In the interest of further procrastination, I urge you STRONGLY to visit Radar’s list of the most misogynistic films of the 2000s. Done? Good.
Now, I want you to visit feministing.com ‘s discussion of the list and the numerous posts about people’s favorite pro-feminism/pro-woman films. Done? Good.
Now, please share your faves (feminist films), and your least faves (anti-feminist films), whether or not you agreed with the list, your thoughts on the film industry in general, or whatever the hell you want!
Here’s a list of my favorite pro-woman films:
1) Songcatcher. (Smart female musicologist in the early 1900s goes into the mountains after being denied a position at her university. There, she discovers that these really cool folk songs have been passed down from mother to daughter for centuries, and starts to record the music. Plus, there are some lesbian schoolteachers!)
2) Much Ado About Nothing. (Emma Thompson rocks as Beatrice–and talks back to the skeezy Kenneth Branagh! Maybe this isn’t a feminist film, but I dig it, and it’s got a pretty awesome heroine!)
3) The River Wild. (Meryl Streep kicks Kevin Bacon’s ass and can kayak like no other. I think I watched this movie about 10 times when it came out, but I haven’t seen it since I was about 9–man, I want to see it again!)
4) Contact. (Jodie Foster rocks the science world. As does William Fichtner. This movie even makes Matthew McConaughey likable.)
5) The Contender. (Examines all the crap a woman has to go through to be appointed Vice President.)
Now, for the least favorite anti-woman films:
1) Torture porn, torture porn, torture porn–I hate torture porn! (In case you don’t know the term, it’s basically Saw, Hostel, or anything else that finds torturing people (esp. women) amusing.)
2) MASH–Now, MASH is a great anti-war flick, and I love Robert Altman–but the scenes with “Hot Lips” always make me so angry. It’s a surprisingly misogynistic film. (Is one allowed to like a misogynistic film if it’s a ‘product of the times’? I think maybe you can, as long as you are not afraid to call it misogynistic and look at the prejudices behind it . . . any thoughts?)
3) Grease. It started off promising, but it totally lost me when Olivia Newton-John dresses up in the way John Travolta wants her to without expecting him to compromise at all. (And the sequel also has the horrible song: “Reproduction–Why do Girls Always Say No?” . . . *shudder*)
4) Gone With the Wind. I have serious problems w/ this film both in terms of gender and racial relations. (I much prefer The Wind Done Gone! Alice Randall rocks!) In particular, the notion that the savage kiss forced upon Scarlett by Rhett is “romantic” really wigs me out.
5 ) Because I Said So. In addition to being one of the worst movies ever made (I had to turn it off halfway through), this movie turned such great actresses as Diane Keaton and Lauren Graham into whiny, nosy, stereotypical, silly shadows of human beings. It was lazy writing–and the fact that the lazy person’s default for comedy is a set of obnoxious marriage-obsessed stupid women frightens me. Can you tell I hate this movie?
Ok. Your turn!