A trip to the movies is a chance to escape the everyday. While you sit comfortably in the dark, you are whisked away to a faraway place.
For a few hours you get lost in someone else’s story, however, now we often trade in the sticky floors of the theatre for our comfy couches where pants are optional. But, to navigate through the endless sea of entertainment we look to our helpful critics to avoid the epic flops. These eloquent masters, like the late Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, sit through hundreds of movies and thanks to the movie critic, we can avoid wasting our money on the next big disappointment.
Another addition to our Women’s Work project, film critic Mara Reinstein tells it how she sees it and puts her years of expertise into every review. In our brave new world, strong opinions are always met with an equal but opposite polarizing force. For Mara, this truth is amplified. Her judgements often make her the target of hateful and down right dreadful comments. After her 2018 review of Aquaman, which she described as an overstuffed mess, began to be bombarded with spiteful hate mail and messages through social media. These messages were sent by men who felt it wasn’t her place to speak about a comic book movie because she was a “girl”.
These people think I’m unqualified just because I’m a woman. They have no idea that I love movies just as much as them, probably more so.Mara Reinstein
Mara’s passion for movies started quite young. She fondly remembers her father taking her twin brother and her to the movies when they were in kindergarten. Movies like Airplane, Tootsie, and Chariots of Fire fueled her passion for motion pictures.
When she was only sixteen, she wrote her first review on the disappointing movie of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mara knew being a critic, a job that included two of her favorite hobbies of writing and movies, was her true calling and she wouldn’t let a little gender bias stand in her way.
Our society still tends to look to men as the end-all, be-all tastemakers in our industry. I don’t know if or when that stereotype will ever disappear. I tend to ignore the haters.Mara Reinstein
And we are glad she does. As the film critic at US Weekly you can find more of Mara’s quick witted opinions on the newest thing hitting the big screen. With skin as thick as her hair (self-proclaimed), she won’t let the thoughtless comments of some stop her from speaking her mind.
Don’t worry, next week we will discuss how we created this dreamy 1950’s inspired photo!