Feminism / TV

Lena Dunham’s HBO Series ‘Girls’ Preview: Why I Can’t Wait to Watch

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am to see Lena Dunham’s new HBO series Girls. I mean, April 15th…hurry up and get here already damnit! After the first 3 episodes received rave reviews at SXSW, the buzz swirling around the indie darling’s new show has grown even louder. And … Continue reading

Feminism / Films

‘The Descendants:’ Review in Conversation – A Look at the Film’s Female Characters & Its Depiction of Women

As you’ve probably guessed, I love, love, LOVE movies. The only thing I love more…talking about movies! So does Amber Leab, Bitch Flicks Co-Founder & Editor. So Amber and I decided to post for Bitch Flicks a Review in Conversation of Oscar and Indie Spirit nominated The Descendants. We discussed how we both liked the … Continue reading

Look Who’s Talking: Why Feminist Reviews of Best Picture Oscar Nominees and Utilizing the Bechdel Test for Films Matter
Feminism / Films

Look Who’s Talking: Why Feminist Reviews of Best Picture Oscar Nominees and Utilizing the Bechdel Test for Films Matter

The film Super Bowl is here…that’s right, The Oscars! Huzzah! As a raging cinephile, I love the Oscars, I live for the Oscars. And yet, they so often piss me off. Because they are white male bonanza. Only 4 women have ever been nominated for a Best Director Oscar: Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion … Continue reading

‘Haywire’ Review: Is an Ass-Kicking Woman Enough to Change Gender Roles On-Screen?
Feminism / Film, Media & TV / Films

‘Haywire’ Review: Is an Ass-Kicking Woman Enough to Change Gender Roles On-Screen?

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Who is Gina Carano? That question might haunt you after watching Haywire or seeing its trailer. We need more women in films, especially in the action genre. But is having a film revolve around a tough, smart female protagonist who kicks ass enough to change gender roles on-screen? With an … Continue reading

Feminism / Films

Rooney Mara’s Captivating Portrayal In ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Proves Lisbeth Salander Still a Feminist Icon

Lisbeth Salander consumes my thoughts. I’ve spent the last year and a half reading, writing, analyzing, debating and discussing the punk hacker. As a huge fan of the books and the original Swedish films, I was NOT excited to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Hollywood remake. Plagued by sexist marketing that seemed to … Continue reading

Feminism / Films

A Fine Frenzy: With an Outspoken Anti-Heroine and a Feminist Lens, ‘Young Adult’ Is My Favorite Film of the Year

Cross-posted at Bitch Flicks. We so often see men in films as wayward fuck-ups. Ben Stiller in Greenberg, Zach Braff in Garden State, Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets all fill this role. Selfish asshats who do the wrong thing, lack ambition, or screw someone over for their own selfish needs. And yet … Continue reading

Feminism / Films

Animated Children’s Films Series at Bitch Flicks: Despite an Intelligent Heroine, Beauty Obsession, Sexism & Stockholm Syndrome Taint Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their Animated Children’s Films Series. An intelligent, strong-willed, female protagonist. Who reads books. And seeks adventure. With a heroine like Belle, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, must be a feminist-minded film. Right?? At first, I thought so too. But appearances can be deceiving… Hailed by critics as … Continue reading