The Thing (amazon) is a legendary psychological, action-packed thrillers, and it doesn’t have a single women in the cast.
Here’s the explanation from IMDB:
There are no female characters in the film. The only female presence in the movie is in the voice of MacReady’s chess computer and the contestants seen on the game show that Palmer watches. A scene containing a blow-up doll was filmed and then left on the cutting room floor. According to John Carpenter, only one crew member was female but she was pregnant and this forced her to leave the shoot; she was replaced by a male.
If you haven’t seen this film in a while, or never have, I highly recommend a viewing. Even with all of the old school special effects, it has aged incredibly well. The first time I watched I remember being on the edge of my seat when they took blood samples, trying to figure out which person had been taken over by the alien. It is awesome.
We’ve been getting this horribly feminist ideology shoved down our cultural throat. On one side it’s women and men are equal so women can (and should) do everything men do. And then on the flip side, it’s women bring something special, so they need to be included in everything (businesses, boards, sports, leaders, …) in order for it to succeed.
It’s a complete joke.
And this film isn’t the exception that proves the rule. Here are a few great titles that have virtually no women:
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (amazon)
This movie is a great adaptation of a (22) book series by Patrick O’brien, which I have been reading through and will post on soon. It’s a great film, bringing together some of the most excited elements from a few of the books and giving insight into an incredible history. No women were on these ships, and none, despite some whores you see trying to board the ship in the background of one scene, were needed for the film.
Black Hawk Down (amazon)
An awesome war movie directed by Ridley Scott showing how brutal modern warfare is, and yet how courageous American soldiers still are. Despite all the talk of needing to open up every branch of the military to women, the truth remains that 99.999% of our heroes are men. Don’t believe the hype.
Glengarry Glen Ross (amazon)
If you haven’t seen this film, you at least have to check out the scene pictured on youtube. This highly acclaimed film is funny, relevant, and sharp. It has an incredible cast (Pacino, Baldwin, Harris), and features incredibly well-written dialogue and acting.
But How Many Minorities Does a Film Need?
Oh man, listing the great films created without any minorities is even better. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Annie Hall
- The Princess Bride
- The Wizard of Oz
- Lord of the Rings
- The Breakfast Club
Diversity’s a Joke
It adds absolutely nothing.
And as soon as it becomes a focus of the project, it harms the project as an unnecessary diversion at best. At worst, it can utterly ruin a project by excluding the best talent.
If you think this upcoming, unbelievably over-hyped Star Wars film has even a chance of being as good as the original (the only minority being Darth Vader’s voice), you haven’t been paying attention.
J.J. Abrams stated that he went out of his way to diversify the casting process (the room was too white, initially). That’s all I need to know.
If you think this all-female Ghostbusters is going to be anything but an utter flop, you haven’t been paying attention.
Ignore these new releases that think success means including women and minorities.
Appreciate the classics instead.