whined complained blogged before about all the male dominated films that are out now, with women in mostly secondary roles. TV is better, but even there the ratio of men-vs-women shows during prime time hours are out of whack. Or perhaps I should say was out of whack?
I’m thrilled with this new season and all the shows with women in the main role. And not just there as eye candy or in a secondary role. They’re actually the person the show revolves around, like Maria Bello in Prime Suspect (remake of the UK Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirran). I’ve watched a couple episodes. The gorgeous Bello has to play down her looks in this gritty police procedural, and I think it’s a winner.
Revenge, with Emily VanCamp getting revenge on the ultra wealthy and greedy who destroyed her family. I’ve watched every episode so far, and I’m loving it.
Once Upon a Time isn’t on yet, but it looks interesting. Here’s the description from IMDb: “Centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real.” My thoughts? Fairy tales = fun.
Ringer, which is coming soon, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar. Here’s the logline: “A young woman on the run from the mob poses as her wealthy twin sister to try and evade them, but soon discovers that her sister has a price on her head as well.”
There are at least two new sitcoms with women as leads: Whitney and New Girl. There might be more, but I haven’t been into comedies lately. I write in the evening, so I limit my TV time. I love to laugh, but something has to go.
I hope this trickles down to the movies. I was at my bank this last week, trying to fix an online banking problem. The woman helping me looked to be in her early twenties. She ended up calling the online banking department. While she was on hold, I asked her about any movies she’d seen. Guess what? She hasn’t seen any all summer. I told her I wanted to rent Bridesmaids, and her face lit up. She saw that at the theater when it was out and loved it so much she plans on buying the DVD.
She’s the demographic the movies are looking for, but the movie makers lost her. Actually, they’ve ignored her. They’ve ignored more than 50% of the population. This summer, I was looking forward to seeing One Day with Ann Hathaway. Then I found out that it was an adaptation from a novel by David Nicholls, who apparently writes the Nicholas Sparks’ type books. I won’t do any spoilers here, but you know what happens to the women leads in his books.
Wouldn’t it be great if they started making more films of books by women? Cindy Carroll is going to write a screen play adaptation of Cattitude this winter, then try to sell it. I’d love to see a movie of In A Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener. I recently read an ARC of A Summer in Europe by Marilyn Brant. I’d love to see that as a movie, too. And I’d watch any movie based on a Cynthia Eden book. In fact, I can see TV series based on her books. On books by so many of my friends.
Can you think of a book you’d like to see in a movie or as a TV series?