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Ghostbusters: My Two Pennies Worth

By now you’ve probably seen loads of reviews and opinions about the Ghostbusters remake which came out on Monday and whether you’ve seen it or not you’ll probably have your own views. Ghostbusters has received a huge amount of backlash ever since it was first announced, dubbed the most disliked trailer in Youtube history. Armchair critics were quick to declare how crap the film was the moment … Continue reading Ghostbusters: My Two Pennies Worth

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Why ‘Spy’ shows how women’s roles in film are changing

Paul Feig’s latest foray into female-centric comedy, Spy, is a comedy masterpiece full of feisty female characters. If you want to see gender roles turned on their heads look no further, for once the women take the lead and the men are pretty much just there to look good. Melissa McCarthy smashes stereotypes playing a feisty, sassy, sexy and intelligent female spy who outshines her male contemporaries … Continue reading Why ‘Spy’ shows how women’s roles in film are changing

Tammy

I am unashamed to admit to being a bit of a Melissa McCarthy fan. Ever since her appearance as hilarious misfit Megan in Bridesmaids, she has been one of my favourite comedy actresses. Despite this though, I’d been looking forward to Tammy since seeing the first trailer ages ago with a pinch of dread. McCarthy seems to be getting typecast as the butch, loud, funny … Continue reading Tammy

American Cinema revolves around men and women are worthless if they don’t look good.

This supercut film trailer highlights something that a lot of people consider a problem in modern cinema; the representation of gender and race. Here is an article that argues that this kind of representation is a problem that needs to be addressed. In it the author says “The “ONE MAN saves the world and gets the girl” fantasy is strong in the above video, but … Continue reading American Cinema revolves around men and women are worthless if they don’t look good.

The Heat

The Heat is a brash and crudely funny film from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as uptight FBI agent Ashburn and a foul mouthed Boston cop Mullins (can you guess which one’s which?) Bullock and McCarthy are capable of so much more, The Heat is a total let down. It relies heavily on loudly shouted swear words to generate humour and the overuse of swearing highlights … Continue reading The Heat

Identity Thief

Identity Thief is a new road-movie comedy from the director of Horrible Bosses, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Businessman Sandy Patterson soon resents his unisex name when a seemingly innocent Diana steals his identity and runs up a very big debt. In classic road-movie style once he’s captured Diana he must travel with her back to Denver so that she can explain herself to his boss, or Sandy faces losing his job. It bears lots of … Continue reading Identity Thief

Girls, My Mad Fat Diary and Melissa McCarthy; are Attitudes Towards Women in the Media Changing?

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There’s been a sudden and very noticeable change in the representations of women in the media recently, highlighted by two recent TV shows ‘Girls’ and ‘My Mad Fat Diary’. Successful comedian Melissa McCarthy has also become a big deal in the world of Hollywood after standing out in 2011 comedy Bridesmaids as unconventional Megan.
Do I spy a change in the attitude towards women and body image in the media?

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