The Girly Gun: Gender in Mr. and Mrs. Smith

I saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith a while ago, and have been sort of ruminating on it since. First off, I think I should mention that I loathe Angelina Jolie, generally. She gives me the willies in real life interviews, and I have a really hard time watching her as an actress. That said, I […]

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman

Can’t for the life of me find it, but I read an interview with Michelle Pfeiffer years ago in a magazine, and when the interviewer asked her how she felt about her Oscar nominations, she said she’d have preferred to get them for Batman Returns. The interviewer assumed she was joking at first – Oscars […]

Raiders of the Lost Woman

I watched Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time in years the other night. And I realized: it’s where my lifelong issue with female portrayals in film and TV began. I was very young when it came out. All the kids were roleplaying Star Wars whenever we played, and I always took the […]

The Revenge of the Sith

Written by the illustrious Firebird, with the speed of a bullet, upon request. Thank you, Firebird! The Revenge of the Sith. Hmm, has a nice ring, doesn’t it? Sith sounds like something – someone – that could get revenge if it wanted to. But it’s someone else who has taken vengeance on women. It seems […]

Stage Beauty

I watched an interesting movie last night: Stage Beauty. It’s set in 17th century England, and although the commentaries on the DVD admit openly that they weren’t all that concerned with historical accuracy, it felt old and archaic, which is all that mattered to a forgiving viewer like me. The plot line concerns a successful […]

I Blame Disney

Disney was the very first company I ever boycotted. I think I was 10 when the idea came to me. Realizing Disney had never once in all those years produced a story that featured a female hero (heroine, whatever), I decided to avoid spending money on anything from which they might draw a profit. They […]