A Short Letter to Hollywood on The Female Character

I’m just going to jump right into this because I have a lot of content planned for the weeks to come.

Dear Hollywood, 

We need female characters of all colours and creeds who are grounded and relatable. Who can lose and get knocked down. Who can overcome adversity but still struggle to get up. We need female characters who can drastically impact story.  We need some weak female characters. Weak female characters, weak as in flawed, are strong female characters. Write woman who can be physically strong and intelligent but have them act and react in the world instead of following behind the footsteps of male leads. Too often do you create characters who are [X] and nothing else but that. Write female characters who are three-dimensional. Have them look like my mom and sister. Make them your leads. Make them protagonists.

Woman work just as hard, if not harder, in your male dominated industry. Pay female actors equally to the male co-stars.   

Despite the Ripleys, Furiosas and Diana Princes, women are still objectified and sidelined in a lot of your movies. As of right now you still have a lot of progress to do both on and off the screen. So please Hollywood, get to work. 

 

 

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My Definitive Ranking of Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie (so far…) [UPDATED]

My favourite Christmas gift, without a doubt, was my Marvel Comics encyclopedia that gave the history to every character, fictional location, and alternate universe that has ever been created by the comic giant since the date of its publishing. This encyclopedia sparked my love for Marvel Comics and eventually my love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Since the release of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk back in ’08, we’ve gotten 16 movies that have introduced new characters from all over the galaxy. Now we’re looking towards a third and possible final Thor movie, the first ever Blank Panther movie and  the first entry in the two part Infinity War! Before I get a little too ahead of myself, I thought I should rank my favorite MCU films thus far. So here it is, my 16 favorite MCU films ranked from worst to best.

*Now including Spiderman: Homecoming 

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A Review of Her (2013): You Don’t Need A Body For Someone to Love You…

As someone who often condemns film and television for being too formulaic I cannot believe I have slept on Spike Jonze’s Her for this long. After about four days of sitting on this film I can safely say that Her is now alongside Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as one of my favorite love stories ever. Following the separation of his wife, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) strikes an odd liking, well not so odd in this future setting, for his operating system Samantha (V.O. by Scarlett Johansson) that soon deepens to a committed relationship. Every scene shared between the them is as enticing as the last, and given that most of the film’s runtime primarily focuses on the two, Her does a great job at fully immersing viewers into their love story. Like Eternal Sunshine, Her is an extremely unconventional tale of love but effortlessly explores the feeling of falling for someone, being in love as well as the detriments of heartbreak.

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Survey! Who are some of your favorite female characters in movies?

At the moment I am currently working on two really interesting posts that explore what is meant from “strong female character”, a phrase often misunderstood by Hollywood studios and film goers alike. To help me out with my entires, more like well-put together rants, I’d love to know who are some of your favorite female characters in film or possibly television. Feel free to answer in the comments below or on a google form I created here!

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The Witch [Film of the Week #2]

What immediately captivated me about The Witch was its gorgeous cinematography. Wide shots of landscapes, accompanied with an eerie score, are scattered across the runtime establishing the film’s truly unsettling tone. Like the calm and unsettling nature of The Witch’s visuals, the horror elements of the film are subtle yet increasingly discomforting. Set in 1630 New England, the lives of a sequestered family quickly fall into a world of the wicked when their youngest member, Sam, goes missing.

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The Films I Watched in June

Dear White People

The Fury

Moon

About Time

Westworld

Clueless

Changeling – I really loved Clint Eastwood’s score 

Cléo from 5 to 7 – I really want to check out the rest of Agnes Vagner’s filmography after this one.

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Superman/Batman: Apocalypse – Freaking Supergirl is in this movie. I really love the DC animated properties.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers – thrilling and haunting from beginning to end. Read why it was the film of the week for me here.

John Wick

Hard to Kill

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Edward Scissorhands – I just love young Winona Ryder and Tim Burton

Jackie Brown

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After Hours

The Witch – terribly frightening not over the top with its horror. Gorgeous cinematography as well.

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What did you watch last month? Let me know in the comments below!

My Definitive Ranking of Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie (so far…)

My favourite Christmas gift, without a doubt, was my Marvel Comics encyclopedia that gave the history to every character, fictional location, and alternate universe that has ever been created by the comic giant to the date of its publishing. This encyclopedia sparked my love for Marvel Comics and eventually my love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Since the release of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk back in ’08, we’ve gotten 15 movies that have introduced new characters from all over the galaxy. This Friday, the universe will get a little bigger with the release of Spiderman: Homecoming,  the 16th entry into the MCU.  Based on the trailers, TV spots, and current word of mouth, Tom Holland’s Spiderman looks very promising; possibly the best cinematic portrayal of the character to date. Before I get a little ahead of myself, I thought I should rank my favorite MCU films thus far. So here it is, my 15 favorite MCU films ranked from worst to best.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) [Film of the Week #1]

Before delving into Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Film of the Week is another new segment I’m adding to 4therace where I’ll share my favorite movie I have watched in the past 7 days. Since being on summer holiday I’ve finally had time to view a couple dozen films that are on my watchlist. Some of Criterion Collection, Hollywood classics, beloved standalones, indies, blockbusters, you name it.  I found this leisure time to be the perfect opportunity to recommend these wonderful films to those who may not know of them or generate some discussion to those who have. So to get right into it, the first Film of the Week is Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. 

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Anziety- Logic [Song of the Week #2]

Logic isn’t just one of my favorite rappers/artist ever, but one of my favorite people ever. Born as Sir Robert Bryson Hall III, Logic grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland where drugs, crime and gang life where all apparent in his household. With an abusive mother and  an absent father who was addicted to crack, Logic found an escape through rap music. The list of all the terrible things he witnessed is endless, yet he came out as a well spoken, inspirational figure who represents Peace, Love and Positivity. He never really made music that explicitly boosted the morale of people but unintentionally has changed the lives of so many, including myself. In his third studio album Everybody, Logic raps at the perspective of multiple people aiming his targeted audience at, well, Everybody! No song resonated with me as much as Anziety, yes Anziety not Anxiety, where Logic not only raps for sufferers of the disorder but at the perspective of the disorder as well. 

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Most Anticipated March Movies!

Logan

Why you should watch it: Currently there is a wave of superhero film fatigue among common movie goers, myself included. Over 20 comic book movies have been released in the past 7 years alone, and due to their frequency of releases, critics and fans alike have grown increasingly frustrated with how formulaic, predictable, and recycled comic book films have become. If you are one of those people facing this superhero fatigue, than you should definitely check out Logan. Being a culmination of a Western, Science-Fiction, and a Superhero flick, the film is sure to be the fresh injection into the genre that people have been longing for. Even if you aren’t a superhero nerd, I still encourage you to go out and see Logan. Early reviews have labeled it as The X-Men franchise’s Dark Knight meaning we can expect it to be serious, dark, and, due to its R-rating, extremely violent.

Why I am excited: I’m a huge X-Men fan and I haven’t refrained from expressing this on 4therace. Apart from Star Wars, there is no other release from a franchise that gets me more excited than X-Men’s, so I’ll definitely be there on opening night (or sometime close to it).

Logan is directed by James Mangold and releases (finally!) March 3rd

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