It’s probably no secret that one of my favourite human beings on the planet is director Lexi Alexander. When I started the MUFF Society, I knew one film I wanted to screen was Punisher: War Zone. While the current aim for MUFF is to be more fun than anything else, I’ve enjoyed shaking up the films you’d expect at a “fun-time feminist film society” with films like PWZ so when people go, “Why?” I can be all, “Because it was directed by Lexi Alexander, please, educate yourself. Honestly.”
Now, Punisher: War Zone is one of the cahhhhh-raziest movies I’ve ever seen, and I mean that in the best way possible. It’s stylistically gorgeous, amazingly violent, and feels about parkour the way we should all feel about parkour. But since my first reason for loving PWZ is the incomparable Lexi Alexander, I now present you with five reasons why you should love her as much as I do.
1. No, really, Punisher: War Zone is amazing.
Don’t listen to what those “critics” say. Instead, enjoy this brilliant episode of How Did This Get Made where Lexi joined guest-host Patton Oswalt (Oswalt was a guest on the show due to this awesome piece he wrote about PWZ and you should read that too) and Paul and June to talk all things PWZ. It’s an interesting look at the movie-making process, but most importantly we learn exactly what was up with those parkour guys. PARKOUR PARKOUR!
2. Lexi has the best Twitter, hands down.
Am I really the only one who think it’s weird that famous old-timers keep saying “Hollywood is broken” like they had nothing to do with it?
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) July 7, 2015
I stumbled across Lexi via Twitter ages ago, before ever having seen her films, and instantly loved her. She is hilarious, outspoken, and actively engages with all of her followers, from the PWZ fans to most recently the Arrow fans (she is directing an upcoming episode of the show, which means I need to start watching it, obvs) and even me once (I almost died, real talk). And it’s one thing to be hilarious and outspoken, but even better, she is outspoken about the current, disastrous state of women in the film and television industry. Outspoken and angry, as we should all be.
3. Did I mention she’s outspoken?
Lexi is featured in this eyeopening (and really depressing) short doc called Celluloid Ceilings. Give it a watch:
After it was realized that the latest season of Game of Thrones hired zero (ZERRROOOO) female directors, she took to her blog to write this brutally honest post about working as a woman in the industry. And manages to make some GoT references too because, duh.
5. Every interview she’s ever given, ever.
Can I just post them all? Because they’re all great. Most recently, she talked with Indiewire about the state of the television industry (given that Agent Carter has had no women directors, you can imagine it’s not as great as it could be). This interview from Paracina.net from a few years ago is also uhhhhh-mazing. Basically they all are.
And there you have it. If this hasn’t inspired you to clear your July 15th schedule to make sure you definitely do not miss our MUFF Society screening of Punisher: War Zone, then nothing will. And you’ve failed miserably as a human. To all of you winners, see you at the Carlton!
The MUFF Society’s screening of PUNISHER: WAR ZONE starts at 7 p.m., starting with a sweet raffle prize, then the Mini MUFF screening of Ella Rowan’s short film, THE FUNERAL. MUFF be in the lobby with their awesome photo booth starting at 6:30!
For a chance to win two tickets to the screening, head over to Cinefilles’ twitter account (@cinefilles) and RT the pinned tweet about MUFF. Contest runs until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14.