Here’s a little cynical poem. A lot of it is not true, as discussed in this blog, there are many MANY strong female characters in films, but it hasn’t always been the case.
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October 21st, 2015. The skies are abundant with cars whizzing on the Skyway, while those on the ground watch Jaws 19 in 3D and sip the delights of Pepsi Perfect. Hoverboards are a frequent mode of transport and teenage fashion involves wearing your jeans inside out.
Well, not really. Not to mention the fact that we don’t have holographic hats or self-drying jackets coupled with self-tying laces.
Marty McFly has officially arrived in the present – future – whatever and the world is welcoming him with open arms. There’s been a lot of hype over this last week about ‘Back to the Future Day’ and lots of people have been pointing out similarities between the 1989 idea of the future and the reality of it. Things like flat screen TVs, video calls, glasses that act as phones; there’s actually a lot out there that we can see in Back to the Future Part II.
The trilogy has been my favourite set of films since I was around 13 years old. I bought the first film on DVD from Woolworths for £3 and watched it for the first time on my laptop at my Grandma’s. I believe hooked is the word. For about a year (maybe more!) I used to watch at least one of the films every night, becoming obsessed and consumed in the story. I bought all the merchandise I could get my teenaged hands on and spread my obsession to everyone that I thought needed to know. I’ve never known a film that is so beloved by its fanbase. So much, in fact, that sometimes I’ve seen fans get nasty about the littlest details. That’s not what I want to be a part of.
It’s overwhelming to see how much people love the movies and on this day so far there have been thousands upon thousands of Tweets about the day. People are quoting the film, posting pictures, memes, gifs, everything. It’s wonderful. We are also invited to get our teeth stuck into a few shorts and documentaries that have sprung up out of nowhere and this afternoon, ITV2 is showing all three films and a Keith Lemon tribute – which I can’t really wait for.
I want to post about ten different quotes and pictures on Facebook today, but I’m going to hold back. Once is enough Brittany, once is enough.
Happy Back to the Future everybody and remember – “Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.” (Doc Brown, Part III).
A five-strong list of some female characters who deserve a little bit more attention than they’re credited.
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 🙂
I’m looking for new posters for the bedroom. I outgrew the rainbow phone boxes collapsed on top of each other, and my Back to the Future one is on its last legs so I’ve been shopping around. I love film posters but I want something on my walls that’s more arty than fangirly. Trouble is, each and every film poster has the title scrawled across the bottom half of the paper, like I don’t know what movie it is. Lady in a blue dress – woah is that Cinderella? Who knew? Thanks, movie poster for telling me. A hobbit looking out of a circular door – is that perhaps…The Hobbit? Well, I never would have guessed! And a very familiar wavy haired dwarf, standing at the edge of a boat looking out towards a dragon over a misty sea. Is it for the movie Snow White? OH WAIT. It kindly informs me at the bottom that it’s Game of Thrones. Gee, thanks, poster.
I don’t need to be told what the film/TV programme is. If I’m a fan of it, I probably know what it is already. If I’m not a fan of it, why would I want it on my wall?? I just look at all these beautiful posters that are real credits to the films that they come from and think that they are entirely spoilt by the title plastered across them. We know what the films are, we don’t need informing. The struggle is real, all I want is something to brighten up my room that doesn’t have words on it…
So I’ve been reading a lot of reviews for the new Hobbit film and may I just politely point out that when you are watching an adaptation of a book, it is going to be something entirely different to the original novel despite how ‘faithful’ the director has been to the author. One review exclaims that ‘new characters have been added – a woman for heaven’s sake! And what? Are you aware of all the theories that Tolkien was not particularly a fan of the female gender and his books can be said to be quite sexist? I’m writing about something like this in my dissertation for uni which includes talking about women in the films and how they relate to the books. If you write a review on the film, please write it about the film and not how it compares to the book, thanks. Also no spoilers because I haven’t seen in yet 😉
After five nights of an ungodly low amount of sleep, six days of films and one hundred pounds, I am now back in York and it is bloody freezing. I have just been on a trip with uni to Bydgoszcz in Poland to visit the Camerimage Film Festival which celebrates the talents and the career of cinematographers. It’s a week filled with seminars and screenings and people from all nationalities and it was truly fascinating. As well as getting to see lots of cultural films that we wouldn’t normally think twice about we also got to sample authentic Polish cuisine and nightlife and let me tell you, it’s a very different way of life to the British.
We saw lots of amazing films, including a very French one called Augustine which had lots of naked lady bodies in it. We also got to see the new Coen Brothers film called Inside Llewyn Davis which is about a folk singer/guitarist who just can’t make it in the business. I really enjoyed this one and it was so beautiful to look at. Which you would hope because it’s a cinematography festival… Other films included Wicked Blood, the first film to be shot in Sony 4K about a girl whose family is involved in the drug business and she is trying to find a way to escape becoming one of them. We also got the chance to watch the music video competition including videos from 30 Seconds to Mars which was great, although we had to sit on the stairs because apparently the festival organisers had limited concern for fire health and safety. Sometimes it was manic. Sometimes people were sitting in the aisles and on the stairs and on the stage. Shaking my head.
Every night when we weren’t watching films we found the time to go for dinner in lots of different restaurants and I tell you now, the food in Poland is cheap. Approx. £6 for a massive pizza that would cost you £12 in England. All of the food was amazing, there wasn’t a meal that I didn’t enjoy; however, it seemed that the food didn’t agree with me at all and unfortunately I was poorly for a good portion of the holiday. Not as poorly as those who went on the lash and rolled into the hotel at 8am, just in time for breakfast.
The city of Bydgoszcz in itself is a very industrial place with a strange part known as the old town that is pretty and picturesque. It’s strange to see the two contrasting sides of it; you literally walk over a bridge and the whole atmosphere of the city changes. It’s just not a tourist area, which is a shame, because not many people there understand English and you kind of have to be local to know where to go and what to do. Unless you want to go to a museum about the history of soap and dirt which is quite well advertised.
Overall, it’s been a great trip and I may put some photos up which I should ideally put on this post but I’m getting sleepy and the words aren’t really making sense to me anymore; I just wanted you to know that I had a great time, however, I am very, very glad to be home! Yorkshire will always be my home and it’s wonderful here. You should visit York, not Bydgoszcz. Jokes.
Featuring A Beautiful Mind, The Impossible and She’s the Man.
Yay! I’m getting better. I think.