Thursday, September 20, 2012
This one's for Matt Redmond
The number one prejudice that whites take the lead reminds me of how bitterly disappointing it was that Windtalkers was a Nicholas Cage vehicle with old Cage in the lead. You get John Woo directing and Adam Beach and other American Indian actors in the cast and it becomes a story of Nicholas Cage redemption and sacrifice? With a set-up like that and working with Tom Cruise it's not necessarily a huge shock John Woo may have decided at some point that working in China made more sense then working for Cruise. At least, if rumors and legends are true, a communist dictatorship is more openly and deliberately repressive about everything. But I digress ...
As for the trope "Only The Pretty Girls Survive" I would mention that depending on which cut of The Descent you watch the grieving mother does not live through the end of the first movie because the subtext of the film is that she wants to die but since I'm not sure which version of the film The Descent the author saw and the presumably needless sequel came out I'll grant that it still fits the trope under discussion of "Only the Pretty Girls Survive".
When Buffy the Vampire Slayer showed up it was funny and clever and a cute TV show. But now that we're moving into the second decade it seems that Joss Whedon has been showing himself to have fewer tricks up his sleeve than his fans have imagined. It's not a given that womanhood is more empowered or has been given stronger female characters since we got Buffy Summers and River Tam than when Marge Gunderson started investigating a multiple homicide situation.
... Joss Whedon can pretend like the ass-kicking supermodels were created as a reaction to the helpless victims, but he's just substituting one weird male fantasy with another. It's as if there's nothing in between "beautiful victimized woman crying while splattered in blood" and "beautiful invincible woman kicking people while wearing skintight fetish gear."
For a bit more on waif-fu ...