Well, one can certainly see a lot to do for feminism in the movies but on the other hand, one can miss a lot of things in the movies.
Take the WWI flick "Fraulin Doktor" (if I get the spellings mixed up, forgive me; on satellite internet, download times to check things is excruciating slow). Done back in the 70s or so, was that a boy's joy (find some kind of term to describe it) or a chick flick?
Gloria mentions the war on terrorism and are we now on our 4th Nikita (including "Black Cat") representation? She talks about animals but what was "The Last Unicorn"?
Just as surely as feminism can find fighting ground in the movies, so can examples be shown that ground has be won.....even when the flick is so obviously in the other direction. "Old Dracula" is certainly a boy's joy but in the end, there is that sudden twist for her victory.
The thing is, some times I want a slow Chick Flick to relax to, such as "Roxanne" or if TV, "The Love Boat". Sometimes I want an action Chick Flick to fuel my fantasies, be something like "Close to Home" or a shafter like "Red Sonja" (whatever one might say about the flick, it did have at least one good, realistic scene to it.....that people really do get tired with those huge swords).
Alternately, why I pick a different theme flick can vary. I probably watched "Raid on Rommel" last night because it was an old favorite, it fit the theme night (Men & Women of Steel) and if I fell asleep on it, I wouldn't have missed anything. Back in my movie going days as an adult, it was often to get away from the world for 2 hours or so, to experience a different world, and then walk out into the sunlight, blinking, with a nice feeling. I have so many movies,seen or not, in my library that were made around when I was a child because I want to remember what it was like to feel as a child.
That last one is a curious thing for in my impressionable youth, it was often being feed to be vulnerable and to be the victim, say as in "The Shuttered Room" (or, "Cry of the Banshee" for that really influenced my fantasies). Gloria would probably argue that it should not be that way yet now that I have found my voice and am strong, how might I have turned out had it not been like that?
At any rate .......
Long, long ago in social studies on Clark AFB, it was pointed out that the airman coming back from maneuvers probably isn't going want to sit down to music with a lot of loud percussion and guitars. Similar thing here in that what does want to see at the moment and what kind of feeling does one want to walk away with?
When it comes to movies, that is probably all that really matters.
Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth
Hilarious! And she makes some good points. Some guy on a plane actually shouted out that he doesn't want a "chick flick"? When did flicks become gendered, anyway? In the old days, there were many films that had universal appeal. Was Dr. Zhivago
a chick flick, or great literature? Was Pretty Woman
a chick flick, or a guy's fantasy flick? Are going to have to search out gender-neutral films for the airlines, now?
I agree: Hidden Figures
were good films.
Oh, and let's not forget: Sully
Does remind me of when a date was taking me to the movies and my choice was "Nell" and "Legends of the Fall". I took "Legends...." because Anthony Hopkins was in it and from my experience of "The Bounty" (I have never seen any of his Hannibal flicks and never will, too close to work), I knew he was a good draw for a movie.
A and B. A: We might see certain flicks based on genre. Lord knows, I often do now with my movie theme nights. Monday is swords and clubs, Tuesday: DIE, SPY!, Weds: SUPER CHICK, Thurs: Cops & Robbers, Fri: Horror, Sat: Sci-fi, & Sun mentioned above. Or we might not for that above can just be a guide to which movie might fit into that slot. POTC can find a place SMTWTF.....if not Saturday.
B: For some of us, movies can affected us very much in a bad way and we could end up like the airman mentioned above. I don't want to see "Flight 93" because I know for what I am, my "reflexes" will lock into the movie, they will be racing to find an answer where we know there is no answer, and I don't need that kind of stress. Similarly with "Sully" for that is not a fun movie to me. Maybe there are those who can ALWAYS tie into a movie and experience that temporary world but I'm afraid for most of us, there will always be some kind of movie that is not a pleasure to see.
Originally Posted by calnbs
Hollywood movies can't compete with Korean movies when it comes to chick flicks. Not even close. Thanks to Netflix and Amazon Prime, I was introduce to some very good Korean movies.
Like Siri? (Shiri in some circles)
Originally Posted by Sundaydrive00
But you relate to super heroes and hit men?
Such as "The Lady" in "Birds of Prey" (Jorge Moreno (sp?) flick) or Max's part in "Three Days of the Condor". In the latter case, I played him briefly in using his monologue of "The truth is, what I do is not a bad profession......".
That type of role is the A and B of things. The A part of is how precise one is, a great shot, excellent in hand to hand, things like that. And then, there is the B part, that of reality. Even if one manages to escape the law, one will probably burn in hell for all those they killed.
So, hence we have another A and B situation. The A of it that with a good movie, I can experience that world for a few hours without having to worry about damnation. The B part of it being is that it shows me a world where I can be a fighter instead of being expected to be married and a breeder as so much of reality and fantasy commands that I should be.
It's like being Selene, you know? Forever young and you have all these great toys to play with.