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 )