Hideo Muraoka by Wong Sim, 2013
Spike Lee’s list of essential films features exactly one woman filmmaker. So here are seven more women filmmakers and their films that are essential to understanding and enjoying film.
So all these people are posting pictures of their dad on Facebook for Father’s Day and I was like “THAT’S DUMB.”
Then I remembered THIS photo existed and it is the nerdiest motherfucking thing you have ever seen.
Loyal FemPoppers will notice that updates to the site have been…erratic. Sadly real life (re: making money) has kept FemPop’s editors very busy.
Two weeks ago I sat down with fellow editor Rebecca Jane and we chatted about the future of FemPop. Where we wanted the site to go and what we wanted the site to be. As a stepping stone to awesome paying gigs it has been fantastic, and we want to allow others to have the same opportunity.
FemPop will always be a place where women (and men if they’re polite) can come together to analyze films, television and video games without having to deal with a stubbly white dude perspective and we want it to continue to be such a place.
We’ll be editing and curating the content and contributing (Xena recaps FINALLY return this week!) as well, but we want young voices to have a chance. We want new voices at FemPop.
Which is why we’re recruiting YOU (unless you are a white dude, in which case as much as we love you we’d prefer that you, like, just leave your thoughts in the comments).
So are you a television, video game or total film nerd? Can you tell us why Jodie in Beyond Two Souls is going to be the best video game heroine of the year? Or do you have the urge to write about Cersei and her troubled relationship with the patriarchy in Game of Thrones? Are you primarily excited about This Is The End and Man of Steel because of Emma Watson and Amy Adams?
Then we want you.
What will you get out of all of this? You’ll be writing for a site that’s been featured at Jezebel, XOJane, Mary Sue and the Washington Post. You’ll be working with actual professional editors (who understand that this isn’t a full time gig and will work with you and your schedule). You’ll get the opportunity to attend festivals, cons and even industry events. You’ll be showing folks that it isn’t just white dudes in their forties that understand pop culture.
If this is appealing to you then collect your three best writing samples, and a cover letter explaining why you are the tits and send it to me at submissions AT fempop.com. Put I AM THE BEST in the subject line so we know you’re not just, like, messing around.
The game industry has a massive problem with representation. It’s come under fire in the last year because of the complete lack of diversity in plots and characters. Earlier this year gaming insiders candidly admitted that games won’t be made if they feature a female heroine and that those that are made will receive a fraction of the marketing budget received by games featuring grizzled white dudes out for revenge.
So how does one of the largest publishers in video games and the developer of one of gaming’s most popular consoles respond to the allegations of misogyny?
They have a woman get beat up on stage and then they make a rape joke.
Check out Once Upon A Time during the Austin TV Festival.
I’m not doing a formal write up because this was totally me fun time. Which is why I went to things like the Scandal panel that morning and sighed softly in wonder at Joshua Malina (he is perfect and funny and perfect what?).
But yeah, back to the OUAT panel. A&E were there and, as most modern show runners are, they were a little less than candid.
These guys have a wonderful talent for telling you everything and absolutely nothing. So we got fun anecdotes about how Emma had three kids in their first discussion of OUAT and Charming died in the first script delivered to the network.
But then on things like, say, LBGTQ representation we got the “we’re open to telling those stories and we want them to be big and epic romances” line.
There was no elaboration on that point. No discussion of what characters they COULD queer. Which was a bummer. Such a vague answer to the question brings to mind flashbacks of just about EVERY show runner who gets asked the “queer” question.
BUT there was some very cool talk as well in regards to next season. Like that they’re treating the season split, where half airs in the fall and half in the spring, as two separate seasons with two distinct arcs.Other highlights:
Honestly sitting down I expected a lot of double speak and oblique answers, but hearing these guys talk it was clear they’re finally starting to get comfortable running a show and managing this massive cast of characters they have. They also said that their wish list for characters to cover on OUAT were already on screen. So the character bloat we saw this season could be a thing of the past—it certainly seems like the break neck and wild pacing that made season 2 so muddled could be done with finally.
I was nervous for next season going into this panel, but came out pretty stoked.
To take the relationship from a simmering subtext to blatant main text is completely in line with the show’s mission to redefine fairytales and dole out happy endings like candy. Two ladies uniting in love for their son (and possibly each other yes please) is just a logical as hell next step.
Ok, this is the funniest thing in the history of ever. Specially because their expressions match the conversation they’re having perfectly.
Rhimes’ show is obsessed with these betrayals, the most fundamental of betrayals. Adultery is the most horrific of emotional crimes one can commit against another and she uses it to pry apart these characters and expose the roots of them.
is anyone going to demand heads roll for West
or nah no one cares about Texas