Female Screenwriters: The new-ish and the note-worthy

It's no secret that the film industry (like so many others) is a very male-dominated field. Every time a female director gets a taste of success, or a female protagonist is considered 'strong' it's something to be discussed and celebrated, but never considered the norm. Screenwriting is no different, although it's true that screenwriters, whether male of female, generally go under the radar anyway. (Why is that? Surely the script is key to the success or failure of any film?) I studied screenwriting for my masters course, the class was mostly men, and it seems to me that an interest in film seems to have become a bit of a boys club. Romantic comedies (other than the cynical gross-out kind) have died the death, and cinemas are currently dominated by action flicks, particularly of the super-hero variety (I'm not saying girls don't like that stuff too, but it is more traditionally geared to the boys.) Any list of 'must watch' or 'best ever' fi…

Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Live action (2017) vs Cartoon (1991)

At the weekend I went to see Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast. After months of casting announcements, teaser trailers and 'first-look' clips, anticipation was high. But did I enjoy the final result? Yes, very much. I still prefer the original and (although it's probably made millions already and I'm very glad they did make it) the re-make was totally un-necessary. Still, there was lots to like and I wasn't disappointed. Although based on the classic fairy-tale, Disney's 1991 film put it's own stamp on the story, and is now so integrated into popular culture that chances are, when you think Beauty and the Beast you'll think of talking candlesticks, the bookish Belle and 'crazy old Maurice'. As the first Disney animated film with a credited female screenwriter, Linda Woolverton's Belle is one of the most forward thinking heroines, and, as their budding relationship is prime focus of the story, the Beast is the first Disney p…

Mini-reviews: Reading and Watching :)

There's not been much on TV lately has there? Or on the regular channels anyway. Between Christmas and Spring there's always a bit of a slump - which is irritating since it's the time of year we're most in need of something to take our minds off the dreary weather. So, I've invested in a Netflix subscription, finally, and it's doing it's job so far. Thought I'd do some mini-reviews on what I've been watching, and also reading.
What I'm Watching: Moana I was gutted that I didn't see Moana at the cinema, but I've finally filled in the gap in my modern Disney knowledge. It was really good! Still hasn't knocked Tangled off my top spot for the new Disney renaissance (has this Disney era got a name yet?) but I think it might have narrowly beaten Frozen. Moana is an adventure story about discovering who you are, etc. etc, and was closer in tone to Mulan and Pocahontas - which are my favourites, actually  - than the more traditional Disney…

Oscar dresses 2017

Last year I did a post with my sisters and my mum, 'critiquing' the Oscar dresses, although you couldn't exactly call it that. It was more like chatting random rubbish, but it was good fun, so I thought I'd record our ill-informed opinions on this year's outfits too. We've no Genevieve this year (she's away at uni in Bath) but my dad stepped in instead. Hope you enjoy! Firstly though, a disclaimer: I know all of these dresses are beautiful really, as are the people in them. And Rosie says to tell you she'd had a tooth out yesterday (or part of a tooth, the dentist yanked at it for ages but didn't manage to get the whole thing and she's been referred) so was in pain and feeling less kindly than usual. Ruth Negga
Mum: I'm not sure I liked her dress
Rosie: No I didn't.
Me: I think it's nice. I like her headband thing and the earrings. But it looks like something out of, what was that film? Crimson Peak.
Rosie: Yes.
Dad: It looks like there&#…

Top Ten Tuesday: Rom-Com's you might have missed

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a Valentine's Day special (favourite romance tropes/types) and I thought I'd dedicate it to one of my favourite film genres - and one that's arguably a dying breed - the rom-com. In the nineties, romantic comedies were everywhere, with Nora Ephron and Richard Curtis churning out classics like they were going out of fashion. Good thing too, because they kind of did. Still, the noughties produced a few gems too, and below are some you might have missed out on. If you're looking for something new this Valentine's (as opposed to watching Notting Hill or You've Got Mail for the gazillionth time) why don't you try one of these? (Or if you'd rather avoid romance at all costs, see my list of Non-romantic films for a girls night!)

Bride and Prejudice What it's about: Pride and Prejudice set in modern day India. Why you've not seen it: A Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice sounds like it could be a bit gimicky - the…

'I love Austen week' tag

As it's Valentine's on Tuesday, Hamlette at Hamlette's Soliloquy is running an 'I love Jane Austen' week, and I thought I'd join in, since the tag looked fun. Here're my answers to her questions... (note: I had to change all the 'favorite's to the English spelling, because it was killing me.)

1.Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?
My first Jane Austen 'experience' was the 1995 Pride and Prejudice. I must have been quite young, because I can't remember a time when I hadn't seen it. I waited a while to read the books though, and I started with Northanger Abbey - which I read when I was maybe fourteen/fifteen?

 2.  What is your favourite Austen book?
Pride and Prejudice. Which is a boring answer, but true. It's the funniest, lots of dialogue - and I found it easiest to read because I already knew the story and the characters so well.

 3.  Favourite heroine?  Why do you like her best?
Ooh, this is …