Wednesday, March 10, 2010

PoP QUIZ! Thursdays

We figured there's no better time than Women's History Month to pay homage to our favorite celluloid heroines. These big-screen tales of female empowerment left a lasting impact on us. Check out our list and let us know what you think! What are your favorite girl-centric films?

9 to 5
A superstar trio of Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda stick it to the man in this 1980 comedy of ultimate revenge. Three female office workers turn the tables on their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss. As you might expect, antics ensue.

Girls Town
The ultimate tale of redemption. In the wake of their friend's suicide, a group of teenage girls hand out some serious justice to the man who raped her. In the process, they struggle with growing up and moving on with their lives. Phenomenal performance by Lily Taylor.

Harold & Maude
Hal Ashby's offbeat 1971 comedy about inter-generational romance is one of our favorite movies of all time. The soundtrack by Cat Stevens is an absolute classic, and the performances by Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort are to die for (pun intended). Don't miss this amazing film, in which Maude teaches us that women can be sexy at any age, and that every day of our lives should be lived with absolute abandon.

Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel about growing up in 1970s revolutionary Iran comes to life in this innovative animated film. A poignant look at what it means to be a young woman living under a tyrannical fundamentalist government and the struggle to create a personal identity at the intersections of Eastern and Western culture.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Now here's a musical we can get down with. The film adaptation of the cult-classic stage play starring John Cameron Mitchell as a transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin. In a search to find her "other half," Hedwig discovers that all she really needed to do was look inward. This stellar soundtrack will have you rocking your socks off.

I Shot Andy Warhol
Based on the true story of Valerie Solanis, a radical 60s lesbian feminist and author of The Scum Manifesto. Valerie (played by the incredible Lily Taylor) worked her way into Warhol's inner circle, but felt betrayed when Andy wouldn't produce a film based on her screenplay. So she shot him.

Whip It
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut pulled out all the stops, with an all-star line up of our favorite ladies, including Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat, Juliette Lewis, and Kristin Wiig. The film's tagline is "be your own hero," and that's just what happens as a small-town indie-rock misfit discovers the underground world of Roller Derby, and in the process learns a lot about love, family, friendship and self-discovery.

honorable mentions: Thelma & Louise, Carrie, Heavenly Creatures, Mean Girls, Kill Bill, Bend It Like Beckham, Boys Don't Cry

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