It's been 14 years since a Marvel Comics female superhero toplined her own movie. The film was Fox's "Elektra," starring Jennifer Garner as the title fighter, and the release bombed so badly that it apparently scared off at least one Marvel executive from giving another superpowered woman the solo spotlight. Until now. On Friday, Disney and Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" officially opened, starring Oscar-winning Brie Larson as the Air Force pilot whose DNA becomes combined with that of an alien after a crash. Industry projections say the movie could have a domestic debut north of $100 million -- possibly topping the $103-million opening of DC's smash "Wonder Woman" two years ago.If "Captain Marvel" succeeds commercially, if not critically, the long-standing question from many fans and industry experts could rise to a new pitch: What took Marvel so long to stop relying only on testosterone to lead its movies?Many observers don't readily fault Kevin Feige, who has been the producer … [Read more...] about Marvel was slow to let a woman be the star. Can ‘Captain Marvel’ make up for lost time?
What men really want from a woman
When What Women Want came out, it gave us the idea that a man could change if you let him hear the inner thoughts of a woman. The problem was that none of us really think the way that movie depicts us, and it was just a message that men should … listen—a thing that should have already been known. So when What Men Want was being made, my first thought was “why?” and I continue to think that over and over again now that I’ve seen the movie. I’m like 90% sure the end of this movie is saying that women just need to listen to men, which … it is 2019. We’ve done our listening—2019+ years of it. That’s the majority of my problem with What Men Want: I don’t know what this movie is trying to sell me. As I was leaving the theater, I cared more about the men in the movie than I did Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson). First, let’s talk about her name. Her father loves boxing and owns his own boxing studio. … [Read more...] about What Men Want Review: What Is This Movie Trying to Sell Us?
By Stephen Schaefer | February 8, 2019 at 1:17 am MOVIE REVIEW “WHAT MEN WANT” Rated R. At the Showplace Icon at Seaport, AMC Loews Boston Common and South Bay Center, Regal Fenway Stadium and suburban theaters. Grade: B- Taraji P. Henson single-handedly lifts “What Men Want” from its formulaic, predictable plotting to become a comically engaging portrait of a woman who must learn that success in a man’s world doesn’t bring happiness. As Adam Shankman’s (“Hairspray”) fantasy begins, Henson’s Ali Davis, a formidable Atlanta sports agent with a gay assistant (Josh Brener) practically attached at her hip, erroneously thinks this is the day she will finally be made partner. That will never happen unless she can sign the No. 1 draft pick — who is handled by his eccentric dad, Joe “Dolla” Barry (a very fine Tracy Morgan). What gives Ali a boost and unfair advantage — this in a system that’s already … [Read more...] about Henson holds secret to ‘What Men Want’
Not to kick off this review with a spoiler alert, but after seeing "What Men Want" the answer to what men want is probably the same as what women want: Not to be ripped off by yet another dubious rom-com like this. Taraji P. Henson tries a little too hard in a predictable, gender-switching remake of the Nancy Meyers-led 2000 romantic comedy "What Women Want." This time, a woman unlocks the power to read men's minds. The premise has potential but "What Men Want " is not funny enough, it's poorly edited and blunt when it could have been sharp. Henson plays Ali, a hard-elbowing, high-powered sports agent who is bitter and brash — "OK, Bridezilla, take a Xanax," she tells one of her three best friends. To a co-worker, she says: "I'm going to need you to calm down, baby man-child." There's a weird '90s feel to the look and dialogue of this film, accentuated by a dusty soundtrack that features hits by TLC, Bell Biv DeVoe, 2 Live Crew, En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa. Ali is repeatedly passed … [Read more...] about Review: ‘What Men Want’ is to avoid this blunder of a film
Veteran actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday said behind a successful man's fall is a woman but clarified that he was not making fun of the #MeToo movement and his comments should be taken in "right humour". "Today is the time of #MeToo, and there shouldn't be any shame or hesitation to say that behind a successful man's fall is a woman. Behind the troubles and infamy of successful men, there have been mostly women that I've seen in this movement," he said at a book launch event. "I really call myself fortunate that in today's times, tamam harkate karne kay bawajood (despite everything that I've done), my name hasn't come out in the #MeToo movement. Hence, I listen to my wife and often take her as a shield with me so that even if there's nothing, I can show, 'I am happily married, my life is good.'" Sinha said his wife, Poonam, is a "goddess" and his "everything". "Even if anyone wants to say anything about me, please don't say,'" he added. The #MeToo movement hit Bollywood … [Read more...] about #MeToo: Behind every successful man’s fall, is a woman says Shatrughan Sinha