I keep forgetting that, as sexist as cinema is, it's still one of the few places you can watch women being violent, even if the movies these moments adorn - The Assassin, Single White Female, The Rookie, Natural Born Killers - are more interested in pathology than gender defiance. Not that women being violent is necessarily against "nature". Growing up in Belfast, I saw the gals routinely give as good as they got, including my Mum, who once casually bashed my Dad with a poker.
Now, that could be why I adore girls with metaphorical boxing gloves - happy childhood memories. That and seeing the tables turned, of course: the joy of seeing Bridget Fonda shoot imperfect strangers, Jennifer Jason Leigh employing the stiletto (heel), Sonia Braga taking a knife to Clint Eastwood, Juliette Lewis mowing down the nearest male... isn't this what they used to call liberation?Reuse content