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Name Brittany Lynch
Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Keanu Reeves

(2) River Phoenix

Actress (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Jada Pinkett

(2) Queen Latifah

Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select2 and rank order ):

(1)Geena Davis

(2) Meg Tilly

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series: Set it Off

Why? One of my favorite movies

Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film:

Why? Priscilla, because it gave what appeared to be a realistic look inside the life of a Tran.


Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative:

Why? Rebecca- Girl on a Motorcycle. The male gaze is overpowering and makes the character not believable.


Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):
Little Miss Sunshine
Thelma and Louise

Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film?
Girl on a Motorcycle

Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307:


Why? Girl on a Motorcycle- I thought the movie was horribly written, filmed, and directed.
Your favorite cop in the road movie genre Cop in Set it Off that lets Stony Go
(Name the Movie)
Best Soundtrack in a Road Film:
Little Miss Sunshine


Best feminist film in the GWSS series:

Why? Thelma and Louise, for using the road as an opportunity to break all gender roles and do something completely unexpected for a former housewife and waitress.


Best Example of "Counter Cinema" in a Road Film Narrative:

Why? Little Miss Sunshine for showing a Caucasian family with very little white priviledge.


Your definition of "counter cinema" going against the mainstream of cinema and whats typically portrayed.


Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road:

Why? Pow Wow Highway because it shows opposite journeys of men and women on the road.


Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road:

Why? Pow Wow Highway, because of its great contrast to road films we've watched with Caucasians.


Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road:

Why? Little Miss Sunshine, because it showed that class can trump race.

Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road:

Why? My Own Private Idaho, because it showed a view of gay life I had never seen before.


Best Definition of a Road Film from the Readings (excerpt from the readings, give page number and author): David Laderman (Driving Visions p. 1-4)

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Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Patrick Swayze

(2) Steve Carell

Actress (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Jada Pinkett Smith

(2) Chrinstine Lahti

Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select 2 and rank order):

(1) John Leguizamo

(2) Harvey Keitel

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series: TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAN (1995)

Why? This film portrayed multiple different visions of normality.

Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film: Patrick Swayze

Why? He had the most convincing acting and made the audience feel what he was portraying.


Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative: Terence Stamp

Why? He started out wanting one thing in the beginning and ultimately came out with a different ending.


Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Pow Wow Highway

(2) PRISCILLA


Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film?

(1) Easy Rider

(2) Thelma and louise

Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307: Girl On a Motorcycle


Why? The plot did not draw me in and made it very difficult to feel any attachment to the main character.

Your favorite cop in the road movie genre: Set It Off
(Name the Movie)
Best Soundtrack in a Road Film: Easy Rider
(Check out Youtube soundtracks for these films)

Best feminist film in the GWSS series: TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAN

Why? This showed a growth in the characters and the people around them explaining that normality is not always the only option.


Your definition of "counter cinema": The grouping and association of films, genres & producers with similar content

Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road: Easy Rider

Why? The men are very typically displayed


Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road: Pow Wow Highway

Why? This is the only film where nonwhite characters are the main characters and dominate the film.

Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road: Little Miss Sunshine

Why? They take an average family and put them into a lifestyle of "the rich and famous" and let them fare.

Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road: THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994)

Why? Both sides are represented. Queers and Straight people.

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Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Paul Dano/Dwyane

(2) Gary Farmer/Philbert

Actress (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Sandrine Bonnaire
(2) Queen Latifah

Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select2 and rank order ):

(1) Jack Nicholson

(2) Grandpa in little miss sunshine

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series: Vagabond

Why? It is more complicated in terms of the character's development.

Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film: Chi Chi

Why? I like her a lot because there is a transformation in her of being a "boy in the dress" to a real drag queen.


Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative: Mona

Why? Because of her gaze at other people who are also looking at her. she is not a traveler on the road but she's a drifter of freedom. She is very flexible to situations, but she also preserves her integrity.


Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):

1. The mini van in little miss sunshine.
2. Thelma and Louise's convertible.

Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film?

Girl on a motocycle

Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307:
My own private Idaho

Why? I didn't understand the plot, my emotions weren't evoked.
Your favorite cop in the road movie genre_____cop in Set if off__________
(Name the Movie)
Best Soundtrack in a Road Film: Little miss sunshine
(Check out Youtube soundtracks for these films)


Best feminist film in the GWSS series: Vagabond

Why? Mona is a woman on the road, who is fearless, free and not passive to her situations.

Best Example of "Counter Cinema" in a Road Film Narrative: Pow Wow Highway

Why? It gives voice to American Indian culture by showing the inequalities in society.


Your definition of "counter cinema" The cinema which shows a marginalized culture against the mainstream culture.

Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road: To Wong Foo.

Why? Because it shows transformation in every character in that film, it shows how women live in their positions but come to realize the restrictions of their roles in society. Every one, even including the cop, undertakes the questioning of the definition of gender.

Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road: Set it off

Why? It shows the reality of women with color, who struggle to live under the oppression of their race, class and gender.


Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road: Set it off

Why? It addresses multiple public issues in one film, and it exposes the inequality in a society where they are oppressed by race and education.

Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road: My own private Idaho

Why? Although I don't understand the film, but I feel like it is an exploration to sexuality and gender, the characters are in search of their own definition of queerness.


Best Definition of a Road Film from the Readings (excerpt from the readings, give page number and author):

The song "Over the Rainbow" embodies the purity of an archetype... the human dream of leaving, a dream at least as powerful as its countervailing dream of roots... in its most potent emotional moment, this is unarguably a film about the joys of going away, of leaving the greyness and entering the color, of making a new life in the " place where there isn't any trouble"... It is a celebration of Escape, a grand paean to the Uprooted Self, a hymn - the hymn - to Elsewhere. (Rushdie: 23 in Home and Away by Pamela Robertson )

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Academic Awards for Road Movies (GWSS 3307, Fall 2011) Name_Jamie Margetta______________ Due at the beginning of class December 6.

Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):

(1)Hugo Weaving

(2) River Phoenix

Actress (select 2 and rank order):

1 Susanne Sarandon

(2) Meg tilly

Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select2 and rank order ):

(1)Greena Davis

(2) Queen Latifia

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series: Thelma and Louis

Why? __Because it was all about powerful women and the counter-culture that lies within their strength. It was an empowering films that kept my attention, and I was able to connect to it on a different level than the other films.________________________________________________________


Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film:

Why? __Guy Pierce because in the film he was not afraid to be who he was. Even when he approached the men at the biker bar wearing all drag, he held his head high and personified confidence. This would be a hard thing to do in real life, but I also believe acting it would be hard as well. I think overall Guy Pierce had the best acting has a trans-gender character in the raw emotions he was able to convey.________________________________________________________


Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative:

Why? __I actually believe Cleo to be the most complicated character in the Road Film narrative. Cleo's personality was unpredictable at times. Sometimes she was loving with her girlfriend and just wanted to have fun. Then, suddenly she would hold a knifre to your head and pretend to want to kill you. Overall though, at the end of the movie we see Cleo's true colors. Deep down she was a caring, loving, and courageous character, and I think it takes a while to fully understand her.________________________________________________________


Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):
1. Priscilla
2. Little Miss Sunshine

Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film?
Girl on a Motorcycle, bar far.


Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307:
I actually did not enjoy watching Easy Rider at all.


Why? I found the movie to be to bluntly rebellious. The kind of in your face rebellion that is over exaggerated in the film. I also did not appreciate the scenes with the men and women tripping on acid. I understand the importance of the drugs in the 70's, but this entire scene is overdone and too fake.__________________________________________________________
Your favorite cop in the road movie genre___Thelma and Louise______________________
(Name the Movie)
Best Soundtrack in a Road Film:
(Check out Youtube soundtracks for these films)
Set it Off


Best feminist film in the GWSS series:
Thelma and Louise

Why? __Something in that movie just struck me. I felt enriched by the new ideal that women can make a difference. I also love the witty humor both Thelma and Louise have. Their responses to men are subtly passive-aggressive and entertaining to any women viewer. ________________________________________________________


Best Example of "Counter Cinema" in a Road Film Narrative:Priscilla

Why? __Priscilla was an all out counter cinema film. Nothing within the movie sought to be familiar to "normal cinema culture." There were trans-gender and homosexual men, on a road trip performing drag Queen shows. This in itself is not so counter-cinema. But when the child gets involved and goes on tour with the men, hanging out in the bars, and doing the stage lighting, the movie takes on an entire different notion of how to raise children. This notion is unique to the movie itself. ________________________________________________________

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Your definition of "counter cinema" ____Counter Cinema is anything that is not a typical movie. For example, most movies are based on humor, romance, or action. This movies focus more on the race, gender, and sexuality aspects, making them counter cinema. ______________________________

_______________________________________________________________


Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road:Thelma and Louise

Why? _I think this would have to be Thelma and Louise because they are constantly doubted as women and always prove to come out on top._________________________________________________________


Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road: Set it Off

Why? _Set it off is the prime example of race on the road. All of these African American women are constantly struggling to get somewhere, when their road just keeps disappearing. _________________________________________________________


Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road:

Why? _My own Private Idaho because you can see the difference between the two men at the end of the movie when Keanu Reeves is an inherited, wealthy man with a normal wife and family, looking down and pretending not even to notice his old friend, his old life. _________________________________________________________

Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road:My own Private Idaho

Why? This movie was full of sexual relations between men which allowed the audience to follow the bodies of the men. __________________________________________________________


Best Definition of a Road Film from the Readings (excerpt from the readings, give page number and author):
Ron Eyerman and Orvar Löfgren "Romancing the Road: Road Movies and Images of Mobility"
Pg 60
"Where the road the journey (most often in an automobile, but sometimes with other means of transport as well) have a central function, either in the form of a moral discourse, a tale of personal development, or as a reflection of society itself"


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Best Actor: 1. Hugo Weaving
2. Patrick Shwayze

Best Actress:1. Meg Tilly
2. Vivica A. Fox

Best Supporting Actress/Actor: 1. Harvey Keitel
2. Jack Nickolson

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007: Leaving Normal.
Why? Because it created believable characters that have a history which drives the plot of the movie and allows the viewer to become emotionally invested in not just the characters but also the relationship between them.

Best Trans Character in Trans Cinema Road Film: Vida
Vida represented elegance and confidence, without losing any femininity. It's funny how she would describe Julie Newmar as Statuesque, while she was the most statuesque to all the women of that town and her fellow trans-gender characters.

Most Complicated Character in Road Film Narrative: Mona
Mona would never consider herself complicated, but that's why she's the most puzzling character of them all. She's independent of society, but she isn't. She depends on others, yet claims to be doing thing all by herself. She'll tell you she wants something and then contradict it and move on like it was never and idea. I can't put my finger on this character at all, she's simply all over the place.

Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: 1. Captain America's Motorcyle
2. The Yellow VW Bus (lil mss S)

Best Example of Male Gaze:
The entire movie Girl on a Motorcycle. She's an object that you want, on an object on you want, going on a journey that you want.

Worst Road Film Screened: My Own Private Idaho
Dismal acting with a disjointed plot. Character development is limited to two, and it seemed at times they were trying to do too much to develop an "intriguing" back story when they should have worked harder to build a scene/surrounding that would allow the character to develop more organically instead of just flashes of a plot piece that we're supposed to build upon these characters with. And for a character driven story it's lack of solid supporting characters disappoints the most, because if we're supposed to become emotional invested in two characters we need to see how they relate/interact to other characters. Not to mention, Keanu Reeves isn't a believable actor in any situation. horrible casting choice.

Favorite Cop: Harvey Keitel, He plays a classic movie detective/cop with a twist. He shows emotion and compassion for two strangers instead of this "let's gettem" attitude.

Best Soundtrack: Priscilla NO DOUBT!

Best Feminist Film: Thelma and Louise. This movie is a staple for all feminist film because it has the right balance of strong femininity to counter a world of masculinity!

Counter Cinema.. NOt sure. oops

Best Film with Gender on the Road: To Wong Foo: because it did a great job of breaking down the barrier of not seeing them as men dressed as women, or a woman trapped in a males body, they were viewed as people, and that is an inspiring message to take away, and it says a lot about how gender sculpts the way we view people and it no longer needs to be that way.

Best film with Race: Set It Off. I chose set it off, because it says a lot about how stratified power and wealth is, and how race has a lot to do with that. It was inspiring to see the journey of young black females trying to break free from this oppressive way of live, but they were always being set back.

Best Film with Class: Set It Off. Like I said above, stratified wealth and power, and these women were trying their hardest to break free, and kept being drawn back in because of set backs that had to do with class and other situation like that.

Best Film with Queer Bodies: Priscilla. Great use of sexuality to drive the plot and develop the characters.

Best definition of the Road: A place where a character/person can develop, discover and escape, while moving across time and space. It represents a new found freedom, and it can also rear it's ugly head and show a side of fear and hatred. It's a place where the weak get stronger, and where the guarded can let their guard down. It is always leading to greener pastures, but it's never an easy path. It's a path that is earned by bravery and independence, and those who travel the road are often rewarded, by discovering themselves.


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Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Gary Farmer

(2) Greg Kinnear

Actress (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Geena Davis

(2) Queen Latifah

Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select2 and rank order ):

(1) Jack Nicholson

(2) Steve Carell

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series: Set it Off

Why? This one actually made me emotional.

Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film: To Wong Foo

Why? The message is really strong.


Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative: Mike from My Own Private Idaho

Why? His life is really complicated because of his lifestyle and his disorder.


Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):
1. The Van from Little Miss Sunshine
2. Priscilla

Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film?
The man in the bar (Hal?) in Thelma and Louise

Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307: The Girl on a Motorcycle


Why? The acting was horrible!

Your favorite cop in the road movie genre: Set it Off
(Name the Movie)
Best Soundtrack in a Road Film: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Best feminist film in the GWSS series: Thelma and Louise

Why? It shows women taking control.


Best Example of "Counter Cinema" in a Road Film Narrative: To Wong Foo

Why? This movie shows drag queens as they truly are and sets them against a near-mainstream backdrop.


Your definition of "counter cinema": Film that goes against the mainstream


Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road: Easy Rider

Why? The movie greatly depicted the easier road for the male, heteronormative group.


Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road: Pow Wow Highway

Why? This brought to light a race issue that I had not thought a lot about.


Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road: Set it Off

Why? It shows how these women from lower standing coped with life.

Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road: The Adventures of Priscilla

Why? There was a lot of content in the film that showed how queer bodies are affected by normates.

Best Definition of a Road Film from the Readings (excerpt from the readings, give page number and author):
"...films where the road and the journey (most often in an automobile, but sometimes with other means of transport as well) have a central funtion, either in the form of a moral discourse, a tale of personal development, or as a reflection of society itself" (Eyerman and Loefgren 60).

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Academic Awards for Road Movies (GWSS 3307, Fall 2011)
Name: Noora Hussain Due at the beginning of class December 6.

Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Patrick Swayze

(2) Terence Stamp

Actress (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Jada Pinkett Smith

(2) Geena Davis

Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select2 and rank order ):

(1) Queen Latifa

(2) John Leguizamo

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series:

Why? __________________________________________________________


Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film: Mitzie/Tick "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"

Why? He is stuck in between having a normal life and being a father to his son and being true to himself and being a drag queen.


Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative: Louise from "Thelma and Loiuse"

Why? There is so much about her past that shaped who she is. Also, she contrasts so starkly against the transparent Thelma. This is a close tie with Stoney from "Set It Off".


Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):
Priscilla from "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"
Philbert's war pony named Protector from "Powwow Highway"

Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film?
"Girl on a Motorcycle"

Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307: "My Own Private Idaho"


Why? I felt that I never fully understood this movie. For me, the characters are underdeveloped and the plot was hard to follow.

Your favorite cop in the road movie genre____"To Wong Foo_________
(Name the Movie)
Best Soundtrack in a Road Film: "Easy Rider"
(Check out Youtube soundtracks for these films)


Best feminist film in the GWSS series: "Thelma and Louise"

Why? It has a great plot, the characters are well developed, and it is a perfect portrayal of girl power.


Best Example of "Counter Cinema" in a Road Film Narrative: "To Wong Foo"

Why? At the end of the film, everything doesn't have some sort of normalcy to it. The drag queens continue to be drag queens and instead it is the town that changes.


Your definition of "counter cinema" Movies that go against the grain of what is considered normal.

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Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road: "To Wong Foo"

Why? The drag queens present themselves as women and the town sees them as such.


Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road: "Set It Off"

Why? The lead characters are African American.

Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road: "Set It Off"

Why? The contrast between being African American and being in the upper class than in the lower class is evident in the characters of Stoney and Keith.

Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road: "My Own Private Idaho"

Why? This is the only movie that had lead characters that were queer.

Best Definition of a Road Film from the Readings (excerpt from the readings, give page number and author):
"Ideogram of human desire and last ditch search for self where the journey's the thing. (14)" Laderman (41)

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Academic Awards for Road Movies (GWSS 3307, Fall 2011)
Name_Cecilia Lee_ Due at the beginning of class December 6.

Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Patrick Swayze

(2) Gary Farmer

Actress (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Sandrine Bonnaire

(2) Geena Davis

Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select2 and rank order ):

(1) Toni Collette

(2) Wesley Snipes

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Why? Unlike other road films, I can feel the bond of family which is not a common theme of road films. Moreover, I really like the overall setting of the film and how it goes on until the end.


Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film: TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAN

Why? The characters fit the movie very well and the overall setting of the movie went out perfectly. The movie is not all about fun. It has serious intention of political and social criticism.


Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative: Sandrine Bonnaire

Why? ___she didn't talk much so it is kind of hard to understand her feeling or thoughts. _________________________________


Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):
Favorite: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Most memorable: THELMA AND LOUISE

Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film? Alain Delon


Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307: THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE


Why? ___it does not have smooth plot but the plot is somewhat too rough. Overall, it is not interesting film and the conclusion of the film is disgusting. _______________________________________________________
Your favorite cop in the road movie genre____ TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAN _____________________
(Name the Movie)
Best Soundtrack in a Road Film: EASY RIDER
(Check out Youtube soundtracks for these films)


Best feminist film in the GWSS series: THELMA AND LOUISE

Why? _Their explicit political theme also represents feminist characteristics very well. _________________________________________________________


Best Example of "Counter Cinema" in a Road Film Narrative: MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

Why? __The film is like the two guys' personal recording of their journey. It does not broadly stress out their cinematic characteristics. _______________________________________________________

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Your definition of "counter cinema" __that challenges generalized notions of cinema. ________________________________

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Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road: THELMA AND LOUISE

Why? _This film clearly manifests its intention on feminist study of gender on the road with compelling and persuasive scenes. ______________________________________________________


Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road: POW WOW HIGHWAY

Why? _Their resistance with white males explicitly shows the racial tensions and hardship in the movie. _________________________________________________________


Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road: VAGABOND

Why? The disparity between the rich and the poor is very clear in the movie. __________________________________________________________

Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road: TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAN

Why? _this film shows the queer bodies most explicitly and clearly by contrasting them with suburban people. ________________________________________________________


Best Definition of a Road Film from the Readings (excerpt from the readings, give page number and author):

The road movie is like the musical or the Western, a Hollywood genre that catches peculiarly American dreams, tensions, and anxieties, even when imported by the motion picture industries of other nations. (Cohan and Hark, p.2)

Encore! Encore!

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Academic Awards for Road Movies (GWSS 3307, Fall 2011)
Name: Deb Page

Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):

(1)Patrick Swayze

(2) River Phoenix

Actress (select 2 and rank order):

(1)Toni Collette

(2) Jada Pinkett Smith

Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select2 and rank order ):

(1)Queen Latifah

(2) Abigail Breslin

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series: Set It Off.

Why? I loved all the challenges represented in this film. (Socioeconomic, oppression of women, gender roles, women of color, hope and despair)


Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film: Terence Stramp as Bernadette
Why? She was the most soulful character.

Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative: Mike in My Own Private Idaho

Why? His character seemed to be mobile, but with a very limited idea of how to get anywhere and with what to do while getting there. He sold himself for money and relied on Scott, for the most part, to help him with means, safety and direction.

Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):
1) Pricilla
2) Convertible in Thelma and Louise

Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film?
The Girl on a Motorcycle had several. Rebecca putting on her leather jumpsuit is done with excruciating slowness and up-close shots of her naked body slipping into it.


Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307: The Girl on a Motorcycle


Why? The acting was terrible, demoralizing women was painful to watch, men objectifying her at every turn was ridiculous, the plot was simplistic. It was flat out bad.

Your favorite cop in the road movie genre. Thelma and Louise (Hal)

Best Soundtrack in a Road Film: Little Miss Sunshine

Best feminist film in the GWSS series: Thelma and Louise

Why? It showed strong women characters that broke the boundary of only men portraying violence.

Best Example of "Counter Cinema" in a Road Film Narrative: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Why? The film has rich characters that have lives that are not typically focused on in normative type films. (men learning, coping and accepting non typical gender roles)

Your definition of "counter cinema": Counter cinema, to me, is a film or a group of films that have themes or genres that are not of the typical "Hollywood" formula.

Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road: Vagabond
Why? Mona is the character that strays the farthest from normative gender roles as a drifter looking to take what she can from whom ever she can.

Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road: Pow Wow Highway

Why? The plight of Indians being taken advantage of in the plot was enhanced by the landscape of the reservation and the vehicles they drove.

Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road: Set It Off.

Why? Set It Off did a good job showing the struggles of African American poor families and individuals trying to make their way in a middle class white world.

Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road: My Own Private Idaho

Why? While Mike and Scott were not overtly queer, visually speaking, the film the explored the lives and relationships of gay men from a sexual way.

Best Definition of a Road Film from the Readings (excerpts from the readings give page number and author): "..road travel... as an instrument of social critique and rebellion."(page 45, David Laderman, What a Trip: The Road Film and American Culture)

BRAVA, BRAVA!!! ENCORE, MONSIEUR !!!

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Academic Awards for Road Movies (GWSS 3307, Fall 2011) Name: Michael Gottinger


Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):

(1) John Leguizamo (To Wong Foo...)

(2) River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho)

Actress (select 2 and rank order):

(1) Queen Latifah (Set It Off)

(2) Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise)

Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select2 and rank order ):

(1) Jack Nicholson (Easy Rider)


(2) james russo (My Own Private Idaho)

Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series: Thelma & Louise

Why? Encapsulates many major points and issues discussed in GWSS 3007. Based on the acting & which film fits best for the purpose of this class, it has to be Thelma & Louise.


Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film: John Leguizamo

Why? He killed it in To Wong Foo. Absolutely killed it. Based on acting & complexity/originality of a character, hands down John Leguizamo.


Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative: Terence stamp (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert)

Why? Long, unexplained history of lost love and drag performance; the "wise toad" of gay culture, more complicated because of his performance as a trans character.


Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1)

The Motorcycle in THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE (2)

Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film?

Rebecca in THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE

Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307: Probably VAGABOND


Why? Many of the other films we watched had similar ideas, concepts, or issues that translated from film to film in GWSS, whereas I feel VAGABOND was a bit isolated; I felt unable to connect to the character in the film itself, or make any sort of connection to other characters/plots in other films.

Your favorite cop in the road movie genre:The cop in Thelma and Louise. It was great to see the women take control of the authoritative male figure and leave as victors against the system.

Best Soundtrack in a Road Film:
EASY RIDER


Best feminist film in the GWSS series: Thelma & Louise

Why? Hard choice; it encapsulates many major points and issues discussed in GWSS 3007. Based on the acting & which film fits best for the purpose of this class, it has to be Thelma & Louise. It also leaves with an optimistic attitude and gives instills a sense of empowerment (or not) among the audience members.


Best Example of "Counter Cinema" in a Road Film Narrative:

Why? TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAN


Your definition of "counter cinema": Films that undermines typical patriarchal, white male, christian, hetero-normative values in place for an alternative ideology.


Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road: Laura Mulvey, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema"
Why? Really fascinating ideas of gender and how cinema captures women.


Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road: Beretta E. Smith-Shomade, "'Rock-a-Bye, Baby!': Black Women Disrupting Gangs and Constructing Hip-Hop Gangsta Films"

Why? Insight into an idea of cinema I hadn't pondered much about.


Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road: Jane Gaines "White Privilege and Looking Relations: Race and Gender in Feminist Film Theory"


Why? Interesting take on white supremacy throughout film.

Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road: Allen Aitken and Christopher Lukenbeal, "Disassociated Masculinities and Geographies of the Road"

Why? Fascinating idea of disassociation that takes place in queer cinema.


Best Definition of a Road Film from the Readings (excerpt from the readings, give page number and author):
Ron Eyerman and Orvar Löfgren "Romancing the Road: Road Movies and Images of Mobility"
Pg 60
"Where the road the journey (most often in an automobile, but sometimes with other means of transport as well) have a central function, either in the form of a moral discourse, a tale of personal development, or as a reflection of society itself"

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