Seen any good movies or TV lately, or ever? The hard part: must be Bechdel-positive.
I'm looking for some entertaining, Bechdel-positive movies and TV shows to watch on the internet (DVDs OK too; in the US).
I'm done with making excuses in my head for misogyny in entertainment. Right now I'm looking for entertainment that's pleasant, and misogyny makes me mad, which does not feel pleasant. Even many very good stories with strong women characters (like Prime Suspect
) feature women who are fighting misogyny, so even when the point is to critique or overcome it, it still dominates the story. (And Prime Suspect never misses an opportunity to show the naked, mutilated corpse of a pretty young white woman. Enough.)
I know that I'm not looking for something impossible: I stumbled on a Canadian made-for-TV move on Netflix, Plague City: SARS in Toronto
. It wasn't a great movie, but it was good enough for some engaging entertainment, and it was delightfully Bechdel-positive -- just a story with some women and some men working together and living their lives as if everyone was just people. There must be more movies or TV shows like this?
I'd be particularly delighted by shows from countries other than the US, but they need to have English subtitles or captions available if they're in another language. They don't need to be current -- oldies are fine. Documentaries could be good if they're engaging and story-like. It's OK if the movie features a man or men in central roles, as long as there are also women who are also recognized to be whole, multi-dimensional people.
Additional restrictions: no horror, no rape, no domestic violence, no prostitution, no torture. Im not a fan of science fiction or fantasy, but I'd be willing to give those a try if something looks really promising. I'm not interested in romance as the center of the plot, but if it's just a part of the story, that's OK.
I'm aware of this
site, which is a helpful resource, but it doesn't cover TV or give recommendations for movies I haven't heard of. Any other good sources for reviews that would cover these concerns?
I tend to like realistic stories with complex characters: Nurse Jackie, Frozen River, even some episodes of The Sopranos. Blood or nudity are OK if the context is misogyny-free, which is rare. I expected to like Parks and Recreation, but I find it a little too fluffy. Inspector Lewis and Downton Abbey are generally (well, at least sometimes) good enough to pass my rough muster, which makes me suspect that there must be a few other British shows (and likely some from other countries, too) that I might like but don't know about. You? Please share!