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June 25, 2015

30 Film Females: Anne of Green Gables (1985)

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One of my memorable pre-teen obsessions was the late 1980s TV adaptations of L.M. Montgomery’s books starring Megan Follows in the title role of Anne Of Green Gables.  I was sad to hear about the recent death of the Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie who, along with Morten Harket of pop band A-ha, was one of my earliest crushes.  My favourite scene is probably where the firey-tempered (and haired) Anne stubbornly attempts to re-enact the Tennyson poem The Lady of Shalott and half drowns herself.  Instead of an onion-related cartoon, I urge you to view Waterhouse’s sublime painting of the same name, which I should’ve gone to see in person on my recent trip to London for my very first LadiesDoComics meet.  I often confuse this with the submerged Ophelia by fellow pre-Raphelite Millais which you can also see in the Tate Britain.  I re-read the Anne books a few years ago when I tagged along on my husband’s work trip to Toronto (only he got to go to Prince Edward Island) and still find them charming.  Although, having only ever lived in terraces or semis, I’ve only just worked out what a gable actually is.

Honourable mentions for 1985: Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey as strong Southern (US) woman in The Color Purple.  Also, Grace Jones as henchwoman made good in A View To A Kill, the first Bond movie I remember watching.

June 14, 2015

30 Film Females: Chicken Run (2000)

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My toddler now has enough of an attention span that we’ve been working our way through the fabulous Aardman animated films. My favourite is probably Chicken Run, a gender/species twist on classic war movies whose superb voice cast includes Julia Sawalha as the tenacious McQueen-eqsue lead escapologist and Miranda Richardson as a seriously sinister farmer’s wife. I also have a soft spot for the brilliantly titled Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! which a certain academic acquaintance favours for its depiction of Charles Darwin.  I missed a trick with this doodle and should have had the speech bubble say “The Great Egg-scape!”.

Honourable mentions for 2000: Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang as opposing warriors in balletic actioner Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Also, the ever wonderful Julie Walters as the maternal dancing teacher in Billy Elliot.


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