Heroine Content Links #31: True Grit, superhero movies, Ripley, Joan of Arc, etc.
This post was originally published on Heroine Content, a feminist and anti-racist movie blog that ran from July 2006 to May 2012.
On women kicking ass in action films:
- The "Movies That Hate You" series on Loose Cannon has covered The Matrix and The Matrix: Revolutions, Aliens, and at least a couple dozen more sci-fi and other films. Chock full of anti-oppression pop culture thought and well worth catching up.
- Teen girls in film showcase true grit: "The plucky young women who drive 'True Grit' and 'Winter's Bone' highlight the evolution of dumbed-down female characters into ones that save the day with smarts and courage and the growing influence of women in the film industry." - Rebecca Keegan in the L.A. Times, found via The Mystery of Girls' Media
- Superhero Movies by the Numbers by Matt Sinopoli on Cinema Blend was just depressing from a Heroine Content perspective.
- Ellen Ripley Saved My Life by Sady Doyle at The Awl. Also by Sady, Running Toward the Gunshots: A Few Words About Joan of Arc at Tiger Beatdown.
- At The Movies: RED by Markgraf at Bad Reputation has lovely bit of art about Victoria from the film. If you saw the film, you must click through! The writeup is good too, I can't figure out how I failed to link this before. Also see Assassin's Creed: The Frank Miller effect strikes again - about games, but applicable to movies, and some nice drawings at the end.
- Interview: Stuntwoman Bridgett Riley (Watchmen, Catwoman, Power Rangers, and 5 Kickboxing Titles) on Action Flick Chick is worth a read. Nice to see the women doing a lot of the dangerous work getting some attention. The end of the post has some links to other stuntwoman interviews on the site.
- Yay Maggie Q, please kick ass! Trailer for Priest here on Angry Asian Man.
Other stuff I liked:
- Girls, Violence and Dragon Tattoos on Deliberatepixel argues that much of the criticism against the book trilogy for being misogynist is actually misogynist itself.
- Race, Gender, and the Green Hornet on Fantastic Fangirls had some nice things to say about the film. Netflixing this one.
- Roller Derby Over 40: Age Not An Issue For These Tough Derby Ladies at the Huffington Post.
- In a similar vein, Apt. 11D's post All Hail Strong Women links to a lovely slideshow by the New York Times. Compare these women's arms to the arms on many action heroines.
- If you haven't seen Sacha Goldberger's superhero grandma photos, you should.
- Trigger warning this one because it's about comparing things to sexual assault: Talking Loud and Clear, a comic at The Rack.