The Iron Lady

Conveying a Soul: The Greatness of Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

From the feminist angle, Streep’s mold-breaking of the representation of women and her mark on scripts probably adds to her greatness in a way we can never completely measure because we can’t track it. One particular example worth mentioning is that the script for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ did not originally explain why Joanna Kramer wants to leave Ted (Dustin Hoffman) and she fought the director Robert Benton on the script until the character is allowed to say why herself.

Women in Politics Week: Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams

This guest post by Gabriella Apicella previously appeared at Bitch Flicks on February 17, 2012 as part of our 2012 Oscar/Indie Spirit Series. Of the Best Actress nominations at the Oscars this year, two stand apart from the rest. Not because of the skill of the actresses, but because they depict real-life figures. Through these […]

Women in Politics Week: ‘The Lady’ vs. ‘The Iron Lady’: Who Gets the Vote?

Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady Meryl Streep as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady   Guest post written by Candice Frederick. Originally published at Reel Talk. Cross-posted with permission. While a few men duke it out to take control at the White House later this year, let’s take […]

Best Actress Oscar Nominees: Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams

Of the Best Actress nominations at the Oscars this year, two stand apart from the rest. Not because of the skill of the actresses, but because they depict real-life figures. Through these portrayals much can be learned about the ways women are represented on screen: The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, 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 […]

Sunday Recap

Afghan Women Fight to Not Have Their Rights Bargained Away in ‘Peace Unveiled’ in ‘Women, War & Peace’ Series: In the documentary Peace Unveiled, the third installment of Women, War & Peace, written by Abigail E. Disney and directed by Gini Reticker (and WWP series co-creators), we witness 3 tenacious female activists, Parliamentarian Shinkai Karokhail, […]

Preview: The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady (2011) One of the questions I always ask myself about new movies is this: Why this film at this particular time? While movies are always a blend of art and moneymaking, they don’t rise up in a vacuum. They are informed by the culture surrounding them, by the political landscape, and by […]