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.
Hollywood double-standards are a tougher opponent than KGB thugs or acid-blooded aliens. Theron, Johansson, Gadot … could do with female screenwriters to fully free them from the tendency to make their characters secondary. But in 2017, the fight is moving on. — Nick Hasted, Independent. Read more:
“While missing person statistics are compiled for every other demographic, none exist for Native American women.” ̶ from Wind River, screenplay by Taylor Sheridan. Read more from Mary Kaye Schilling, Newsweek:
According to the The Bestseller Code, popular themes for bestselling fiction are: marriage, death, taxes, threatening technologies, funerals, guns, doctors, work, schools, presidents, newspapers, kids, moms, and the media. Unpopular: (besides sex, drugs, rock and roll), seduction, the body (except in pain or at a crime scene), cigarettes, alcohol, the gods, passionate love, grief, revolutions, wheeling and dealing, existential journeys, dinner parties, playing cards, overdressed women, and dancing. But ‘girl’ themes are OK.
Read Jia Tolentino’s Review in The New Yorker.
XX is a delightful, horrific variety pack — four risky and irreverent short films that pay homage to the tropes and traditions of horror filmmaking. It’s nuanced storytelling and solid genre filmmaking that also passes the Bechdel test, severed hand over bloody foot. — Rhienna Renée Guedry, Bitch Media.
All these little girls are strong, capable, and totally badass — but, disturbingly, they’re also all almost completely silent… We, as audiences, have the power to encourage Hollywood to give these little girls their voices by demanding change. When we watch yet another movie or TV show with a strong, silent young heroine, let’s stop idolizing her, and instead ask the writers behind her why she doesn’t get to speak her piece. — Rachel Simon, Bustle. Read More:
I love this idea that you’ve got a sword in one hand and a baby on your hip. You had to keep up with the men because there’s no room on a ship for ornaments—but we only know about the ones they caught. There may have been scores of pirate women who lived and died that we just don’t know about. — Laura Sook Duncombe with Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian. (Thanks to Lulu Jemimah) Read more: