The November Birth.Movies.Death. is hitting shelves this week, and we're very excited about this issue and programming theme for the Alamo's films next month. We're celebrating tough ladies in honor of Catching Fire, and we've got some great editorial content to go along with it.
Devin's note from the desk of the patriarchy:
I don't want to celebrate tough women.
Don't get me wrong -- I love tough women, and I love movies featuring totally ass-kicking women. But in a better world there would be so many of them, especially in the movies, that we would take them for granted. We're not quite yet there, but we're on our way. This month Jennifer Lawrence is showing that strong, take-charge, action heroines are alive, well and quite capable of dominating the box office.
Of course tough women don't just pick up guns, like ALIENS' Ripley, one of the great action heroes -- gender be damned! -- of the 20th century. They take over the workplace, as Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin do in NINE TO FIVE, which this month we compare to the nuanced gender battles of MAD MEN. They make poverty look damn good, as Barbara Stanwyck does in THE LADY EVE. They don't even have to be grown-ups, as Scout proves in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
Some day in the future we're just going to take awesome women in film for granted. We're not going to have to worry about the Bechdel Test or the casual, insidious misogyny that is layered into even the best movies. But until then, we're going to celebrate the women who do it their own way and who, sometimes, kick some ass as they do it.
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Here are the November programming titles, playing at every Alamo Drafthouse location next month:
And we're super excited to partner with Amy Poehler's Smart Girls to present TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, because Scout's a really smart girl and we love the idea of sharing her with school and youth groups this month.
You can read BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH. online here, or grab a print version in the lobby of your neighborhood Drafthouse!