Elizabeth Banks, Steven Spielberg, and “The Color Purple”

The issue of female representation in Hollywood films is a popular issue. From the controversy surrounding how people reacted to last summer’s female-led Ghostbusters film, to recent discussions about Wonder Women, the desire for more women in leading roles continues to be a passionately debated topic. Therefore, when Elizabeth Banks made comments at an awards ceremony regarding… Continue reading Elizabeth Banks, Steven Spielberg, and “The Color Purple”

What Hitchcock Got Wrong With “Marnie”

Recently, while researching another article, I came across this quote from filmmaker Anna Biller as she discussed films of the 1960’s and the men who made them. Of these she said: “those films were made for men’s pleasure. They didn’t include women as a viewer or spectator, whereas a movie like Marnie does” (Patterson 1).… Continue reading What Hitchcock Got Wrong With “Marnie”

The Problem of a “Gay” Babadook

Recently, due to an error on Netflix’s part, the 2014 Australian horror film, The Babadook, was listed under LGBT films. The film, about a single mother and her struggles as they involve an evil monster (the eponymous Babadook) bent on destroying her child, is anything but an LGBT-themed film. However, when a photo of Netflix’s… Continue reading The Problem of a “Gay” Babadook

“Gone Girl” and Feminism (Part 1)

With March being Women’s History Month, the library at the University put up a display with several different books to commemorate the month. There were biographies of many different great women from history, a few books on feminism, and the novel Gone Girl by Gilliam Flynn. I was familiar with the film adaptation but had… Continue reading “Gone Girl” and Feminism (Part 1)

A Crime Drama, “Hell or High Water” as an Oscar Contender?

Hell or High Water is a recent contender for the Academy Award’s “Best Picture,” but what about this film makes it qualify for that highly sought after status? It is certainly a well-made picture, with captivating performances from Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, but does Hell or High Water have that extra ‘something’ to give… Continue reading A Crime Drama, “Hell or High Water” as an Oscar Contender?

History and its “Hidden Figures”

Hidden Figures is a film dealing with the accomplishments of intelligent women of color and their work with the early days of NASA during a critical era during the struggle for Civil Rights. The title itself has two meanings: one is a reference to the math necessary to successfully launch a manned satellite, the other… Continue reading History and its “Hidden Figures”