Happy International Women’s Day!
It’s looking like Captain Marvel is going to be exactly the kind of unwatchable SJW crapfest that people have long expected. Once again we see Hollywood trying to shoehorn its bizarre cultural agendas into what should have been a simple adventure movie.
However, positive signs are emerging. I’m pleased to announce that a group of highly-motivated women have had enough of this nonsense are committing themselves developing unique and original films instead of trying to commandeer existing genres like the face-huggers in Alien.
Their first film has a working title of “The Women,” and will be written and acted entirely by women. No men will appear in the film at all. The focus will be real issues facing women today: work-life balance, family conflict, love and friendship – all from how women see it.
Here’s the trailer:
Yep, it came out in 1939, exactly 80 years ago.
Brie Larson struts around like she’s some sort of feminist pioneer, but every actress in that movie is better than her.
I’ve brought it up before, but I’m getting really annoyed with the current crop of women claiming that they’re uniquely oppressed and brave pioneers, the FIRST woman to do whatever.
Heck, Lynda Carter is 67 and I bet she could kick Larson’s ass.
Gosh, that show only ran for nearly four years, but let’s pretend that female superheroes are something new.
Grandma Already Won the Tough Battles
Strong women have been a fixture of films since they were invented. A century ago one of the first film stars was Mary Pickford. “America’s Sweetheart” was also a shrewd businesswoman who parleyed her fortune into creating an independent studio with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplain and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. United Artists would go on to last until the Heaven’s Gate fiasco ended it as an independent studio in 1981.
I’d like to note that when Pickford’s career began, women didn’t even have the right to vote.
I mentioned The Women above, but 1939 also witnessed another significant event – the first Oscar awarded to a black woman, Hattie McDaniel. She received the award for her role in Gone with the Wind. Let’s remember that in 1939, the Civil Rights act was decades away. Segregation was still the law of the land but McDaniel overcame it.
Ironically, Gone with the Wind has frequently been targeted by Social Justice Warriors for supposed racism. As a result, fewer and fewer people get to see McDaniel’s outstanding work. Way to go, SJWs, silence that black woman’s voice!
There were other strong-willed women in those days. Bette Davis was the first performer – male or female – to take on the studio system, which saw actors and actresses traded back and forth like commodities. Davis was once a household name, and one of the toughest people – male or female – ever to appear on the silver screen.
Hey, there’s a reason they made a song about Bette Davis’ eyes.
Real Women Take Charge
One of the strangest complaints I’ve seen lately is that Hollywood doesn’t pay its leading ladies enough. The obvious response to this is: how many butts are they putting in the theater seats?
Let me put it in plainer terms that Larson might understand: Acting pay is directly related to how much money your movie makes.
I already mentioned Mary Pickford, but she was not only a huge star, for a time she was the pace-setter for record salaries.
A woman was also the first person to earn a million dollars for a single movie. That distinction went to Liz Taylor for her iconic role as Cleopatra back in 1963.
Film buffs will note that in constant dollars, Cleopatra remains the most expensive movie ever made. By some calculations, Taylor’s total compensation was $7 million (in 1963 dollars!) due the prolonged shooting schedule.
That’s what true stardom is, folks. If your movies are consistent block-busters, you get to name your own price. Women did it all the time.
Conversely, if you turn in absolute clunkers, don’t whine that The Man is keeping you down or that The Patriarchy won’t pay you a decent wage.
Now part of the problem is that Hollywood doesn’t actually make dramatic movies any more. Either it’s a special effect demo-reel or some Very Special Episode exercise in virtue-signaling that no one wants to watch (but will still win an Oscar).
But as we’ve already seen, women have other options. They can found their own studio and support female-centric scripts.
Or they can whine about how unfair it is that they still make millions as they slide into the lycra suit and cash the check while pretending that they’re facing obstacles like those that confronted Mary Pickford, Bette Davis or Hattie McDaniel.
Those were the true superheroes and they deserve better than to have someone try to steal their glory.