- Diverse cast - Passes the Bechdel Test at least twice - Well-written Autistic character - When characters get superpowers and get healed of physical problems, screenwriters don’t “cure” Autistic character of his Austism - Perfect levels of camp / nostalgia factor - Writers nail the whole “adults aren’t on the same wavelength as us” thing in a realistic and heart-wrenching way - GO GO POWER RANGERS! - Krispy Kreme
Suppose, for instance, that men were only represented in literature as the lovers of women, and were never the friends of men, soldiers, thinkers, dreamers; how few parts in the plays of Shakespeare could be allotted to them; how literature would suffer! We might perhaps have most of Othello; and a good deal of Antony; but no Caesar, no Brutus, no Hamlet, no Lear, no Jaques –literature would be incredibly impoverished, as indeed literature is impoverished beyond our counting by the doors that have been shut upon women.
“Julie Dash’s feature debut, a regionally-specific, vividly-populated, and spectacularly shot look at the Geechee residents who inhabit South Carolina’s lushly rustic Gullah coast during the turn of the twentieth century, is, quite simply, one of the greatest films ever made. It’s also infuriatingly difficult to locate. Dash’s groundbreaking indie drama (the first feature film helmed by an African-American woman to receive theatrical distribution) centers around an extraordinary ensemble of women, including Babara O, Cora Lee Day, and Kaycee Moore, among many others, who enact three generations of an embattled Gullah family to cinematic perfection.
Few of these actresses remain active today, but Daughters spotlights them to stunning and superior effect. They each give vibrant flesh and blood to an astonishing yet widely unknown piece of history that’s illuminated not with studious simplification but a spellbinding form of cinematic immersion. Daughters of the Dust is by turns moving and mysterious, yet never less than magnificent.” — Matthew Eng
Despite the world reminding her every day of her life that she’s undeserving of being given anything by it, that she was unworthy of what little she’d managed to take from it - despite all of that, she never believed a word of it.
What is that, you ask? The Bechdel test, originally created by Alison Bechdel, is a tool to know if any particular movie or show has:
1) At least two women in it…
2)Who talk to each other…
3)About something other than a man
Seems simple, right? WRONG! It is not only surprising but somewhat alarming to know how many of our favorite movies do not pass these three simple question. What is your favorite movie and does it pass the test?
The Bechdel Test is a popular and very simple test to judge movies on their level of representation. For a movie to pass: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man.
If you ever want to check if a film passes the test, check here. For now, under the cut are the links to movies made before 1970 that do pass. (more masterposts)