Saying that most movies, whether independent or blockbuster, star men is such an extreme understatement that it's like saying the ocean is wet. Sadly, even when women are given the lead, they're frequently just passive damsels in distress. That's equally true with child roles. The standard for young female characters is that even when they're smarter, their male counterpart ends up with all the glory (Harry Potter, we're looking in your direction).
Fortunately, we're not the only ones who've noticed this pattern, and a few movies have begun featuring girls in starring roles — ones where they not only don't play second fiddle to men, in some, they even get to make their own honest-to-goodness choices. Pixar joins the trend with its latest, Brave, the studio's first movie to feature a female lead. In honor of its release, we put together a list of our favorite movies starring spunky young women.
See the "Not Your Pretty, Pretty Princess" List >> Posted 06.19.12 by reelz
It's a big deal when word gets out about a Terrence Malick project. The press-shy director, who studied philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar before turning to movies, made his debut in the '70s with Badlands and Days of Heaven. He then went on hiatus for 20 years before helming The Thin Red Line, and it was then another seven years until The New World.
Since Malick has given us only four movies in roughly 35 years, it seems worth noting that he has not one but two movies currently on the horizon. The Tree of Life, already in post-production, is due out sometime later this year. The movie stars Sean Penn as a young man growing up in the '50s who wrestles with the pain and suffering of human existence after experiencing personal hardships. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain portray his parents.
Already, Malick is at work on another project, according to Deadline Hollywood. Characterized as a romantic drama, the movie has some high-profile names attached: Christian Bale, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams, and Olga Kurylenko have all agreed to star.
Further details about the project are unknown, including not only the story and the characters, but also the financial backers. Posted 02.04.10 by reelz