Film, Film and the Female

Film & the Female: Womanly Wisdom

From my other blog, Film & the Female

Our beloved ladies of the silver screen are nothing without the genius writers behind them, so I’ve compiled a list of some of the best, kick-ass, inspirational, and uplifiting quotes from my favourite female characters across the years:

Female Character Quotes

Let me know of your favourite women and their fantastic lines!

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[FandFBlog] What Makes Interstellar So Great?

[Adapted from my post on Her Story Arc]

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Interstellar (2014) is one of those films that doesn’t suggest in the trailers that it’s going to be as complicated as it is. I still don’t understand what happened or how it all worked, but that’s usually a given with Christopher Nolan films – I’ve watched Inception (2010) many times but still don’t really get that.

In Interstellar, the possibly not too distant future Earth is becoming more and more uninhabitable due to crop losses and huge dust storms. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a NASA physicist, sends ex-NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a highly intelligent team of researches through a wormhole across the galaxy to investigate three planets, to determine whether humans can inhabit any of them.

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[FandtheFBlog] 18 Lines Strong: Aurora

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She’s one of Disney’s most beautiful princesses and one of the most iconic with her colour changing dress and luscious blonde locks. Aurora, Briar Rose, Sleeping Beauty, whatever we call her is a Disney princess who girls and boys all across the world have adored and will continue to adore. Regarded as one of Walt’s original three, coming in third after Snow White and Cinderella, Aurora is the epitome of a gracious and flawless princess.

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What has been noticed in particular about Aurora when comparing her to her fellow princesses is that she has the least number of lines out of any of them across one film. 18 lines of pure, unadulterated femininity greet our ears and she graces our screens for a whole 18 minutes. But this doesn’t mean that she is any
less important. The original three are quiet, beautiful, graceful and romantic. They dream of more to life and are fixated on that famous prince charming to come and sweep them off their feet. Daintily, they frolic around, they talk to snow-white-sleeping-beauty-34444394-500-300animals, sing pretty songs and believe that kindness and compassion will cure anything evil. To say that they play more of a ‘damsel in distress’ role is accurate; they wait for the prince to rescue them, the actions of others affect their happiness and they’re generally not pro-active. But they have inner strength. They stay true to themselves and prove that resilience and kindness will get you through the hardest of times. Aurora is no different. She lives a cosy life with the three fairies, unknowing that she is a royal and that her aunts are actually magical creatures that can fly, until her 16th birthday when she is given the news (all at once, it’s worth noting) that she is a princess with two parents she never knew about and is betrothed to a man she has never met (or so she thinks..). That’s a lot to take on for a girl who’s lived in the woods for 16 years.

Her reaction when she is dressed in a beautiful princess gown with a golden tiaralarge
on her head and left alone after learning all of this news is to break down crying in front of the mirror. It would be safe to assume that Aurora is a little weakling, but she’s quite the contrary. Her breakdown is normal – heck, I’d probably burst into tears at 16 if I was told that my life had all been a lie. To also be told that you’re betrothed to marry a random prince when you’ve already met a guy in the forest that you quite fancy (conveniently the same man in this) isn’t great news. She’s not been brought up as a princess, so she doesn’t know how to hold in her emotions. She hasn’t been taught how to hold a poker face or how to smile when crumbling from the inside. She shows herself as a normal teenager like any one of us and we can totally relate (except her skin is flawless and her body has clearly already gone through puberty).

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It’s a shame that she doesn’t speak more. I’m sure she would be a sassy princess with a lot of opinion given the chance (as we have seen in the wonderfully made tumblr_n7slg6XuXw1tfn93fo2_400up screenshots found on Tumblr and other such websites) but we love her just the same. Her lack of voice is made up for in her singing and she successfully tells us how she’s feeling by dancing through the forest and singing her song, which consequently attracts Prince Philip. I’ve read a lot of stuff online about how it’s not right that she doesn’t speak much, but where she is the main character, the story actually concentrates more on how the three fairies elude Maleficent’s attempts to kill the princess for 16 years. Her quietness does not coincide with her strength, something that we can see very clearly throughout.

Aurora is one of the most loved princesses, and the variations of her character that come out over the years will be ever stronger and perhaps more chatty, but one thing is for sure that there will never be a Sleeping Beauty who beats the original.

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Entertainment, Film

Film and the Female

I’ve started a new blog about films and their female characters. It’s something that means a lot to me and after studying it for my dissertation at university, I have stuff to say about the matter.

It’s stylish and it’s swish with lots of pretty pictures on it and so far I’ve thrown in my honest opinion on the films/TV I’ve picked. With it still being under construction to an extent, give it a chance (and bear in mind some of the posts so far are templates to add bumf to the site) and I promise there’ll be more on there as time goes on.

Swing by and any film suggestions are warmly appreciated 🙂

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Entertainment, Television

Game of Nudes

We’ve just had episode 5 of Game of Thrones fifth season and, as expected, I’m thoroughly enjoying it. However, there are a lot of people who are really, really, really against it because of all the nudity and the not always girl-boy sex and violence. And I kind of get it, sure, but at the same time, I don’t. I’ve got a real issue with people trying to represent alternative worlds or even old worlds as being prim and proper because there is virtually no way that this was 100% the case all the time. It’s absolutely for certain that people – especially the royals – messed around with each other and had lots of bedroom fun (except Lord of the Rings but let’s not go there).

Now, please don’t think I’m one to condone sexism, especially degradation of women because I’m not; however, I have zero problems with GoT. I don’t feel that the nudity is unnecessary , I don’t feel like it’s shoved in there for no reason and I don’t see it as obscene and insulting. Just last night, one of the rising characters was talking to a girl that he frequently interacted with in the bedroom and both were naked. It’s relevant to the story: it tells you that they’ve just had sex and she is clearly not happy his engagement news. It sets the scene and gives the audience context before the camera intrudes on their intimate moment and gives you the impression that this is all the poor girl has been thinking about while making love to the man she desires. It evokes sympathy for both characters and shows them at their most vulnerable as they bare all.

What is key for me with all the nudity is that it’s always done in a beautiful way, with a different array of bodies. The camera cherishes each person’s form with tinted light accompanied by music that is always soft and aesthetically delicious to the eye. If nudity and sex were not such prominent features, I can’t imagine that I would take the show as seriously. It adds a mature dynamic to the show, reminding you that it’s for adults and to some extent, separates it from the clutching hands of teenagers who jumped on the Breaking Bad bandwagon. It makes me feel as though I’m watching a piece of adult art, not some cheap smut as some people have deemed it. And, really people, aren’t we in a modern world where we can appreciate the human body without blushing scarlet each time at a woman’s breasts? We’re all about respecting each person’s body in 2015 and being keen to represent people fairly without judgement. I will give it that most GoT ladies are skinny beauties with few flaws; but let’s think about the time period and the setting. People aren’t exactly popping for a McDonald’s after work or grabbing some chocolate from the fridge when they please. The nature of the period is starvation, a civilisation in the grasp of war and conservatism, or whatever you might call it.

Doing a degree in film made me realise that pretty people do appear more on camera. Those who are considered attractive will probably land a job over somebody who isn’t the filmmaker’s idea of beauty and I agree, it’s not fair. That’s just how film and television is made. They’re consumed by the masses through the eyes which is why pretty naked people appear so much on our screens. And I have no issue with it. As long as it’s relevant to the story, otherwise it becomes a poorly scripted porno.

I’m looking forward to the next episode and the next and the next. It’s a great set up and something that’s storming through television history with full force. But, as usual, critics offended by a woman’s breasts are flying about casting their curses on anything controversial.