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Thursday, October 15, 2015

3 Reasons Why Final Girl (2015) is NOT a Feminist Movie

As someone who has to catch her breath after walking up a flight of stairs, I vicariously kick ass and take names through action movies starring women. That’s probably why I had such high expectations for Final Girl (2015) starring Abigail Breslin and that guy who played Cato in The Hunger Games.

The premise itself is the film version of click bait. Four boys lure girls into the woods and proceed to hunt them down. All while wearing tuxedos. Then, one night, they lure the wrong girl into the woods. She is Veronica, the Final Girl a.k.a. a trained assassin sent to bring them to justice. All while wearing a strapless dress.

In theory, the movie sounds like a lot of fun. I expected the teen version of Angelina Jolie’s Salt, only with hotter guys and sassier dialogue. I was wrong. In fact, this movie made the feminist in me so angry I wanted to do my own hunting in the woods. Here are some of my issues with it:

Spoilers ahoy. You’ve been warned.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Nerd Girl Watches Action Movies | The Expendables 3

Title: The Expendables 3
Release Date: August 2014
Director: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, and more.
Summary: Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.

I hate action movies.

They’re sexist, populated by paper-thin characters, and recycle the same old vendetta-centric plots over and over.

However, I am in a relationship with a person who loves them, and I often have to drag said person to the movies to watch the latest romantic comedy. In an effort to make our relationship fairer, I’ve decided to watch more action movies.

Maybe we’ll have more to talk about. Maybe I’ll finally manage to convince him how awful the Transformers movie franchise is (cheesy one-liners, shallow characters, basically everything I hate about movies). Yeah, that’s not going to happen.

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