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Thursday, July 07, 2011

here's a kick arse review of the transformers movie


REVIEW OF TRANSFORMERS 3: MACHINES ARE SUBJECTS, WOMEN ARE OBJECTS, AND FEMALE LEADERSHIP IS A JOKE

by Caroline Heldman

Cross-posted at Caroline Heldman’s Blog.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the third installment in this $1.5 billion franchise that just set a new record for a Fourth of July weekend opening, follows what has become a Hollywood action movie tradition of virtually erasing women, despite the fact thatwomen buy 55% of movie tickets and market research shows that films with female protagonists or prominent female characters in ensemble casts garner similar box office numbers to movies featuring men.
Only two featured characters in the large ensemble Transformers cast are women, and none of the Transformers (alien robots, for the uninitiated) are female. And the two female humans consist of an unmitigated sexual object and a caricatured mockery of female leadership.
Let’s start with “the obje.................

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