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The 411

23 Jul

Ello Puppet!
Sorry, I’m trying on a British pirate persona today. It’s not really working out.  So once again, I suck. So sorry, but no ranty post today, more of an update. YAY! I promise you won’t be disappointed…okay, maybe a little disappointed, but if you write a complaint and forward it to my email, someone will get back to you ASA…hahahhaha yeah right.

Let’s get down to business.
1) So it’s been almost a week since Mission: Vegan began and so far, so good. I knew this would be an easy switch for me, so I’m not surprised.  Everyone keeps telling me how much weight I’ll lose, and at first I was skeptical, but began to realize my biggest help is not having a choice to say “yes”. You know when you’re out and a friend (usually your friend who eats like her weight in food everyday, but doesn’t gain a pound)  suggests going to eat at somewhere fatty, like McDonalds? Well, being a vegan means you have to say NO! And don’t be sitting there all “But you can eat fries!”, everyone knows there’s pig fat in EVERYTHING McDonalds makes, so no fries.  See what I mean? When the option is taken away, your waistband is saying “HALLELUJAH! Maybe we’ll fit into those grade 8 jeans again!”.  SERIOUSLY. Even last night my mom made cookies, but I couldn’t eat them so I didn’t. Not going to lie though, I have been eating some vegan friendly sweets. I made an apple strudel today, and I’m obsessed with these vegan animal crackers.  But my absolute favorite is Coconut Bliss, the delicious vegan “ice cream”. Not only is it vegan, but they also use agave nectar, which is WAAAAY better than sugar. YAY! I really would like to further explain this whole vegan switch, and what I’ve been eating, but  for the sake of time, my achy fingers and you most likely already getting bored, I”ll save that for another day.

2) HAVE YOU DONATED TO CANADIAN FRAME(LINES) YET?! I’ve written 2 blogs about the fantastic Canadian Frame(lines) project, but it’s really crucial that if you were only a little interested before and decided to wait out donating, that you donate now. RIGHT NOW! There are only 23 days left. I know what you’re thinking…”That’s more than 2 weeks!”, but really, 2 weeks is nothing. And it’s essential that we have continuous support for this project through ongoing donations. So PLEASE show your support for Canada, film and great people by donating here: http://www.indiegogo.com/canadianframelines?a=346982  or at the very least, promoting the project to your friends and family 🙂

ALSO, there is an awesome contest happening right now to win a helicopter tour in Port Moody. So unfortunately, only those in the Vancouver area can enter. But if you do live in the area, the prize is amazing, and to enter is super easy (such as, liking the Canadian Frame(lines) facebook page!, following the twitter page, donating any amount, etc). You can learn more here: http://www.canadianframelines.com/contests/

3) I just wanted to write a little blurb on the Colorado theater shooting.  First of all, my heart goes out to the victims and the families of the victims.  I will never be able to fathom how someone could think up such tragedy and follow through, and more than anything this saddens me the most about our species.  As I mentioned on my twitter, I also feel terribly sorry for Christopher Nolan and the whole The Dark Knight Rises cast and crew.  Being a filmmaker, I can’t imagine putting so much time, passion, energy and love into something to have it tainted by such a terrible tragedy.  I know many people had said they would boycott the film now, but I strongly urge you not to.  Batman stands against everything James Holmes was promoting; Batman is for justice, equality, love, he’s for the people and most of all, he’s anti-guns.  Someone on twitter said it best (I really wish I remembered your handle!), “Saying you’re boycotting Batman because of the shooting, is like saying you’re never going to fly again because of 9/11”.  As f*cked up as sh*t is, we can’t control what some psychopath is planning.  I wholeheartedly wish we lived in a world where we only had to worry about the real accidents (like car accidents, or slipping in your bathtub), and not the massacres, or kidnappings, or rapes. I wish this just as much as I wish we lived in a world without bigotry and ignorance, but unfortunately, we don’t.  We can’t live our lives in fear though, and we can’t not do something because of the unfortunate circumstances that others have experienced.  Batman is not responsible for this shooting, and boycotting the film is ridiculous.  And while I’m at it, to every ignorant mind out there who is trying to blame this tragedy on someone else (whether it be Obama or homosexuals…SERIOUSLY?!), you’re wrong. As of right now there is only one person you should be blaming, and that is James Holmes.  And if you’re looking for someone else to blame, why not the U.S. gun policies? I could rant on and on about how ridiculous those American laws are, but instead, I’m going to share this link to a very informative and intelligent long tweet by Jason Alexander: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/if2nht. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

4) As for Batman…obviously I saw the movie on Friday and after much self debate, I have come to decide that I prefer The Dark Knight.  I’m not going to write a full review, or go into too much detail, but while I found that Tom Hardy (Bane) did an excellent job, and I was NOT disappointed with Hathaway (I was pretty upset when she was cast because Marion Cotillard is Catwoman to me, and I was almost positive Hathaway wouldn’t be able to pull it off…but I had faith in Nolan), I was slightly confused.  I found that there was so much going on, that looking back I realized very little realistically made sense.  It was like explanations were skipped over because there was no time.  While I was actually watching the film, I was too engrossed to notice, but after I kept thinking “Wait a second, how did that make sense?!…and what about that?!”.  Am I right?  Other than that, I thought that Nolan did a wonderful job at ending the series (though, not the exact ending I had hoped for…).  I felt that The Dark Knight Rises was everything I needed and more to feel complete. Especially considering that he stayed relatively close to the storyline, and that Bane was the villain.  If anything, I wish that the film was longer (I know it’s almost three hours, but I would sit through 8 hours of Batman if I had to!) to fully address any confusion with realistic explanations. I really don’t want to give away any spoilers, but you’ll know what I mean when you watch the film.  OR I wish that they had gone in a slightly different direction with John Blake and Bruce Wayne’s relationship.  Overall, The Dark Knight still trumps for me.

 

That’s all for now. Maybe you can look forward to an actual rant soon…I say maybe, because, well..you know me 😛

 

Have a great day.

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Canadian Frame(lines) Promotional Trailer

14 May

Amazing trailer made by Alexandra Caulfield and Ryder White! Read about their incredible project below!

Canadian Frame(lines)

14 May

 

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I think it’s about time I talk to you guys about my friends Alex and Ryder and the project they’re working on.  I’ve chosen today because it coincides beautifully with the launch of their amazing trailer – YAY!  The project called Canadian Frame(lines) is a year long trip across Canada beginning January 1st, 2013 in which Alex and Ryder will ask the question “What is Canadian identity?”.  I’m sure you have a few ideas on Canadian identity, but I think the question is harder than it seems.  At some point I had a typical answer put together in my head, but after assisting with some interviews asking the question, I realized how incredibly hard it is to define a country’s identity.  Usually countries are defined by their politics, and more commonly, by those who control the media.  I think Alex and Ryder were so tired of seeing Canada inaccurately portrayed in the media that they wanted to present real Canadians with the chance to define it for themselves.  

What’s beautiful is people won’t just answer the question, they’ll show you their answers via short films captured on super8 film.  The plan is for Alex and Ryder to drive their bus PET across Canada, stopping in the towns you may have never even heard of and teaching those interested how to use and develop super8 film.  With this new skill people will film their interpretation of Canadian identity.  They’re going to showcase the footage in that town at the end of each stay, and at returning home to Vancouver have a screening of all the accumulated footage.  The best part is regardless of where you live or get the chance to participate, you can still participate! Sound a bit contradictory?  Let me explain.  Alex and Ryder are going to continue making weekly updates while on their trip – they’re already making them now to keep everyone updated on pre-production! – so anyone interested will get a chance to see what’s going on and where they’re at in their journey.  And you can post your own videos and comments.  I was lucky enough to join this incredible project back in December and couldn’t be happier to know such a passionate, ambitious, determined, focused and talented pair.  This is so different from anything I’ve ever seen or heard of, and I know there’s going to be great success for the project.  It’s not too late for you to get involved and start supporting this project by following their twitter, liking the facebook pages, checking out their blog and of course telling your friends.  What are you waiting for? 

Caulfield White Productions Twitter (their production company) – http://twitter.com/#!/caulfieldwhite

Alex’s Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/arcaulfield

Ryder’s Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/ryderwhite

Caulfield White Productions Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CaulfieldWhite

Canadian Frame(lines) Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/canadianframelines

Canadian Frame(lines) Web Page – http://www.canadianframelines.com/

Canadian Frame(lines) Youtube (find all of their weekly updates here!) – http://www.youtube.com/user/CanadianFramelines?ob=0

Also, postcards were printed yesterday (I think..) so if you live in Vancouver look for those around.  And wherever you live if you’d like some to pass on to friends, or do whatever with, I know Alex and Ryder are being very generous and sending them out to people if you just send them a quick message asking.  

I know Alex and Ryder would appreciate and love the support! And so would I.  We’re all responsible (myself included) for easily following victim to terrible blockbusters and idolizing the wrong people – a Kardashian is no Audrey Hepburn! – so I think we should take advantage of the opportunities in which we can promote people who stand for something better than that, and who have a real message to share.  Anyway, I’d really love for you to all watch Alex and Ryder’s official trailer so I’m going to post that quickly right after this, so I guess technically it will be up above…and you may have already watched.  

Thanks to Alex and Ryder for including me in this amazing project and being the wonderful people you are!  I’m so excited for everything to come, you guys deserve the best of the best 🙂

 

Thanks for your support, hope you have/had a wonderful day! 

A Lesson in Class & Respect and The Definition of some Lost Words

7 May

So here we are yet again, so unfamiliar with one another; the consequence of my procrastination and taking over a week to blog.  I’m entirely to blame, partially due to my hectic work schedule lately and how tired it’s made me – caring for young children is tiring work, the kind where your arms hurt like you’ve been to the gym – and also my sudden writers’ block.  I have a list of blog topics to eventually get to, but I really need to be inspired by an idea to write anything with substance, and lately none of the ideas I was coming up with were inspiring me.  Hopefully you can appreciate that I’d rather write a quality blog that you and I can both truly be proud of, rather than write just for the sake of writing.  Am I correct in saying so?  Gosh, I have no idea why I’m being so formal right now.  It really does feel like we’re strangers.  Okay, let’s get reacquainted over a topic that you should all know I’m extremely passionate about, the equality and encouragement of women in the media.  

First off, for those of you who don’t read Bitch Flicks, you really should. They do a fantastic job of educating both men and women on the importance of an accurate portrayal of women in film.  I even admit that for many years, while respecting and adoring strong women, I didn’t do my part in taking the time to understand that hardly were these women evident in the films that I watched.  Let alone that these strong, respectable women were hardly even given opportunities behind the camera.  I don’t believe that just because people are unfamiliar with the lack of women in film or how terribly we’re portrayed means that they’re ignorant to the facts.  I believe people just haven’t realized it because there’s been no need to acknowledge something that in theory doesn’t quite seem wrong.  And sites like Bitch Flicks successfully bring up the discussion of the inaccurate portrayal of women in film so that in the future you’re more aware of what you’re watching.  In short, Bitch Flicks is wonderful and you should all check it out.  

As I was saying, I was reading this week’s Bitch Flicks Weekly Picks (their selection of articles they enjoyed and are promoting that week) and was horrified at one of the articles I read.  Melissa Silverstein of   Women and Hollywood discussed how female movie reviewer Amy Nicholson wrote a somewhat negative review of The Avengers.  Naturally this led a full on attack at Nicholson.  After reading some of the comments towards Nicholson and then the comments attached to Silverstein’s post, not only am I disgusted but I’d like to offer an opinion that you can choose whether or not you’d like to read. However, be warned, if you don’t like MY opinion and you decide to comment on such, I don’t play nice.  You’re entitled to YOUR opinion, but just know I don’t stand for intolerance or rudeness, and there is a way to voice your opinion without being a jackass.  

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Avengers assembled and they kicked ass!

Being a woman who identifies as a bit of a nerd – yes I’ve read comics, idolize Batman, collect Captain America merchandise and am still waiting for my letter from Hogwarts – I literally counted down the days until The Avengers came out.  And I LOVED it.  I thought it was the perfect mix of humor and action, while the story stayed true to the characters that we’ve grown to love whether it be through reading comics or watching the buildup of films.  That being said, I noticed that the film wasn’t exactly pro-feminist, which is odd considering Joss Whedon directed and wrote the screenplay.  Though stuff like this bothers me and I’ve made a vow to honor the female characters in my films, being a movie lover of all genres, I tend to just ignore any critiques I could make concerning the portrayal of women.  In short, I can love a movie and in no way does that mean that everything is done accurately.  So yes, The Avengers had its faults but I genuinely loved it.  Obviously Amy Nicholson did not feel the same way but guess what?  It’s HER opinion.  

I can’t quite understand why people can’t grasp what an opinion is (you’re welcome).  To me, an opinion is the most originality we have left.  No one is original any more, and even most of our opinions are a collaboration of thoughts we’ve accumulated from what we’ve read, seen or heard.  In short, other people’s thoughts.  So to go against the grain and have your OWN thoughts and ideas, your own opinion is beautiful.  People should respect that.  And yes, you are subject to your own opinion as well but this is where manners come in (did you not know what those were either?).  Saying “I disagree with you and here’s why…” is a very polite way to voice your opinion; throwing in words like ‘bitch’ and saying ‘go back to the kitchen’ is sexist, immature, disgusting, volatile, repulsive, rude and makes you look like the scum of the Earth.  In fact, the kind who hides behind computers to tell someone off for having an OPINION.  This person did not murder or rape another person, nor have they committed any other crime or even said anything remotely offensive to you.

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Obviously! And one does not simply not like Lord of the Rings.

I’ll admit, I’ve met people who have not liked Lord of the Rings (what the hell, right?! Don’t even get me started..), or Harry Potter (silly muggles), and recently even a non-superhero fan (SERIOUSLY?!?!).  And when I hear that these people think negatively of something I am so passionate about, it hurts a little, and I’d be lying if I said I don’t do everything in my power to try and change their minds and I’ll even make the typical “Do you live under a rock?!” or “Clearly something’s missing there..” jokes.  But the point is, clearly, this just isn’t their cup of tea.  Yes, I’m a little upset and may even question my judgement in friends if they don’t understand how bloody amazing and life changing Harry Potter was for me, but their opinion isn’t a personal assault against me.  It gets personal if they start dissing me, in which case they’re in the wrong and I reserve the right to maturely have a controlled “discussion” on how Middle-earth IS realistic.  Otherwise, we all need to understand how an opinion is ALWAYS valid, and while we may retort an opinion we must do so with dignity and class.  

I’m not familiar with Amy Nicholson’s previous reviews and whether or not she has a bias against action films, but what I do know is chances are there are people who not only read Nicholson’s reviews but also usually agree with them.  And stop me if I’m wrong, but generally a review is designed so that instead of spending an arm and a leg to see a movie you’re not 100% positive about, you can read a review from someone you trust and typically agree with. So if Nicholson has supporters who generally agree with her and she’s just provided an honest review, those readers may have just saved their mortgage instead of watching a movie they probably wouldn’t have enjoyed.  

In all honesty, it doesn’t even seem like Amy knows her Marvel facts.  At one point she comments on how there’s no character development, but fans knows this film works perfectly even with a large cast because Marvel was able to lay the groundwork, character development and all in the five lead-up films.  She even critiques the most EPIC battle of all time for taking place in downtown Manhattan and not having more ambition, to which I say, Manhattan was made for smashing (somewhere a terrorist alert is going off).  While I wasn’t pleased with the review myself, what disturbed me even more were the comments.  

Men AND women posted harsh comments on how only men should review ‘boycentric’ films, calling Nicholson cruel names and sending ill wishes.  I’d like to think that it isn’t because Nicholson is a woman, but rather because they didn’t agree with her review.  However, this isn’t the case, one woman said that Nicholson gave women a bad name, while a few men made ‘stay in the kitchen’ comments.  EXCUSE ME?! Seriously dude it’s 2012, not our fault you didn’t learn how to cook.  Image

As mentioned, I’m a HUGE comic book and superhero lover and most of my girl friends are too, so let me just add that I don’t believe in ‘boycentric’ films any more.  There are still chick flicks but that’s not our fault, it’s just because most guys just aren’t into a sappy love story (some are, and that’s okay too!), but ‘boycentric’ films no longer exist.  More and more women love action films with little substance and lots of explosions.  I’m not surprised, it’s 2012 and as we already know Hollywood tends to be a man’s world so it makes perfect sense that women get used to these types of films and have started to enjoy them.  It can’t go unnoticed that these so called ‘boycentric’ films are the ones that top the box offices, and that’s because both genders enjoy them. I would have liked to have seen The Avengers passing the $200 million mark this weekend without women in attendance.  Good luck with that.  

Anyway, as you probably remember, I lose focus easily while writing.  So back on point, as much as I’d like to believe the fact that Amy Nicholson is a woman isn’t the reason for the backlash, it’s definitely part of the ammunition being spat at her.  And that’s what’s wrong, how does the fact that she’s a woman have any part in the reasoning behind her review?  Maybe it does, but who are you to make that call?  And to everyone who defended Nicholson, many men used the fact that they were feminists and so would stand up for any woman even if she were guilty as an excuse.  Sorry, but that’s complete bullshit.  Maybe I’m naive, but I’d like to believe that feminist women would never promote a woman just because she’s a woman.  I mean, what would that say about women if we were to stand behind Casey Anthony just because she has a vagina?  I’d like to believe, content and substance has everything to do with it.  Victimizing another person for their opinion is wrong, and that’s what we’re supporting, not the fact that she’s a woman.  It just so happens the issue becomes a feminist one because a bunch of assholes need to bring up that her opinion is based on the fact that she’s a woman.  I’m starting to think the point of this whole blog is people are ignorant.  

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Maybe you’ll grow out of it…

Okay, so maybe you skipped everything because it’s looking like this is going to be ridiculously long, so here’s a bit of a summary:

I don’t think Amy Nicholson was being bashed for being a woman, but when given the chance people like to use what they believe are our so called ‘weaknesses’ against us.  Without a doubt, Nicholson being a woman was used against her.  And not only is that wrong, it’s weak.  What’s more, we shouldn’t slam people for their opinions. There is no gray here, victimizing someone for their opinion is simply black or white and in no way is it okay.  To me that is the biggest issue here.  How pathetic is it that we can’t safely share our thoughts?  

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Impressed.

All of that being said, I do have one last thing I’d like to mention, – I know, I know!  This is taking forever and most likely at this point my grammar is terrible and my whole point doesn’t even make sense any more. What can I say?  It’s starting to get late and I’m tired. – just an OPINION I’d like to share.  I noticed some comments on Melissa Silverstein’s post on the matter turned into a short lived discussion on The Dark Knight Rises versus The Avengers.  While I’m much more a Marvel fan over DC, Batman can do no wrong, and even better, Christopher Nolan is a genius.  So to whoever said Batman is boring…sorry, some people just weren’t made to understand it’s brilliance.  This is a risky bet, but I think The Dark Knight Rises will beat out The Avengers at the box office; the finale of one of the best told superhero series of all time? Uh, hello!  While The Avengers is light and comical and full of explosions, the kind of movie you bring your kids to. TDKR is dark, twisty, relevant, smart and the kind of movie that makes people shout out in the theater (“F Yeah, Bane!”).  It’s not even a fair competition.  Feel free to voice your opinion. 😉

 

Hope you have a wonderful day.  

The Cinematic Female

9 Apr

Wowza, I’ve been gone for almost a month now! I hadn’t even realized it had been that long..  Well, now that I’m back, I guess I’ll start with saying Merry Easter to all! I celebrated with a hangover and some chocolate – unless Grandma is the one reading this, in which case I only celebrated with the chocolate.  Now that all the Easter talk is out of the way, I’ve planned on a discussion on the importance of women in film.  And let’s be honest, since my ‘discussions’ are one-sided, I suppose the correct term would be rant.  So let the rant begin!

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As a woman in film, I find it incredibly insulting at the lack of women directors represented in Hollywood.  Previously, I may have believed that there were just less women interested in film than men, but you wouldn’t believe how many woman I’ve met in Vancouver alone who are pursing careers in film.  So what’s the problem then? Clearly men in Hollywood are intimidated by women. I mean there’s no lack of interested women, or women attempting to make a name for themselves, so clearly these men realize the threats of women filmmakers.

Look at it this way, would you say more women then men watch romance films or romantic comedies?  Would you say that just as many women watch thrillers and dramas?  There’s nothing that is unappealing about either to a woman.  Would you say that just as many woman watch comedies, horrors and action movies?  Seems unlikely, right? No, studies prove that just as many woman watch these genres as their male counterparts.  In fact, most women I know enjoy action movies – a sweaty, sexy, shirtless man chasing an equally sweaty, sexy and shirtless man, what’s not to love? – proving it’s not a man’s genre any more, no one has to ‘drag’ us to the theater to watch the newest Jason Statham flick.  And the majority of woman love comedies; I just recently read an article stating that men are insulted at the vulgarity and raunchiness of women’s humor today. I mean, now we openly say anatomically correct terms like ‘vagina’ and ‘penis’.  Apparently, men don’t fancy this, they prefer their women to say ‘my lady parts’.  Regardless, what men want, it doesn’t change the fact that women love comedy and more and more women love crude comedy.  So based on these facts, there are just as many if not more women audience members present in the theaters.  And based on what I know about men, women are more likely to retain information and understand what is not laid in front of them.  Wouldn’t that mean that a woman would have a greater understanding of a film, perhaps even take more from it?  So why wouldn’t Hollywood want to encourage the representation of women filmmakers, something that women would greatly appreciate.

Men directors/writers hardly display a correct female representation in films; most times we’re friendless, 2 dimensional characters or we’re bat shit crazy.  How wonderful it would be to appeal to over half of the movie watching population and produce and encourage films that are written and directed by women, with strong lead female characters who are correct representations of confident, smart, sexy, independent women.  This is why men in Hollywood are intimidated, a woman filmmaker who understood her audience and knew how to correctly identify with REAL women (as well as men) would be a threat to the success of male directors.  Women would be thrilled, men wouldn’t even notice the film was woman directed, CHA-CHING!

As mentioned, the problem isn’t the lack of women in film.  The problem is the encouragement of women in film.  Without Hollywood’s support, most of these films go unadvertised and released in very few theaters, meaning they have a lesser chance at being seen.  After much consideration, I believe this is a Hollywood ploy.  With such minimal release, female directed films don’t even have the chance to succeed as strongly at the box office as male directed films thus setting a statistic that causes Hollywood no need to change this situation.  In 2009 Kathryn Bigelow was the first and only female director to win an

History making, Kathryn Bigelow.

Academy Award for Direction. Doesn’t that make you sick?  Even more revolting, to date only four women have even been nominated in the category.  After having a conversation with fellow female filmmakers, Bigelow’s award winning film The Hurt Locker was brought into question; yes, Bigelow is a woman, but her film is male driven with male characters..so that is what it took to win an Academy Award?  Bigelow is also the only woman to win a BAFTA for Direction, and Barbra Streisand is the only woman to win a Golden Globe for Direction. I don’t know about you, but don’t you find that depressing?  It took the Academy that long to honor a female director?  And last year, not a single nomination?  Both Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) and Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) created brilliant films and generated quite the buzz.  A nomination would have been nice.  Let’s be honest, this year wasn’t the finest for film in general.  There were a few that were breathtaking and then everything else was entertaining at most.  And yet not one female was nominated for Direction?  This is shocking considering the ladies this year created the ripest of the bunch in terms of film.

Based on my calculations, at least 27 women directed films were released in 2011, whether they were wide released or not, there were 27.  Off the top of my head, some incredible talent that comes to mind is Larysa Kondracki (The Whistleblower), Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff), Miranda July (The Future), Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance), Ava Duvernay (I Will Follow),  and Dee Rees (Pariah).  On top of that, a few actresses and even a pop star directed a feature this year.  Jodie Foster (The Beaver), Angelina Jolie (In The Land of Blood and Honey), Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground), and Madonna (WE).  And did anyone else notice that the Academy Award Best Actress winner Meryl Streep’s film The Iron Lady was directed by Phyllida Llyod?…A woman!  ZERO Academy Award nominations.

But you know what? It’s alright Academy, I don’t believe all of these wonderfully talented women are dying without your approval.  That’s the truth, right? These women are strong and successful and most likely have gotten used to the ignorance.  What I’m worried about, or rather who, are the young girls who are intimidated by the male game that Hollywood is.  The girls who are deciding now what they would like to do in the future and seeing a career that means either abuse and ridicule from the men they work for, or fighting tooth and nail for the chance to be recognized for making a film that is better than their male counterparts.  It sounds insane.  Being a struggling artist does not sound attractive and given the economic standpoint we’re at, sometimes passion just isn’t enough.  I wonder how many women come to the conclusion that a filmmaking hobby will suffice for the pain and lengths they will have to go.  Being a woman screenwriter isn’t as difficult in Hollywood, however writing a screenplay that correctly portrays women probably frightens men – we all know nothing scares a man more than a powerful woman ;).

Even actresses have a hard time, try finding a role that doesn’t objectify you; a role where you’re not a 2D character whose lights shut off the second there’s not a scene with the main male character.  A role where you have supportive friends (not just one!) and aren’t left standing on your own when everything comes crashing down – as it will, considering this is a film.  A role where you’re in control of your own life, where you aren’t constantly being heartbroken because you are dependent on the support of a man.  Watching a movie and then realizing how unlikely these roles come around is also intimidating for female actresses.

Hollywood intimidates women, and I believe it’s been proven that’s because men in Hollywood are intimidated by us.  I just can’t seem to find a logical reason why Hollywood wouldn’t want to make more money.  And if anyone has a valid argument for why more supported female features would cause Hollywood to lose money then please step forward and share your case.  I’m all ears.

All of that being said, I’m not a male hating feminist.  I just don’t support sexist cultures in 2012.  Seriously, get with the program! Women don’t have to clean the house, tend the children and cook meals any more.  We can do whatever the hell we please.  And if we want to make films, you better darn right let us!  Everyone knows not to test a woman, she’s always right. So step back and let us have a chance at taking a shot.

— And for Heaven’s sake, stop acting so surprised that women are funny!

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Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Oscars 2012

28 Feb

Why hello, hello! I’ve been quite on top of this thing, eh? (a little Canadian humour there). First off, this isn’t exactly an Oscars blog because it’s a little tasteless to post about the Oscars more than 24 hours after it’s ended.  Not quite sure if this is a rule, but we should make it one! It can be like “Don’t wear white after Labor Day”.  Anywho…this is an Oscar/talking about myself blog.  I can tell you’re excited already..

So the reason I’m late on this Oscar stuff anyway is because I spent the evening of the Oscars watching the Oscar showing at a theater before running over (and missing Meryl’s speech and the Artist’s win) to The Fray concert just down the street from us.  Quite the night, eh?  And needless to say, I was tired when I got home. And this morning I had previous commitments…called some R&R 😉  So here’s my Oscar talk, I guess, just keep in mind I’ve decided to be er…polite tonight.  Let’s ditch the negative talk since everyone else always has that covered.

Okay, who looked good? I may be forgetting some women but off the top of my head, Emma Stone (she ALWAYS looks great..seriously!), Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Michelle Williams, Penelope Cruz, and Angelina Jolie.  I’m going to refrain from talking about Angie’s leg because, remember, I’m being positive! And the positive factor here is, I almost never love what Angie wears.  I think Emma probably had my favorite look though.  Maybe she can just pull of anything, but seriously her stylist is incredible.

THRILLED to see Midnight in Paris win Best Screenplay.  Ohmygosh yes! I love Woody Allen and I loved Midnight in Paris, but I felt people sorely underrated it so it’s so great to see it win a well deserved Oscar. Also, thrilled with all of The Artist’s wins, especially Best Picture and Best Actor.  Jean Dujardin is a stone cold fox who has some serious acting chops for a dude who says all but two words.  Actually, I was extremely happy with all of the actor wins last night.  Even Meryl! Being a woman of color, part of me did want Viola to win but when Meryl’s name was announced I didn’t feel as if I had been cheated at all. It really was a close race all the way to the end.

Let me just say, if another certain picture had taken home Best Picture I may not be in such a positive only mood. But because I’m being positive let me say what I enjoyed this year, I thought most of the presenters were fabulous. Especially Emma Stone…okay, it’s clear to everyone I have a big girl crush on her.  I’ll just take this moment to clarify, this girl crush blossomed during Zombieland.  Anywho, I actually enjoyed the opening sequence, and I’ve got to say I loved the video of actors discussing their movie watching experiences and whatnot.  Without being a negative nelly, this year wasn’t super exciting..am I alone here?

Okay, moving along because I’m tired (that’s why this post will be pictureless MUAHAHAHAH nothing to make this post more attractive or distract from it’s length! I’m a monster!!!!).  I went to a script chat and feedback session this past weekend and it was an incredible experience! I had planned to discuss it in more deeply, however, I really am tired so I’m thinking a later post?  I just wanted to bring it up because I never realized how many free resources there are for artists and I suggest any artists go look at what’s out there for them.

That is it folks! So uh…I guess it was just an Oscar post. Let’s start that Oscar rule next year then, shall we? Hope you had a lovely day, or will have a lovely day, wherever you are..

 

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