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The comments regarding skewing the spirit of the Marvel comics not
withstanding, plus a formulaic plot, I take a stand on the insidious
way we are undermining our daughters.
Whenever a script has anyone use the term "pussy" as a sexist slur to mean a coward, we are reinforcing negative stereotypes of our daughters, sisters, and mothers, regardless.
And it goes by almost unnoticed, almost on a preconscious level.The movie industry would have us take "pussy" for granted as a normal every day nomenclature. We have come to take script writers use of this term for granted as if people in real life, folks from decent homes, who are trying to work on the life long process of learning and becoming better human beings, speak this way. As if most of us would not cringe if we heard an adult male "motivate" a young boy to action by asking him, "Do you want to be a pussy?" At this point in the plot, which is not that far in, I lost immediate total interest, and respect. "Pussy" as we all know, is the number two derogatory term for the vulva, next to the humiliating term "cunt", which is just as bad as the "n" word, yet I bet I would not be able to spell out the "n" word, even though there is nothing illegal about it when not used with the intent to intimidate or humiliate. We can use the "n" word liberally in our film scripts, just can't spell it out discussing films. Sexism still subsumes racism.
But we can spell out "pussy" and "cunt", not seeing the connection between the epidemic of violence against women as being directly related to the use of hate words to spread an under pinning of misogyny worldwide, as in domestic violence, rape, child brides, female genital mutilation, sex trade, honor killings... yeah, honor. The epidemic of American high school and college girls thinking "hooking up" up is liberating, when in fact it is subjugating and humiliating in the long run, sometimes not that long of a run.
"Pussy" means in our culture the female genitalia, in a derogatory, misogynistic fashion. Who can define "yoni" by contrast without Googling it? We never hear it.And yet Iron Man can tell a kid not to be a female genitalia, implying females are weaklings. Even if one were to glibly argue that "pussy" means "pussy cat", every one would snicker. As if felines were not ferocious fighters.
I hope other parents talk to their kids about the significance of words and how it shapes our reality. That they too caught Robert Downy Junior using "don't be a pussy" to goad on a little boy, and insult our daughters while he was at it. Tsk tsk, Robert, and I just saw you filming in our town. Pft
I love realistic drama, and the creators of this film maintained the
illusion of watching a good documentary, without commentary, but
delivering slamming meaning, and meanings, just the same. The
proliferation of single mothers raising a family is a bane to society,
and young men growing up to think being silent and emotionless is the
means to self actualization leads toward the fall.
I could identify with Casper immediately, even being female, and not a burglar. I did not see him as a criminal but one who is flailing in existential angst with no hope of a future to get ahead.
If he had had a Tiger mom, and along with all the other siblings had been made to study, instead of playing video games, and play hooky from school with impunity, there would not have been a movie. The mother is depicted as gentle, not crass, loving, but not having the means to discipline her brew.
Casper's downfall is his ultimate sense of decency his younger brother does not have, and him I see as a criminal mind, a psychopathic personality who can't keep from bragging, and betrays his brother who made the mistake of coming back to help him.
I really felt badly for the gals who were treated as chattel sex toys. Though I have never been in their position either, my heart cries out to all women who end up in such desperate, and deplorable conditions which only result in ultimate abandonment and downfall,symbolized by the hapless gal who gets shot and is immediately just shuffled off, and we are pretty sure it is not to a hospital.
The frightening rise of kids being conceived out of wedlock and raised by single mothers or because of divorce, is not a good sign for the continued polarization of our society between the haves and the have-nots. We not only need more tiger moms, but tiger dads.
Became an instant favorite. It does not matter what country this takes
place in, and that it's never named. Often the enemy is easily
Those little girls were precious, running in the street, in the cellar wile bombs are going off. Been there. Been around men like that too.
Loved the colors of Golshifteh Farahani's clothes, and the way they billowed magnificently about her. One of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. Her spirit shines through.
The sex, better said as rape, is more spoken and little shown.There is one frame of Eros though, love making, you'd see in a Fine Arts Museum.
The issue of child brides is a theme, and these girls are given away like chattel. They do not choose this.
Those who do not know how to make love, make war, and that is not just the kind with guns. 10/10
Haven't seen a crime thriller this good in ages, with such fast moving
pace but excellent character development at the same time.
The screenplay is exciting and observant of human psychology. The acting is superb, and I guess the directing had a lot going for it too. Like the perfect storm,this just all came together and did a job of stirring me up good.
The tension built up from the start with Addison and what we learn about him and his coach. The relationship between the sheriff and his daughter, and the how the men treated her, and her stoic dealing with it...wow, I could not have handled it.
The relationship between the siblings was ambiguous but inspiring at the same time. The relationship in the family between the spouses and the son was written with such deft strokes which said so much.
The actors were fabulous. Especially at the dinner table at the climax of the story. The mother, Sissy Spacek, had such easy going wisdom about her but exploded with outraged indignation when pushed beyond the limit.
Loved the way the brother got the "L" word out of the protagonist in the climactic denouement. And it left you in the end wondering how the story would go on with our antiheroes.
One of those screenplays where you just fall in love with the bad guy and it just kills you to know he is fated, and that he has written his own tragedy as well as having been written by it.
Look forward to more of Zach Dean's screenplays.
What a masterpiece Jordan Scott has put together here. She's created a
work of art transcribing this novel to film with all it's topical and
universal applications. Not many films move me to tears, but this one
Nothing is harder than to be great and to be misunderstood, to have no means of moving your talents forward as symbolized by both the isolation of the dramatic school on the island, and the the swim team. Nothing is harder than not to fit in. Nothing is more wrenching than potential and innocence gone to naught, and evil that lurks in all our hearts.
But there is redemption in true friends, the hero which rises to the cal in the best of our selves, if only for a moment, before it all dissolves into thin air....such stuff a dreams are made on.
Not only was the cast superbly selected, but the setting, on location shots, the costumes and very important the film score made this a superb experience for me.