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Women Protagonists

From all around, you might scrub upon "the return of the divine feminine". But that's not the reason I am writing in interest about women. I'm just seriously filling-in the void of the limited, non sexual encounters with them, including in the movies.

First stop is Famke Janssen... I can still remember the first time I saw her on the first of modern James Bond movies (with Pierce Brosnan) as an anti-Bond.


Flash-forward to─

100 Feet (2008)

Juicier still.

Down boy! Famke is just a tasty tip of the iceberg, but nonetheless appreciated. 100 Feet is about how ghosts of the past haunt and interfere with the living. You see, inanimate objects can record past experiences of the dead, and our attachment with both the object and subject will determine the intensity of such ghostly encounters. Famke's just take on a formidable turn , and I liked it how whoever chose which object to "rule them all"─other objects, so that I can say that if I do get married, I'll tie a little string around wife's...

Ain't that an easy puzzle, mate?!

Superman and Batman: Apocalypse (2010)

Although more of a Superman movie, this features Supergirl, Superman's cousin. Now, you might think we (or I) may be fiddling on childishness or too much fantasy. You might want to think again why we, as kids, did like comics in the first place.

Even then we can almost say, "This isn't for kids!" But we still read on.

And this movie isn't that different. It takes one to exactly why superheroes wear the suit, or the mask, or the alter ego. Or what entails when possessing tremendous power.

Here, Supergirl is fitted into the Justice League (JL) group. This is like, "disclosure" to Supergirl, or "Why even, ever, Supergirl?!?" Especially when viewed as Superman's only living, younger next-of-kin, like a younger sister; or like having Superman as your older, protective brother. Both are easily the most powerful team-up in the DC Universe. That is why Wonder Woman and Batman figure in this story, and further establishing the guild of JL.

I found this review, and when I saw that he got it right, I searched no further. He even suggested complementary titles :)

Supergirl thighs...

True Grit (2010)

I am just glad we watched both Superman and Batman and True Grit on DXM. Movies acquire a kind of "depth" and "meaning"... and that "felt experience", with DXM─"sacred-ness"; without which would have otherwise felt like just merely passing time.

But that does not mean these films won't stand out without the aid of such enhancers. The mark of a truly great film is that it cuts across boundaries, whether in normal or special types of awareness.

Movies exhibiting some grit, genuinely felt (lol):

In this film, we see how the Law of the Land may be executed by the parties concerned, and how it is met with force and resistance.

We can also see a filmic tradition that amounts to notable results (repeat partnerships) in the guise of actor Josh Brolin and directors the Coen brothers. Much like what we see with Michael Caine, Christian Bale, and director Christopher Nolan; or with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and director Tim Burton; or Hugo Weaving and the Wachowskis; or Russel Crowe and Ridley Scott─all of which achieved archival notoriety.


Lastly, we see a young actress in character and wearing the mantle of "true grit", placing the stereotypical alpha male suit(s) in the periphery as (merely?) guardians of fair justice.

If your sons, or daughters, are confused tweens, or budding, fashionable metrosexuals, or (caution: grit ON) fatherless emos, then this film might just set them, or you, right on track.

100 Feet─6.5 of 10
Superman and Batman: Apocalypse─8/10
True Grit─9/10



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