Well son of a diddly, I just plum forgot about last week’s Poster Friday. No excuses, I was too busy looking at all the great Blu-ray/DVD deals online and not buying anything. I’m…not sure why I do that, it’s just a giant tease. Although I am proud of myself for not buying anything. Good boy Kevin.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled Poster Friday!
It’s that holiday season again, although if you didn’t know it you’d think it had started right after Halloween…WRONG! Wait for the gosh forsaken month people. Folks in my neighbourhood had their Christmas lights up in early November and I know someone else who had their tree up around the same time! It’s madness I tells ya, madness.
Anyway, we here at City of Films want to do our part to help out. Perhaps you’re acquainted with some lovers of cinema, maybe you’re dating or married to one. Whatever the relationship may be, sometimes it’s hard to figure out just what to get them. So in a first EVER coming together of all the contributing members of The City of Films…we present…The City of Films Super Happy Christmas Gift Guide!
We’ve each chosen a handful of items that we would want for Christmas, all movie related of course, and where you can find them. Some of the items will be regular easy to obtain items and others might be the ones we’d get if we won the lottery. We hope at least one of these items might give you an idea for those hard to buy for individuals, so without further ado…lets get to it!
Some of the best scenes in movie history involve something edible, in one way or another. I’ve gone ahead and compiled some of my personal favorites; this isn’t a list of food flicks—but scenes that involve food on film.
If it’s not enough to get your stomachs rumbling, tell me your own favorites food scenes in the comments below or on twitter @thecityoffilms #foodonfilm.
I’ve done ten episodes of The Review now. Ten episodes in a little over a year. I know what you’re thinking…impressive I know. The mere fact that I managed to get off my butt long enough to edit together ten installments of around seven minutes each in just over a year? I’m pretty proud of myself. So for this eleventh episode I thought I would celebrate by completely abandoning the format I’ve set up and give you this…my top ten favourite bit characters from an animated television show. You’re welcome.
Welcome to another edition of Poster Friday. I’ve got some wonderfully cool posters lined up for you today. Just tell me which of them hurt you. It’s okay, they can’t see you through the glass.
The best TV shows are the ones that you can watch again and again with no diminished enjoyment, but…have you ever wished you could go back in time and watch them all over again with fresh eyes? No, that’s stupid. We can’t travel through time but what we can do…is give you a swift blow to the head. While you’re struggling to regain your memories and piece together your shattered life…you can re-watch those shows you love!
Which shows would I erase from my memory so I could watch them all over again? Read on to find out!
Another Friday has rolled around and you’re all getting ready for the weekend. A nice two day respite in which you can clean the gutters, or mow the lawn, or bury the evidence. Before you get down to all that fun and excitment, wouldn’t you like to look at some movie posters? Sure you would! Hey…where do you think you’re going? I said…sure you would…
So last week we finished off a month of horror posters here on Poster Friday. I promised you all a non-horror volume this week but as I delved into my poster folder I found out…all I have are horror posters! I went back and looked through the almost 70 posters I’ve posted so far…over half of them are horror posters! Goodness gracious, I might have a problem. Anyway, I managed to avoid my addiction this week to bring you a wonderful new batch of posters! They’re not scary, I swear.
Although I’ve dreamed of being a writer/director since I was 11 years old, it wasn’t until 2010 that a woman earned herself an Oscar for Best Director. Throughout my life I’ve been the lone woman in a room of men; computing science courses in school, as developer for multimedia companies, an entrepreneur at a business event, the gamer girl who tries to join the conversation, the woman at the pub watching UFC trying to ignore the comments that I must only be there because I like seeing nearly naked men wrestle… it never ends. And its frustrating.
Society and media doesn’t help the situation, typically in film, women are ‘token’ characters who serve purposes like being sex symbols, the tear factor, or the victim. Hollywood continues to make edits based on the belief that viewers aren’t interested in women as protagonists. Disney’s Tangled was originally titled Rapunzel, but worry that male viewers wouldn’t watch a movie about a princess caused a title change. There is even talk about what Wonder Woman should actually be titled, because apparently its not the same as Iron Man, Spiderman, Batman, The Hulk, Hellboy, or Thor. Um, did anyone see Brave? It may not have been titled Merida (which is fine, movies don’t HAVE to be names,) but hello – one of MY favorite Disney movies ever – and hey, a female protagonist with no love interest!
According to a report released in May by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, in the 100 top grossing movies of 2012, only 28.4% of characters who spoke a line of dialogue were women, down from 32.8% three years ago.
Swedish cinemas have introduced a new movie rating system that challenges Hollywood’s gender bias in film roles. Movies will earn an “A” rating if it passes the Bechdel Test (ie two female characters must have a conversation that isn’t about a male character). Although bringing the topic up for discussion is a step in the right direction, I don’t believe this test to be the best utility to make significant changes. Its pretty basic and although proving the point that its a rare find indeed to have female characters fully clothed, discussing something other than a likely love interest – it doesn’t automatically inject substance into society. While another movie may not pass the test, it could contain a brilliant character, story or conversation that tells an amazing story. (Pacific Rim comes to mind…)
FilmSchoolRejects put together a list of 10 Famous Films That Surprisingly Fail the Bechdel Test; Run Lola Run fails due to the fact that she never once has a conversation in the film with another female. Avatar fails even though Neytiri and her mother have a conversation; Because it is about Jake, a man.
Susana Polo points out on The Mary Sue that “movies with a better gender representation and with less objectified female characters tended to be the ones who appeared in movies written or directed by women.” However, if we start comparing the amount of female writers and directors to their male counterparts – it opens up a whole new can of worms and thus the vicious cycle continues.
What I want to know from our viewers, if you’re male – what female protagonists and films have you enjoyed? Because apparently Hollywood thinks you don’t like women in strong roles and I think you probably do.
And females, who are some of the best represented female roles you’ve seen or identified with?
Later this month we see the release of Catching Fire, (my review will follow the matinee showing that I purchased tickets for last month), the sequel to The Hunger Games – which does pass the Bechdel Test.
Something Breezy this way comes…
Well the time is here, we have hired a new contributor, and it’s pretty exciting times once again for the City of Films.
Bree Emmerson (hereafter to be referred to as Breezy) has been a long time reader and supporter of CoF so it’s only fitting that she finally join our team as we embark on our tenth year in 2014. In the short time that I’ve known Bree I came to realize at least one simple truth about her, she’s busy.
She’s a creative being who should inspire all of us to make it a 25 hour day. Then you get into science and the earth rotations and I get tired. Trust me though when I tell you she’s always on the go.
Breezy lives to learn and educate; she’s a multi-talented, self-proclaimed geek in a world where the word geek is thrown around too often – she embraces it and lives to give it validity. With her charitable efforts like her recent gaming marathon with Extra Life and owning and operating her own business, she won’t blame us for checking the back of her neck for some form of on/off switch.
She’s a new friend to our film family and we welcome her; watch for her first post soon. I had the chance to interview her for the gig; you have to love formalities. Let’s meet Breezy! Check out the interview below: