- Vancouver, British Columbia - Margaret Thatcher's place in history has been cemented to some extent with the only debate being between her detractors and her followers as to whether her policies were the best ones for Great Britain, during her reign as the first woman prime minister, between 1979-1990. Their results cannot be disputed, since in effect she saved the British economy, but whether there was a way in which the same results might have been achieved without her painful remedies remains a point of contention. As polarizing as a figure as former American President George W. Bush, she remains as an interesting figure in history, which is why a cinematic examination of her life, The Iron Lady, does not seem misplaced, though the manner in which this one was made appears to be as polarizing as the woman, who the Soviets disparagingly referred to as "The Iron Lady."
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- Vancouver, British Columbia - Miss Representation was first brought to my attention through seeing the unusually long eight-minute trailer on a colleague's Facebook wall. For the most part, I'm not a big viewer of documentaries, as many seem to be focus on some ill in the world and spend the entire film trying to convince me why I should care and take up the cause. Few of the causes are truly ones that are worth getting upset about, nor are they really personal to the lives of the average citizen. It is difficult to inspire someone to action when many documentaries simply illustrate how powerless a normal person should feel. Miss Representation, however, is necessary and compelling, because few of us, except those seemingly living in denial, can say that we don't know a woman or a girl who is suffering as a result of media's inaccurate portrayal women and the pressures that it puts upon women, and how it subtly suggests men look at women.