Hi. I'm Rick. I write, advise, and invest.
I want to stress this again: In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.
There are not any.
By far your best shot, numbers-wise, at finding one that’s at least even-handedly featuring a man and a woman is Before Midnight (on 891 screens) so I hope you like it. Because it’s pretty much that or a solid, impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.
Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space, dudes drinking, dudes smoking, dudes doing magic tricks, dudes being funny, dudes being dramatic, dudes flying through the air, dudes blowing up, dudes getting killed, dudes saving and kissing women and children, and dudes glowering at each other.
Somebody asked me this morning what “the women” are going to do about this. I don’t know. I honestly am at the point where I have no idea what to do about it. Stop going to the movies? Boycott everything?
They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by “we,” I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says “win some, lose some” and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every “surprise success” about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.
The whole article is fantastic, as is pretty much everything Linda Holmes writes.
Linda is my pop culture queen.
I agree with every word of this. It is an absolute wrong.
But i often wonder: why aren’t rich women doing something about this? When the liberals complained there weren’t enough activist liberal films, liberal billionaires such as Jeffry Skoll stepped up and started producing films. When the Christians thought there weren’t enough Christian films in hollywood, they stepped up and started producing them. The military did it. The communists did it. A woman is Disney’s largest shareholder. America has a large, robust independent film community and production capability. The market is most definitely there. There is money to be made.
Laurene Powell Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Meyer. Actually, there are 57 women billionaires in America, with a combined net worth just under $300 billion dollars.
I don’t ask this to deny the responsibility or culpability of others. Please don’t take offense. I am genuinely curious. Seems like an amazing business opportunity to go raise production fund.
But one feature of the upcoming devices was revealed on a recent GMCR earnings call: a new DRM-style system that will prevent unauthorized third-party coffee capsules from working in the machines. A bit of actual high tech in what is really a rather low tech device, designed to further lock consumers into keeping the money flowing to GMCR.
K-Cup coffee is an abomination. Therefore it should be no surprise that the company responsible for this abomination wants to trap users in some “roach motel” type scam.
I feel mildly confident we could figure out how to disable this even when we’re drunk.
I saw the Sex Pistols. They were terrible… I wanted to get up there and be terrible with them.
—Bernard Sumner, of Joy Division and New Order, on why he started a band