The Funniest (Fictional) Women On-Screen in Recent History

“Women aren’t funny” is a phrase we’ve all heard too often. Audiences and industry executives tend to make this generalization, usually before they’ve even given a woman an opportunity to show off her comedic skills. Fortunately, the emergence of female-led comedies in recent years shows that this petty and ignorant opinion is beginning to wane. … Continue reading The Funniest (Fictional) Women On-Screen in Recent History

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Redefines the Role of Women in Superhero Films

The most common complaint critics have about “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is that it’s fun, but does nothing we haven’t seen in the original. As Bill Goodykoontz writes for The Arizona Republic, “it’s the classic example of the sequel to a really imaginative original: If the first one didn’t exist, this one would … Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Redefines the Role of Women in Superhero Films

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Director: Niki Caro Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel Bruhl The latest installment in Niki Caro’s filmography is what The New York Times calls, “Schindler’s List With Pets,” which is a fairly accurate description. Jessica Chastain stars in and executive produces the war drama (holding a different animal in every scene, so that … Continue reading The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Director: Matt Spicer Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson, Jr.  The term “Instagram stalker” brings to mind a girl huddled over her phone, scrolling through photos of her “Insta-crush” - an image that’s weird, but harmless. Director and co-writer Matt Spicer utterly crushes this image with his first feature film, “Ingrid Goes West.” The comedy-drama … Continue reading Ingrid Goes West (2017)

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is Comedic Gold with a Feminist Agenda

When young girls look to the media for representations of the female gender in society, they find a variety of limiting roles. The common tract of “women as love interests” is one of the more harmful roles, as it reinforces a particular trope: women need romance to be happy. Too often in movies and television … Continue reading “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is Comedic Gold with a Feminist Agenda

Sully (2016)

Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney As those who have seen the trailers know, “Sully” tells the story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger and the emergency water landing of US Airways flight 1549 – which has come to be known as The Miracle on the Hudson, due to the fact that all 155 … Continue reading Sully (2016)