I like to design things using After Effects, I like to write original movie scripts. And my dream is to build my own video production company, and become a real Hollywood director. Like that's ever gonna happen. :P
Usually I’m down with her, but honestly this just smacks of pretension.
“HOLY SHIT this ice cream is amazing! Nobody makes this flavor!”
“But you know, vegan with no sugar would be so much better for us.”
“Well … yeah … but sometimes I want ice cream? Ice cream in flavors no one makes?”
This also ironically smacks of sexism. That women, “real feminist” can’t like action movies like Mad Max because they offer a “glorification of violence.” That sort of thing is for men only. But I grew up loving this stuff. Sci-fi action movies, horror movies, grim and gritty thrillers and the like. And it was not because I secretly hated my gender or I secretly wanted to be a man. Neither is true. I liked them because that’s simply what I liked. I thought they were cool.
And I know there are millions of women out there who think like me. Who grew up loving movies like Mad Max. Who wanted to be the female version of Mad Max. And, here now, we finally, FINALLY, get her in Furiosa. Yet, somehow I am wrong for liking this? I can’t agree.
You can be a feminine feminist AND still like things like Mad Max. There are no rules here. Stop trying to make them.
She’s entitled to her opinion, of course, but I’m mystified that she sat through that movie and the thing she took away was that “mainstream pop culture now interprets feminism to mean ‘women can drive fast and stoically kill people too!’”
Most pop culture doesn’t treat women like Mad Max does - there are more women in Mad Max, a diversity of casting, the women have speaking roles, they are shown having a variety of opinions and agency over their lives - that’s why it’s remarkable, not the violence.
And there’s a critique of violence going on in the film even as it gives you flame-throwing guitars, gun fights, and guys on motorcycles throwing bombs on a war rig. If you miss the critique you miss part of the point - it’s not glorifying the violence, it says straight up: “This is a world gone to hell, this is over-the-top and not something to aspire to.”
Did she miss the line at the end of the film about becoming our best selves? Shouldn’t that have put it in perspective a bit?
How about “We are not things” - I mean, how is that not a feminist statement within the context of the film (or any film really when it comes from women)?
Maybe there’s more to her point than what’s shown in the captured tweets?
Edit to add (okay, I had to look the rest of it up just to see - forgive the mixed up order please):
“Male violence?” Because women don’t have a capacity for violence in and of themselves?
Kariba was conceived as a modern African fairy tale, combining the historical events surrounding the building of the Zambezi river dam wall and the local legend of the river spirit that caused its destruction. “We are using the rich history and mythology around this event,” Snaddon said. “Our aim is to make something that stands out as being uniquely African, a film that respects both its source material, and its audience, while being hugely fun and entertaining.”
genuinely what would you even do in this situation. would you just give up on your car? like leave the keys in the ignition and walk away? i feel like any potential way you could clean this up would just make it an even more awful situation like theres really no coming back from this