THE IRON LADY (2011)

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Christopher

This movie was nothing what I thought it would be like but I really enjoyed it. I figured it would be a pretty straight forward story, much like The King’s Speech but instead we see this aged Margaret Thatcher slowly remembering big moments in her political life.

What I found the most interesting about this film is her relationship with her husband. They loved each other, they went through some rough times, but she always appreciated him by her side. She constantly imagined he was still around apparently years after he had died. So the movie was a bit like Amour in that aspect.

See it!

 

Elizabeth

Because Margaret Thatcher died last week and because Meryl Streep is always amazing, it seemed like a good time to watch The Iron Lady. I had been wanting to watch it ever since Meryl Streep one the Oscar for it, though political biopics are hardly my favorite film genre. But I’ll pretty much see anything Meryl Streep does, and The Iron Lady was actually a lot different than I expected. It focused a lot on present-day Thatcher and how she deals with being an elderly former world leader while also dealing with the death of her beloved husband, Dennis (Jim Broadbent). Hallucinations of Dennis and flashbacks to her political career torment and excite Margaret, and is a pretty interesting way to frame the story.

I really like how they chose to emphasize Margaret being so pioneering by being the first female prime minister; rather than talking about it a lot (it’s brought up though, of course), it’s all in how it’s shot: a blue-clad Margaret making her way through a sea of suits when she first gets elected to Parliament, her black and white heels contrasting against the rows of men’s dress shoes, the hands of men holding pens among Margaret’s hands, also holding a pen but covered in rings and bracelets. It was elegantly done, I thought, and seemed pretty good at not being super sympathetic toward her without being mean or damning. And, of course, it’s Meryl Streep. Come on.

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THE EVIL DEAD (1981)

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Elizabeth

Because this movie is old and popular, I’m sure I’m not the only one to come to this conclusion. But as someone who had never seen The Evil Dead and really didn’t know a ton about it, I was amazed at how incredibly anti-feminist this movie is. It’s kind of unbelievable. The horror movie genre isn’t exactly known for being kind to women, so it’s not like I was super shocked. But still.  So here are some points to think over:

  • The first victim of the whole possession stuff that takes the characters over is Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss). Her character is that of a typical “hag,” as Ash (Bruce Campbell)’s sister, she’s the only one without a man at her side and she is constantly being the voice of reason and therefore the killjoy. So how does she turn evil? She gets raped. Now, she’s raped by a tree, but she’s still raped. So the only way to bring down this character is by violating her in the worst way possible, in a way that is primarily only targeted at women and perpetrated by men. Once she gets raped, she is damaged goods, which the movie takes literally by turning her into a zombie thing.
  • Eventually, everyone but Ash is also turned into the zombie things, including Linda (Betsy Baker), Ash’s girlfriend, Shelly (Sarah York), Scotty’s girlfriend, and Scotty (Hal Delrich). Although Scotty does turn into a zombie, he doesn’t fall victim as easily as the women and he only tries to attack Ash once. The women zombies, however, attack Ash over and over again, even after being decapitated. So women are the evil dead. Shorten that a little and you just get women are evil. They never attack each other; instead they band together and go after the one man who has shown any kind of sensitivity (Ash is nice, Scotty is a dick). So the only way to win is for Ash to triumph over the women in his life is by violence against them.
  • This is a stretch, but Ash’s name is actually Ashley. Coincidence that the one character who is constantly getting attacked has a female name while the other male has a distinctly male name? In any other movie I would say yes, but maybe not in this case.

So, no, I wasn’t very impressed with The Evil Dead.

Christopher

SO FUCKING BADASS!!! Watching this as an adult though there are definitely a lot of things wrong with it other than production value but it just has such a great cheap 80’s horror movie feel. The Changeling is still my favorite horror movie but the Evil Dead series is probably pretty close.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE (1995)

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Christopher

This movie was so cool, so badass, and so beautiful . . . when I was a kid. It is not at all what I remember it being like. The special effects are extremely embarrassing. The film is so bright and cheaply shot. But Kimberly is still pretty attractive!

It’s kind of a shame that they didn’t make a Power Rangers film with the original cast. The second group is okay, I mean there are still parts of the first group but I kind of never liked when Tommy was in charge. I always felt he was the most badass and I think that worked a lot more when he was in the background to the original Red Ranger.

But look at me, I could talk about MMPR for hours so I will end this with, I was a little disappointed but it still brought back some great memories!

Elizabeth

I watched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers every single morning before kindergarten. I remember that because not only is that a long time to watch a show, but I distinctly remember being proud of myself for coming to the very grown-up decision of opting to not watch the show the morning of my kindergarten graduation, because I knew I needed to focus on getting ready.

I don’t think I watched the show that much after that. But I was super pumped when this movie came out. I remember seeing it in theaters and being sort of obsessed with the theme song. I knew watching the movie again would be risky because it had pretty much no chance of aging well or living up to my memories of it. Which all was completely true, of course. But I think what disappointed me most was seeing Tommy (Jason David Frank) in action again. I was in love with Tommy. He was hot, badass, and kind of a complex character (at least compared to the other Rangers). But seeing it again . . . he just wasn’t as awesome I remembered. He looks just how I remember him, but seeing him now I realize he’s not that good looking. And he’s supposed to be the badass leader of the Rangers, but in important moments he tends to let the other Rangers do stuff and then he swoops in (sometimes literally) and saves them at the last minute, thus getting credit for saving the day. Kind of lame.

I did come to a realization though: three of my childhood crushes have distinct similarities: Tommy from Power RangersDuncan MacLeod from Highlander: The Series, and the greatest of all, Hawkeye from The Last of the Mohicans. If you didn’t catch it from the pictures, they were all badass warriors who were also sensitive and had beautiful, long black hair. I definitely had a type.