No Mansplainers Allowed: This New Movie Site Hopes to Be the ‘Female’ Rotten Tomatoes
In the age of the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up, we’re particularly happy to hear about the new woman-centric film review site CherryPicks from producer Miranda Bailey (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).
According to Bailey, who announced the project at SXSW, CherryPicks will aggregate movie reviews much like Rotten Tomatoes but put women’s voices first and foremost. For example, it plans to factor in the number of women both in front of and behind the camera. It will also categorize films beyond the tomato splat with labels like “great to watch while sick in bed,” “perfect to ugly-cry to after a breakup” or “good but not worth watching in theater.” Genius.
The founder elaborated on the genesis of the site, saying, “I think a lot of people are choosing not to go see films based on an image that they see, which is a splat on Rotten Tomatoes. That really does a disservice to the artists making the movies and the distributors releasing them… and then when it comes to representation with women, there are a lot of movies out there that women will like and have liked that get a splat. The Zookeeper’s Wife was an example of that. That and Lake Bell’s second film that I produced were two kinds of reasons I was like, ‘I have to do this.’”
No word yet on when the CherryPicks site will go live, but we can’t wait to give it five stars.