Gender at War: Women on the Frontline

Recently, there has been an increase in the ‘action woman’ – the women on the frontline of modern warfare. Sicario, Camp X-Ray, Lioness all tell a new story – a story where women are fighting for something bigger than before.

Films that feature women on the frontline tend to say a lot more about the state of warfare, how justifiable it is and critique the nature of war as a whole. This is part 1 of a 2 part series for Film Inquiry where I am looking into the portrayal of women in war zones.

Part One click here!

Part Two click here!

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Jane The Virgin: Masculinity, Motherhood and Making a Difference

Jane the Virgin starts off as a pretty simple story about a young woman Jane (Gina Rodrigez) who is accidentally artificially inseminated whilst at her doctors for a routine pap smear test. Continue reading “Jane The Virgin: Masculinity, Motherhood and Making a Difference”

‘Ex Machina’: Do Fembots Dream of Electric Sheep

Cinema is obsessed with the idea of AI. The idea of a being which is almost human, but not quite, has been explored in films countless times. Maybe it’s a comment on how well the image of AI translates from script to screen, or maybe it’s to do with humanity’s obsession with playing God. There is a tendency to rely on philosophical questioning and doubts about the validity of the human experience. How are we different to machines?  Continue reading “‘Ex Machina’: Do Fembots Dream of Electric Sheep”

Moving Away From the Anti-Hero: What It Means to be a Man in ‘Better Call Saul’

Cross posted at Bitch Flicks as part of Masculinity Theme week

I think I should start by saying that I’m not a huge fan of Breaking Bad. In a discussion about Better Call Saul, this question always seems to crop up and I have to be honest–I found the series tedious and repetitive. Continue reading “Moving Away From the Anti-Hero: What It Means to be a Man in ‘Better Call Saul’”