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She'll never slow down for you. Anne/Gilbert
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neb·u·la (neb'yə lə), n., pl. -lae, a cloud in outer space, visible against the night sky as a dark silhouette against other luminous matter.
Man, that gut punch of an ending.
Like, Charlie's Angels, ran from mid-70s to early 80s. And you can watch the makeup go from a pure 70s natural look to the opening salvos of 80s brighter, bolder colors.
And now I'm watching Mod Squad, which ran from the late 60s to the early 70s. And I can see Peggy Lipton's hair go from plain 1960s straight to inching toward 70s wings. The transition itself is fascinating.
Seriously, it's dated, but even 80 years later it packs a wallop. I can't think of any movie that's affected me this deeply where no one dies, is injured, or even placed in any kind of physical jeopardy.
Has anyone written anything comparing Imitation of Life (1934), Stella Dallas (1937), and Mildred Pierce (1945)? It's like the same story told three different ways, with slightly different shading. (Edit: It turns out there totally is analysis, not necessarily of these 3 films in particular, but the genre has a name: maternal melodrama!)
Also, I'm reminded - in the 1930s and 1940s, movies were about women. When did we lose that?
Because I'm rewatching Xena after seeing Wonder Woman (naturally), and it occurs to me that this obvious fact may not in fact be obvious to everyone.
But it's very much a deliberate reference - much like, say, approximately twenty zillion TV shows (including Buffy) had a "Die Hard"-like episode after Die Hard came out. Or like men jumping from high cliffs into water is meant to emulate Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It's a deliberate homage.
Right now, they are mostly positive feelings. And I think I've posted about this before, so forgive me if I am duplicative.
The show was derided - even at the time - as "jiggle TV," relying on the sex appeal of the actresses and putting them in exploitative costumes to cater to male fantasies (nurse, women's prison, maid, etc). And there's some truth to this - the women's prison episode is, well, less-than-subtle. But what's also true is that the vast majority of the time, the costumes were, well, pretty modest. The Angels were fully clothed, often in multiple layers (sweaters on top of shirts, etc), and anything else is just what the viewer brings.
Another problem is that the Angels almost go out of their way to be as soft-spoken as possible; it's really obvious on first watching. It's like a palpable feeling that someone felt that if the Angels raised their voice to anything above a mild murmur, they'd be viewed as harpies. And you can do that in fiction - women can speak softly and still be heard and respected by the men around them - but in real life, people ignore women, and especially ignore soft-spoken women. It's a trap; women can't speak uniquely in dulcet tones and expect to actually be heard.
But then there are the positives.
The first - and I'm always surprised by this in 70s and early 80s media, though I shouldn't be - is the sexual sophistication of the women. That's something we lost, along the way; in modern media you can be a likeable slut but usually that means you're the best friend, not the heroine. The 70s and early 80s actually weren't like that; women could be interest in sex, even casual sex, and still be heroines. It's not in-your-face in Charlie's Angels, but it's definitely there; that all of the Angels are sexually experienced is not even in question.
Second, the woman are extremely competent. If you've got a competence kink, this is your show. They are extremely skilled at physical tasks, going undercover, pumping suspects for information, etc. And they are absolutely fearless, and without embarrassment - they do what it takes to get the information they need, regardless of the enemies they might make or temporary humiliation they may endure.
Third, the show is really about women bonding with women. The Angels themselves are portrayed as being closely emotionally bonded, and very often, they bond with the episodic female guest stars. Women are their clients, or are mixed up with the villains, and the Angels are incredibly supportive; a lot of time is spent on women's stories and the basic idea that women defend other women. The concept may have been intended to appeal to men's libido, but the women-centric nature of the show is inescapable.
So, you know, you go Charlie's Angels- you were an important milestone in pop cultural portrayals of women, despite the haters.
It was one of those movies where, for most of it, you're thinking that there must be some better compromise solutions but no one seems to be able to conceive of them.
However - minor spoiler:
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Taraji Henson in particular was riveting; there was something just so compelling about her performance.
The theater was about half full - which is actually pretty good, considering the timing. Kids and adults, and people actually cheered and clapped at several points.
Definitely go see.
I know literally nothing about the game, which may color my opinion somewhat, but I Wikipedia'ed it after the movie, and ... no, I think this is just yet another reason why games should not be movies.
(To be fair, based on the Wiki game description, I think possibly it could have been a very good movie. This - was not that movie.)
There are so many many things I could talk about - the wooden dialogue and the nonsensical plot and the absolute nonstop fight sequences that replace anything like characterization -seriously, we don't know the first thing about Fassbender's character and he's the hero - but there's just one very specific point that I will single out to criticize.
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I think at some point I have to recognize that Fassbender will never, ever make a movie that appeals to me as much as XMFC.
I mean, there's plenty of evidence that early on, girls and boys have the same interest in math, and that girls tend to drop out in part because they aren't pressured to continue - when they say they want to stop, adults let them, and but adults push boys to carry on.
I think it was Katrina vanden Heuvel who wrote that it's only with girls where we say, "Well, you can go off to cure cancer, or you can be a wife and mother - it's your choice." We never present these as choices for boys.
The premise of Gifted seems to fall into the same category for me.