Sunday, May 4, 2008

We want our female leads back!  

Where are all the women in Hollywood? Perhaps filling supporting roles to all the male actors who are starring in all the movies. Manohla Dargis wrote an article today in The New York Times, examining the "post-female American cinema." She mentions that word on the street was that after The Invasion (with Nicole Kidman) and The Brave One (with Jodie Foster) proved to be unpopular, the president of production for Warner Brothers vowed to no longer make movies with female leads.

As if movies with male leads have never tanked. Fred Claus, anyone?

This summer especially, female-oriented movies are scarce. Dargis asks: where are all the bad ass and beautiful women that we love to see grace our screen?

Among the pleasures of the movies are the new worlds they open up, but there are pleasures in the familiar too, like seeing other women bigger, badder and more beautiful than life. And whether it’s Sigourney Weaver in 'Alien,' Rosario Dawson in 'Death Proof' or Meryl Streep in whatever, I am there. The black filmmaker Tyler Perry has built his success partly on the truth that when audiences look up at the screen what they want to see are faces much like their own. In 2008, when a white woman and a black man are running for president and attracting unprecedented numbers of voters partly because they are giving a face to the wildly under-represented, you might think that Hollywood would get a clue.

I agree. Because seriously, you cannot honestly tell me that you didn't thoroughly enjoy watching the ladies of Death Proof beat the shit out of Kurt Russell. Bring it back, please.

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3 comments: to “ We want our female leads back!

  • May 6, 2008 at 8:13 PM  

    Hollywood will never get a clue. I'm always reminded of an old Doris Day movie where throughout the movie they show some producers who keep filming the exact same movie but in different settings thinking no one will notice the difference. They think the American public is stupid. Unfortunately America has a tendency to back that up. Look at what they go watch. I simply miss good movies. They stopped making those.

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:39 AM  

    Yes, this is true... but we also cannot ignore the awesomeness of Iron Man!

  • April 27, 2009 at 12:45 PM  

    So you like seeing a man beat up by women? Misandry anyone? From reading your posts it just seems like you don't want equality, you want to squash the straight white male, and as a female I can say I'm disgusted.