Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Creators Unite, Women in Power Issue

Over the past 20 years, two horror film characters have emerged as my favorites. Kate Beckinsale's Selene from the "Underworld" franchise, and Milla Jovovich's Alice from the "Resident Evil" franchise. Perhaps, as a strident and proud individualist, my attraction for these very strong women differs from many. As male characters have become more sensitive (...neutered?), a rough, tough, no-nonsense hero has eluded films, of least on the male side. We used to have Clint Eastwood and his "Dirty Harry" films or John Wayne in his Oaters, now we have highly metro-sexual and flawed portrayals of male characters who aren't afraid to show vulnerability. With the disappearance of the lone wolf heroes, in their place the Alices and Selenes of horror have moved in.

Hence Creators Unite, The Women Power issue is out. Guess what! Yep, I am in it. The privilege was all mine to contribute an introduction to an interview of Kelli Moroney. The babe from "Chopping Mall" and "Night of the Comet." Excuse my crass description, babe is hardly a fair or complete description of the women who made this issue. Strong and powerful women abound, not only in today's filmdom, but over the course of Hollywood history. Sure, the portrayals have changed. Myrna Loy may have looked diminutive in her portrayal of Nora Charles in the 1930s, but a closer look at "The Thin Man" films showed her brains, wit, and charm essential in catching killers. Kelli Maroney? Yep her depiction of a ditzy cheerleader and mall rat in the aforementioned films of the 1980s was a lot deeper than a teen-aged audience would notice.  Click on the link above to read more about that.

Okay, I'm a heel. I'm a guy, so I'm a pig too. I like the tight leather bodysuits, babes armed with weapons, high-heeled boots, and a seductive glance in my heroines. Fortunately, my buddy Emilie, Kelli Maroney, and scores of powerful and talented actresses have given my heroines that are smart, determined, and who refuse to be the victim. These women and the characters they give us are an inspiration to young women and a powerful statement of the evolution of how us men look at the fairer sex (...excuse that term.)  To view this magazine, click on the above, or below link
Creators Unite

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