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Where Are the Women? 2015 ranking

14 hours ago

An ongoing ranking 2015’s films for their representation of girls and women. (Some films that may qualify as 2014 films for awards purposes but that did not get wide releases until very late 2014 or early 2015 may be included here.) These are not “reviews” of the films! These are simply examinations of how well or how poorly they depict girls and women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film. My reviews are linked from each rating page.)

See the rating criteria.

Click here for the ranking of 2014’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

This ranking is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you may:

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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Where Are the Women? the 2014 Oscar-nominated films ranked

14 hours ago

A ranking the 2014 Oscar-nominated films for their representation of girls and women. These are not “reviews” of the films! These are simply examinations of how well or how poorly they depict girls and women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film. My reviews are linked from each rating page.)

See the rating criteria.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Ratings to come for:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Salt of the Earth

Wild Tales

This ranking is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you may:

• become a monthly or yearly subscriber of FlickFilospher.com

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• make a donation via Paypal »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Where Are the Women? Inherent Vice

15 hours ago

Women? If they’re not hookers or heartbreakers, they’re just standing around being decorative.

Click here for the ranking of 2014’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Note: This is not a “review” of Inherent Vice! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) I have no immediate plans to review the film.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

This rating is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you may:

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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Where Are the Women? Focus

19 hours ago

Par for the Hollywood course: a woman plays second fiddle to a man… until he decides that he is ready to claim her as his prize.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Note: This is not a “review” of Focus! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Focus.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

This rating is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you may:

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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Where Are the Women? Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

19 hours ago

This story could have worked in a similar way had the protagonist been male, but the fact that she is a woman brings in new levels of subtext and meaning.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Note: This is not a “review” of Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

This rating is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Where Are the Women? The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

19 hours ago

With lots of female characters living full, rich lives, this movie offers a well-rounded depiction of women as vital, sexual beings into their 70s and 80s.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Note: This is not a “review” of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

This rating is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Where Are the Women? It Follows

19 hours ago

The female protagonist, in the course of being punished for having sex, is haunted by a spectre who sometimes appears as a naked or half-naked woman…

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Note: This is not a “review” of It Follows! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of It Follows.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

This rating is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you may:

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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new and ongoing dvd & streaming releases, Us/Can/UK, from Mar 02-03

3 March 2015 4:32 AM, PST

A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.

new Us/Can Mar 03    streaming only Maps to the Stars The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Serena Ejecta Exodus: Gods and Kings The Last Five Years Top Five Wild Canaries    dvd/streaming Foxcatcher Believe Me The Humbling The Last of Robin Hood Private Peaceful new UK Mar 02    streaming only Bonobo Continuum (aka I’ll Follow You Down) Say When (aka Laggies) ’71 The Skeleton Twins Horns    dvd/streaming The Judge Mr. Turner Nightcrawler Pride Love, Rosie This Is Where I Leave You

more recent releases Us/Can    streaming only Advanced Style Amira & Sam The Babadook Belle Camp X-ray Frequencies The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I Last Days in Vietnam Mistaken for Strangers Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Where Are the Women? Ida

2 March 2015 6:53 AM, PST

Women aren’t just represented here, they also represent something much bigger and much more universal than themselves.

Click here for the ranking of 2014’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

Note: This is not a “review” of Ida! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Ida.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

This rating is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you may:

• become a monthly or yearly subscriber of FlickFilospher.com

• make a pledge at Patreon

• make a donation »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Ida movie review: alas poor Poland?

2 March 2015 6:28 AM, PST

A beautiful film, and a mysterious one. I don’t quite know what to make of it, but I have been seduced by its evasive intrigue. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Ida is a beautiful film, and a mysterious one. Two viewings have not given me the first inkling of what to make of it, except to realize that I have been seduced by its evasive intrigue.

Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (who wrote the screenplay with Rebecca Lenkiewicz) returns to his native Poland for the first time onscreen with a story of two women: 20ish orphan Ida (Agata Trzebuchowska), who has been raised by nuns and is about to take vows herself, and her aunt, 40s-ish Wanda (Agata Kulesza), her only living relative whom the Mother Superior insists Ida meet before making her lifelong commitment to the order. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Continuum (aka I’ll Follow You Down) movie review: the time traveler’s family

2 March 2015 4:15 AM, PST

Indie science fiction with a rare humanism, a scientific and emotional mystery with a solution Hollywood wouldn’t dare go anywhere near. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big sci-fi geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I needed a really good science fiction flick to wipe away the couple of bad ones I’ve had to endure in the past week or so, and Continuum — aka I’ll Follow You Down in the U.S. and Canada — did the trick beautifully. This is almost the movie that Project Almanac wanted to be — kinda maybe, if it could have broken out of the cheap Hollywood trope in which FX trump emotion — an exploration of the human impact that time-travel could potentially have. There are next to no FX here, and not even any new SFnal ideas. What there is »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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