Quentin Tarantino's Bad-ass Broads – A Four Week Film Course
180 Minute Running Time
Classes Run Mondays, 7-9:30pm, August 4, 11, 18, 25. Taught by Film Critic Lisa Kennedy.
Jackie Brown, the Bride, the ladies of "Death Proof" -- just for starters. Tarantino's heroines may have movie DNA by way of Russ Meyer, Roger Corman and Grindhouse fare, but the writer-director has created female characters who are bad-ass and brazen, fierce and fatal in ways that speak to a generation of young men and women raised with a different set of expectations for -- and fantasies about -- the fairer sex. We'll talk about how the roles he's penned and the way he directs has created space for his actresses to deliver some of their most commanding performances. We'll watch -- a lot -- and argue and celebrate (not necessarily in that order) what's original, what's "post-feminist" and what's retro about Tarantino's take on the big-screen heroine and what it says not just about the movie maverick but also what it teaches us about the changing moviegoer -- male and female. There's no film we won't consider, yes, even the absence of women in "Reservoir Dogs." Did we mention fun?
Critic Lisa Kennedy has never been accused of being bad-ass but there's hope yet. In the meantime, she continues to cover film and theater and more for the Denver Post. She's a member of the National Society of Film Critics and has gladly served as a juror for the Spirit and Gotham awards as well as the L.A. Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest.