Hollywood: Female Road Trips as Transgression

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Thelma turns to Louise. “Something’s crossed over in me . . . and I can’t go back.”  The road has awakened her. Road movies showcase an attempt to get outside the status quo of mainstream, conventional culture. – Laura Feinstein, Salon. More:

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TIFF 2017 – Acclaimed Women-Directed Films

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Dee Rees elevates her storytelling to a whole different level with ‘Mudbound’. Rarely do women, and particularly women of color, have the opportunity to tell epic stories. But damn, this movie is epic, complemented with extraordinary acting all around. It’s a post-WWII period piece about race that feels so relevant to today. – Melissa Silverstein, Women and Hollywood. More:

Wonder Woman – Love Wins

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The ending of the highest-grossing live-action film ever made by a female director speaks volumes. Love is the most effective way to defeat evil. —Victoria Berggren, The Hollywood Reporter. Read More:

Director Patty Jenkins’ response to director James Cameron’s recent comments on Wonder Woman:

“James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman. Strong women are great. His praise of my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we. I just believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.” ­— Twitter, Aug 25, 2017.