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Thursday 11 October 2012
Featured Film

bechdel taser: spark this crap

Sarina Murray
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** Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen Ruby Sparks, well… don’t. But also, this might ruin the plot somewhat!** Ruby Sparks. Ruby Sparks. Ruby fucking Sparks. Where to fucking start? This is a film I had a strong aversion to seeing. Visceral, guttural, bilious. I studied Pygmalion myths in high school, so like Tim Winton,…
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Thursday 13 September 2012
Featured Film

bechdel taser: coherency in distress

Sarina Murray
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Well, it’s a quirky indie comedy time of year. My opinion of such flicks varies wildly. I loved I Heart Huckabees so much that I spent the Summer holidays between Year 8 and 9 learning about existentialism and Lily Tomlin. I hated (500) Days of Summer in the sense that I had to have three…
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Thursday 30 August 2012
Featured Film

bechdel taser: alice in bechdeland

Sarina Murray
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I love a bit of nonsense. I love it when things are absurd, surreal or strange. I love anything that upsets a “natural order”. But how the goddamn hell does one ascribe it gender politics? I’ll give it a go, it’s what I’m here for. It’s the total conviction in benign logical fallacies that gets…
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Thursday 16 August 2012
Featured Film

bechdel taser: sapphires are diamonds

Sarina Murray
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Four confident women. Four confident women doing things. Four confident women supporting each other. Four confident indigenous women given prime screen time in a well-grossing Australian film. Four confident indigenous women not allowing anyone to insult them for their race or gender, and never compromising their personalities or identities. The Sapphires is the most woman-positive…
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Thursday 2 August 2012
Featured Film

bechdel taser: knight, camera, action

Sarina Murray
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Entertainment is action. Action isn’t just explosions and chases on a screen, but what a film can ask of its audience. Your body may not undergo the trauma in front of you, but your brain races to negotiate everything happening. In the action films I like, your brain has to keep up with the projection’s…
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Thursday 19 July 2012
Culture

bechdel taser (goes live): how do you solve a problem like rape culture in comedy?

Sarina Murray
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I haven’t seen many films lately. Most of my time has been taken up by the University of Melbourne’s Law Revue. I’m one of eight students writing and performing this year, and the time is crunchy. I like making people laugh. I hope my quips in this column have caused at least a titter. I…
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Thursday 5 July 2012
Film

bechdel taser: did young girls need brave, or just the studios?

Sarina Murray
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Pixar’s Brave. Blah blah first lady protagonist, blah blah why did it take them so long. I’ve never held Pixar in quite the same regard as my contemporaries. I didn’t get into Toy Story back in the day, probably because cowboys, astronauts… toys in general, weren’t on my priority viewing list. I liked witches and…
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Thursday 7 June 2012
Film

bechdel taser: jump into the sea to avoid this engagement

Sarina Murray
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If Terence Davies’ film The Deep Blue Sea were the apex of a pyramid, it would be one of those faulty food ones. I’m not going to try to stretch that metaphor further, because I was just looking for an example of a flaw-riddled pyramid, and I don’t want to draw saturated fat comparisons. Rachel…
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Thursday 10 May 2012
Film

bechdel taser: at least we aren’t the victims (conciliatory notes from the avengers)

Sarina Murray
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The Avengers was released on my 21st Birthday. Joss Whedon’s impact on my childhood and adolescence has been recorded everywhere, from the essays I submit to real-life university subjects, to the airwaves as I stumble for words at 6am, to this very column. It felt like no mere coinkydink that Wednesday of all days was…
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Sunday 8 April 2012
Film

bechdel taser: and this one time at bechdel camp…

Sarina Murray
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My report on American Reunion comes replete with hazy memories and vague descriptors. I saw the production over a month ago, in one of those fancy pants media screenings because I was interviewing the writer and director for Melbourne’s Student Youth Network (SYN). I saw it at a silly hour of the morning while under-slept…
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Thursday 29 March 2012
Film

bechdel taser: hungry for some YA movie-time, hold the sap-and-fangs?

Sarina Murray
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With the exception of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials, I have remained ignorant of young adult literature. I spent my formative years developing a collection of Buffy serial novels more substantial than nerd-mecca Minotaur’s. But I knew I should read The Hunger Games before the film was released. I’ve had enough conversations about Rowling…
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Thursday 15 March 2012
Film

bechdel taser: it’s called like crazy, but this is one romance that won’t send you up the walls

Sarina Murray
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I love Hollywood films. I don’t love Hollywood romances. At some point, the tale of love became subject not only to an inevitable conclusion, but the journey stopped veering away from one strict path. It’s not knowing that you’re going to land in New York, it’s knowing that you’ll stop in Thailand, Abu Dhabi and…
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Wednesday 8 February 2012
Featured Film

bechdel taser: down the trigger-hole of sexual abuse on screen

Sarina Murray
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TRIGGER WARNING! The catch-cry of this column is ‘finding the fun in fail’, but there’s one kind of film-fail (and life-fail) which is never fun. Rape. Not funny when people misappropriate the term to say their facebook was ‘fraped’, not funny when it’s the (bizarrely) critically acclaimed American remake of The Girl With the Dragon…
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Wednesday 25 January 2012
Film

bechdel taser: taking the oscar bait

Sarina Murray
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The first time I remember taking the bait was 2001. But I suppose what I really did was eat a bunch of bread, then find out later that fish will also eat that. Moulin Rouge was everything a barely ten-year-old with big dreams and a big stereo could ask for: bright colours, pop music, video…
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