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Director Sebastián Silva, best known for his film The Maid, has created the next manic pixie dream girl (MPDG) film. If you’re not familiar with the manic pixie dream girl trope, watch Feminist Frequency’s video. In short, the MPDG is a female character whose sole purpose is to teach an uptight male protagonist to let loose and enjoy life. Beyond that purpose, however, the MPDG seems to have no life of her own. Often the audience knows nothing ... Read More
  The stars have aligned, our prayers have been answered. It’s like the universe knew I just finished marathoning Daria for the…third time, and instead of watching “Is it College, Yet?” and feeling empty, I can watch what Daria’s high school reunion would be like and feel empty. YES! Okay, so it’s KIND of a drill. This is served up by the good people of CollegeHumor, so no, it’s not a real movie. Yet it totally could ... Read More
  That's right, our favorite charming heroine of Hollywood has now surpassed Miss Bella herself. Stewart was raking in the dough between May 2011 and May 2012, boasting $34.5 million that year alone. This past year, though, between May of 2012 and 2013, she dropped to $22 million. Meanwhile, Jen Law gained a whopping $26 million between June 2012 to June 2013, thanks to the epic Hunger Games blockbuster. (P.S. Lionsgate paid her $1 milli for the movie ... Read More
  “Women in prison? That’s so retro,” said Papa Garis after I explained my latest work assignment. It was Sunday afternoon, and I had emerged from my room after five hours of chain-smoking and watching the new Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Yes, for work. I am living the American dream.  He’s right, though. The concept is hardly original. In fact women-in-prison movies are practically their own genre. So in honor of ... Read More
Let’s play a game. How many movies have you seen this summer? Okay, and how many of those movies have had female leads? Two female leads? If you answered very few, that’s not surprising. Data collected by Vulture shows that no more than 18% of films in 2013 have more than one woman in a co-starring role. Though this statistic is abysmal, it’s nothing new in the film industry. Though there have been tons of superhero blockbusters about male ... Read More
  2011 brought us Miss Representation, one of the most influential documentaries on women and the media ever made.  Across the world, feminist resource centers, colleges, universities, and countless individuals have screened the film. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. We only have great things to say about Jennifer Siebel Newsom's work. And now she's bringing us something new. At Miss Representation screenings, many people asked Jennifer about ... Read More
  At a time when most loyal moviegoers are either Latin American or female (or both), it’s taken a hell of a while for the film industry to catch up with the changing scene. This week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its star-studded list of invited members, and they’ve made some improvement from last year. Those who accept membership make up the elite class of film industry pros that decides who gets Oscars next ... Read More
"Icons. Rivals. Champions. Sisters." The world knows Venus and Serena Williams as the sister act that forever changed tennis, swatting away stereotypes and smashing their way to the top of the rubber-soled crop. But this documentary gives us an intimate and honest look at these women like you've never seen them before! It features in-depth interviews with Bill Clinton, Chris Rock, Anna Wintour, and more. And as if all that's not compelling enough, Wyclef Jean ... Read More
With the release of this month’s Superman movie, the action movie industry adds another film to its androcentric repertoire. The few years have seen the release of films such as The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman, Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, and Iron Man. Don’t get me wrong: many of those were great superhero flicks, but the two major female heroes in those movies were both minor, oversexed figures in skintight ... Read More
Former Miss Iowa Abbey Curran will be the first to admit: “beauty pageants invite judgement.” But for contestants of Abbey’s annual Miss You Can Do It pageant, judgement isn’t new. A documentary airing tonight on HBO explores the lives of the pageant’s contestants – young girls with disabilities and challenges. Instead of being scored on what they can do or how they look, the pageant’s focus is on “how bright their ... Read More
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