opengoal: (ponder)
I'm surprised to enjoy Coffee Prince so much (I know I'm late to the party). One thing that bugs me though is the media's continued ignroance about the sex difference in ass size. Women have more shapely asses than men - you learn that at health ed. (or whaterver they call it these days) at grade school. So why on earth have the male lead comment on the small ass the female lead (who he thinks is a man) has when the evidence on screen doesn't warrant that comment? And why did Sorority Boys have Michael Rosenbaum's character worry about his fat ass when MR had to put on prosthetics in that scene to make his ass even visible on screen?

Rant mode off. BTW, hope this post doesn't get filtered out because of the title...
opengoal: (stanley)
It really annoys me that many gender swap fics made the characters who have changed from male to female shorter and have longer hair. If this happens in a film or on a TV show, it would have been criticized by just about everyone but somehow fic writers just seem to get away with it. I don't know why.

Hair and height does not a woman make. There are plenty of tall girls out there and even more girls with short hair. I don't see why the guys should become shorter just because they are girls now. And honestly doesn't a six-foot-plus girl!Sam make for a better story than a girl of average height?

ETA: Apparently [livejournal.com profile] teh_no posted a critique on how easily the male characters in gender-switch fics accept their new bodies.
opengoal: (eggs)
A girl brought up as a boy and finally became the commander of the Royal Guard. For a story like that, it's not too much to expect the film to be something like Mulan at least, isn't it? I'm not even asking for Utena. Little did I know that this is actually a campy farce.

Lady Oscar was one of the films featured in the Jacques Demy retrospective organised by Broadway Cinematheque & the French Consulate. I have to admit I knew nothing about this director before I went into the cinema. I was just intrigued by a French (albeit Japanese funded) adaptation of the groundbreaking manga The Rose of Versailles which, as the title indicates, is set in France. 

Now for those of us who are of a certain age, or who are reasonably familiar with the history/theories about boys love (BL) manga, an adaptation of The Rose of Versailles is just too tempting to resist as this epic manga is almost universally cited as the precursor to the development of BL.

I don't know what the others at the cinema expected from this film - I did notice quite a number of women - but one thing's for sure, we didn't expect it to be English. The whole audience burst into excited murmuring when the first character spoke, because the subtitles were in French and the dialogues were in English. I'd never studied the opening credits so diligently and I was shocked to see that this is an essentially English production with Japanese money. Only the art departments were French. So what did we end up with? A merchant ivory film with exaggerated acting more suited for the theatre or "art" films and comical action scenes that belong with silent movies. And of course the obligatory naked breasts for French films.

Nothing says better about the directing than the fact that Marie Antoinette seemed the most sympathetic character to come out of the film. She may be a naive pampered girl but at least we see that she knows what she wants and we see how good she is at getting it. In contrast, the film didn't show Oscar just looks like a naive pampered girl who doesn't deserve her rank at all because the film did not show how hard she worked and how competent she actually was. We only see her unable to mount a horse without an assistant lifting her. Several times in the film.

opengoal: (stanley)
Went to a seminar on Truffaut today. It's about the image of women and children in his films. I like Truffaut's films about children but the women in his films kind of squick me. And a man talking (obsessively) about the women in Truffaut's film squicked me even more.

But it got me thinking about the many women writers who write about men and about love between men. In The Publishing Triangle's 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels lists, we see for example The Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar, The Persian Boy by Mary Renault, The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh. In addition, Swordspoint, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Man Without a Face and Drawing Blood are all written by women. 

We see men fetishizing lesbians in the TV comedy Coupling and in numerous straight porn. But men writing about lesbian relationship? There is The Hours, but that's about it. 

Maybe relationship, especially writing about it, is still a female domain...

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