Charlie's Angels and Sexuality

With the arrival of a new millennium, Hollywood believed they had to go further with their filmmaking. Gone was the simplicity of ‘90s filmmaking and in their place stood films that epitomized the nature of the word “extreme,” flash and whizbang with messages that were going to get inside your head even if they had to be beaten in. 

Or maybe that was just the experience of watching McG’s Charlie’s Angels. In 2000, audiences got a new take on a trio of beautiful women backed by an anonymous millionaire who solved crimes. The Charlie’s Angels of the 2000’s was loud and fiery and also took a ton of flack for its presentation on women. It’s sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle in 2003 received a similar response. So when director Elizabeth Banks decided to tackle the property with last week’s Charlie’s Angels, it was meant to be a rebirth for a franchise often perceived as misogynistic.

And yet, the Charlie’s Angels universe is one that, at least to me, has always felt subversive and unique. McG, a man so associated with masculinity his last name sounds like a high school nickname, unwittingly crafted a film series so audacious in its presentation of relationships, sexuality, and, in some cases, kink, that it becomes a positive for women.

This post contains spoilers for the new Charlie’s Angels movie.

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Ford v Ferrari Trailer

The reboot of Charlie’s Angels from Sony Pictures crashed and burned in its opening weekend, which allowed the high octane biopic Ford v Ferrari to speed into the top spot, giving 20th Century Fox a much needed box office victory after a series of disappointments since being acquired by The Walt Disney Company. Find out how the rest of the weekend box office played out in our rundown below. Read More »

Charlie's Angels Trailer

The latest Charlie’s Angels reboot is the latest movie with the potential to move us from groaning about originality to cheering for ass-kicking action progress. The trailers all look fun, and it’s still possible for fluff to justify its existence by making us eat all the popcorn in the tub, so maybe it’ll pull some magic out of its gigantic closet of explode-y weapons.

At the very least, it’ll be interesting to see how Elizabeth Banks does things differently from McG…

Oddly enough, it’s been the same amount of time (19 years) between the last season of the TV series and McG’s “modern” reboot film as it’s been between that film and the new incarnation. I’m looking forward to Charlie’s Angels in 2038 already.

Every version of the story has boasted three key elements: 1. women beating bad dudes 2. a ton of costume-based spy work and 3. the nonchalant fun that makes crime-busting look super delightful.

So, let’s look at 6 movies to watch with the new Charlie’s Angels if you’re sleuthing out a double feature.

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charlie's angels review

Whenever a reboot of a moderately successful property comes around, eyes will inevitably roll. Did we really need a new remake/reboot/reinvention of insert-movie-here? It’s a question that plenty of people will have going into Elizabeth Banks‘ new Charlie’s Angels. Did we really need a new Charlie’s Angels? Not really. Does it justify its existence? Not exactly. But Charlie’s Angels is a mostly inoffensive piece of empower-pop entertainment that does have a lot of Kristen Stewart being very gay, which has to count for something.

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Terminator: Dark Fate Car Chase

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller breaks down a big car chase from the sci-fi sequel. Plus, Edward Norton provides an extensive career retrospective, ranging from Primal Fear to Fight Club and everything in between and beyond. And Ru Paul puts together his own team of Charlie’s Angels, and they are not messing around. Read More »

charlie's angels trailer

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are the new Angels in Elizabeth Banks‘ upcoming remake of the beloved spy franchise. But this time, they’re international private eyes as Charles Townsend’s agency takes his business international, upping the stakes and the action in the new Charlie’s Angels. Watch the new Charlie’s Angels trailer below.

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charlie's angel music video

Don’t call them angels. You wouldn’t like it when you call them angels. Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey team up to make one of the oddest musical trios ever for “Don’t Call Me Angel,” a new song created for Elizabeth Banks‘ upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot. The girls don black outfits and matching black wings in the Charlie’s Angel music video to tell you exactly what happens when you call them angel.

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Avengers Endgame VFX Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, check out an Avengers: Endgame breakdown which reveals some surprising things that were created in post-production that you probably never would have guessed. Plus, take a look at the life and career of professional Hollywood stuntwoman Shauna Duggins, and take a tour of props, costumes, and more from the Warcraft movie. Read More »

Charlie's Angels Trailer

Good morning, Angels. It’s time to get back in action. Elizabeth Banks brings back Charlie’s Angels for a new generation, with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska stepping into the lead roles of the team of private eyes. The new Charlie’s Angels takes things international, with Charles Townsend’s agency expanding all over the globe. Watch the Charlie’s Angels trailer below.

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New Charlie's Angels

Since it sounds like Sony’s attempt to reboot the Men in Black franchise isn’t yielding very good results, the studio will have to hold out hope that their other franchise reboot coming later this year will do the trick.

Charlie’s Angels is coming back to the big screen in November with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the dangerous trio of spies sent out on missions by a rich benefactor named Charles Townsend. But this time, the Angels are part of a global spy franchise, and the girls won’t be worrying about stuff like finding a boyfriend or calling their mom back. Director Elizabeth Banks wants this to be a movie about women at work, working together and kicking ass. Read More »