Drop Dead Gorgeous | C

1999 | Michael Patrick Jann

The sexualisation of women begins when young girls aren’t even mature yet. There is a societal model in which all women must grow up to be beautiful, and they better start in high school otherwise it will never come. Drop Dead Gorgeous explores the side-effects, both good and bad, of forcing a life such as this onto girls, implanting the image there is no way around it. Set in rural Minnesota, a documentary crew sets out to document the upcoming Mount Rose Miss Teen America Pageant, the winner of which gains automatic qualification in the Miss Teen Minnesota Pageant, and so on and so forth. Continue reading “Drop Dead Gorgeous | C”

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Drop Dead Gorgeous | C

Man Bites Dog | B+

1992 | Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel & Benoît Poelvoorde

One of the fascinating things about Western culture is the celebrity of criminals, especially serial killers. Our captivation with people such as Charles Manson and John Wayne Gacy has desensitized us to the point where television shows such as Dexter are entirely dedicated to the glorification of serial killers, labelling these people as the heroes of the show, rather than the villains. Oliver Stone (and Quentin Tarantino) typified our media’s determination to celebrate criminals for the purposes of entertainment and profit in 1994’s Natural Born Killers. The opening shot of Man Bites Dog features a woman being grabbed in an alley and brutally murdered. Continue reading “Man Bites Dog | B+”

Man Bites Dog | B+