Dress for Success – Does it Work for Women in Movies?

Everyone knows that men do better at the box office. It might even be true. Of course, men typically get bigger budgets, and budget is the single biggest predictor of success. But what if part of the problem is that female characters aren’t being taken seriously enough? Last year Jennifer Kesler suggested that female action […]

The sassy girl next door in Easy A

Easy A is a comedy about a teenage girl (Olive Penderghast) who lies to her best friend about having sex (because her friend wouldn’t stop hassling her) and becomes the school slut overnight, thanks to gossip travelling the social networking grapevine. She decides to have fun with her new notoriety and dress up as a […]

The warrior women of Resident Evil: Afterlife

Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth installment of the Resident Evil franchise. I haven’t seen the first three so I can’t comment on them, but the fourth one is basically a video game, only it’s a movie. Lots of action, not exactly deep. At this point it has been four years since the Umbrella Corporation […]

Incendies

Trigger warning: story includes rape (offscreen) and forgiveness. Incendies is a Quebec film, in French and Arabic with subtitles, that has only recently been released in Quebec after playing at TIFF and the Venice International Film Festival. It has already been selected as Canada’s entry for next year’s Foreign Language Oscar, so hopefully it will […]