Can we be truthful? It’s entirely possible we’ll go see "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" when it comes out. Oh, you roll your eyes, but tell us, in your darkest hearts, you don’t secretly long to see those girls overcome their ethnically, financially, and socially varied problems, while always staying friends due to magical realism-infused thrift-store denim. At the very least, it’d be worth seeing for the exceptionally talented Amber Tamblyn, daughter of Russ, late of the recently cancelled guilty-pleasure "Joan of Arcadia," who plays SurlyPants character Tibby in the upcoming tweeny chick flick. Tamblyn is interviewed at length by Janice Page in the Boston Globe.
We don’t know whether we think "Saving Face" director Alice Wu was merely exceptionally lucky to get her film made as she wanted it or exceptionally savvy on insisting she not make the changes suggested to her by, well, everyone else, after reading this New York Times article about how the film got made. Either way, as ambilivelant as we feel about the film (having only read the reviews, not having seen it), it’s nice to see a small, scrappy film with an Asian cast continue to get coverage in the face of the current Sith storm. And the film’s females seem a million-light years ahead of the average female lead in Hollywood, as argued by Carina Chocano in the LA Times. Chocano hilariously gathers notes given to various anonymous screenwriters by studios on making their girls "more vulnerable." The end result, she suggests, is something like Jennifer Lopez‘s character in "Monster-In-Law": "so unlike any human being on the planet that had she wriggled out of her skin at the end of the movie and swallowed a passing basset hound, it would have seemed the most natural thing in the world."