And I was incredibly impressed by the acting. It was absolutely tremendous. Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mia Wasikowska leapt out of the screen (Laser, Josh Hutcherson’s character, was the Bobby Draper of the film. Really under developed.). The writing was also incredibly tight. Nearly every bit of info in every scene was calculated so that it was absolutely necessary to carry the plot forward in time, leading us to the drama and closure at the end of the film.
(Spoiler in this paragraph.) But that’s not to say that I wasn’t left a little uncomfortable about the film. I kept thinking how the lesbian couple could have never been a gay male couple in today’s world. We simply see gay women differently than men (not to mention that we often see women, in general, as mothers.). I also had issue with how immediately Julianne Moore’s character went to Mark Ruffalo’s for an affair.
I also disliked how frequently a straight couple was there to give surprised faces to arguments between Moore’s and Bening’s characters. The notion of Ruffalo’s character, and the very fact that his character is absolutely necessary for the film to even exist, slightly upsets me.
At times, I even asked myself “Why does it have to be a very successful white couple that we see here?” I was feeling rather Armond White-y, if I do say so myself.
These are issues of authenticity. The film is aware of the millions of hurdles that it has to go over, and addresses them half heartedly. But, as my girlfriend pointed out, if it were a film about a straight couple, we wouldn’t be talking about authenticity. It’s a non-issue.
As someone that is pro-gay rights, I’m also incredibly pro-gay image in film and television. The problems I have with “The Kids are All Right” are small, and mostly deal with image issues. Someone that believed female homosexuality was not real could easily construe this film as an argument for that.
But in the end, what really makes this film so difficult (or to many, so great) is that it puts a lesbian couple in the typical male-female, husband-and-wife, family drama storyline. While it doesn’t push boundaries (and ignores many social issues of today while telling its personal story), it puts this family next the hundreds upon hundreds of straight-family dramas.
I also realize that as a white heterosexual male, issues of gay authenticity are probably not for me to hold concern, and are perhaps insulting. I simply worry about how people could politically misconstrue a film that doesn’t seem to have a political bend.
And that’s when I realize that if anyone used a film to actually argue a political point, they shouldn’t be voting. And we have to start SOMEWHERE, right? A flawed film might not be so bad, in that case.
So what am I left with here? I’m left confused. Confused on the politics of this film. Confused as to how the gay community feels about this film. Confused as to whether this film is as good as the critics have been saying.
I do know one thing, though. This film is certainly solid and worth seeing. Best of the year, however? That I am not so sure of.
"Sexual abuse and pornography are more grave dealings, they are an egregious violation of moral law. Attempted ordination of women is grave, but on another level; it is a wound that is an attempt against the Catholic faith on the sacramental orders."
The Pitchfork Music Festival is this weekend, which means that my neighborhood, a mile and change north of the Union Park concert stages, will be overrun with really top-notch hipsters. Some of them will be obnoxious. Many of them will be hilarious. All will be deliberately conspicuous among the…
I was one of these hipsters last year! Minus the dress and the drunkeness.
However, I did almost make that mistake. But I was then corrected by some nice people. My friend and I just kind of hung around on the platform for like a half hour until the crowd cleared and non-drunk, normally dressed people remained.
My current absolute favorite director is Lynn Shelton. Her last two films were created with an incredibly tiny cast and crew. While she shaped the themes and general story arch of the two films, they were both entirely improvised films that let the actors do their work; act.
Not only that, but working with such a small group, on a film that is collaborative in nature, helps create a sense of camaraderie and deepens the connections between the cast and crew on the film. Most importantly, with this system, Shelton gets to work with only the people she wants to work with. No excess.
I’m still learning, but as I’m trying working on more and more projects (currently directing two, perhaps three shortly), I’ve discovered that as someone working with absolutely zero budget and no true production value, that the quality of work, and the enjoyment of doing the work, is vastly improved when you do it with those that care about the material and care about who you are.
I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be doing what you plan to do for the rest of your life with people you love and make amazing things. Everyone should have that opportunity. It’s only as of recent that I’ve really felt that way.
1. One in three women die or are seriously injured as a result of gender-based violence. Violence against women results in more deaths among women ages 15 to 44 than the total number of women who die because of war, malaria and cancer.
4. Approximately 96 million young women in developing countries still cannot read or write. Globally, girls account for 55 percent of children not in school.
5. Nearly 75 percent of those displaced by violent conflict are women. Displacement leaves women without access to health care, proper nutrition or education. Displaced women face a higher threat of gender-based terrorism and violence.
6. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda resulted in hundreds of thousands of violent sexual assaults, resulting in an estimated 250,000 women falling victim to HIV/AIDS. While many women awaiting treatment died, their perpetrators receive antiretroviral therapies in prison.
7. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that actually denies women the right to vote by law. In other parts of the world, where women are legally allowed to vote, many women still struggle to exercise their rights. For example, in Afghanistan, some women were denied the right to vote in 2009 because the country lacked the necessary amount of female staff members to provide enough polls for women.
9. In 1974, Isabel Peron became the world’s first woman president, when she was elected President of Argentina. Around the world, 68 women have served as head of state in their country (not including monarchies). Currently, 38 women serve as head of government around the world. In 1997, Ireland became the first country to succeed power from one female president to another.
10. African nations have more women in parliament than most western nations. Rwanda ranks number one in world rankings for the highest representation of women at 49 percent.
I’m from Michigan, born and raised…and currently going to school. The Detroit Free Press today is chock full of information on an absolute shit-ton of films being shot here in Michigan. As someone that plans to become a filmmaker professionally, it’s incredibly exciting to see all these projects underway. The more that’s done here, the more that it will be accepted. There really aren’t many people that I know that are against film shoots happening in this area, it’s really political issues at play. The political nonsense can hopefully be lessened, too, by simply being further exposed to the participation and benefits earned from being a busy film state.
The reason I’m linking this particular article is because I’ve known for some time that Harold and Kumar 3 is shooting in Michigan. They were recently shooting at the Somerset Collection (Mall, whatever) with Patton Oswalt, and I was envious that I didn’t know before hand. This article reveals more about that particular production.
I haven’t seen any Harold and Kumar films, but people tell me they are good. The first film had Neil Patrick Harris in it, so it has to be at least a mediocre, yes? I tend to shy away from the drug-adled buddy comedies because they tend to be less women friendly in an upsetting way to me, but OKAY, going on the premise that this series is decent, here’s some cool things learned from this article:
-Not only is Patton Oswalt in the film, but so is Thomas Lennon.
-Troy, and the rest of Southeast Detroit, is standing in for New York City?! Whoa, this place is not that kind of town. Interested to see how that works.
Fox News in Chicago recently ran this insanely stupid and ill-researched report last week regarding the funding of public libraries. The conclusion by “investigative reporting” was that library patrons were using the libraries for internet access, and that the $120 million per annum allocated to…
An old article (2006) but still good. And sadly true.
When women dropped over half a billion to see Titanic, frequently citing Kate Winslet and/or her character as their reason (and the special effects in more than a few cases), it was dismissed as a fluke. The biggest gross-earner of all time, and we’re not allowed to learn anything from its success because it was just a fluke. And why was it a fluke? Uh, something about when it was released, and what else was out, and er, stuff. Conventional wisdom. Don’t question it.
When huge numbers of women attended the Matrix movies, the industry refused to accept this as proof that women liked action movies, sci-fi, a kick-ass female lead who sometimes rescues the guys, or lots of guns. Or even gawking at Keanu Reeves. Nope, it had to be that we were attending with boyfriends, husbands and male friends – thus proving once more that only men determine the success of a movie, and women’s tastes can safely be ignored without anyone being accused of prejudice.
When Firefly proved more popular with women than men, that should’ve helped industry pros alerted by the appeal to women of Titanic and the Matrix movies narrow down just what it was we were digging: that we love special effects and action as much as men, if you just give us at least one relatable female character. Instead, it was recognized as “proof” that Firefly wasn’t cutting it as an action series and needed to be axed.
When Buffy the Vampire Slayer drew plenty of male viewers (7 men to every 10 women), it should’ve proven that guys will indeed watch female action heroes. But instead, the fact that the show targeted female viewers put it right out of the running for any consideration about male viewing habits. Which is kind of like saying if a non-Christian kid chooses to go to a private Christian school because it’s providing a better education than the public schools in his area, his choice and its results don’t merit consideration because the school was targeting Christians.