American Psycho Books Celine Sciamma Featured Films by Women Gilmore Girls Girlhood Hush Lost in Translation Marie Antoinette On Television Queen of Katwe Sofia Coppola Somewhere The Beguiled The Bling Ring The Craft The Eyes of My Mother The Flash The Revenant The Virgin Suicides Tomboy Top 10 List Water Lilies

Top 10 ‘Bitch Flicks’ Articles Written in 2017

Queen of Katwe

10) Queen of Katwe Is a Beautiful Inspiring Take a look at a Younger Black Life Absolutely Realized by Candice Frederick

“Sure, it’s healthful and finishes on a heartwarming excessive like many different cherished Disney tales. However at its core lies a narrative of redemption, cultural delight, feminism, and economics — parts of a younger life contending with extraordinary challenges. […]

“Queen of Katwe is a mesmerizing story of a life absolutely realized, a life that’s typically missed and never given an opportunity. Its younger forged, led by Nalwanga’s nuanced efficiency, assist illuminate layers of humanity resting deep within the ‘slums’ of Uganda, exhibiting expertise properly past their years. In the meantime, Oyelowo and Nyong’o’s performances mood the movie with heart-wrenching emotion. And Mira Nair’s touching portrait of Katwe’s inspiring younger queen with a dream is one to recollect.”


Girlhood film

9) Céline Sciamma’s Movies (Girlhood, Tomboy, and Water Lilies) Seize the Complexities of Adolescence by Charline Jao

“French director and screenwriter Céline Sciamma of Water Lilies, Tomboy, and Girlhood has gained important approval for her portrayals of adolescence and coming-of-age, notably on themes of gender and sexuality. Sciamma’s films are intimate character research, punctuated with dancing, tiny particulars embedded in physique language, and a critical respect for youthful viewers. For all of the cringe-worthy or mediocre baby appearing that permeates movie, Sciamma has a exceptional capacity to attract out nuanced and natural performances in her works, oftentimes from non-actors.

“[…] The adolescent or teenager sits on the edge of maturity by sitting between baby and grownup, determining their rites of passage and area inside society. This undefined, but essential area is an uncomfortable one and Sciamma’s movies excel as a result of they embrace the chaotic ambiguity of youthful liminality.”


Hush

eight) Hush: A Resourceful Heroine with Disabilities for the Horror Style by Cassandra A. Clarke

“What’s sensible about Hush, written by Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel (who stars because the lead), is it pushes the envelope of the survivor’s story additional via its principal character, Madison ‘Maddie’ Younger: a lady who’s deaf, mute, and lives alone in a rural space. Along with that includes a feminine protagonist with disabilities, Hush crafts a home-invasion story that isn’t about her ‘issues’ or obstacles or the attacker in any respect, however relatively it focuses on the tactful options she chooses alongside the best way.

“…Its depiction of Maddie as a full, partaking character who fends for herself and thrives alone is an asset to including extra characters with disabilities in movies, particularly horror, as not victims however stars.”


Gilmore Girls

7) Gilmore Women: Rory Gilmore Is an Entitled Millennial by Scarlett Harris

“That’s as a result of she’s by no means needed to hustle; all the things has been handed to her. She solely watched her mom wrestle to boost her on her personal, and even then it’s established that Lorelai went to nice pains to not expose Rory to her struggles. […]

“To be truthful, Rory is essentially a product of her upbringing. Till the occasions of Gilmore Women as we all know it — Lorelai’s reconciliation together with her wealthy mother and father so Rory can go to an costly personal faculty after which Yale — Rory was raised by an unbiased, struggling, small-town single mother. No matter life classes she discovered there have been swiftly erased by the following plot developments: her wealthy grandparents after which her wealthy father paying for her schooling and European holidays, her rent-free lodging, and breaks in class and work to ‘discover herself’ equally bankrolled by Richard (Edward Herrmann), Emily (Kelly Bishop), and Logan (Matt Czuchry). […]

“Regardless of her flaws, I relate to Rory as a result of she shows all my — and my era’s — worst traits.”


American Psycho
6) The Love That’s Actually Actual: American Psycho as Romantic Comedy by Caroline Madden

“A 2006 YouTube video created a parody trailer envisioning American Psycho (2000) as romantic comedy. Whereas the stark juxtapositions between the basic boy-meets-girl components and a horrifying portrait of a serial homicide are amusing, the emotions between them will not be so far-fetched. Though primarily a horror movie, American Psycho has a satiric spine that appropriates codes from the romantic comedy style to show the absurdities of our gender beliefs. Director and co-writer Mary Harron’s lens skewers the qualities we discover interesting in romantic comedies as terrifying.

“Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a concoction of the romantic comedy and drama archetype of ‘the dangerous boy.’”


The Revenant

5) The Revenant Ought to Be Left within the River to Drown by Celey Schumer

“Don’t consider the hype. You could have been conned. The Revenant is a horrible movie. […]

“This white-man-against-all-odds story of revenge has been advised so many occasions, even Michael Bay might be like, “Eh, can’t we discover one thing extra unique?” […]

“The second galling a part of the movie is its abhorrent remedy of Native peoples. It’s at greatest mediocre, at worst condescending, and always unremarkable lazy recycled fodder. Virtually each time Hugh has an interplay with a Native American individual, they meet with catastrophe. Truthfully, Chief Elk Canine (Duane Howard) and his males are the one ones working with their very own company and justice of their quest to rescue his kidnapped daughter, Powaqa (Melaw Nakehk’o). However we hardly see them and are left to deduce all of this info, till in fact Hugh the White Man involves Powaqa’s rescue. […]

“Can we see this entire film from the Arikara tribe’s perspective? From Powaqa’s perspective? That might be an precise recreation changer.”


The Eyes of My Mother

four) The Eyes of My Mom Is a Beautiful Coming-of-Age Horror You’re Not More likely to Overlook by Candice Frederick

“Oh, how I really like this age we’re dwelling in through which ladies characters on the large and small screens are allowed to be inappropriate, messy, b**chy, and sexual. It simply additional illuminates the myriad complexities ladies embody, portray a extra thorough profile of inclusive feminism. However even whereas Hollywood has been persistently pushing these boundaries in newer years, few movies have explored morbid sensuality by way of the gaze of a lady higher than author/director Nicolas Pesce’s The Eyes of My Mom. […]

“…Pesce explores the character of human intuition and arrested improvement in a method that’s uncomfortable to observe but immersive simply the identical.”


The Craft

three) 20 Years of The Craft: Why We Wanted Extra of Rochelle by Ashlee Blackwell

“I used to be flustered and empathetic to a personality that was nearly invisible to a whole faculty inhabitants outdoors of her small coven of comrades, until to be the unchecked goal of racist scorn. This made her expertise even that extra isolating in distinction to her white feminine counterparts who, in the event that they did get that temporary seat on the desk, have been promptly dismissed for his or her class, burn scars, and never performing for the teenage ‘good ‘ol boys’ membership. Probably the most obtrusive distinction; Rochelle was by no means going to get that seat. […]

“The film for a lot of sparked the thirst to discover the deep intersections of the weirdo. Rochelle was the social outcast with the opposite handful of social outcasts of St. Bernard Academy, positive. However how can we cinematize the Black woman outcast teenager that many people felt like? That simply so occurs to be a training witch?

“A lot of what might be learn of Rochelle depends closely on these of us whom she meant a lot to. What sorts of conversations did younger Black women have again in 1996 and are having now concerning the significance of her presence in a movie that a minimum of, didn’t mix her in colorblind rhetoric? How did many people discover camaraderie, empathy, and creativeness in Rochelle’s broader, unseen story?”


The Flash

2) Caitlin Snow: It’s Time to Give The Flash’s Missed Heroine Her Due by Lacy Baugher

“Plus, the choice to repeatedly depict Caitlin as afraid of herself and her talents is unsettling. Ladies are virtually all the time taught to worry their very own energy, as an alternative of embracing it or trying to know it. It’s unhappy to see that sample repeating on a present that has so few main ladies within the first place.

“Caitlin’s journey – whether or not she finally retains her powers or not – ought to be about figuring the place she matches inside Group Flash, inside her household, and inside her personal concept of herself. We now have seen Caitlin unnerved by the darkness inside her. She has points together with her mom and even sometimes with members of her personal group. She’s definitely misplaced sufficient to need to burn the world down twice over. However she’s by no means actually gotten the prospect to cope with any of these points on-screen in a big method. This Killer Frost arc provides an ideal alternative for her to lastly achieve this. Caitlin’s journey shouldn’t be about whether or not she may flip right into a monster, it ought to be about her turning into entire.”


Marie Antoinette

1) Too Female, Too Fairly, and the Gendered Bias within the Critique of Sofia Coppola’s Movies by Claire White

“Nevertheless, whereas being some of the mentioned ladies administrators, it’s exhausting to think about a feminine director who’s beneath as a lot scrutiny as Sofia Coppola. That is very true in relation to her signature fairly and female filmic type.

“Relating to the critique of Sofia Coppola, her filmic fashion is just too typically described alongside the strains of being too fairly, too female, or as fashion over substance. …Male administrators, nevertheless, who exhibit the identical consideration to type and aesthetics, will not be held to this similar perfect. As explored in Rosalind Galt’s e-book Fairly: Movie and the Ornamental Picture, prettiness in movie just isn’t solely feminine or female, and is thus unfair to make use of as a critique towards ladies administrators’ movies. […]

“There’s a double normal in the best way prettiness is regarded in cinema. ‘Fairly’ is for feminine administrators, however for male administrators, prettiness isn’t ever uttered, and reverence is acquired instead.”


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