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the wonderfulness of Real Genius
I have often said that Emily Asher-Perrin​ is one of the most important voices in geek commentary these days, and I'm proud to call her a friend. She wrote a piece for Tor.com that went live today, and it's one of the reasons why I say both those things. It is a superlative colloquy on the importance, joy, and greatness of Real Genius (which, I should add, is one of my favoritest movies ever....).

Money quote:
I really can’t talk about women in this film without focusing up on Jordan Cochran. While she does occupy a typically female place in the plot (Mitch’s love interest), her portrayal by Michelle Meyrink is nothing short of revelatory when it comes to broadening the variety of women that we should expect in fiction. To start, Jordan is not a conventionally attractive girl, certainly not in a California/feature film sense. She has a weird haircut and a child-like cadence to her voice, and she’s not particularly fashionable. It’s also entirely possible for this character to read somewhere on the autistic spectrum, though by way of a Hollywoodified lens; she is uncertain of common boundaries (visiting Mitch in the bathroom and being perturbed by his inability to pee in front of her), she has severe insomnia (it’s suggested that she drove her roommate to a nervous breakdown by never ever sleeping), she misunderstands the social cues of others (she frequently assumes the ends of Mitch’s sentences incorrectly), and her idea of what constitutes an everyday activity would hardly pass for your average citizen (Mitch finds her sanding her dorm room floor late one night and she uses the beautician party as an excuse to test a rebreather she designed herself). It’s not the fact that she might be on the spectrum itself that’s remarkable, but the fact that the film never suggests that Jordan should be viewed differently because of it. It doesn’t make her “special” in a manic pixie dream way, but it doesn’t make her pitiable either. She’s simply who she is, and that person is still portrayed as desirable and engaging and brilliant.

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ckd From: ckd Date: February 20th, 2017 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
More like went live again today. (Again again, really, since this is the third posting.)

Still a great article, but not actually new....

Edited at 2017-02-20 11:26 pm (UTC)
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