In context of moving beyond what teen and young adult women are marketed, and discovering depth...
A list of well-written and made, interesting, semi-recent films that happen to feature leading female characters who further the narrative:
The Virgin Suicides
Pride & Prejudice
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Rachel Getting Married
Estimate the production costs for each of these wonderful, well-made movies and combine them: The total is far less than the cost of just one Transformers or Sex and the City flick. :-D
Enjoy! And if this is of interest or concern to you, do quickly become an ARTEMIS ETERNAL Wingman, especially if you love sci-fi/fantasy.
And I insist that you read this exceptional piece of film criticism by NYT critic Manohla Dargis. Remember, the camera has a point of view and that view is the responsibility of the director.
Update: For those writing me to say they've seen all of the above, more titles: Maria Full of Grace, I Capture the Castle, Bend it Like Beckham. If you liked Spirited Away, look into all of director Hayao Miyazaki's other wonders, such as Ponyo, Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle.
Update #2: More films to be listed here at will: Melancholia, Moonrise Kingdom, Another Earth, Top of the Lake (filmic mini-series), Under the Skin, Clouds of Sils Maria.
Just as a reminder, films aren't gendered: These movies are for everyone who enjoys solid cinema.
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