A modest proposal for action films

Can we PLEASE stop killing off women close to the hero and calling it character development?

Specific Skyfall spoilers ahead …

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Battle of the Batman nerds

In which my friend Joe and I killed way too many electronic trees to hash out The Dark Knight Rises.


You’d think Dark Knight Rises reviews would be beat to death. But I think there’s room for at least one more. This time, Maria Aspan — you can find her Tumblr here — was gracious enough to provide a bit of point-counterpoint argument about the film. Maria is the devoted movie geek. I, of course, will fight the good fight for comics until the end.

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Why Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman is the best part of The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan likes to do horrible things to his female characters, especially those romantically entangled with his heroes: rape, torture, insanity, death and death and death. …  But the Selina Kyle of The Dark Knight Rises is a welcome and long overdue departure from all of those tropes. She’s a protagonist in her own right, with problems and motivations unrelated to the hero or to the actions of men in her life; she’s the hero of her own story, which overlaps with Batman’s but doesn’t rely on it.

I can’t overstate how much I was dreading seeing a Nolan-written, Anne Hathaway-acted Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. (Seriously, the dread started the night I saw The Dark Knight, four years ago.) Yet somehow she became the best part of the movie. I wrote about why in a guest post at Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog:

Why Catwoman is the Best Part of The Dark Knight Rises