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I really can’t remember exactly when I started out the Top Flicks About Chicks list on MUBI, but it must have been around the same time I wrote how Chick Flicks was a doomed genre in regards of critics. So it might be almost 4 years… and I’ve finally reached 300 titles in the list!!!

A Chick Flick should center on little girls, girls, young women and women… as students, as neighbors, as friends, as daughters, as granddaughters, as sisters, as mothers, as lovers. They are simply women. With that alone, we can tell all sort of other stories that have little to do with romantic comedies.

The purpose of the list, of course, was to encompass an array of female character — not only in the binary sense, since the list also includes men/boys who identify as women/girls… and viceversa — of various cultural, ethnic, social backgrounds. Not favoring one genre over the other, not valuing dramas over comedies… just simple stories about different women.

Though I’m sure the list could be longer, that’s 300 feature length films out of the 2896 (counting shorts) currently rated on the site- that’s roughly 10% so I suppose the list could expand to up to 500 or maybe 1000 once I reach 5000 or 10000 rated films on the site.

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1. Treeless Mountain 2. Welcome to the Dollhouse 3. Juliana 4. Labyrinth 5. Fuckin’ Amal 6. Mirrormask 7. Gun Hill Road 8. Pariah 9. Bend it like Beckham 10. Swing Girls 11. The Land of the Deaf 12. Sunny 13. Whip It 14. Stoker 15. Maria Full of Grace 16. Breaking the Waves 17. My Marlon and Brando 18. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 19. Dil Bole Hadippa! 20. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 21. Kotoko 22. Violeta Went to Heaven 23. Skin 24. Raise the Red Lantern 25. Incendies

I picked 25 of the 300 films to illustrate some of the variety (I hope it’s AS varied as I intend the list to be), though I ran out of picks and couldn’t include any of the ‘older’ female characters. If I could pick 5 more, they’d be: Lemon Tree, Frozen River, Late Bloomers, Mother, For 80 Days.

I wasn’t too enamored by Pixar’s Monsters University even though Monsters Inc. is one of my favorites (or maybe BECAUSE I liked that one so much?), but this clip of the Japanese-dubbed version popped up in my YouTube feed, and it’s just tenfold the cuteness that the original audio track was because- well, because Japan is so damn hardcore about their dubbing [2].

Plus, Disney (and as an extension, Pixar) are the kings of international dubs [1][2].

And they also do worldwide releases pretty okay. Except when Japan has to wait AGES to get some stuff — but serves them right, when they make us wait for everything they do for ages as well.

I’ve got some pretty nice recommendations to share.

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I didn’t do one last year because… because I didn’t care. I probably care less this year, since I have less films that I liked, and my watching colored-coding has been reduced to “watched” and have no desire “to watch” anything. Let alone “dying to watch” [1] [2]

But here it is- what I’ve watched and some of my rough predictions.

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Also attaching [1] my Watched List from last year.

The Apocalypse came and went, and we made it through to live one more Christmas. I love Christmas music (so sue me!) — and Americans have the best cheesiest Christmas music that makes you all cheery and bright. The classics are unbeatable by newer songs (except for NSYNC’s Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays [MV]). Some of my favorites are Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (the Rosemary Clooney version she did for the Rosie O’Donnell Xmas special), Here Comes Santa Claus (the Disney parade version), Do You Hear What I Hear, Sleigh Ride (either the Disney version or the Billy Gilman + Charlotte Church duet), Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Last Christmas (ok, not so ‘classic’ xD) — DISNEY WAS MY LIFE!

… and of course, Jingle Bell Rock~

So here is SunnyHill performing the song and wishing us Merry Christmas :)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

If you visit the site regularly (or just happened to pop by), make this a Christmas miracle and fill the comment section.