Sorry for the absence these past two weeks. Little bit of travel and some pending deadlines have made me a little scattered.
But the weekend is nearly here and if you are looking for something indoorsy to do (temps here dropped 30 degrees in one day–*sigh*–with rain the forecast) go see Whip It!
I went a few weekends ago and really enjoyed it. Pretty light, puts you in a good mood, which I was quite in need of, and it’s about roller derby. Like I said, not too deep but very woman-centered. Touches lightly on issues of class and age. Though it does not really interrogate the aggression required of and afforded to female skaters, it’s obviously a big part of the movie. Acting was so-so. (I really hope Ellen Page can get out of her Juno-esque stereotype some day–yes, yes, I know there was Smart People.)
I have heard next-to-nothing about the movie since it was released, but prior to the wide release there were a lot of articles about women’s roller derby. Here are some of the few I saw:
An AP story that talks primarily about midwestern teams. It brings up the “feminine” side of roller derby with the make-up (it’s titled “Rouge and Tumble”–who uses rouge these days?), etc. I am becoming more and more interested in roller derby as a site of alleged empowerment, gender queering, etc. And the make-up thing is really interesting. Is it a feminine apologetic? Is it part of a costume? Is it women in female drag?
This one gives a little history of the sport and explains how today’s version is different from the more spectacle-like version in the 70s (i.e. no more staged fights).
Not being a skater, I don’t really know how well the movie conforms to the reality of today’s skaters. But I do know the sport is looking to raise its profile, so hopefully the movie will contribute to that effort.