Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Assignment -- a forced feminization fantasy or pure entertainment?

From the comic book The Assigment.
This is not a film about a transgender woman! The makers of The Assignment insist. I would say they are right about that.

This is the story about a mad scientist (played by Sigourney Weaver) who kidnaps the notorious contract killer, Frank Kitchen, and uses hormones and surgery to turn him into a woman -- for revenge.

He suddenly wakes up one day, in a dirty hotel room, with breasts and a vagina.

But that does not make him a woman, mentally, and if Michelle Rodriguez does one thing right in this movie, it is that she presents the post-op Frank Kitchen as a guy, as the hit man he truly is.

You could say that there is one trans person in this movie. Sigourney Weaver plays the role of a transmasculine woman.

I think it works as a film noir B-movie. You caught up in the action and truly wonder how it all will end, and what kind of life Frank will have in his female body.

Whether it was also meant as a feminization fantasy, I do not know, but I know that many of the visitors to this site will watch it as such.

The movie is based on the comic book The Assigment.

You will find more info on the movie and discussions over at Crossdream Life, where you will also find an interview with Walter Hill, the director of the movie, from the comic book version of the story.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Kämpfer - Japanese anime with a gender twist

Japanese culture may seem strict and uptight, and in many ways it is. Still, when it comes to entertainment they have a very relaxed attitude to gender bending. There is even a body swap porn genre.

In anime (Japanese style animated movies) quite a few plots are based on boy being changed into girl, and that applies also to non-erotic material. Well, maybe non-erotic is not exactly the word we are looking for. There are plenty of very curvy bodies in sexy school girl uniforms, even if there is no explicit sex.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Goodbye Charlie

Given last years gender bender movies (Sam and The Sex Trip) it may make sense to go back to one of the first ones: Goodbye Charlie.

Wikipedia has this to say about the movie:
Goodbye Charlie is a 1964 comedy film about a callous womanizer who gets his just reward. It was adapted from George Axelrod's play Goodbye, Charlie and starred Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. The play also provided the basis for Switch, with Ellen Barkin and Jimmy Smits.
I would say that it is better than all the other movies mentioned above. I like the script and I like the comedy.

Needless to say, Charlie comes back as a woman after being murdered. A sexy vamp of a woman. And although Charlie takes to his new life a bit too quickly in my opinion, the drama that unfolds is worth watching.

Not that everyone agrees with me. In 1964 the New York Times wrote the following:

GEORGE AXELROD'S play, "Goodbye, Charlie," was bad enough on the stage. On the screen, it is a bleak conglomeration of outrageous whimsies and stupidities. And it has Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis so sadly cast in distasteful roles that it causes even a hardened moviegoer to turn away from it in pain and shame.


You can watch it now, if you like, as the whole movie is available on YouTube.