Showing posts from November, 2012

WONDERWOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

By Moira Sullivan We seldom hear about heroic women in film who are superheroes , even though there are countless examples, such as Lucy Lawless as Xena Warrior Princess, Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2, Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil and what comes to mind most often --- Wonder Woman.   Kristy Guevara-Flanagan looks at this phenomena in WONDERWOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and wonders why there are not more. To answer this question she traces the origin of the comic book in the late 30’s and the great depression when people needed heroes. Feminist Gloria Steinem, who is interviewed in the documentary, declares that Wonder Woman was the only game in town. And she is the first , and has survived 70 years. In 1941 William Moulton Marston created an Amazon princess goddess for a comic book company and Wonder Woman became an overnight success. In fact she became so natural that it was not unusual to envision that within a 100 years, a matriarchy wo

Holy Motors: The Death of Identity

By Moira Sullivan Holy Motors was presented in the official selection at  Cannes in May, and was probably the most innovative film in the competition. It caused a lot of discussion and was loved by those who appreciate art cinema and made those expecting a film that follows the conventions of classical narratives uncomfortable.  However the unusual film that focuses on identity is a cinematic rarity. Leos Carax' dystopia is set in Paris and is about a man whose everyday job involves acting out the various identities of a variety of people. In the initial scene morning, Monsieur Oscar ( Denis Lavant) , is a middle-aged businessman, picked up in a white stretch limo. He lives in a beautiful mansion and is chauffeured by Céline ( Eva Scob ) all day. On his seat is a notebook with his second job. In a traditional narrative since the setting is established we would be pulled into the identity of the characters and lifestyle of our lead. The businessman turns out

Skyfall: Is Bond a Relic of the Cold War?

By Moira Sullivan The Bad Bond Girl - Sévérine -  Bérénice-Lim Marlone Judi Dench called James Bond  a “misogynist dinosaur” and “relic of the Cold war” – in her debut opposite Pierce Brosnan ’s Bond in GoldenEye . In Skyfall this antagonism continues. According to "M", “orphaned children make the best agents”, and in this film she winds up becoming more of a maternal symbol than ever. Not exactly what you expected but this is Judi Dench ’s last Bond film. Sam Mende s is the mastermind behind Skyfall who has crafted a brilliantly entertaining film. In the opening scene James Bond is in hot pursuit of a French rogue named Patrice ( Ola Rapace ). The  M16 agent Eve played by Naomi Harris is ordered by M to take aim at Patrice even while he struggles with Bond on the top of a moving train. The rogue gets away and Bond takes a bullet. Later we learn that Patrice works for a master hacker who sets off bombs triggered by remote programming. M is targeted and the rest

Ghostbusters relived in 2012

By Moira Sullivan Gozer, the destructor with Dana and Louis trapped within her servants Twenty-eight years ago, a New York tale of ghouls and goblins infiltrating and haunting libraries, courtrooms, buses and the subway became one of the most beloved films in modern movie history. Made on a budget of $32 million it has grossed 10 times over that worldwide and was nominated for two Oscars for special effects and best song -- the film is Ghostbusters. There are so many things I like about this film, that I find myself watching it about four times a year. On Halloween, I’ll watch it once more. First of all some of the "Saturday Night Live" talent is in this:  Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, and Dan Aykroyd ,  co writer of the film.  Sigourney Weaver  did Ripley and Zuul skits for SNL—Ripley being her role in Alien , and Zuul from Ghostbusters, the demigod and servant to the Sumerian shape shifter Gozer the Gozerian, the destructor,  played by Serbian model Slavitza J