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On the weekend we went and saw Snow White and the Huntsman.  My overall feeling leaving the cinema was that I was sad in general, because this movie had a chance to do something amazing with the Snow White story, and just failed in general.

I didn’t hate the movie, and there were a few parts that I truly enjoyed.  I just thought it should have been more.

I’m going to cut this, since I am likely going to talk spoilers.

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Today, the husband and I went to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  Gold Class session, lovely to sit down and have a meal and a beer without a toddler crawling all over us.

And the movie itself was enjoyable.  It seems that Michael Bay has finally figured out how to (sometimes) hold the camera still for action sequences.  We didn’t see the 3D version (for once), and it was obvious to see which sections were filmed with 3D in mind.

Now, first of all I need to say this: I’m not a huge fan of the franchise.  I’ve seen the first two movies, but I don’t have the childhood nostalgia thing for the Transformers cartoon or figurines.  I didn’t overly enjoy the first two movies, mostly because I found Bay’s hectic direction Too Damn Much and, frankly, I didn’t care for any of the characters.

That said, I actually enjoyed this movie.  Apart from one thing: the female characters.

And I can see some people rolling their eyes and saying “Well, it’s just a big dumb action movie.”  But you know what?  Some day your daughter might watch that big dumb action movie and think that’s how women should be.

I’m going to try to talk about this without spoilers, so forgive any vageuness.  We have two female characters in this movie: one in a position of power and one girlfriend.  The woman in power wears frumpy clothes, glasses and no makeup.  The girlfriend wears clingy clothes, flashes a lot of skin, has perfect makeup even in the middle of a battle.

Oh, and don’t forget this one thing: the girlfriend also spends the entire movie in stilettos.

Even in the midst of a war zone, in a building that is falling over, the powers behind the movie see fit to keep her in the damn stilettos.  Seriously, I think I’d go barefoot and risk the broken glass.  Or, you know, find another pair of shoes somehow.

It just makes me angry that this is still what we’re being presented with in movies.  That it’s still okay that this is what we’re being presented with.  If you’re a woman in a position of power, you’re not allowed to be pretty.  If you’re the token girlfriend, all you have is being pretty and wearing your pretty clothes.  Isn’t it about time we get to be both if we want to?

I’m not even going to start with the complete lack of logic that sees a kind-of-geeky/nerdy male character who gets attracted to women who are essentially nothing more than the pretty girl.  I will give some credit in that the girlfriend did get to be a little more than arm candy – she did actually take part in the plot (but not in any way that could only have been done by her, mind).  And it is implied that she has some skills in her job, but since her job is never described as being more then nebulous “organisation”, it’s pretty much useless.

I want to see the geeky guy being attracted to a girl because they have some common interests.  Give me the geeky girl who is also hot (and then watch the pundits complain that said hot actress is totally unbelievable as a scientist or engineer or doctor).  Let the girl take off her fricking stilettos when her city is under attack.  Let her be defined by her brain as much as the fact that she looks amazing in that inappropriate-for-work white dress.

It just makes me angry that we still live here.  That we’re still allowed to make and consume movies that turn women into these two-dimensional cutouts.  And again, you can argue that it’s just an action movie.  But even a fluffy action movie has responsibility and power to shape the world.

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azhure: (dreaming tree)

No writing yesterday or the day before.  The day before for obvious reasons (Swancon) but yesterday, because we took some time off for fun.

Which for us means a movie.  And an awesome movie – Thor – which inevitably means Gold Class :)

I know Gold Class is pricey, but it’s totally worth it once in a while to be able to watch a good movie reclined in a comfy chair with someone bringing you food and drinks.

Avoiding spoilers, since I know that most people reading this won’t have seen the movie yet, but it was awesome.  When my main nitpicks after a first viewing are a spelling error on a computer screen, a character who exists only to be pretty and state the obvious and a female character wearing inappropriate footwear for the weather.  I know, but it’s about suspension of disbelief, people.  I get thrown out by small details like “If she was wearing those boots, she’d be flat on her arse after a step).

It was very shiny, indeed.  We saw it in 3D, but I don’t know if you need to see it in 3D to enjoy it, really.  And I’m looking forward to the Avengers movie an awful lot, now.

And last night, the first episode of the new season of Dr Who.  Which I also won’t spoil, but let’s just say that I’m a Moffat fangirl for a reason.  Looks like it’s got the potential to be one of the most emotional and well-written seasons to date.

I am a happy little media consuming person.

And now caffeine.  And more writing and reading.  And there’s still a day and a half of weekend!

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Aug. 6th, 2009 05:32 pm
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First of all: o Wordpress automatic update, why are you failing me?  You just want to make me have to update the old, boring manual way.  Sigh.  I love wordpress, but it’s annoying when things don’t work.

Went to see Coraline in 3D today (yes, we only just got a release of it in Oz).  First of all, seeing it in 3D was so worth it – I have to wonder how it’s going to translate to the regular screen now, after seeing it in all of its shininess.  I won’t spoil it for anyone for anyone who hasn’t seen it, suffice to say that I thought it was a great adaptation of the book.  And I love the book.

I am also now all antsy to see the movie adaptation of The Lovely Bones after seeing the trailer this morning.  I enjoyed the book, though I’d have to reread it to give a decent review of it right now, as the details are lost in the fog of memory.  The movie looks very shiny, though.

Still enjoying some holidays here (hence the mid-afternoon movie, at which we had almost the whole cinema to ourselves), but it’ll be back to the word mines on Monday.  It’s one thing that I think a lot of writers don’t do enough of – taking breaks to refresh the brain and bring back the real desire to lose yourself in words.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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The husband and I watched Bloodrayne last night.

My first response – dude, where’s the Nazis?

And second response – did Kristanna Loken ever change her expression from the slack-jawed stunned mullet expression she’s wearing in this photo?  I expect someone thought it looked vaguely feral and hot.  Wrong!  It just looks…well, stupid.

That said, I take perverse pleasure in watching bad movies and mocking them.  I expect that I sometimes enjoy watching bad movies more than I enjoy good ones.  And if I’m honest, I tend to mock even good movies.  I can’t help it.  It’s a sickness.

I really liked the game Bloodrayne.  But the movie?  Uwe Boll cannot direct action (or much else) to save his life, the costuming was hideous, the fighting was laughable and the weapons looked like they were cut from sheet metal.  C’mon, it’s not that difficult to make something look hand forged!

What scares me more is that they made a sequel.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

azhure: (Default)

The husband and I watched Bloodrayne last night.

My first response – dude, where’s the Nazis?

And second response – did Kristanna Loken ever change her expression from the slack-jawed stunned mullet expression she’s wearing in this photo?  I expect someone thought it looked vaguely feral and hot.  Wrong!  It just looks…well, stupid.

That said, I take perverse pleasure in watching bad movies and mocking them.  I expect that I sometimes enjoy watching bad movies more than I enjoy good ones.  And if I’m honest, I tend to mock even good movies.  I can’t help it.  It’s a sickness.

I really liked the game Bloodrayne.  But the movie?  Uwe Boll cannot direct action (or much else) to save his life, the costuming was hideous, the fighting was laughable and the weapons looked like they were cut from sheet metal.  C’mon, it’s not that difficult to make something look hand forged!

What scares me more is that they made a sequel.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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