Monday, May 28, 2012

Films I Own that Pass the Bechdel Test

Granted, the Bechdel Test is not the end-all-be-all for women in film. After all, some movies pass by on slim margins, or contain problematic portrayals of women. And some movies have kick-ass, solitary heroines or great parts for actresses in a male environment. That said, movies systematically don't tend to show women talking to each other as, you know, they do every day. So.

28 Days Later - It helps when your characters have something else on their minds. Like Zombies!
Pan's Labyrinth
Independence Day
Jurassic Park
The Matrix
Sleepy Hollow
Trick r' Treat

Bright Star
The Constant Gardener

Children of Men
Death on the Nile
Angels in America
Shakespeare in Love
Whale Rider

Almost Famous
Empire Records
Garden State
In the Loop
A Fish Called Wanda
I heart Huckabees
Gosford Park
Murder by Death

Moulin Rouge

Princess Mononoke
My Neighbor Totoro
Howl's Moving Castle
Spirited Away

All hail Miyazaki.

Film I do not own but that inspired me to look this up: Death Proof.

Honorable mentions I do not own: Fish Tank, Being John Malkovich, Kill Bill Vol. 1, The Hours, An Education, Black Swan, Secretary, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, A League of Their Own, American Beauty, A Bug's Life, An American Tail, Terminator 2, Pulp Fiction, Ed Wood, Schindler's List, Mulholland Drive, Annie Hall, Network, Bonnie & Clyde, Wizard of Oz, Martha Marcy Mae Marlene, Serenity, The Golden Compass, Gone Baby Gone, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), The Girl who Played with Fire, The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, Never Let Me Go, Cabin in the Woods, Circumstance, Hanna, Jane Eyre, Young Adult, The Crazies, Whip It, Kaboom, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, HP and the Deathly Hallows pt. 1, HP and the Order of the Phoenix, HP and the Chamber of Secrets, Tiny Furniture, The Whistleblower, Brothers (weirdly), Jennifer's Body, Ondine, Zombieland.

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