the equalizer movie cast

I am so sick of movies and TV shows in which beautiful women fall in love with schlubby guys. God forbid the male protagonist should ever fall in love with a plain, unattractive or overweight woman. Or that such a woman should exist in a movie without her being relegated to the role of quirky friend/side character or her appearance being mocked.

I feel it’s necessary for me to be clear that of course it’s normal for women to fall in love with men for reasons other than physical attractiveness. What I am saying is that men and male protagonists in films are allowed to just be, and their lack of conventional attractiveness is not their defining feature or a judgment of their character, but there seems to be a beauty imperative for their female counterparts.

I’m not necessarily calling for a gender reversal of the Ugly Guy, Hot Wife trope; I would just like to see leading ladies who fall outside of the narrowly-defined category of “conventional attractiveness.”

annika-and-stuff-deactivated201  asked:

I have read many of your posts, and I have noticed you have made many arguments and posts based on POC in movies. I Movie diversity is great, but I don't feel like an all-white cast is bad. It's just the way it is. If there was an all black/hispanic/asian cast, there would be very little controversy, but an all white cast is suddenly bad, and should include POC. I don't see the big deal with all white characters. It's an ethnicity like any other. Why do you feel this way on Disney POC?

I’m wondering how many of these posts you really read :P considering that this question has definitely come up several times. To be honest it’s really, really tiring to answer this same thing over and over. I will, but, it’s tiring.

“It’s just the way it is” well, tell me something else new about today’s media :p Got that part down pat

The problem here is that you’re answering this from the perspective that there are no racial problems in the U.S. There is no inequality. There is no history of exclusion.

We are approaching it from the opposite angle: that there is obvious, recorded racial problems. That there is inequality. That there is a past and present history of exclusion.

Because look at how you’re framing this. You’re framing this in hypotheticals as if we can’t examine hundreds of films already made. White is a race “like any other” except, unlike other races, it’s constantly posited as the “normal” while any other race is “included for the sake of diversity.”

You mention a reaction to a “black/hispanic/asian” cast. These are all races distinct and unique. Yet I think you would have trouble recalling even one movie to fit each category— let alone animated children’s movies. Name the last all-hispanic movie to hit American theaters, even though latin@ is now the largest “minority” in the U.S. Now trying naming multiple all-hispanic movies. Now consider that there have been literally dozens of all-white, and nearly all-white, movies in the last decade alone. 

You can’t posit the reaction as hypothetical. Because you’re right— if there were an equal number of movies that starred all-asian casts, and biracial casts, and black casts, etc., etc., then yeah, people might not care so much. But this hypothetical is not real life. People are reacting to real life here.

And that’s the problem with an all-white movie. Not that it exists, period— but that it exists within the context of many movies and shows being all-white, or nearly-all white. It’s a problem that despite the fact that ¼ children watching these movies are latin@, they very rarely see Latin@ people in starring roles, or appear at all, in the media they are most likely to consume. And so on for every group that isn’t white.

Context in an overall media environment is important to consider before assuming that it’s “no big deal” for a movie to have an all-white cast.

Quick thoughts on 'Boyhood'

I feel like I don’t have much to say that hasn’t already been said about this movie, besides one, it really is as good as they say it is and two, it’s so real … almost too real. The most common complaints lobbed at the movie are its length and lack of a traditional narrative, but I believe it succeeds because of these elements. It’s what sets it aside as an important work and one that feels so close to actual life. Its themes of change, growth, family and choices all hold it together. Linklater is so good at crafting specific yet immensely relatable scenes, which are played equally by his cast. The 12-year shooting gimmick makes the movie “epic,” but it’s the flourishes of continuity and character development that make it as wonderful as it is. I’m so behind on throwing praise at this thing, but even after all the hype, it still felt profound.