PS: Female Heroes Kicking Ass

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Rottentomatoes come up with 22 Female Heroes Kicking Ass at the Movies in 2018

Which of the following characters do you think deserves to be on top of all?
List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026625173/
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Migjen,

You may wish to change:
Rottentomatoes come up with 22 Female Heroes Kicking Ass at the Movies in 2018

To:
Rottentomatoes published this list of 22 Female Heroes Kicking Ass at the Movies in 2018.

Since this list only applies to 2018 films, you may wish to change the title from:
Female Heroes Kicking Ass

To:
2018 Female Heroes Kicking Ass
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First, I would suggest taking Dan’s advice since there is nothing in your list description limiting to 2018. Your source does but not your list description. Otherwise, your are going get suggestions featuring females from movies that were not from2018 and kicked ass way more than many on that list. Personally, I can think of Wonder Woman in two films, “ Wonder Woman” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, Lorraine Broughton from “Atomic Blonde”, and Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) in “Kidnap” just for starters. Boy! Did Holli Berry kicked major ass in “Kidnap”.
Secondly, where is Evelyn Abbott from “A Quiet Place”? She goes through hell trying to have that baby and defending it from the aliens. Once her daughter figures out the aliens’ weakness, it is Evelyn who picks up the shotgun to melt out some Justice.
Add the bride from “Kill Bill”” too.
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I made all changes. Thank you.
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You are welcome.
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My Vote: #16 Debbie Ocean and Her Crew

In description you wrote 22 female heroes but there are 23 images so maybe you might have to correct it.
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Migjen Toska

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That's how Rottentomatoes made the list.
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Black Widow & Id add Wonder Woman
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I'm no macho guy but I'm tired of ass-kicking women in movies ... in all fairness, I'm tired of ass-kicking men or ass-kicking anything, why should anyone or anything be ass-kicking in Hollywood today?
Here, I said it.
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I had to think about it recently when I saw a Japanese film from the 70s called Sasori, one of the inspirations for Kill Bill. Laugh at me, it's some kind of violent exploitation film with female prisoners, but I found it much more complex than all the movies were female + ass kicking = feminism, or hero + ass kicking = coolest badass ever.

(that is not a criticism of the poll, though)
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I'm not criticizing the poll either but the spirit of these lists that pay tribute to heroines who're not one tenth what Clarice Starling, Sarah Connor, Ellen Ripley or Scarlett O'Hara stood for... even QT's Bride is far more multilayered than these ersatz of flawless heroines, and heroes are no better.

I just saw Aliens again but I wouldn't call Ripley badass or kickass because James Cameron is a smart guy, he doesn't design his characters to ensure compliance with specific guidelines about how a female heroine should be an inspiration to female viewers etc. Even guys loved them and rooted for them.

Ripley and Connor are the reasons why I have a problem with kickass feminism now that it's clearly become a marketing trend. It's all about "inspiring", teaching a lesson, creating a buzz... but when I saw Thelma & Louise, I felt personally connected to them, I just finished Persepolis, the film hit a sensitive chord, and recently, The Heiress had the same effect. These movie had "kickass" heroines who didn't need to kick ass.

Cinema should be about making a movie for each one, Hollywood now makes movie for everyone, it's different... and worse.
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Yeah, even the Gods in Greek literature were more vulnerable and human than some of the heroes in movies nowadays. There must be something relatable in the hero(in)es, otherwise it's not worth rooting for them.
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why should anyone or anything be ass-kicking in Hollywood today?
LOL
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why should anyone or anything be ass-kicking in Hollywood today?
LOL

Why LOL? I know the term ass-kicking can also mean "cool", "awesome" or "fun" but it's obvious I'm not taking this angle, I meant the idea of "kicking ass" as beating the **** out of someone, being the 'dominant' force etc. That's all.

And totally agree with al, there must be something more relatable than being the "chosen one" or having extraordinary skills, even the Bride had motives, even the Bride was vulnerable and still vulnerable in her final confrontation with Bill. But the film made us root for her, hell it even made us root for O'Ren Ishi who wasn't exactly a heroine.

Today's heroism is viewed in a basic "good vs. evil" perspective without any gray area, for me the real heroism is to defeat your own demons, your own fears, to face something that scares you, that reveals a deep weakness but face it nonetheless, that's why it doesn't work with 'perfect' or flawless characters.

When Louise pulled the trigger, she didn't go all "hasta la vista baby" you could tell it was serious, she was totally shaken after that. When Clarice confronts the killer in the cave, she's overwhelmed with fear, that makes their triumph even more emotionally satisfying because you know the director and writers didn't take our empathy for granted.

But times have changed, in 2010, a little girl slice a man's leg off and she's considered one of the most badass female characters of all time.