Love and Feminism / “Bridget Jones’s Diary”

Can you have a feminist film that revolves around a woman picking between two men? Re-watching “Bridget Jones’s Diary” shows me that it's possible. If you haven’t yet seen this modern classic, it’s currently available on Netflix. Go home and treat yourself. I first saw “Bridget Jones's Diary” the year is was released – I … Continue reading Love and Feminism / “Bridget Jones’s Diary”

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Too Much Heart? / “Heartless”

This one’s tricky. “Heartless” is written by a woman, (Marissa Meyer), stars a female lead (from the wacky world of Lewis Carroll), and revolves around said female’s romantic drama. Boom, and already we’re back to a stereotype. Which just goes to show, just because the author is female, doesn’t necessarily mean the female characters will … Continue reading Too Much Heart? / “Heartless”

There Are Worse Things I Could Do / “Grease”

I love Grease.  Let me make sure you understand.  I.  Love.  Grease.  The play.  The movie.  The songs.  It's fun, it's tongue-in-cheek, and it's definitely a throwback. But something I've recently been rolling around in my mind: Why does Sandy end up changing, while Danny (ultimately) stays the same? Now, of course, Danny does his whole … Continue reading There Are Worse Things I Could Do / “Grease”

This is a Man’s World / “Hell or High Water”

Every once in a while I come across a film that moves me, sometimes for reasons I cannot explain. From the opening shot of Hell or High Water I quickly realized this modern-day Western would be a ‘Man’s Movie’ (white hats and all) and, not surprisingly, doesn’t pass the Bechdel test. Amazingly enough, this film … Continue reading This is a Man’s World / “Hell or High Water”