Posts Tagged Diablo Cody

film: 11 scary films directed by women



American Psycho [2000]
directed by: Mary Harron

in her skin

In Her Skin [2009]
written and directed by: Simone North


Jennifer’s Body [2009]
directed by: Karyn Kusama
written by: Diablo Cody


Pet Sematary [1989]
directed by: Mary Lambert


Office Killer [1997]
directed by: Cindy Sherman

mirror mirror

Mirror Mirror [1990]
directed by: Marina Sargenti


A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night [2014]
directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour


Carrie [2013]
directed by: Kimberly Peirce


The Babadook [2014]
directed by: Jennifer Kent


Soulmate [2013]
written and directed by: Axelle Carolyn


The Countess [2009]
written and directed by: Julie Delpy

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Choice Quote: Diablo Cody


“I’m perhaps alone amongst my colleagues because I like talking about women’s issues in film, and feminism. I think a lot of women don’t like to do that. It’s usually, “Can we please turn the conversation back to my work?” For me, it’s an important part of who I am. I feel like so much of the reaction to my work and to me is connected to the fact that I’m a woman, so I can’t avoid that conversation. A part of my career is that I am a woman and I’ve committed myself to writing roles for women. I cannot separate myself from that and say, “Oh, can we please just talk about my work?” That is my work.”

–Film School Rejects, October 19, 2013

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DVD review: Jennifer’s Body

Title: Jennifer’s Body
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried
Running time: 102 min.
Release date: December 29, 2009 (DVD)
MPAA: Rated R for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Review source: Click Communications
Rating: B-

Why this didn’t do much better at the box office I have no idea.  Jennifer’s Body, written by Diablo Cody [Juno], spoofs horror films in a blatantly feminist manner. Jennifer [Megan Fox] has a life-changing experience after hooking up with the lead singer in a rock band. That same night that entire club burns to the ground, reminiscent of The Station Nightclub fire five years ago in Providence, RI. Many local high school teens and members of the small town die in the blaze. Jennifer arrives at the house of her straight-edged best friend Needy [Amanda Seyfried] all bloodied and acting strange. She even projectile vomits a black spiky substance. After that night, Jennifer is happier than ever before while everyone else remains in mourning over the tragedy. She starts a killing spree where she lures boys—first the popular guy on the football team—to isolated spots and then kills them, ripping them apart. Jennifer’s Body isn’t scary because the audience knows Jennifer’s m.o from the beginning. It’s gory and a bit creepy and bizarre. What is motivating Jennifer? What is making her act in this manner? My guess was not what it ended up being at all. [“She’s eating boys. They, like, make her really pretty and glowy and her hair looks amazing. And then when she’s hungry, she’s weak and cranky and ugly. I mean ugly for her.”] Jennifer’s Body is symbolic of feminist revenge on all the men who treat women like crap: the popular guys, the guys who just want sex, the guys who say mean things about women etc. Jennifer is wiping them out one by one. Cody refrains from the precocious dialogue here, suiting it more to this film. She has a few weird phrases [“It’s freak-tarded.” and “You make me all wetty.”]. She’s done a commendable job in tackling this male-dominated genre with a thoughtful, clever script that may not have been perfectly executed and for that she deserves a ton of credit.

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