July 28, 2008

Two Years of Heroine Content

Heroine Content sticker

Want a sticker? Or two? Or ten? Leave a comment, I still have some left over.

Two years ago, Grace and I were feverishly working to get Heroine Content up and running in time to publicize it at BlogHer 2006. A year ago, we were both at BlogHer 2007. This year, BlogHer got sneaky and moved its conference, so I was actually there last week. But yesterday was in fact our two year anniversary, and I thought I should do another recap post.

In our first year, we reviewed and rated about 40 films. In our second year, we added about 45 more, including our first guest post. (Scattered throughout the two years Grace also reviewed a few television shows and at least one comic book, and if I'd had the sense to make a category for them I'd point you to it.)

I've learned a lot. I've learned that I seriously suck at noticing racism in media and remembering to scan for ability/disability and class issues. I've learned that while I love action movies and I can find a lot of good things in them, they're also way more chock full of evil than I thought in the form of stereotypes and bigotry. I've learned that there's at least one woman of color reading this blog, which totally surprised me, since I kind of see Heroine Content as my remedial space to practice seeing things that people without my privilege would find completely obvious.

I've also learned that while Grace and I are both committed feminists, we will always violently disagree on what rating to give MANY films - which is why it cracks me up when people blog about Heroine Content as if it's one entity issuing its opinion. If you only knew...

So here's a list of all the movies that one of us has reviewed on this blog in the last year, organized by the rating we awarded. The link for each rating should take you to the page of reviews with that rating.

4 Stars: Greatest Hits

  • Firefly and Serenity
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
  • Girlfight
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • Double Dare
  • Alien (Director's Cut)
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (movie)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Tank Girl
  • Underworld

3 Stars: Strong Contenders

  • Supercop
  • Ghost In The Shell (movies/series)
  • Chak De! India
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Run Lola Run
  • Dare to Dream
  • The Quick and the Dead
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • The Heart of the Game
  • The Replacement Killers
  • Drop Zone
  • The Heroic Trio
  • Set It Off
  • Paycheck
  • Grindhouse
  • Resident Evil
  • D.E.B.S.
  • Bandidas
  • So Close
  • King Arthur
  • The Island
  • Aeon Flux
  • Underworld: Evolution
  • V for Vendetta

2 Stars: So Close

  • Indiana Jones (all four movies)
  • Speed Racer
  • The Forbidden Kingdom
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Doomsday
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  • Alien 3 (Director's Cut)
  • Hero (Ying xiong)
  • The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • Transformers
  • The Mask of Zorro / The Legend of Zorro
  • Pirates of the Caribbean III: At World's End
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Bad Girls
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider / Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
  • La Femme Nikita
  • 300
  • Alien (Director's Cut)
  • The Fifth Element
  • Blade: Trinity
  • Elektra

1 Star: Typical

  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Entrapment
  • Mulan
  • Hellboy
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Stardust
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Chronicles of Riddick (Director's Cut)
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Blood and Chocolate
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Point of No Return
  • Ultraviolet

No Stars: Setting Us Back 20 Years

  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • Wanted
  • Barb Wire
  • Blue Crush
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • BloodRayne
  • Strange Days
  • Bandit Queen
  • Van Helsing
  • Domino
  • Daredevil
  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend


Happy Birthday!

I've really been enjoying Heroine Content - it always gives me a new perspective on old films, or a reason to watch new ones, and even if I sometimes don't agree (or am reluctant to!) with a review, it makes me think.

(Do you send stickers to Australians, too?)

I would love to get some stickers! I haven't commented before, but I have enjoyed reading the reviews for about a year now. Is there an email address I can send my mailing info to?

I would LOVE a sticker. How can I get one?

Hurray for 2 years of Heroine Content! That's quite an impressive list of movie reviews under your belts. I look forward to lots more.

Would you mind if I post the sticker image (100% heroine) on my blog? I've been meaning to link to you guys.

Sticker? Did someone say sticker for free? me! me!!

I love your honesty on the lessons you have learned.



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