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The radical notion that women like good movies
The radical notion that women like good movies

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The Oscar nominations are out! Check out the nominees with our #feminist  commentary. #Oscars   #Oscars2014  

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Get ready for the #GoldenGlobes tonight by reading our #feminist commentary round-up on the nominees!

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Why Katniss' desire to protect her family in #CatchingFire  makes her a rewarding hero. "Too often female action heroes are a) not motivated at all, because they’re just “Fighting fuck toys” b) motivated only by their own survival, becoming heroes only by failing to become victims. So trite as it may be, seeing Katniss as the cliched tortured protector of her loved ones was satisfying for me." -- +Robin Hitchcock | #TheHungerGames   #CatchingFireMovie  

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"Not only does #Frozen  effortlessly pass the Bechdel Test within 5 minutes, it’s a story that’s centered around sisterhood and the power that exists inside young women...+Disney was clearly doing their #feminist  homework when they came up with Frozen." -- +Amanda Rodriguez |  #frozenmovie  

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A #feminist   #horror  film,  #Carrie  isn't about fearing powerful women but rather what they face. "'Carrie' is as much an articulation of a feminist nightmare as it is of a patriarchal one, with neither party coming out on top...From the woman’s perspective, the menstrual blood obviously signifies Carrie’s maturation-coming into her power--which has been marred by fundamentalism." - guest writer Holly Derr | #carriemovie  

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A #feminist  look at #TheCounselor  and that notorious woman-has-sex-with-a-car scene: "It’s not about genuine, self-aware female sexuality. It is ridiculous...The honesty of a man saying, 'What the hell was that?' when a woman is trying to do what society expects her to do to be sexy is a pretty clear indication of how our raunch culture makes fools out of women who try to fit into it." -- +Leigh Kolb 

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The promotion & discussion around "women's movies" is always different from the way that we talk about more 'serious' drama. Rachel Redfern talks Diablo Cody's #Paradise  & Jerusha Hess' #Austenland  and the prejudice attached to each. "In the world of “women’s film,” the conversation can move quickly from one of support, to one of derision. Even just a film’s association with a topic normally seen as “girly” is instantly belittled and pushed to the background."

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" #AllTheBoysLoveMandyLane  attempts to send a feminist message. Unfortunately, that message spontaneously combusts at the end of the film. It gets so much right, though, especially in its depiction of sexual harassment, catcalling, stalking, and society’s obsession with women who embrace virginity versus women who embrace their sexuality. In fact, all these boys love Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) because they see her as a conquest, a beautiful, “pure” teenage girl who functions as a prize, a trophy." -- +Stephanie Rogers

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The best part of  #Gravity ? Sandra Bullock's role offers us a different kind of female film hero. "Not all women leads need to kick ass in order to be strong or complex. We need to see the stories of intelligent, quiet, sensitive women too...It’s okay that Dr. Ryan Stone isn’t shooting guns or beating up bad guys. It’s okay that she’s quiet and vulnerable...In fact, it's a good thing." -- +Megan Kearns | #gravitymovie  
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