evening clickbait: male critic wants to “move on” from the Bechdel Test; the power of VOD; Batkid saves the day; Disney princesses through history

• No, it isn’t. “Can we move on, please?” We can move on when so many movies pass the test that it becomes pointless to apply it. “Bechdel test is damaging to the way we think about film” [Telegraph]

• This is why you need my streaming reports! “The era of VOD explained” [The Oatmeal via @emmafgreen]


• Okay, maybe the world and all the people in it aren’t *completely* horrible… “Our hero! Batkid saves the day in San Francisco” [USA Today]

• Or, How to Diminish a Woman. “To Flatten A Heroine: Artist Puts Disney Princess Filter On 10 Real Life Female Role Models” [Women You Should Know]


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Sat, Nov 16, 2013 2:16am

i was sure the disneyfication of real women was supposed tob e satire… was i in error?

reply to  bronxbee
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 3:26am

It *is* satire, according to the artist at the link.

Rebecca Dalmas
Rebecca Dalmas
reply to  Bluejay
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 9:59am

Sure, aren’t Robin Thicke’s recent performances supposed to be satire as well? Methinks it is an easy-out for some performers who find a controversial way to make money.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  bronxbee
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 10:49am

Oh yes indeed.

Sat, Nov 16, 2013 10:41am

Oh, the Telegraph. How will the Bechdel Test affect house prices?

Actually I think the basic thesis of the article is a sound one: using the test on its own as a guide to which films are worthy of attention is too simplistic an approach. Unfortunately for the author, that’s not what anyone is proposing, which just makes it come off as a pointless rant. The test does have the advantage of being an objective standard; if you replace it with something like “contains a strong female character”, there’s much more room for argument.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 10:50am

Yeah, Collins has to set up a straw man in order to knock it down.