Best Actor (select 2 and rank order):
(2) Patrick Swayze
Actress (select 2 and rank order):
(2) Queen Latifah
Best Supporting Actor/Actress (select2 and rank order ):
(2) Jack Nicholson
Best Road Film from GWSS 3007 Series: Thelma and Louise
Why? This movie was my favorite road film because of how they transformed and started standing up for themselves and refused to turn themselves in once they realized the law would not understand their situation. Their friendship and the ending are also reasons.
Best Trans-Character in Trans-Cinema Road Film: Chi Chi
Why? I enjoyed seeing how Chi Chi interacted with the rural town folks, and how she wasn't afraid to connect with strangers or be judged.
Most Complicated Character in a Road Film Narrative: Sandrine Bonnaire
Why? Her motivations for living on the road are really interesting and complex. Her character actually had depth and I enjoyed the interactions she had with other people.
Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: (select 2 and rank order):
1- VW van from Little Miss Sunshine
2-Pow Wow Highway car
Best Example of the Male Gaze in a Road Film?
The shot in Girl on a Motorcycle when they show her zipping up her leather suit. Or just every single shot in Girl on a Motorcycle.
Worst Road Film screened in GWSS 3307: Girl on a Motorcylce
Why? It was just a pathetic movie and I hated how every single thought was about one of her two guys.
Your favorite cop in the road movie genre- Set it off- I didn't like him, but at least at the end he didn't stop the bus Stony was on to arrest her
Best Soundtrack in a Road Film: Easy Rider
Best feminist film in the GWSS series: Vagabond
Why? She was the one who moved the plot along, the camera angles and everything that happened showed her as just another character instead of a sexy woman that should be stared at and drooled over.
Best Example of "Counter Cinema" in a Road Film Narrative: Adventure of Priscilla, queen of the desert
Why? It was really interesting to see the three characters in their drag outfits in settings like a small town bar, or in the middle of the desert. But it was also cool to see them in situations we don't often think of drag queens in, like being married and having a child.
Your definition of "counter cinema" -Movies that bring a perspective to light that isn't the normative white hetero masculinist view. Women/people of color/ gay/trans as the lead characters.
Best Filmic Study of Gender on the Road: To Wong Foo
Why? This movie really shed light on the norms society puts on gender. It had a lot of stereotyped people in the small town but the three lead characters undid a lot of those gender norms.
Best Filmic Study of Race on the Road: Set It Off
Why? The fact that the main characters aren't able to just hop in a car and go somewhere is a really intersting examination of race on the road. The circumstances in which Stony eventually gets to Mexico are not at a typical of a road movie.
Best Filmic Study of Class on the Road: Vagabond
Why? This film really showed how homeless people are viewed and treated in society. The commentary from all the people Mona crossed paths with gave really good insight into how different classes experience the road.
Best Filmic Study of Queer Bodies on the Road: Priscilla
Why? The different interactions between the characters and the people they met showed a lot about how queer bodies are perceived and judged on the road.
Best Definition of a Road Film from the Readings (excerpt from the readings, give page number and author):"Rebellion against conservative social norms" (Laderman 1)