Every week, we will curate a collection of titles – movies, TV, general miscellanea – for you to watch (and in some cases, read, or listen to), in a series we call Weekend Binge. The selection will be based on a theme which binds the picks – which could be extremely blunt in certain instances, or confusingly abstract in some. No rules apply, other than the end goal being getting some great entertainment to watch.
While the idea is to base the theme on the week’s major events – it could be the release of a new movie, or show – we could also use this opportunity to comment on our world in general, and turn to art to wrap our heads around some of the more difficult stories of the past seven days.
Action movies with women at their centre aren’t as rare as you’d think. Just last year, we saw Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell,Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde and, regrettably, Milla Jovovich in another in the interminable Resident Evil franchise. A significant chunk of the Oscar contenders was also led by women – films such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, and the eventual Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water.
The point being, while the situation is admittedly dire – behind the camera more than in front of it – let’s not miss a chance to celebrate when we can. Of course, a handful of female-fronted movies can never compare with hundreds of films with everyone from Bruce Willis to Nicolas Cage sleepwalking through them.