"Wonder Woman has been an enduring symbol of women’s power. We could imagine no better way to urge women to use their own power–the power of their vote–to stand up for themselves and their rights in the coming elections."
Ms magazine, October 2012 40th anniversary issue.
Some brief thoughts on the new Wonder Woman costume for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Like all the costumes the colors look dingy, but other than that I love it. LOVE IT.
It returns to the classic look of the character with a few design tweaks. If you hate the classic costume you’ll hate this one. Adding a subtle sling over the costume makes the costume practical in more ways than one without losing the iconic look.
In 1968 DC Comics got rid of the strapless swimsuit and gave her a shirt and pants. But when Ms. magazine put Wonder Woman on their first cover in 1972, they wanted the classic look. Every superhero’s power as a symbol IS their iconic look. By February 1973 DC submitted and gave Diana her costume back.
Compare the preview images of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Who looks like the ass kicker? Who looks ready to take action? Who’s having fun? Which one of them looks like a hero?
Go behind the scenes of one of Bill Forsyth’s masterpieces, Local Hero (1983) and meet the writer and director himself. Plus, legend Burt Lancaster, who plays the lead role Happer, talk business. Huge thanks to Doug Weir for this rare gem. The DVD of the film is available at Amazon and other online retailers.
Writer-director Bill Forsyth said in Local Hero: The Making of the Film (1983) by Alan Hunter and Mark Astaire: “I saw it along the lines of a Scottish Beverly Hillbillies — what would happen to a small community when it suddenly became immensely rich — that was the germ of the idea and the story built itself from there. It seemed to contain a similar theme to Brigadoon (1954), which also involved some Americans coming over to Scotland, becoming part of a small community, being changed by the experience and affecting the place in their own way. I feel close in spirit to the Powell and Pressburger feeling, the idea of trying to present a cosmic viewpoint to people, but through the most ordinary things. And because both this film and I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) are set in Scotland, I’ve felt from the beginning that we’re walking the same… treading the same water.”
In his review in the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert gave the film his highest four stars, calling it “a small film to treasure.” He gave particular praise to writer-director Bill Forsyth for his abilities as a storyteller:
What makes this material really work is the low-key approach of the writer-director, Bill Forsyth, who also made the charming Gregory’s Girl and has the patience to let his characters gradually reveal themselves to the camera. He never hurries, and as a result, Local Hero never drags: Nothing is more absorbing than human personalities, developed with love and humor. Some of the payoffs in this film are sly and subtle, and others generate big laughs. Forsyth’s big scenes are his little ones, including a heartfelt, whiskey-soaked talk between the American and the innkeeper, and a scene where the visitors walk on the beach and talk about the meaning of life. By the time Burt Lancaster reappears at the end of the film, to personally handle the negotiations with old Ben, Local Hero could hardly have anything but a happy ending. But it’s a fairly close call. —Roger Ebert
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This movie remains one of my favorite comedies of all time. It’s a beautiful film, funny, sad, transcendent, meditative, and it has slapstick and a Russian fisherman singing a cowboy song.