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Austenland Release Dates

16 Aug

Sony has announced release dates and locations for Austenland, Jerusha Hess’s comedy about a woman so obsessed with the stories of Jane Austen that she signs up to vacation at a theme park that boasts “the world’s only immersive Austen experience” — only to find that she has purchased the “basic” package, which places her in the servants’ wing.  It stars Keri Russell and Jennifer Coolidge.  There are a lot of theaters here so hopefully it’s coming to a screen near you!  If not, call your local theater and ask for it to be added to the schedule.

Release Dates and Theaters for Austenland

Interesting, but unsurprising stats about gender inequality in film

25 Nov

Via the L.A. Times . . .

Films By and About Women

24 Nov

FYI:  On her blog, Women & Hollywood, Melissa Silverstein does an excellent job of keeping an updated list of upcoming films by and about women — women-centric, women-directed, or women-written films.  

What is the Bechdel Test?

21 Nov

Of course it’s a little flawed because it doesn’t necessitate that the two named female characters are speaking to each other about anything substantial.  (In Gone With the Wind, for example, Scarlett O’Hara and her sister argue over who’s going to get to wear the green ballgown to the BBQ.)  Still, it does provide a fun jumping-off spot for analyzing female characters in film.

In Search of Medusa’s Story

18 Nov

Most people don’t remember much about 2010’s remake of Clash of the Titans except that they didn’t like it, but I remember coming out of the theater with a revelation of sorts. Sure, the movie was boring. Claudia Puig of USA Today called it a “big yawn” whose “most astounding achievement is the ability to be both chaotic and dull.” But my feelings were stronger than the usual disappointment with Hollywood directors who keep assuming that wild special effects can overcome poor screenwriting.

Please direct your attention to the giant monster who ate our plotline.

As Perseus and friends set out on their mission to kill Medusa, I started having this odd feeling of frustration. There Medusa was, minding her own business in her creepy cave-house, and these guys bust in to decapitate her, for no reason other than the fact they want to “borrow” her head to go kill the Kraken. I realize that part of the fault lies with the Greek mythologists themselves, but you’d think that in this day and age, our modern storytellers would be asking some more original questions, like the one I kept asking myself there in the theater: What was Medusa’s side of this story? I imagine her narrative of that scene would read like some kind of home-invasion robbery in which Perseus begins to look less like a hero and more like a murdering psychopath prancing about with a lady’s head in a bag.

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