You Vengeful Bitches

If you'd have been there, if you'd have seen it, I betcha you would have done the same. 🔪

Welcome to this week’s very special mid-week edition of Weekend Again?! (Wednesday Again?)

I’ve been watching a lot of movies about women doing a bad thing. It’s a category I return to when I feel that I’ve exhausted everything else, for whatever reason. These are films I watched and I was like, “actually, you know, I get it.” The “it” being the bad thing, of course, the thing that women aren’t supposed to get:

Vengeance. Reprisal. An eye for an eye. Revenge.

(If women got their retribution for all the crimes society has visited upon them … whew, it would be a different world entirely.)

The following movies are grouped loosely by genre and show women punishing those who have wronged them. How sympathetic and understanding you feel towards them (or their victims) remains to be, literally, seen. I encourage you to watch two or three of these, back-to-back, or even make a whole weekend out of this list; it’s very easy to jump from movie to movie in this category, and I find that it makes the next one even more interesting. Spoiler alert: something bad happens every single one of these movies. There’s no way for me to write this list without you knowing that, so that’s your fair warning. I won’t write out exactly what happens, obviously, but know it’s coming.

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DRAMA

The Beguiled (2017): The newsletter-namer! A claustrophobic slow burn. I love Sofia Coppola’s commitment to keeping this lurid without taking it over-the-top. An incredible top-4 line-up of Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell and Elle Fanning make every scene thrilling and tense, while not shying away from the plain funniness of the situation.

Phantom Thread: I think this is perhaps the most sumptuous, heady movie I’ve ever seen and ever will see, no joke. It draws you in with its setting and costumes, enchants you with eccentric characters, then makes you do a double-take and ask “Did that just happen?” (Yes. Yes, it did.) If I could, I would marry this movie, that’s how important Reynolds and Alma are to me. The dialogue is so gorgeous and down-to-earth, yet so … dreamy. A perfect movie.

Gone Girl: Good for her. That’s all I have to say.

Honorable mention: Big Little Lies. Only reason why it’s not “officially” on this list is because it’s a TV show and not a movie. Again, Nicole Kidman plus The Girls (another A+ cast) wow in this darkly comedic California-set series.

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ACTION

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and Kill Bill, Vol. 2: Title says it all, folks. But seriously, if you haven’t seen these films yet, you have to. Deliciously visceral; often imitated, never duplicated. These are best watched back-to-back, obviously. Uma Thurman plays the Bride with such conviction and a fierce, unwavering dedication to the very topic of this week’s newsletter that I’d fear she’d come after me if I didn’t include these two.

Mad Max: Fury Road: See this older edition of the newsletter, number 2, for a longer explanation of why this movie absolutely, definitely deserves to be in this category. For a shorter explanation: you can’t help but rooting for Furiosa and the Wives.

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SCI-FI/HORROR

Ex Machina: I included this in this newsletter specifically so I could show you all a still (above) from The Scene That Changed My Life. I’ve written about the movie before, but I want to again impress upon you that it’s a movie about why these characters do what they do. Ava is one of the better-written robots I’ve seen, and her twists and turns throughout this are so fun to watch.

Carrie (1976): Realistic until it’s not; scary the whole while. Honestly, maybe I’m biased because this is the movie adaptation of one of the first Stephen King books I read (as a preteen, no less), but it’s is a bona fide classic of this category and a must-watch for anyone interested in horror.

Midsommar: We’re (unfortunately) past Midsommar now, but it’s not too late to watch this decidedly weird movie. Psychedelic, dreamy, anxiety-inducing, shocking, relieving. Not for the faint of heart, this movie takes cults and festivals, fixtures of horror movies, to another level. Florence Pugh is so good in this it’s frankly unbelievable.

That’s it for now. Stay safe, sane and un-venged-upon, friends!

Title is pulled from The Beguiled (2017), subtitle is pulled from Chicago. We love mixing and matching quotes!