Judging by the internet, I’m not alone in saying that Wonder Woman has restored my faith in DC. As a fan of their animated features, especially the earlier version of the film made in 2009, I was pleasantly surprised by Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the Princess of the Amazons.
But with the film doing as well as it is, I couldn’t help but mull over how many other superheroines deserve more screentime. Too often are such characters left less fleshed out, pushed to the side, or tokenized in lieu of their male counterparts. While full-length movies and spinoffs aren’t for everyone, the following five characters definitely deserve more love. I did my best to pick a variety of girls and women who are beloved in their own right – if only a bit underused.
With the vaguest of titles, Everything, Everything doesn’t offer a lot of promise by name alone. But is there ever going to be one that can explain the story of a teenager with an immune disorder, falling for the boy next door? Not really, but this very distant Little Prince reference will have to do. And with its mix of basic posters yet heavy load of trailers, this YA adaptation has quite the hill to climb – especially since its lead character can’t even go outside. But does all of that mean this film is a failure from the start? Well no, the case is quite the most lovely (though flawed) of opposites.
Guy Ritchie is a man with a particular set of filmmaking skills. With his smart dialogue, high energy action and distinct visuals, he’s one of those directors that stands out. You know a Guy Ritchie movie when you see it. Sometimes this unique perspective works, while more recently it has resulted in some interesting flops. But do Ritchie’s sensibilities mix well with Camelot’s greatest hero? This is the question many a viewer will ponder while watching King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, as it seems neither Guy Ritchie nor his fellow producers have such an answer.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise that no one saw coming. A franchise built upon the shoulders of a talking raccoon, a giant tree alien, and other outer space ragamuffins wasn’t exactly the typical Marvel package at the time. But in the summer of 2014, the world was introduced to this crew, and audiences grew to love them, making the obvious sequel one of the most anticipated of Marvel’s quite action-packed release schedule. So does Vol. 2 of Star-Lord and company’s adventures hold up to Vol. 1? Well, if we’re talking mix tapes, this definitely seems like the kind made by a mature college student than a high schooler.
1980: I WANT MY MTV ! 2017: I WANT MY MTV…GENDER-NEUTRAL!
Wow, turns out somebody was actually listening! In an interview with CNN, MTV’s president Chris McCarthy announced some changes to their annual Movie & TV Awards. Some new categories include “Best American Story” and “Best Fight Against the System”, but best of all, the show is doing away with gender-based categories, like “Best Actress”.
“[Today’s audience doesn’t] see those lines in the way that generations in the past have,” McCarthy said. “So we wanted to take those down. They felt really antiquated.”
And he’s right. Just recently, Billions star Asia Kate Dillon wrote to the Television Academy about such category names. Dillon articulately pointed out that if such categories mean ‘best performance by someone who identifies as this gender or that one’, then where is the room for nonbinary performers? How is someone like Dillon supposed to submit their work for Emmy consideration?
The Television Academy responded with surprising open-mindedness, saying “anyone can submit under either category for any reason.” Dillon opted for Best Actor, as the term historically refers to a performer regardless of gender. The MTV Awards is following suit: they will use ‘actor’ to refer to all candidates in a category.
MTV Awards joins The Grammys and Britain’s National Television Awards by opting for non-gendered categories. But will this be the start of a larger conversation for Hollywood?
Catch MTV’s Movie and TV Awards on Sunday, May 7th.
Yes, fellow Jedi and Sith. The trailer we’ve been waiting two years for has finally arrived, and of course—like most Star Wars things—it is glorious. But for those of you who haven’t been stalking the internet, the teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII : The Last Jedi debuted at the annual Star Wars Celebration convention. What did the trailer and the panel show? Does Rian Johnson have what it takes to direct a Star Wars movie? What will Luke’s first words be? Watch the trailer below to find out….
As a kid of 90’s origin, I’ve grown up with Japanese animation for quite some time. From the typical Toonami programming my childish brain lived on, to the cultural evolution it took when going into Miyazaki’s more mature titles, anime shaped me into one heck of a person. Though other titles were more influential to my personal story than others, part of that growth involved a title called Ghost in the Shell.
So… I’ve seen the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast more than once. In fact, I’ve seen it a lot and now I’ve given myself enough time to let my inner fangirl voice take a deep breath. And with the film having opened with $178 million domestically at the box office, I think it is about time I gave it a proper review. So yes, for the final Rewind, we’re going dive into the world of the new Disney Emma Watson/Dan Stevens version. Prepare your nostalgic tissues, folks!
The time has come for me to discuss that movie – Disney’s 1991 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. This is the reason this blog series is here after all, and I can’t do a review of filmed versions of this story without mentioning it. So grab your nostalgia goggles, some love for classic Disney animation, and a nice spot of tea – so we can enjoy the magic and charm of the first animated feature film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Like you’ve seen over the last few weeks, the best adaptations of fairy tales are the ones that take risks and are embraced by a whole new generation for those differences from the source material. And Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is among the best examples of this. The reason being for the huge changes were all due to the drama involved in the pre-production stage for the film.
You see, back in the 1930’s, Walt Disney himself attempted to make his own feature length animated film of the classic French tale. But ultimately he left it “in the vault” so to speak, considering the story almost impossible to crack by his standards. But the team at Disney Animation decided to blow the dust off of Walt’s work, and finally put the movie into production. But as with any great movie, this adventure wasn’t easy.
Since the last couple of Rewinds have featured more cheesy versions of this classic fairy tale, I thought this week we’d examine one that is a little more on the darker side of things—and is actually my favorite version of Beauty and the Beast of all time. It features a lot of differences from the original, but the kind that actually make it—dare I say—better in some aspects. And though it reflects a few staples that were going on in the international horror genre at the time, the movie still retains a timeless elegance and definitely sticks out among other BatB adaptations.
So without further ado, we’re going to travel to Europe, and look at one of the most unique takes on this story you’re probably ever going to hear about. This is Panna a Netvor, the 1978 Czech version!