Category Archives: Bound

Stereotyping in But I’m a Cheerleader

The last two films we have watched have placed the two participants in a lesbian relationship into aesthetically stereotypical roles – butch versus femme. However, we saw in Bound that, though Corky and Violet initially seemed to fit these categories, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Lighting and Parallels

The scene in “But I’m a Cheerleader” in which Megan and Graham first kiss is ripe with discussion-worthy material (watch here: But I\’m a Cheerleader – first kiss).  To recoup, Graham follows Megan outside of Cocksuckers after Megan grows jealous that … Continue reading Continue reading

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Bound and the Heterosexual Female Viewer

It has classically been said that as the heterosexual male gaze dominates cinema. Not only are most protagonists created specifically so that the heterosexual male spectator may identify with them, but the purpose of women in film is often to … Continue reading Continue reading

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What is Said and not Said

One of the most fascinating aspects of Bound is its way of playing with language.  The use of double entendre reflects the hidden sexuality that is going on between the women.  I could even say that this sexuality is “bound” … Continue reading Continue reading

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considering multiple demographics in Bound’s audience

While I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s movie choice, the action packed “gangster” film Bound, I’m going to be honest in admitting that within the first 15 minutes or so and definitely during the first two sex scenes, I felt a … Continue reading Continue reading

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(Homo)eroticism and the Role of the Phallus in “Bound”

Though ostensibly a thriller in the gangster/criminal model, the Wachowskis’ (then brothers now siblings) Bound (1996) freely borrows from other genres, adding in erotica, romance, and comedic elements, pushing the conventions of the thriller genre almost to the point of … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Close Examination of the First Sex Scene in Bound

Prior to watching Bound, I had never seen any movies that depicted a sexual relationship between two women.  Bound is known for its graphic sex scenes, all of which happen early on in the movie.  In the first sex scene, … Continue reading Continue reading

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An Examination of Bound

I started off my last post by saying that I do not have an extensive background in the realm of feminist film critique. This week, I would like to say up front that I am even less experienced with the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Symbolism in “Bound”

As I thought about “Bound” after the film screening, I realized there are a lot of really interesting symbols and images throughout the film.  Some of the most titillating symbols were blood and money, fingers, night/darkness, paint, and characters’ names.  … Continue reading Continue reading

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Is bound film noir?

When first watching this film, I thought it was simply going to be a film about two lesbians trying to escape together from the annoyance of Vi’s husband. Yet in fact, it turns into a mob film with less of … Continue reading Continue reading

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