Manohla Dargis has had some issues with the film Blue is the Warmest Color (which did very well at the box office in the US where it opened this weekend) since she saw it back in Cannes in May.
In her new piece on the film and the issues really puts a button on why this film has created so much of the controversy. Read the whole piece but here's the ending:
Mainstream movies, especially from the big studios, are now overwhelmingly dominated by male-driven stories, made by men, for men. Feminists have taken issues with old Hollywood representations of women, but at least its star system provided a rich body of work, which is one reason you don’t often read feminists talking about movies outside academia and Jezebel.com. There’s not much to discuss. That’s another reason “Blue” is interesting: It’s a three-hour movie about women, a rare object of critical inquiry perhaps especially for American men working in the male-dominated field of movie critics. The truth is we need more women on screen, naked and not, hungry and not, to get this conversation really started.
This is a topic she has discussed before. The fact that our film world is dominated by men telling men's stories and men telling women's stories. As she says, we need more women everywhere.
I also just wanted to remind Ms. Dargis that there are more of us out there talking about feminist issues and the movies.