TV & Film
Episode #232: Somethin' By the Ladies
This episode puts a spotlight on women who direct. Some amazing work with varied subject matter & genre, this was an adventure in watching as much as discussing the movies! May you all enjoy it, and may the future be flooded with options for female directors with big films to discuss...
LINKS: Long Kiss Goodnight, Big, Greedy, Kung Fu Panda, Backdraft & Twister, Mad Max Fury Road, Devil's Advocate, Million Ways to Die in the West, Prometheus, Beetlejuice/Addams Family & AF Values, Near Dark, L.A. Confidential.
Notes: Obviously Renner was noticed in Avengers by anyone who missed Hurt Locker, if that needs to be said. One thing Matt didn't talk about was the fact that Bigelow's movie was a dude buffet with 2 (& change) scenes with Evangeline Lily. A strong point that women do not struggle to make movies about men, with its own counterpoint that maybe a legitimate female presence is a good goal in a no-nonsense story? As a minimal viewer of war films, he may have overshot on what is typical for them (after all, Maverick screws up & has to learn to win).
Ratings for League/Monster/Hurt Locker
Rotton Tomatoes: League. critic - 77% positive 68% avg. audience - 84 positive 68% avg.
Monster. critic - 81% positive 72% avg. audience - 81 positive 70% avg. Locker. critic - 97% positive 85% avg. audience - 84 positive 78% avg.
Here's some info on soldier armor in Iraq, though we couldn't find Petraeus' statements on the situation. Here's something about ears: a frightening thread of possibility.
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