Aselton picks 5 films about strong women
This undated publicity photo shows actor Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy Michaels in the 1982 Columbia Pictures' film, "Tootsie." (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The thriller "Black Rock" is about a trio of childhood friends (Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell and director Katie Aselton) who travel to a remote island off the coast of Maine to work through past issues and reconnect. But when it turns out they're not the only ones on the island, they end up having to fight for their lives.
Aselton's film, playing in select cities this weekend and through video on demand nationwide, celebrates the inner strength and resourcefulness women can summon when they're called upon to find it. So it's only fitting that the actress and filmmaker, perhaps best known for her supporting work on the FX comedy series "The League," should choose five favorite movies about strong women who take charge. It's also a pleasure to have her here since her husband, writer-director-actor Mark Duplass, took over the Five Most space last year with a list of great time-travel movies when "Safety Not Guaranteed" debuted.
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2012 photo, actress and director Katie Aselton poses at the premiere of "Black Rock" during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)
Here's Aselton, in her own words:
— "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991): You cannot talk female heroines and not acknowledge Sarah Connor, a character faced with not just the challenge of preventing a nuclear war, but protecting her son. The girl is textbook bad-ass. And she has the guns to prove it.
— "Thelma & Louise" (1991): I love everything about this movie, but more than anything, this film illustrates a beautiful, authentic friendship between two women and how deeply fierce a bond like that can run. I love that these two women took the wheel of their lives and take us, as an audience, on an amazing ride.