With all due respect gentlemen... I have to clarify I am not a feminist.
I do the dishes, tend to my children, stay at home most of the time... most of the time...
Let's see... I have no problem with a man being the man of the house... as long as he acts the part.
I am not needy, I understand when a man has gotta be right. As long as he does the patio and run some errands, he's entitled to be right every so often.
That being said, there are some movies that through thick and thin remained a fixed part of my movie collection.
Male-bashing movies... Some adore horror movies, I just get a kick of movies where men get to have it...
So girls! Are we ready?
1. Chicago- He Had It Coming!
The Broadway movie production Chicago (2002) tops my list. My daughter and I watch it sometimes (I don't wanna get her too enthused in so much violence) but we dance to it like 'ain't' nobody's business.
With a cast led by Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, it gives me shivers! He ran into my knife 18 times!
Some trivia I just found out, the movie is a remake from a 1927 version. And the script is based on a real murder case.
2. The Witches of Eastwick - Women... a mistake?
This delicious 1987 comedy does not make my number one just because it didn't bash men enough to the point of killing them... The girls just made him disappear. If you have not watched this classic of modern cinematography starred by none other than Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer, I am certainly not going to spoil the end for you.
I love this movie so much I watch it each time like the first time, and always laugh as much.
But to give just a slight idea, Jack Nicholson plays a devil that is conjured up by three women that are yet to realize how powerful they are... I include here what I consider the best part of the movie, yet men prefer Jack Nicholson's rant in church. Ah! The music is by Danny Elfman, so just can't ask for more! Male bashing music to my ears!
Ah! My computer is starting to run slow, guess I'll have to settle with Jack Nicholson's scene... Are women a mistake or did God did it to men on purpose?
3. Beaches - Wind Beneath my Wings
Beaches (1988) with megastar Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey is not your all time male bashing movie... but it deserves a spot because is a beautiful movie about friendship... especially when men are nowhere to be found.
When I feel kind of mellow this is the movie for me. Especially watching Mayim Bialik, who played Bette Middler (CC Bloom) at age 11.
It's a beautiful story of the friendship between two women that lasts a lifetime and beyond.
That's the glory of love!
4. What's Love Got to do with It?
Angela Basset playing diva Tina Turner in this 1993 movie is timeless and breathtaking.
He had it coming at the end, so there. Plus, Ike died young at 76, Tina still grows beautiful! This scene here is a strong one. Ike hits Tina, mind the young ones.
Trivia: Tina is still a Buddhist.
5. The Stepford Wives- Wouldn't They Love it?
The Stepford Wives is like another sequel of "The Witches of Eastwick" in terms of having three women... well, one gay man and two women, same difference, standing for their right to be themselves as powerful and bright and strong as they are, in spite of their chauvinistic counterparts. This 2004 production is also a remake. Starring Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken, is just funny!
My favorite scene is when Nicole Kidman (Joanna Eberhart) gets fired. Her face is a poem! But I include here the most symbolic segment: the supermarket scene.
6. First Wives Club
I went to watch this movie in the theater three times. When this movie first came out in 1996, my first husband had left me for a younger girl, which is the premise of this script written by Robert Harling, and adapted by a novel from Olivia Goldsmith.
Three women... there's something about three women. The TV series "Charmed" also features three women, witches at that. Three women standing together seeking something more than revenge, seeking so much justice their ex husbands will not be able to see straight!!!
Starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, my favorite scene though is the suicidal jump of Stockard Channing, better known as Rizzo from the all American classic Grease.
I include the theme of the movie to keep things light. This is one of my very personal anthems... Rita Hayworth sang it better but these girls are a lot more fun!
7. 9 to 5
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin (remember her?) and Dolly Parton... again three women... Getting together this time to show their boss a lesson in equality.
The year is 1980, I know I went a bit far back but hey, you can downloaded free by now!
The technology then is just fascinating. Remember, is the 80s, do not expect lots of special effects.
8. Hello Dolly
Barbara Streisand is the epitome of a strong woman, so most characters just flow naturally on her, beautifully strong. Of all her productions, I enjoy "Hello Dolly" the most.
This 1969 production (I was born in 1967) directed by renowned dancer and actor Gene Kelly ("Singing in the Rain"), and starred also by Walter Matthau and Michael Crawford, is a delightful musical comedy for the whole family.
Mrs. Dolly Levi (Barbara Streisand) bashes men in the most elegant way. She has a plan, a marriage business proposal, and she will not take no for an answer...
Veteran musician Mr. Louis Armstrong has a cameo appearance in the movie. All the scenes are my favorite.
9. Working Girl
Young Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver come together in this, yet not male, but female bashing 1988 production. Eight Oscars and 13 nominations deserves a spot.
It has to be included in this list because it empowers women... it's not simply anti male but pro female...
I like this movie a lot, but I love the soundtrack more... I include here Carly Simon "Let the River Run".
10. The Color Purple
Definitely last but not least. Starring Whoopie Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey. The 1985, 13 times Oscar winning production directed by Steven Spielberg is not only based on a civil rights history of how African American had it by the turn of the 20th century, but the struggle of black women as they occupied the lowest social level among the black community.
I wonder how is that comparing today, not for the Oprahs and the Whoopies, but for the Sophias and the Celies.
My favorite scene is when Shug tries the impossible to get her father's attention and forgiveness.
I hope you have enjoyed my special countdown. Guys, c'mon, no pun intended, just plain bashing, all in good spirits. You know that, at the end of the day, when all is said and written, we girls can live with you and can't live without you!