Feb. 2nd, 2013

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This movie only gets a technical pass for some micro exchanges, but that's partly because of the mockumentary format. The movie is a 'documentary' about the events following a teenage girl's death by drowning. There's a combination of 'found footage' and people being interviewed. (The interviewer is male.)

But I think it's worth noting that Alice, the drowned girl, is a real and vivid presence, and the whole movie is characters talking about her and who she was, in particular her mother, who talks about her relationship with her own mother. There are plenty of women in this movie talking about women, and how they interact.

The movie as a whole is twisty and fascinating, very atmospheric and with a really well-done ending. I found the first ten minutes or so dragged a little, but then I was sucked in. I highly recommend this movie, and don't switch off as soon as the credits start!
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I really enjoy Elementary and Joan Watson is an awesome character. That said, the show is continuing to scrape technical passes by the skin of its teeth in about half the episodes, and the other half it fails.

Technical passes: Episodes 1 (Watson speaks to a victim about how she's recovering), 2 (Watson speaks to a suspect about her sister), 5, 10 and 11 (see below), 12 and 13 (Watson speaks to her therapist, mostly but not entirely about Holmes). The rest are fails.

Episodes 5, 10 and 11 are a bit better. Watson has three detailed conversations with former friend and colleague Dr Carrie Dwyer about a female patient. In Episode 10 Watson speaks to her mother three times about her job, though Holmes dominates the second conversation. In Episode 11, Watson counsels a teenage girl whose mother has been murdered and they speak at length about the mother and about the girl's college plans. None of them are what I would call a mega-pass, though.

This show is in desperate need of more female characters, though the few it has it generally treats quite well. Victims of the week are as likely to be male as female, neither are sexed up (with the possible exception of the very first episode) and crimes are rarely glamourised.
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There are several named female characters in this movie, and they have a few brief exchanges with each other that aren't about guys - pizza in one case, a missing girl in another. Overall, though, the movie is about the male characters. None of the characters are really fleshed out with any depth, but the Obligatory Girlfriend to the lead gets a decent amount of screentime and is reasonably active, and the male lead's mother has a surprisingly large role, and is a competent cop.

The movie was muddled and messy, and inconsistent on several minor plot details. There's also a subplot about filming underage girls in locker rooms and bedrooms. I don't recommend it.

ALSO A CHARACTER IS SAID TO BE THE DEVIL BECAUSE HIS NAME IS LOUIS WHICH SOUNDS A BIT LIKE LUCIFER.

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