THE WIFE: No Marriage is Worth This
Glenn Close may win her first Academy Award for her gripping performance in The Wife, which depicts a woman who regrets her failure to pursue her own great literary potential in deference to her husband’s success. She does not, however, abandon her own aspirations in the usual manner of staying home and tending to children […]
When Boys Write Girls: A Lesson in Gender Appropriation
There’s been much ado on the topic of CULTURAL APPROPRIATION in storytelling –often regarding the debate, “should a White person write a story about a Black person’s experience?” In a similar vein we might question the issue of gender appropriation, i.e. should a man write a story about a woman’s experience? There are strong arguments […]
A Female Star is Born: Can’t She Be a Feminist Too?
A Star Is Born is a classic story that different generations of filmmakers inevitably discover and reincarnate on the big screen. It is easy to understand why Hollywood is so drawn to this love story (and cautionary tale) of the excesses and pressures of Hollywood stardom: A struggling but talented female singer/songwriter wins the heart […]