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Re-viewing The X-Files: I Want To Believe (dir. Chris Carter, 2008)

Cinema and Privilege

I came away with mixed feelings after seeing Girls Trip (dir. Malcolm D. Lee, 2017) at the weekend. It was refreshing to see a movie featuring someone different to the usual gamut of white guys, and to see women being riotously funny. I usually don't enjoy gross-out humour, but in some set-pieces Girls Trip had me giggling behind my hand. More of that and the throwing of shade and the dance-offs with less of the needless schmaltz and conflicts and I would have enjoyed it much more.


An aspect I couldn't overcome at all was the Sex and the City-level privilege of wealth oozing out of the film and most of its characters, even from Queen Latifah's character, Sasha, who is supposedly broke. During the film, I found myself thinking about Céline Sciamma's Bande de Filles/Girlhood (2014) and wishing I was re-watching that instead of a bunch of wealthy women getting away with violence because their statuses and bank balances and praying to baby Jesus could make it go away. The …