Films which just annoy you(105 Posts)
James Bond - just his casual sexism and his treatment of women.
I'm watching Ice Cold in Alex. The first female became "hysterical" and got shot.
The second female is all sympathetic. But she "couldn't understand wha they were doing" and now she lets out the clutch and the truck goes down the hill. She bursts into tears.
Cheers - Sam being so charming around women and most of them falling for it. Just hits on every women in the bar.
Drives me mad.
And he wasn't emotionally vulnerable at all so it's pointless to imagine he was.
That's very true. The film is completely slanted that way and you wonder how they can have made it so obvious. I also think it was a total cop out that there seemed to be no consequences for him. She died- and the total threat was removed. Nothing about addressing his shortcomings, he got his family back. Not that I think he should be punished for having the affair, but on a more symbolic level, the fact that he can shake off the whole affair much more easily that many others would be able to just emphasises the whole masculine luck, strength image.
He's Just Not That In To You.
Terrible message about the power balance in relationships. Women sitting back and passively waiting for men to make the decisions on all major relationship decisions.
There's a new musical being written about Fatal Attraction, and I'm reliably informed that it has a totally different ending to the film. Thankfully.
Misery porn films to teach us all a lesson about the ills of the past.
Ballsballsballs I was just going to say anything by Quentin Tarantino too. Gratuitous male violence. Not needed. My partner is currently watching Inglourious Basterds. I am studiously ignoring.
Pretty much agree with everyone else too!
Oh and anything by Roman Polanski or Woody Allen.
i saw some of the disney frozen the other day, that's bloody awful. bug eyed female characters singing about meeting the 'one'
Well, to be fair to Disney (never thought I'd say that!), all the other major characters tell that character that her romanticism is misplaced and she should get to know someone before she falls in love. The person she gets engaged to after one night turns out to be the villain of the piece and the act of true love that saves her is the love between sisters. And it passes the Bechdel test in the first scene and repeatedly throughout the film. Easily Disney's most feminist princess film (Lilo and Stitch is still better though!). Agree about the bug eyed animation, I think they spent all their money on the animation of the snow and ice.
Any American film featuring divorced parents.....where feckless father gets a chance to rebond (generally by having whacky adventures) while poor "career" Mum spends the entire film off screen ........ errr......not having whacky adventures but.......working!! NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM!!!! Sometimes, feckless father is not present, but rather than poor working career Mum having the whacky adventure, she still has to go off to a work conference and rope in feckless "hopeless" with kids (but luckily, usually "redeemed" by the end of the film by a love interest) single uncle - what's that one with Adam Sandler where all the bedtime stories come true? Both great adventure films BUT WHY CAN'T MUM HAVE THE ADVENTURES???
Thank you to the poster who explained about Mrs Doubtfire - always wondered why that film makes me want to heave!
What good timing! Just this evening, I took up my free month of Netflix and set up my list. I had to put Tangled on it (can't stand Disney) as I know it passes the Bechdel test and none of my other selections do.
Any recommendations? I like action movies and political intrigue. Already seen Tomb Raider and Brockovitch ... are they the only two??
I love dirty dancing! For the dancing, not the 'romance'
... and sorry for inverting the topic, but I couldn't possibly post films that just annoy me; I'd be typing until 2015! I confess to watching films that annoy me with their offhand sexism, though. It's too bloody hard to find works of non-sexist cinematic brilliance (viz my post above.)
I am seeing things with a different eye now.
Just watch Cheers. He hits on every women in the bar. Most just fall for his charms. Seriously. He's good looking so what the heck?
I hate the scene where she goes back to the high end boutique and goads the shop assistants about not serving her. Because women earning an honest living in a shop obviously deserve to be mocked.
Oh that's the only scene I enjoy. They aren't nice people they're classist arseholes who think it's OK to treat someone like something scraped off the bottom of their shoe because of the way she was dressed. And they did deserve a good mocking.
Have had that happen to me. Have wanted to do the same
but didn't go on to spend thousands in another shop to flaunt
Anyway, for me I used to love 16 Candles with Molly Ringwald, excitedly watched it again recently.. and oh my god. Just horrible rapey, racist.
I mean the guy we're supposed to be rooting for hands off his passed out girlfriend to a drunk stranger because he doesn't feel like "violating her a thousand ways". And tells the girl that he's him for the stranger to presumably abuse a thousand ways. And THEN the girl wakes up the next day after being raped by the nerd she'd been passed on to, and realises that it was actually good and she really liked him.
And then yay, Molly Ringwald hooks up with the scum bag at the end! How the fuck did it ever get made in the first place.
Feminist nightmare, main guy cheats on his wife, then has sex with another woman to keep that quiet who gets pregnant.
Then the man who owes him his life kills her to save his marriage. Afte main guy tells him about his fantasies of killing her.
And then after it all main guy realises that he doesn't want to get murderer in trouble..as he has a family .
Everything is happy and everyone just get on with life.
It's a dark comedy so it's all supposed to be funny etc, but I just felt like I couldn't get the joke. Not when it's all shit that happens in Rl iyswim?
GREASE ! Fuck grease.
Danny is a rapey bastard and Sandy shouldn't have changed for him. He wasn't worth it.
Does he really though? Not in any kind of concrete way, his social group and attitude stays the same. Whoopie, I'm gonna get laid.
Tbh once a bloke hadn't taken no for an answer at the drive in, when I didn't want to do anything sexy with him, he'd be straight out the door.
Thelma and Louise. I have no idea how it became this big feminist classic (well at least in the states) when at the end [SPOILER] they off themselves! Oooh look at them not submitting to the patriarchy. Go them.
Grease, how can you have "did she put up a fight?" in a song? [cnfused]
Also while he does change for her.. she does for him too in to a "bad girl"
The last five minutes of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Millie and her friend and boyfriend have all sorts of amusing adventures, meet that brilliant Carol Channing mad auntie in a plane character. Then the end is Millie giving up everything to be a traditional wife. Bleurgh.
Dirty Dancing is an interesting one. It depends on how you interpret the relationship between Baby and Johnny, and how you think it really does affect Baby's life outcomes. The film leaves that very open - the way I see it is that Baby/Frances moves on from Johnny fairly quickly after the end. She might not join the Peace Corps, but she certainly doesn't say she did nothing. Maybe she became a pro dancer. Maybe she became all kinds of things after she came out of the shadow of her family. The age gap thing is never stated explicitly, too - although Patrick Swayze as 30something (iirc), I think his character is meant to be quite a lot younger, as is often the case for Hollywood leading men.
I also appreciate the way that Penny and Baby are never rivals, and that although Penny does suffer as a result of her predicament, she lives, our sympathy remains with her, and the perpetrator is found out and punished.
Yes to The Piano - unwanted sexual attention made supposedly 'sexy', yuk. Thelma and Louise because the rape scene is shot in an erotic way. Any of those 'The Girl With' films which seem to get off on violence against women in the guise of finding it outrageous. And Moulin fucking Rouge.
The novel is hardly a feminist classic, but it has female characters with their own storylines. They have all been taken out of the film, bar the underage schoolgirl one, who is a minor, minor character in the book.
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