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A Good Day for Women and Film

A Good Day for Women and Film

This morning I posted the trailers for both The Iron Lady and The Hunger Games.  I watched them both, got excited and then I went off to do other things.

A couple of minutes ago it dawned on me how cool it was to have both these trailers hit today. 

I’m not going to pretend that I agree with Margaret Thatcher about anything, but after seeing umpteen movies about men in power I am psyched to see a movie about a woman who clawed her way to power.  Just look at that trailer.  Politics aside – it’s about the transformation of a woman into a leader.  We really don’t see these types of movies.  In some ways it’s kind of better that this first big movie about a woman leaders (who was not a queen) is about a conservative woman rather than a progressive one.  That blunts the argument that Hollywood is a shill for liberal policies. 

And the even better news is that Meryl is clearly on board with promoting this film because she was in London to unveil the poster and for a screening with journalists (when will we be able to see it here?)

And about The Hunger Games…You’re going to hear me talk about this a lot.  The trailer just continues to make me excited to see it.  I think that Katniss Everdeen is a young woman heroine for our times.  The Hunger Games trilogy will help push women in film to a new place.  An action adventure film that stars a young woman that appeals to all four quadrants.

This is a good day for those of us who care about this topic.  We should remember the good ones in the sea of many bad days.

Meryl Streep unveils poster for ‘Iron Lady’ (AP)

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@Kim – I'm also confused about why Katniss's lack of Pretty Girl self-image should be a problem to her character. As her actions show, her looks and boy-chasing matter very little to Katniss, who has heavy family responsibilities on her shoulders and strives to be a good head-of-household (oh, on top of surviving under the iron fist of a totalitarian regime, keeping herself from the daily District 12 reality of starvation, plus the whole death-defying stint in the Hunger Games, etc). You can forgive the poor girl for not having given much thought to romance and what her prospects of snagging a good husband might be. =__=


Kim – I have to disagree. The way Katniss didn't pay attention to looks/love isn't a bad thing. It's not the Bella Swan "I'm ugly but others don't think so" type of thing. To Katniss those things really didn't matter. She cared about providing for her family, she didn't have time for dressing up or paying attention to who has crushes. Besides, she only interacted with Peeta once, how the heck was she supposed to know he was in love with her? As for Gale, well, she did acknowledge his feelings, she just didn't want to deal with that. And I don't blame her, really. I'd love to see what you think of this issue once you read Catching Fire and Mockingjay, because those books give us an even better insight into just what kind of person Katniss is. And she's not your usual heroine.


I have read the first Hunger Games book, and I agree that it's nice to see a strong, positive female character out there. Perhaps it was because the book was geared towards tweens and teens, but I did have issue with the whole "I never thought of myself as attractive" "oh, look at me in this beautiful dress" and the clueless about attraction and love part that the first book kind of drilled in to the reader. Sure, Katniss Everdeen is a strong female lead, but if she's the best we can find, we're in trouble.



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