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from an interview with The Frisky, August 6, 2014
on being a woman and a screenwriter in Hollywood:
“Sure, I think it’s difficult to be a woman in Hollywood, period. There is a glass ceiling, of course, but I also think it’s just a more slippery ladder for executives, for writers, for directors, especially for female directors, and for actresses, too. It’s not an easy world to be in, so you have to sort of be your own champion. For me, writing is an important part of how I keep myself sane, essentially, and I feel lucky that people have given me the opportunity to have my work produced, but I would do it even if no one did that. It’s sort of my outlet.”
on being a feminist:
“I think that the [negativity associated with the] label discourages some women from calling themselves that. I think saying that you’re a feminist is a little bit like saying that you’re a humanist, because what it’s really about is equal opportunities and equal thinking about genders being only a part of your identity rather than something that would define you and define your character. … I had a hard time when I was younger sort of reconciling my feminism and my femininity.”
The Drop by Dennis Lehane. Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks. Mystery/Thriller. Paperback. 224 pages.
Fox Searchlight asked Dennis Lehane to adapt his short story “Animal Rescue” into a screenplay for the feature film The Drop starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini. Lehane was a staff writer for the magnificent The Wire and currently is a writer/producer on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. However, this didn’t appease Lehane as he decided to then write a novel based on the screenplay. A ploy for more money that he doesn’t need or he felt he had more he wanted to elaborate on in book form. As I read The Drop, I envisioned Hardy, Rapace and Gandolfini. Not sure if that’s good or bad.
Though mystery/thriller definitely isn’t my go-to genre [I prefer literary fiction, contemporary fiction and memoir] I enjoy reading a thriller from time to time. I read Shutter Island by Lehane knowing that the film version would soon be out. I decided why not read this one too before the film which features James Gandolfini in one of his last performances.
As with other novels, Lehane knows the back streets and neighborhoods of Boston. He painstakingly creates these sad, authentic and stuck characters. Lehane depicts Boston and the people who live in the city with love, pride and truth.
“The traffic had thinned considerably as they drove past Harvard Stadium, first football stadium in the country and yet one more building that seemed to mock Marv, one more place he’d have been laughed out of if he’d ever tried to walk in. That’s what this city did–it placed its history in your face at every turn so you could feel insignificant in is shadow.”
A few days after Christmas, forlorn bartender Bob Saginowski rescues a beat-up and abandoned pit-bull puppy from a trash can. In doing so he also befriends an enigmatic, troubled woman named Nadia and the two become friends through caring for the puppy. Bob works at his Cousin Marv’s bar which is a drop for some Chechens. That means it’s a safe spot for them to stash cash. Marv once ran with a gang of small-time hoodlums but since lost his bar to the Chechens. His name might be on the bar but they run the joint.
“Bob knew something was a little off about Nadia–the dog being found so close to her house and her lack of surprise or interest in that fact was not lost on Bob–but was there anyone, anywhere on this planet, who wasn’t a little off? More than a little most times. Nadia came by to help him with the dog, and Bob, who hadn’t known much friendship in his life, took what he could get.”
When the bar gets robbed, Bob and Marv set out to hunt for the missing money and become entangled with a curious police offer who attends the same church as Bob, some hapless low-level criminals, the dog’s original and creepy owner and the angry Chechens. There’s a fine line connecting every character to criminal activity. It’s dark.
You might want to read this before you venture out to see the film which opens in theaters September 12 if you’re the kind of person who likes to read the book before the film although in this case the film came first which confuses everything.
–review by Amy Steele
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Harper Collins.
purchase at Amazon: The Drop
starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning
–brilliant feminist re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. magical and strong.
starring: Jenny Slate
–bold, thoughtful and touching feminist comedy about abortion
starring: Kristen Bell, Tina Majorino, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colatani
–Veronica Mars is back. It’s ten years after high-school graduation and this film is perfect!
Under the Skin
starring: Scarlett Johansson
–bizarre and visually gorgeous
starring: Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
–based on a true story. this is about a remarkable, amazing mixed-race woman in turn-of-the-century London.
The Railway Man
starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman
–based on true story about building the bridge over River Kwai during WWII and one POW’s PTSD. An emotional, riveting story about forgiveness and peace.
starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine
–funny and sweet film about a lovely singer/songwriter recording an album around New York after breaking up with her rock star boyfriend
starring: Emma Roberts, James Franco
–completely unpredictable film about teacher/student relationship
Running from Crazy
–with Mariel Hemingway, a Barbara Kopple film
–must-see documentary about mental illness and the Hemingway family
“Obviously I’m a feminist. It’s ridiculous that anyone would think other of me.”
–Kirsten Dunst, Flaunt Magazine, July 2014
“all men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society.”
“I do call myself a feminist. Absolutely! It’s worth paying attention to the roles that are sot of dictated to us and we don’t have to fit into those roles.”
“My mom brought me up to be a feminist. She was active in the movement in the 60s and 70s. The Hollywood movie industry has come a long way since its past – It certainly has a bad history of sexism, but it isn’t all the way yet. It’s important to acknowledge that there’s a lot of patriarchy and sexism in mainstream movies.”
“I’m attracted to films that have strong female characters because there are strong female characters in my life.
“Women are responsible for two thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10% of the total income and own 1% of the property…So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”
“I’m usually good about my temper, but all these men trying to control women’s bodies are really beginning to piss me off.”
“It’s about both genders being equal. There’s a history where when women get to a certain age in this industry, the roles become strictly the mother, the wife, or the older single woman. There should be more of a variety because there are so many different paths that humans take and they should be given a platform to be seen.”
–Dakota Fanning on women in Hollywood and film, The Daily Beast, May 29, 2014
“I’m just going to stay single forever. I could never live with anybody ever again.”
–Lena Headey to Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately June 9, 2014
“I don’t want to have to tell anybody what I’m thinking, where I’m going.”
–Whoopi Goldberg on The View June 9, 2014