In our society, all things good, industrious and awe-inspiring are phallic: skyscrapers, the Washington Monument, and popsicles, to name a few. However, when it comes to terrifying, nightmarish and downright frightful images that permeate our cultural heritage, it has recently occurred to me that there is an astonishing variety of monsters that look like – ahem – female genitalia.
#1 The Sarlacc (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi):
This Vagina Dentata has been assiduously waxed to allow easy entry for Han Solo & company. And I thought it was Carrie Bradshaw who popularized the Brazilian…
Now you can! Vicariously. I’m in.
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When Jess & I got to the CoreClub in Manhattan for a special advance screening of the new Todd Solondz film, DARK HORSE, we figured we were in for a fun, wild and unpredictable ride. And we were. There was free wine and Swedish Fish! (“But where are the Reese’s Pieces??” asked Jess.)
More importantly, Solondz – in all his wacky, perverse, and spell-binding glory (he was also the director of WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, STORYELLING and PALINDROMES, among others) – has created a film experience that feels straight-forward and at times hilariously thought-provoking. Yet, by the end, he had completely turned the tables on our expectations, pulled the rug out from under our assumptions, and charged headlong into a very dark but inescapable place.
We won’t give anything away! Just that we left with about a million thoughts and questions swirling through our brains.
We’ve talked about desire, regret and other pesky emotions on this site A LOT. We’ve also thought about what it means and what it takes to make yourself happy, to be fulfilled, to become who you should be.
Which brings us to today’s quote…
There are countless opportunities for modern Millennial women to kick ass these days. We’ve got the talent, smarts and drive to make the world our oyster, and we believe that we can have anything we set our minds to, But don’t get us wrong. We’re not simply entitled, spoiled brats - we’re willing to fight for all of it.
This constant battling for everything we want – success, love, community, passion, self-knowledge - can be invigorating and exhausting, all at the same time. Sometimes, kicking ass seems like the most natural thing in the world. But other times, we find ourselves wanting to crawl into bed with a good book and avoiding the battles at hand. It’s during these moments that we look for outside inspiration to get us back in gear.
Enter Sucker Punch.
Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) put a team of hot women in the center of one of his loud, intense, visually arresting action films. The trailer seemed to guarantee that I’d be walking out of the theater feeling empowered and ready to take over the planet. With big guns and impressive martial arts skills, too!
Eh. Not so. Turns out that female empowerment is a bit tricker than that. How so?
Read more about why Sucker Punch was a failed attempt at female empowerment in my latest Huffington Post column…and of course, kick some ass by adding your thoughts to the burgeoning debate in the comments section.
WHY SUCKER PUNCH ISN’T AS EMPOWERING AS IT WANTS TO BE
How do you know when it’s official…?! When they make a movie about it!
New Line Cinema just hired screenwriters Emily Cook & Kathy Greenberg to write a movie based on Dating & Hookup. Yes – Dating & Hookup as we’ve been dishing about it on WTF?! YOUR dah of guys (or girls) in this crazy, ambiguous, technology-laden post-dating world.
Cook & Greenberg’s previous credits include: Ratatouille and Gnomeo & Juliet (coming soon!). Greenberg created The L Word. They are fabulous writers and also incredibly insightful and hilarious when it comes to Dating & Hookup. We’re pre-ordering our popcorn…
Read all about it in Variety – HERE!
And a big, special, WTF?! shout out + thank you to the team at New Line! We are thrilled that our movie is in development at the studio that is bringing you The Rite (#1 at the Box Office right now!), Hall Pass (coming soon!), and has brought us Sex and the City, The Lord of the Rings, Wedding Crashers, He’s Just Not That Into You, and (umhaveweevermentioned?) THE NOTEBOOK.
The Girls. The Giddiness. The Fashion. The Fabulous.
All were present and decked out at the Radio City Music Hall World Premiere of Sex and the City 2. Jess & I had a blast gawking at Mr. Big,crowding Donald Trump and saluting the stunning looks of SJP & co. In fact, 51st & 6th boasted the most intense concentration of neon and sparklesto date on planet earth. I couldn’t help but wonder…what is it about this iconic show and set of films that continues to inspire awe, glee, and devotion?
…to inform you that Jess and Becky are going to the Sex and the City 2 premiere in NYC tonight!
We live in a post-dating world (heard that one before?). So in a one-night protest against the death of dating, Becky and I planned a date night. With each other. To see Date Night. You would’ve been hard pressed to find two cooler chicks in NYC on Sunday evening – just a couple of glamorous girls, livin’ it up in the big city…
(Yes, I also saw Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day. I am a movie marketer’s wet dream.)
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