Friday, December 08, 2006
Boys Club: No Girls Allowed!
I have always loved the movies. Something about the communal experience of stories told in the dark with a room-full of strangers makes my heart go pitter patter. But, I must say, this year’s offerings haven’t made my pulse race like those past. Maybe it’s fatigue. Maybe I’m just cranky. But, I think it’s that the movies keep leaving me out of the equation. Especially the important movies at the end of the year (i.e. Oscar bait). The big-budget prestige pieces look like an exclusive men’s club. “The Departed,” “Blood Diamond,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “The Good Shepherd.” Nothing against the fellas. This isn’t a “men are bad” rant (we’ll save that for another day). I’ve just grown weary of all the testosterone. Sure, we’ve been thrown a couple bones - “The Queen,” “Dreamgirls.” But, overall, we’re relegated to romantic comedy land, chick flick zone and the slasher ghetto. As they say in real estate - location, location. Plus, WTF, are Matt Damon and Leonardo Dicaprio in every movie?