Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday Movie Meme - Ladies in Orange Jumpsuits


This week for the Monday Movie Meme, the Bumbles are featuring a topic brought to us from Nicole of The Madlab Post.  Even though we have already covered movies about prison, we are honing in on women who are held captive, imprisoned, or who act as guards or captors. 

Digression:  In certain settings, why is it that women in prisons seems like the ultimate turn-on for every red-blooded male?  Some movies, like Canned Heat for example, just pander to this fantasy.  I find it the slightest bit demeaning.

OK, so what examples could I pull out of my hat this morning? 


The Reader

Not only does Kate Winslet's character act as a prison guard for a concentration camp, but she ends up on the other side of the bars as well.  We'll just call that cosmic karma for messing with young boys and killing Jews.




Sucker Punch

This would be an example of me talking about of both sides of my mouth!  Coincidentally, we just saw this movie over Spring Break so it is fresh in my mind.  One could sum up this movie by saying "imprisoned and exploited sex kittens kick Nazi zombie ass in leather, thigh-high stockings and stiletto heels".  Or in other words, that demeaning thing.  In this case, though, it was all kinds of fun.



Now it is your turn!  Who are your favorite women behind bars?

11 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

That's my impression too - getting into women in prison films get you into porn and snuff films. yuck.

Yvann said...

What about Chicago?

Zibilee said...

I also think it's strange that women in prison films are so popular with males. Maybe it's all that fantasy of a bunch of females living in close quarters and all the naughty hypothetical things they get up to, but I agree that it's very demeaning. I did love The Reader though, and think that it was a great movie. Very faithful to the book.

bermudaonion said...

The Reader is a good one! I loved that book and movie - it gave me so much to think about.

Jenners said...

You're making me feel better for actually kind of wanting to see SuckerPunch. I saw the preview and thought " that looks kind of good actually."

Kathleen said...

I've yet to see The Reader and haven't read it either. I've got to get around to it!

Trisha said...

Love this topic! And I'm glad to hear Sucker Punch is fun. I was supposed to go see it, but no luck. Maybe this week.

Avid Reader said...

Loved The Reader and I'd agree Chicago is a great addition. White Oleander is a good example. Michelle Pfeiffer is excellent as an imprisoned mom.

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

I just heart Kate Winslet (especially in the new Mildred Pierce movie!). Haven't seen The Reader, mostly because of course I've been meaning to read the book first. And the book has been languishing on the shelf for at least a year, probably longer. My to-do list grows daily.

Matt said...

I like the film much better than The Reader: A Novel. Maybe it's Kate. :)

stacybuckeye said...

I can't believe I forgot about The Reader, I loved that mocvie!