Monday, April 4, 2011

Favourites #7: Women in Film

You know, I have been accused of being a sexist this one time. Granted, it was an off-hand remark but it got me curious anyway. Turns out she was joking, citing that I almost never feature women in this blog of mine. That's not at all true (that part about me being sexist and all), although I can see why she would think that. I must have written on and on about actors and directors I admire, and safe to say they're all pretty much of the XY chromosome.

I sure as hell never said that you can't...
However, it is completely baseless to say that I don't admire any women in the industry. It just so happens that the ones I admire work mostly behind the scenes, and it's never a question of cup size either. So yeah, some of my favourite movies were made possible by these people who happens to be female - I'm a firm believer in meritocracy, mind you.

#1 Gale Anne Hurd
Who?
Film producer and writer.

If you've never heard of her, chances are you're a casual movie-goer and you're not a nerd. She pretty much worked behind the scenes and didn't really shine until she formed her own production company, Pacific Western Productions in 1982. If the name still didn't ring any bells, let's just say that she produced the Terminator movies, Aliens [1986], Armageddon [1998], among many others.

#2 Emma Thomas
Who?
Film producer and assistant director.

Probably best known as the wife of Christopher Nolan, this lady here have been working with the guy for his entire career. Starting from his debut Following [1998] to The Prestige [2006], Inception [2010] which happens to be one of the best movies ever made, and of course the Batman movies [2005-2012]. Perfect example of a husband and wife team.

#3 Lindy Hemming
Who?
Costume designer.

Now this person is so underrated, it's hard to find a decent photo of her. Which is kind of ironic because her work involves making other people look good. If you like what you saw in the Tomb Raider movies, the James Bond movies from Goldeneye [1995] right up until Casino Royale [2006], and not to mention Batman Begins [2005] and The Dark Knight [2008], then you have only seen less than half of her work.

#4 Linda Hamilton
Who?
Actress.

The inclusion of her on this list is due to one reason and one reason only; her role as Sarah Connor. Some may say it's Ellen Ripley, but for me Sarah Connor is toughest chick ever created, thanks to in no small part to Linda Hamilton here. It is also worthy to note that she went through intense physical and weapons training for a film role, an uncommon practice for female actors of her era.

#5 Vivien Leigh
Who?
Actress.

One of Hollywood's greatest treasure, Vivien Leigh is an actor in the truest sense of the word. It was never about her sex appeal, although she was pretty. It might appear strange to include an actress whose career ended decades before I was even born, but I do have a particular liking for classics, and she is always someone I find a delight to watch on screen.

#6 Sigourney Weaver
Who?
Actress.

For fans of Sci-Fi, this lady need no introduction. Heck, she's even called The Sci-Fi Queen due to her extensive work in the genre. Again, for me she is second only to Linda Hamilton in that expect, even though it is true that her body of work in the genre is much more extensive, and leaves little to be desired.


#7 Jodie Foster
Who?
Actress.

I love Jodie Foster for the same reason that I love Vivien Leigh; both of them are just good actors with little or no reliance at all on their sex appeal. She first grabbed my attention in the 1991 crime/horror thriller The Silence of the Lambs, then I backtracked her career all the way back to Taxi Driver [1976], and saw that even as a fourteen-year-old, she had more talent than most actors of today.

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