Communicator (communicator) wrote,

What's outside of Pleasantville?

Sorry that I haven't been very communicative, online or in real life, for the past week or more. I'm feeling stronger, so instead of sitting at home watching DVDs and going on the Internet I'm going out to exercise, and coming back to fall asleep in the daytime. Now it's the middle of the night and I can't drop off. Sorry for complete lack of comments to friends' posts.

Feminist blogger pandagon links to a list of 10 Hollywood movies that Get Women Right. These are films where the female characters act like real people, which is rare. Obviously they are more resourceful and sexy than real people - that's what fiction means. But unlike most films, you don't spend the whole time thinking (or in my case, on the sofa shouting) 'I'd NEVER do that!' and 'She wouldn't fancy a git like him'

Alien: I love this film, I give Ripley 9 out of 10 for being a real person. Interestingly this role was written for a male actor, but Ripley does not come across as 'a man with breasts' she comes across as 'a human being'. I think this is because (at least in good films) men are allowed to be human beings.

All about Eve: I don't think I've seen this film.

Adam's Rib: Great film. Katherine Hepburn gets at least 8 out of 10 for being a human being, in love, and a feminist.

Batman Returns: Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. I don't think I've even seen this film. I think the pics of the catsuit made me think I knew where it was going without bothering with the journey.

Jackie Brown: Pam Grier gets a coveted 10 out of 10 for being a real human being. Scared, tired, desperate, not in love.

Auntie Mame: Not seen it

Silence of the Lambs: Reasonably good, and massively influential film. Clarice Starling get 9 out of 10, develops into an interesting person, and most importantly, serves as a blueprint for many human women to come, not least Scully. The site comments 'a dead-accurate portrayal of a day in the life of a young working woman (except for the flesh-flaying serial killer and cannibalism, one hopes).

Fight Club: No, they don't mean Darla, they mean Ed Norton (I think). Frankly, not sure what they mean, but I heartily endorse this movie.

To Kill A Mockingbird: A relatively OK film, a bit smug, but of its time. Atticus' daughter is a real person, who wears comfy clothes, and reads books. The site says It's a rare opportunity to watch a little girl develop a moral character, one in which she learns to do the right thing, not to dress, act or talk the right way.

Star Wars: Well, you know, I'm not a massive Star wars fan, but Leia was a pretty good female character. Shame she had to be a frickin' princess.

I would also add Sarah Connor in the first Terminator. A normal woman, frightened out of her wits, and Reese Witherspoon as 'Mary Sue' in Pleasantville: 'I did the slut thing, David. It got kinda old.'

ETA - oh, oh, and Marge Gunderson: in Fargo of course, of course. How could I forget? I'm thinking of lots more now... though they have to be Hollywood movies.
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