So…. Empire Magazine has this list of the best 50 films released in 2013….
some stats for ya:
4 out of the 50 films were directed by women (one was co-directed by Lana Wachowski and two others)
18 out of the 50 movies featured female leads (5 of those were females as part of a couple or an ensemble and even when they were female-led films the promo pictures often portrayed them women as part of a group or with a male in the picture as well)
1 out of the 50 movies had a black person as the lead actor (Tarantino’s Django Unchained)
1 out of the 50 movies had a gay lead character (Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra).
To which I say: Empire, I am going to cut you some slack because I know you are mostly interested in mainstream movies that achieved box office success and fit a certain cookie-cutter classic style Hollywood storytelling (although the inclusion of Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s ‘Blackfish’ was an interesting choice if you’re only going for the crowd-pleasers) and certainly, given the current state of the industry it is a real challenge to find movies that fit that mold and are also directed by women or feature diverse characters.
But at the very least where was 12 Years a Slave and The Butler, both successful movies by anyone’s standards which happened to feature black characters? And why not include Sarah Polley’s documentary ‘Stories We Tell’ which was also critically acclaimed?
Can anyone else think of any movies that could have been included in this list but weren’t? Maybe even one or two starring an actor of Asian descent perhaps? Or is this really all there is?