Zoe Kazan “Sparks” an Epiphany

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Lately , in writing about Brave and movies that focus on big-screen female characters, I've been thinking about how movies can reinforce harmful stereotypes of women, or set bold, truthful, and liberating precedents.Looks like Lauren Wilford, over at Filmwell, has been thinking about some of the same things. Here she is, passionately describing her gratitude for a new film that many of us might otherwise have overlooked. … [Read more...]

Men, Step Aside.

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Lately, I've heard some complaints about the movie Brave. Some men have taken issue with the fact that the men are often the source of comic relief in the film, that their warrior-clan culture is depicted as amusing, bombastic, even buffoonish. Meanwhile, the two central characters, a mother and her daughter, are given complexity, intelligence, even reverence.Apparently, this has troubled some men. They are uncomfortable with this.Funny, I don't remember hearing them complain about films … [Read more...]


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