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Is Terminator the Mother of all Feminist Action Movies?

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When I think of a female action hero, my mind does not go to Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, or the few shining moments Black Widow receives in the Avenger movies. No, as a child of the ‘80s and ‘90s, I immediately picture those powerhouse women who didn’t need leather or tight clothes to kick ass. Think Ripley in Aliens, or Sarah Connor from Terminator. It’s no coincidence that both of those characters came from James Cameron films. Not only is he one of the most successful living directors, he’s also the father of the female action hero—one of the first mainstream filmmakers to feature strong women who don’t back down in the face of killer robots or nightmare-inducing…

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Marvel’s courtship of Ava DuVernay: Is Hollywood finally waking up?

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The American Civil Liberties Union isn’t happy with Hollywood right now. The ACLU has called for an investigation into the “systematic failure” of the film industry to hire female directors. In response to this, The Directors Guild of America blamed networks and studios for the “deplorable” lack of women directors in Hollywood. But of course, actions speak louder than words. In a positive step for women in film, Marvel is courting Selma director Ava DuVernay; according to the report, she will either helm Captain Marvel or Black Panther. The former picture is Marvel’s first solo female superhero film, and The Black Panther is the first movie that boasts a hero of color in the leading role. If one considers DuVernay’s work in Selma, one could hazard a…

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