by Bridget Hovell and McKenzie Chapman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chick Flicks is for anyone that loves film but finds themselves thinking, “I wish this movie review had more 100% more feelings.” Created and co-hosted by McKenzie Chapman and Bridget Hovell, Chick Flicks is a podcast that aims to elbow its way into film discourse. We are lifelong movie lovers but we don’t feel as though our tastes and perspectives are reflected in film criticism - probably because they aren’t! Male film critics outnumber female film critics 2:1 and “of the top 250 films of 2017, 88 percent had no female directors, 83 percent had no female writers, and 96 percent had no female cinematographers.” Representation is even worse for people of color. A recent study by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies shows that “Latinos made up just 2.7 percent of film roles in 2016, while asians accounted for 3.1 percent, mixed race accounted for 3 percent, and Native Americans accounted for 0.5 percent. Black Americans had 12.5 percent of lead film roles. By comparison, whites dominated film roles at 78.1 percent.”
While we are two cis white women, in our lives and our film criticism we aspire to be as inclusive as possible in our feminism, mindful of experiences outside our own, and aware of our privileges and representation in media. Our ears are open and our criticism is open to critique. Please email us if you have any thought you’d like to share!
In our inaugural season, we are covering horror movies. Horror, almost inexplicably, is the only genre of film where women appear and speak as much as male characters. Surprising, right? It’s also a genre chock-full of complicated women, campy fun, and nightmarish moralizing about sex. You can find our episodes/suggest a movie for us to watch here.
In the final episode of Stephen King month at Chick Flicks, Bridget and McKenzie discuss mean nerds and killer cars in Misery and Christine. Misery feels more relevant than ever in today’s extreme fandom culture, while Christine touches upon frightening incel adjacent themes.
Misery (1990) was directed by Rob Reiner. It stars James Caan and Kathy Bates in an Oscar-winning role.
Christine (1983) was directed by John Carpenter and stars a Plymouth Fury and some actors from the eighties!
Stephen King month at Chick Flicks continues with Cujo and Pet Sematary! In this episode Bridget and McKenzie discuss the inherent un-scariness of Saint Bernard dogs, family dynamics, rabies, and children named Tad and Gage. Cujo was directed by Lewis Teague, based on an adapted script written by Don Carlos Dunaway and Barbara Turner. It stars Dee Wallace. Pet Sematary was directed by Mary Lambert and stars Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby.
Bridget and McKenzie visit the 1980’s with the classic kid’s adventure film The Goonies and the Netflix show Stranger Things. They find that The Goonies is a relic with some pretty problematic jokes and that Stranger Things is disappointingly not all that strange.
The Goonies was directed by Richard Donner and produced by Steven Spielberg. Stranger Things was created by the Duffer Brothers (hey–where are all the sister teams in Hollywood?).
This week Bridget is into the podcast Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byers and the original It miniseries based off the book by Stephen King. McKenzie recommends the YA book A Conjuring of Light, the song “Sticky” by Ravyn Lenae, and shopping local at Strange Ways in New Haven, CT.
Lizzie and The Handmaiden are films about women whose love (or simply lust) for one another creates a powerful catalyst that dismantles patriarchal structures. In this episode of Chick Flicks, we think only one of these films has a queer love story that works. Lizzie was directed by Craig MacNeil and stars Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. The Handmaiden is based on the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and was directed by Park Chan-Wook. It stars Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri.
This week Bridget is into Big Little Lies, The Terror, and The Souvenir. McKenzie recommends Good Omens, Flash Forward, and What Remains of Edith Finch.