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I enjoyed this column on memos to Hollywood in the NY Times today, if only for this bit:
To: John Lasseter

From: Manohla Dargis

I’m psyched that you and the guys at Pixar Animation Studios are finally making a movie with a girl as the lead character and with a woman as director, no less — another first for you! Congrats! Of course we have to wait until 2011 to see “The Bear and the Bow,” but on behalf of 51 percent of the population, I salute you.


I've been bitching for years that The Incredibles was the only Pixar movie that passed the Bechdel test, and that most Pixar movies don't even have main female characters.

Despite our free movie passes -- and our desire to see as many movies as possible before October -- I've only seen three movies in the theater in 2009 so far. Usually we're good at seeking out the lesser-known and indie movies, but this year seems like a dry spell so far. And the only summer movies I'm looking forward to are Julie and Julia and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

So what would you add to the memos? And what movies are out there that I've missed this year?
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The eeee! and I had a lovely and low-key Valentine's Day. We met friends for ice cream, made coq au vin and polenta for dinner (with pound cake and strawberries for dessert), and watched several first-season episodes of 30 Rock. Whee!

I have lots of work to do today, but yesterday was so wonderfully refreshing.

On Friday night we saw Coraline in 3D, which has the dubious distinction of being the only movie I've seen so far this year that passes the Bechdel test. Sigh. Anyway, it was quite good. I particularly loved the way the music added to the atmosphere of it. It's a great movie to watch on a rainy day (the way that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a great movie to watch on a snowy day).

Despite going to a late-ish showing -- 7:30 p.m. -- there were a ton of kids in the theater. And once the movie started, they were all dead silent. I was really impressed by that.

Hope you're all having great weekends!
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Last year I saw many more movies than I usually do, and I thought I'd see how they fare on the Bechdel Test. Of the 26 movies I saw, 8 definitely passed it, 13 absolutely failed it, and I'm unsure about the remaining five, which is not a good sign.

My TV-watching is a little better: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are both male-heavy in terms of correspondents and guests, but Chuck is the only other show I watch on a regular basis that fails it. (Oh, wait, Flight of the Concords. Okay, so I'm looking at about a 60% pass rate here.*) The Office only squeaks by, but a pass is a pass.

This may sound petty, but it's not a lot to ask of a movie or TV show. If we flip it around -- two male characters talking to each other, and not about a woman -- then only four of those movies fail it, plus two more I'm unsure about. 38% passing vs. 83% passing (ignoring the unsures). Of the TV shows I watch, 100% passing the inverse test. That's pretty sad. I really thought it would be higher than that.


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* Other shows I watch that pass: Big Love, The Office, 30 Rock, Top Chef, Mad Men, Project Runway, and Lost (no spoilers! I haven't seen the season premiere yet).

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