Personally, I haven't seen either film. I was drawn more to the quiet charm of Last Chance Harvey than the antics of either HJNTIY or BW.
So I really can't comment on the quality of either HJNTIY or BW or the level of misogyny going on in them. But I can comment on the dearth of quality female-centric films, whether studio-driven or independent, that has resulted in success for films like HJNTIY and BW.
For some reason, the studios do not feel the female market is viable. This should be obvious to everyone. How many films at the theater are geared toward women? And how much shock was everyone in last year when Sex and the City did remarkably well? I wasn't in shock. My response was, Duh!
The side effects of all this talk about the female audience will hopefully help our situation of getting quality female films greenlit. You better believe HJNTIY and BW are being monitored by the studio heads and other financiers and that their success will directly relate to the greater development of projects for women. And that's exciting and that's where we should put our focus.
Let's make sure the strides that are being made to prove the female market exists are used to help us make better films for women that have greater exposure. Let's talk about and take action on getting the development process to focus on projects that don't suggest misogyny.