|A girl thrown into a dirty pit,... remind you of Silence of the Lambs? Just as the boys in Chronicle found a secret in the bottom of an earthen hole, so does Amanda Seyfried's Jill Conway in Gone.|
Right now, Playback is scheduled for release on March 9. Finally, The Moth Diaries serves up my kind of English class:
Just a few notes on this, one of the main girls in the story is named Lucie (played by Sarah Gadon) and those who read my posts from October on vampires should recall our discussion on Lucy and Renfield from Children Of the Night: Dracula 1931. Secondly, like Jill Conway in Amanda Seyfried's Gone, Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) has lost both parents (given that her mother is a "wreck" she's at least absent) and that always translates as both a loss of the feelings of patriotism and one's faith.
The Moth Diaries goes back to the beginning, the origin from which these contemporary versions grew, the Gothic novel and whenever a movie sets out to educate its viewers about something, it's really setting out to re-educate its viewers. In other words, I am hoping that The Moth Diaries will make an attempt to debunk the popularity of vampires and show them for what they really are (and, if you can't wait until April 20 for its release, you can jump to For the Dead Travel Fast: Dracula which begins the series I did in October regarding the enemies of humanity).
Brave, being released in June, invokes the cult of the princess warrior, one of the most mis-understood and twisted literary devices ever. It's quite possible that Brave will continue this mis-representation, however, it's also possible that, given the subtle yet definite undercurrents trying to change how femininity is understood, Brave will contribute to to the traditional understanding rather than the Feminist political agenda (there is also both Snow Whites from Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman coming out which will also utilize this device).
What's the traditional view?
Woman, as the pinnacle of God's creation, is a spiritual warrior because she was created from spirit so she is uniquely capable of holding the Spirit, Grace and that's why God created her, to be man's help mate because man, being made from the earth, would not be able to hold Grace as well, but his rib is what binds the two together. A woman portrayed as a warrior is supposed to mean a woman battling the spiritual evils besitting her so she will make a virtuous wife and be a glowing example to other woman; we don't really see that, do we? Instead, we see women demanding to be men's equals, and this reveals that women know not from whence they come, hence, not where they are destined to go. It could be very much the same from Brave, but I do have hopes.
And now for a bit of news about the economy:
Opening at the end of August, 7500, like the plane crash in The Grey, probably acts as a metaphor for the economy: the idea of the "ups" and the "downs" and the "crashes" and the "climbs" makes an airplane an apt vehicle for discussing capitalism, especially since that plane is destined for Tokyo, the capitol of a country with as much debt as we have.
Lastly, The Weinstein company has made a deal with Netflix that when films such as The Artist and Coriolanus debut on TV, it won't be on cable first, it will go straight to Netflix streaming.