Author: Clara Mae

Alien: Covenant Decenters its Female Protagonist in Favor of a Man

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Alien: Covenant, as well as discussions of rape analogies. Is the Alien franchise a feminist one? It depends on who you ask. If, and how, and why a film is feminist has always been up for debate in film criticism circles. Feminist films are often helmed by women who work to subvert the camera’s “male gaze.” In that sense the Alien films fail, as not a single woman has directed or written any of the four main films or two prequels, although Aliens, in my opinion the strongest film of the franchise, was...

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Backlight: Further Weinstein Repercussions and Twitter Boycotts

These past two weeks it’s become increasingly clear that Hollywood is run by a handful of rich, disgusting, decrepit old white men; luckily, many in Hollywood are now coming forward to criticize the culture of abuse and harassment. Here’s hoping all these painful conversations will lead to further change in the industry. We also have creators who are working hard to put out diverse and inclusive projects, affecting the industry in their own positive ways. Harvey Weinstein and Harassment in Hollywood The repercussions of Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s investigative New York Times piece on Harvey Weinstein continued to...

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Wishing For More Out of the Badass Women of Sci-Fi Panel

Updated October 9, 10:00 PM EST. A previous version of the article misattributed the statement “I love Moana” to Cher Martinetti. On Friday afternoon at New York Comic Con, several science fiction actresses and female directors came together for Syfy Wire Fangrrls Presents: Badass Women of Sci-Fi. Moderated by Syfy Fangrrls creator and managing editor Cher Martinetti, the panel discussed the importance of representation and making three-dimensional female characters. Martinetti kicked it off by explaining how the Fangrrls site vertical came about: it was “borne out of necessity. No site really talked about fandom in the way my friends and...

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Pacific Rim Uprising UnCancels the Apocalypse

New York Comic Con finally gave us the first look at Pacific Rim: Uprising, and it looks brighter, louder, and larger than Guillermo del Toro’s iteration. During the Pacific Rim: Uprising panel that took place in Madison Square Garden, director Steven S. DeKnight set the stage for the audience. The action in Pacific Rim: Uprising takes place 10 years after the last film and focuses on a new generation of Jaeger pilots who know “only a world of chaos.” Possibly alluding to the atmosphere of hate that’s become more visible in the wake of the U.K. and U.S. elections, DeKnight emphasized that a big message...

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Fantastic Shorts by Women at Fantastic Fest

With everything that’s gone down with Fantastic Fest these past few weeks, there’s been a hyper focus on how we can make the film industry more welcoming towards women. At the festival itself, only 11 feature length films out of over 80 were directed by women; three of those films were co-directed with men, meaning films helmed solely by women represent only 10 percent of all features offered. In light of those statistics and the recent events, I thought it appropriate to review all of the short films that were created by women, as a way to boost their...

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