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Filmism.net Dispatch October 3, 2011

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A very smart Australian feminist named Emily Maguire said a few years ago that despite women entering the workforce and gaining political and economic equality it was in their day to day lives that things not only hadn't changed but where women were expected to fulfil one of two pre-determined, media-friendly roles more than ever, the princess or the pornstar.

You don't need to look any further than films' depiction of women to see she's right. As special effects technology, hugely varied cinematic styles and even more realistic scripts have come to overtake Hollywood after the gilded staginess of the 1950s, most women characters still subscribe to very traditional roles. I looked into it in a little more details here.

In the same vein, society as a whole still regards men as more important. The relationships we have with women (whether they're mothers or lovers) just aren't worthy of a movie unless it's a stated chick flick. It's the eternal search for a father (be it a military general, a gang leader or a god) that forms the backbone of our most beloved film institutions.

So aside from movies relegating women to the Madonna or whore stereotypes, it also occurred to me that a decent portion the movie plots concern the search for a proto-father, and I explored it more here.

I'd also no sooner written last week's Filmism.net Dispatch when a news story vindicated me. If you remember, I'd talked about having a fanbase and profile is enough to keep you working in Hollywood, despite conventional wisdom that if your last film bombed it's all over.

In that case I was talking about Kevin Smith, who's turned in his first profitable theatrical film since Clerks in Red State. But now Diablo Cody's directing a film. She blew the screenwriting scene to bits with the smart, clever writing of Juno, but her next screenwriting effort, in Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried vehicle Jennifer's Body sank very loudly at the box office. Despite that, she's attached to eight more projects.

I also revisited a film many consider a classic but which had always been a bit lost on me. Well, I'm happy to report that To Kill a Mockingbird finally hit me where it aimed.

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