October update

Films I’ve seen in October but haven’t blogged (Bechdel test/protagonist/Lacey test)
The Manchurian Candidate
(2004) F,M,P
The Long Good Friday F,M,P
Rabbit Proof Fence P,F,P
Fish Tank P,F,F
Adventureland F,M,P
Lemon Tree F,F,P
Extraordinary Rendition F,M,P

Bechdel test passes 15/38
Protagonist: female 12/32
Lacey test: 19/20
The first film to fail the Lacey test (where two named men have a conversation about something other than women was Fish Tank – nice one).

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Up (US, 2009)

The joy of living

Pixar is an extraordinary production company: how many mainstream films, aimed at a family audience, feature a cantankerous old man (well Secondhand Lions immediately springs to mind but you get my point)? And, brilliantly, pull off the pathos of age whilst celebrating the joi de vivre of youth? Add the homages to Looney Tunes, brilliant characterisations of dogs and wonderfully absurd visuals… well, you probably know how good it is already.

NB Bechdel tests:
It’s dawned on me that the way I’ve been counting whether films fail or pass the test is not as straightforward as it could be so, starting today, the tally will feature the number passed out of the number seen. For protagonists it will be number of females out of the total. The Lacey test is the reverse of the Bechdel test.
Bechdel test: fail 12/30
Protagonist: male 8/24
Lacey test: 12/12

In other words, of the last 30 films I’ve seen only 12 feature two named women discussing something other than men; 8 out of 24 films featured a female protagonist; every film, out of 12, featured two  named men discussing something other than women.

September Update

Films I’ve seen in September but haven’t blogged:

Toy Story 3 Bechdel: F Protagonist: M Lacey: P
Yella Bechdel: F Protagonist: F Lacey: P
Michael Collins Bechdel: F Protagonist: M Lacey: P
The Girl Who Played With Fire Bechdel: P Protagonist: F Lacey: P
The Edukators Bechdel: F Protagonist: M Lacey: P
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Bechdel: P Protagonist: F Lacey: P
On the Town Bechdel: P Protagonist: M Lacey: P

Bechdel test: Fail 17; Pass 12
Protagonist: Female 8 Male 15
Lacey test: Fail 0 Pass 11

August additions

Films I’ve seen in August but haven’t blogged:
Looking for Eric: Bechdel: 0 Protagonist: M
Let the Right One In: Bechdel : 0 Protagonist: M
From Here to Eternity Bechdel: 0 Protagonist: M

Bechdel test: Fail (11/4)
Protagonist: Male (2/10)

Bechdel test

From the start of July I’ve been applying the Bechdel test (see above and below) to the films I’ve been watching. It would be good if readers could share films that actually pass this test as it seems, shockingly, that not many do. The test is: are there at least two named women who talk to one another about something other than men? Doesn’t seem a high bar does it? I gave up on watching Beaufort (Israel, 2007) because I was finding the self-importance of men nauseating.