The Kids Are All Right

Bi Erasure in Film and TV: The Difficulty of Representing Bisexual People On-Screen

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As frustrating as our erasure and stereotyping is, however, I’d like to go beyond the question of “good” and “bad” representations of bisexual characters to ask this: exactly what it is about bisexuality which makes it so hard to represent on-screen? And why, when bisexuality is visible, is it so likely to collapse back into dominant stereotypes of bisexuality as either promiscuous or merely a phase?

Call For Writers: Bisexual Erasure and Representation

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People who identify as bisexual are part of an often maligned group. Both straight and queer community members frequently express discomfort with the concept of bisexuality, feeling threatened by bisexuality’s refusal to fit cleanly into an either/or binary system of sexuality.

Call For Writers: The Female Gaze

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The concept of the female gaze emerged in response to that of the male gaze, wherein the female viewer, and often the female creator, are the focus for a piece of media. However, finding instances of film or television that are truly representative of the female gaze is tricky. Just because something is about women doesn’t mean it is for women or even a realistic portrayal of how women see themselves.

Gigli and the Male Fantasy of the Lesbian Turned Straight

Written by Amanda Rodriguez Gigli, the abomination masquerading as a film, is generally regarded as a pretty dang terrible movie. Plot? Action? Character development? Pathos? Entertainment? Nah, Gigli does away with those archaic devices and goes straight for the…boredom, offensiveness, unlikeable characters, and bad, bad, badness. How Christopher Walken and Al Pacino were coerced into […]

‘Gigli’ and the Male Fantasy of the Lesbian Turned Straight

Written by Amanda Rodriguez Gigli, the abomination masquerading as a film, is generally regarded as a pretty dang terrible movie. Plot? Action? Character development? Pathos? Entertainment? Nah, Gigli does away with those archaic devices and goes straight for the…boredom, offensiveness, unlikeable characters, and bad, bad, badness. How Christopher Walken and Al Pacino were coerced into […]

LGBTQI Week: The Kids Are Terrible, The Sex Is Worse

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  (Pour me another … this is going to be a long night.)   This is a guest review by Nino Testa. When The Kids Are All Right came out in 2010, it was widely considered one of the best films of the year. (I happen to think the movie kind of sucked, but there […]

LGBTQI Week: The Kids Are All Right

Movie poster for The Kids Are All Right This review by Staff Writer Megan Kearns previously appeared at Bitch Flicks on February 21, 2011. I was so excited to see The Kids Are All Right.  I mean a film with not one, but two amazing female leads as well as a family headed by lesbian […]

Quote of the Day: Monica Nolan

bitchfest. Edited by Lisa Jervis & Andi Zeisler Motherhood is a theme we’ve visited before (Black Swan comes immediately to mind, as does the mother character in Rachel Getting Married), and anxieties about it abound in film and television. Mothers can’t seem to escape the same virgin/whore dichotomy structure that plagues all depictions of women […]

Best Picture Nominee Review Series: The Kids Are All Right

  This is a guest review from Megan Kearns. I was so excited to see The Kids Are All Right.  I mean a film with not one, but two amazing female leads as well as a family headed by lesbian parents??  The feminist in me says sign me up!  While it exuded potential, I wasn’t […]

Guest Writer Wednesday: Film Review Roundup

In lieu of a guest review this week, we’re posting links to reviews of a few women-centric films we haven’t yet discussed at Bitch Flicks. Enjoy! ********** The Kids Are All Right Starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore Written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg Directed by Lisa Cholodenko Roxie Smith Lindemann at Roxie’s World […]