Lady Critic Sci-Fi Deconstructs Dystopian Kansas City Toxic Masculinity

Movie scholarship about an underrated flick set in this cowtown actually resonates a lot with modern day life:

Looper's Kansas City is a place where walking too close to someone's ride can get a blunderbuss pulled on you, and snatching someone's bag can get you shot through the back. Guns can turn any interaction into a violent one, any slight into a deadly transgression. Men rush to whip out their guns, thinking not of the future, only of what they want now. Impulsive desire defines this city and the men who run it.

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Fangrrls on Film: Looper, a sci-fi western about toxic masculinity

Film criticism is a very dude-heavy industry. According to a 2016 study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, men account for 73% of the top critics on Rotten Tomatoes, resulting in men often shaping the narrative of what makes a "good" film or a "bad" film-what's worth seeing and what's not.


  1. Interesting toxic masculinity and super predator came from the same source.

  2. Blunderbuss! That’s funny! I bet they have no idea what that really is!

  3. Women can't carry enough of an audience to make enough money for the film is what it comes down to.

  4. Not enough butch lesbians in the world to support a goofy tough girl movie.

  5. ^^^ Good point.


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