The Help

Six Types of Political Movies (Spoiler: This Genre Includes Literally All Movies)


All art is political. That’s what they teach you in art school, and it’s what they teach you in criticism school. It’s apparently not what they teach you in internet troll school.

Whatshername as a Great Actress: A Celebration of Character Actresses

Thelma Ritter

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A young woman–poised, talented, above all enthusiastic–performs a scene in acting class and is praised by the teacher. The teacher can’t say enough good things about the student, but the main thing she keeps going back to is, “I think you’d be a wonderful character actress!”
Now, the student can’t help but beam about this, seeing a brilliant career flashing before her, her name up in lights. She steps back into the group and the woman sitting beside her whispers in her ear, “That’s what they call an actress who isn’t pretty.”

Women of Color in Film and TV: The Terrible, Awful Sweetness of ‘The Help’

Mmm…empty calories. Like The Help? Guest post written by Natalie Wilson, originally published at Ms. Magazine. Cross-posted with permission. If Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help was an angel food cake study of racism and segregation in the ’60s South, the new movie adaptation is even fluffier. Like a dollop of whip cream skimmed off a multi-layered […]

Oscar Best Picture Nominee: ‘The Help’: Same Script, Different Cast

The Help is nominated for four Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), and Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain & Octavia Spencer), and has garnered numerous other nominations and awards. This piece, by guest writer elle, first appeared at Bitch Flicks on October 5, 2011.  The Help (2011) A caveat: I have not seen The Help. I […]

2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards air Friday, February 17th In the midst of awards season, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with which awards are happening and when, and it’s easy to start thinking that the same movies/shows/actors/directors are being nominated for all the awards (for example, there are striking similarities between this year’s Academy and […]

Viola Davis Rules the Night: Women, Race & Gender at the 2012 SAG Awards

Viola Davis and the cast of ‘The Help’ at the 2012 SAG Awards Lately, it seems awards shows vacillate between moments of cringe-inducing sexism and feminist clarity. And the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were no different. Stripped of pomp and circumstance, with no host, the SAG Awards focus strictly on acting in TV and […]

2012 Oscar Nominations

  I just watched the live announcement of the Oscar nominations. My only thoughts right now are 1) Where the hell is Tilda Swinton’s nomination for We Need to Talk About Kevin? 2) Did Woody Allen’s piece of shit film Midnight in Paris seriously get a best picture nomination? 3) Yay Melissa McCarthy! 4) The […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Stephanie’s Picks: Keira Knightley, Charlize Theron, Others Play Women on the Edge from the LA Times Iron Lady Falls to the Anna Quindlen Doctrine from Bloomberg Reel Grrls Rural Transportation Fund from IndieGogo Why Restyle Great Women of History as Cockamamie Feminist Role Models? from The Guardian Amber’s Picks: Letterman Comedian Booker Dropped After Comments […]

Guest Writer Wednesday: ‘The Help’: Same Script, Different Cast

  This guest post by elle previously appeared at Shakesville. A caveat: I have not seen The Help. I do not plan to see The Help, yet I feel pretty confident that I have The Help all figured out. If you don’t know about this film, please see this post. I’m going to ground my […]

Quote of the Day: Molly Haskell on "The Woman’s Film"

This past weekend, The Help (in its second week in wide release) moved to the top of the U.S. box office. While much of the discussion about the film has focused on its race problems, I’ve been bothered by it’s characterization in many reviews as a “woman’s film.” (Note: I haven’t seen The Help.) Because […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Kathryn Stockett Needs Help from Race-Talk Tropes vs. Women #5: The Mystical Pregnancy from Feminist Frequency