hate Strong Female Characters by Sophia McDougall at New Statesman ‘Comics Undressed’ Will Address White Male-Dominated Comics/Film Industry by Tambay A. Obenson at Shadow and Act Man Creates Very First Website for Women Ever by Amanda Hess at Slate Film History Nerds Rejoice! Old Film Journals and Mags Now Searchable for Everyone by Bryce […]

Bitch Flicks Weekly Picks

I Hate Strong Female Characters by Sophia McDougall at New Statesman ‘Comics Undressed’ Will Address White Male-Dominated Comics/Film Industry by Tambay A. Obenson at Shadow and Act Man Creates Very First Website for Women Ever by Amanda Hess at Slate Film History Nerds Rejoice! Old Film Journals and Mags Now Searchable for Everyone by Bryce […]

The Terminatrix Problem

Written by Robin Hitchcock Kristanna Loken as the T-X or “Terminatrix” in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines On round one thousand seventy eight of the eternal “do the time travel rules in the Terminator movies make any sense?” debate, my partner and I decided the only reasonable course of action was a Terminator movie […]

The Sun (Never) Sets on the British Empire: The Neocolonialism of ‘Skyfall’

Growing up, my little brother was an enormous James Bond fan. He rewatched the films repeatedly on video; he developed an encyclopedic knowledge of all the villains, plots, and gadgets from reading his glossy making-of books; and, in an anecdote our mother never tires of retelling, he wanted to be Bond “without the kissing.” Thanks […]

Horror Week 2012: ‘V/H/S’: The New Face of Horror

This review by Marcia Herring previously appeared at Another Coast and is cross-posted with permission. The new face of horror …    is privileged white dudebros. I just watched and reviewed the found-footage horror genre film V/H/S after reading some promising reviews. Despite the early read in the opposite direction, V/H/S is not anything close […]