Posts Tagged ‘brave’

Women in Film Get a New Rating System in Sweden

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Strong Women in Hollywood

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.


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2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

Thursday, January 10th, 2013


That’s really all I have to say about the nominations, Ben Affleck got snubbed.  Argo was one of the best movies of the year and he didn’t get nominated for directing (although it’s up for Best Picture).  Don’t take this year’s nominations seriously; Flight got a nomination for writing.

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th, check out the nominations below:


CoF Weekend Preview: Pixar’s First Heroine

Friday, June 22nd, 2012


Welcome to The CoF Weekend Preview, here is a look at what’s opening this weekend and don’t forget to check out the City of Films SUMMER MOVIE GUIDE so you can plan your summer movie experience. See you here Monday for a new City Strip and the start of Ricky Gervais Week!

BRAVERT (73%) – CoF

I’m hearing a lot of mixed things about this one, Pixar is still on top in my eyes but I guess others are expecting better and better.  I’d really just like to see Brave for what looks like amazing animation, even the hair on Merida is impressive.  FYI the end credits include a special tribute to Steve Jobs.


“Four score and seven years ago…I killed vampires.”  I bet that’s not a real quote in the movie, but it may as well be.  This is so ridiculous is has to be seen, and surprisingly they were able to adapt the book on a budget of only $80M.  It should make back its money with civil war reenactors alone.


This movie has two of my favorite people, Patton Oswalt and  Rob Corddry.  Other than that, it looks like a movie you just know is going to drop the ball in the final act and chicken out from doing something new and different with the material.

Also Opening: To Rome with Love


TODAY’S LINKS: The Amazing Spider-Man Preview, Bait 3D trailer, Brave and More

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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  • Roger Donaldson will direct Pierce Brosnan and  Dominic Cooper in November Man. [thr]
  • Here is some cool character art From Pixar’s Brave. [comingsoon]
  • New spoilerish international Prometheus TV spot. [metacafe]
  • Alan Rickman will headline CBGB, story of famous N.Y. club. [variety]
  • Channing Tatum to star in Roland Emmerich-directed White House Down. [deadline]

Red Band Trailer for Shark Thriller Bait 3D and The Amazing Spider-Man 4-Minute Super Preview below:


The City of Films SUMMER MOVIE GUIDE 2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012


The 2012 Summer Movie Season is on and The City of Films has put together your guide of the must-see movies including each superhero extravaganza, highly anticipated blockbusters and the lesser known movies getting a limited release.

So sit back and grab a cold one as we take a look at this summer’s releases.



New Trailer for Pixar’s BRAVE

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012


Here is a new full trailer for Pixar’s Brave, it does a great job of showing us a more fun side of the movie and then the dramatic elements kick in, it looks like a winner folks.  The gorgeous animation is also on display quite a lot here, could this be their best looking movie?

The film stars Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, and Julie Walters.

Brave opens on June 22nd.


Visually Awesome Scene From Pixar’s BRAVE

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012


I don’t normally like to watch scenes from movies before they are released, with Brave though I just had to see some more action and visuals.  Having now watched the clip below, I’m fully satisfied and am more excited to see this flick than ever before.

The movie takes place in the Scottish Highlands and follows young princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who “defies an age-old custom, inadvertently unleashing chaos and fury in the kingdom”.  In the scene below three men are trying to win an archery contest for Merida’s hand in marriage. Merida being the brave one she is doesn’t feel like sitting idly by while her life is planned out for her, so she takes action.

Hit the jump to watch the scene, Brave opens in 3D on June 22nd.


Today’s Links: Die Hard 5, Pixar’s Brave, Skyfall, American Reunion Trailer and More

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

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  • DIE HARD 5 was looking for an actor to play John McClane’s son, they have him now. [deadline]
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 passes 5 Million DVD and Blu-ray units sold. [comingsoon]
  • Pixar’s BRAVE has a new poster. [view it here]
  • SKYFALL to be the first IMAX James Bond release. [thr]
  • looks at a Star Wars rip off from 1978, Message From Space. [cinemassacre]
  • Universal Pictures has released the new trailer for American Reunion: (more…)

New Synopsis For Pixar’s ‘Brave’

Thursday, August 25th, 2011


A new synopsis for Pixar’s Brave has arrived, it’s slightly different from the one posted before but adds a few things of interest.  The film is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands and revolves around a young princess voiced by Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), it also stars Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, and Julie Walters.  Brave opens in 3D on June 22, 2012.

Read the synopsis and see the trailer we posted in June below:


Teaser Trailer for Pixar’s “Brave”, And I’m Not Talking About Cars 3

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Here is the first look at Disney/Pixar’s next feature film, Brave.  The animation is slick and it’s nice to see my home country of Scotland getting an animation makeover at the hands of Pixar; should be beautiful.  Check it out below along with the synopsis and share your thoughts.  The movie features the voices of Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men, Boardwalk Empire) Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane.  Brave arrives in theaters June 22nd, 2012.