Representation in Movies

Representation in Movies

The summer of 2016, I only saw three movies in the theater from May until September. This is unusual for me, since I love movies and enjoy most genres. But nothing really excited me. I saw Captain America: Civil War, Ghostbusters, and The Nice Guys. I enjoyed all three, but my favorite experience, by far, was Ghostbusters.

Watching four women save the world from ghosts was not only super fun, but it felt exciting in a way that was… specifically for me. I had goosebumps. It was honestly a little overwhelming. I went through a cycle of emotions after that– I was happy a big summer movie featuring women heroes existed, but I was also really irritated that so many movies still did not include women, POCs, and other perspectives in their stories. But maybe one day this wouldn’t feel so new and it would be normal to see everyone represented in wide-release summer movies?

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[Cut to summer 2017]

This summer, the cinema has upped its game. Can we please talk about Wonder Woman?! I saw it opening night with my partner, and then gave it my money a second time with my best friend. (We both loved this movie in that specific Ghostbusters way.)

So hey, Hollywood– Now that I know what it feels like to watch movies that represent other experiences, I would like to see that all the time. It’s incredible. (And also you will make a lot of money, I promise.)

Recommendation: Go see Black Panther when it comes out because it looks fantastic!

Photo Credit: ScreenRant

A Friday List #2

A Friday List #2

  • I recently started a podcast with my best friend after months of remarking, “it feels like we’re podcasting.” during our weekly FaceTime chats. It’s fun, nerve-racking, and a big learning experience. I love it. We have six episodes up so far on topics like bullet journaling, The Rock, aging, and TV.
  • Last week I started Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), a collection of diary entries by David Sedaris. I haven’t read much about Sedaris, so this has been an interesting introduction to his early life so far. And I’m a sucker for journals.
  • Wonder Woman is now the #1 DCEU movie, #1 summer movie in the U.S., and #2 superhero origin movie of all time. I’m kind of a nerd for box office numbers and this makes me very happy.
  • My one and only sister is arriving today for a visit! We have swimming, movies, snacks, pedicures, and sister-time planned. I’m excited.

I’ll Stick to Walking

I’ll Stick to Walking

People wake up and run miles every day, outside, to stay in shape. I’m not making this up. I’ve heard a lot about it on the internet.

Recently, Jeffrey Tambor told me (via his audio book) about how he once ran 10 miles a day to stay in shape for a rigorous work schedule for a play he was in. Side note: I enjoyed his memoir. It offers a lot of personal insight and fun tidbits like this:

Anyway, I suppose I “get” running. It works out your whole body, is good for your brain, burns calories more than almost anything else, can help manage anxiety, and is…fun? IDK. This clip comes to mind:

As someone who has always lived in an extremely warm climate, running outside confuses and fascinates me. It’s mostly too hot in the summer to even walk to my car most days without feeling miserable. I’ll admit propelling my body forward at a higher speed than I ever (probably) need to, the rush of the air, and the strong pumping of my heart does sound sort of appealing. Written down. Or in an air conditioned room.

Even assuming I could get used to waking up extra early before it’s “too hot,” and got in better shape so I eventually enjoyed running, getting to that point would require basically torturing myself for several months first. Alas, for now I will refuse to start my day gasping for oxygen, engulfed in sweat. Seems logical.

 

Pop Culture Confessions

Pop Culture Confessions

  • When I was little, I thought Stevie Nicks, Carrie Fisher, and Princess Leia were two people. Related Carrie Fisher: This article by Courtney Enlow is a hard read but I’ve never heard family addiction described in a more accurate way.
  • I find Adam Sandler movies from the past decade, frankly, unwatchable, but The Wedding Singer will always be on my “desert island” movie list. I love it and could watch it on a loop forever. Other movies I hold undying nostalgic love for include Adventures in Babysitting, Maid to Order,  & Overboard. 1987 was a big year for me, apparently. (Probably the first year I remember watching movies.)
    Related: Tonight was going to be the greatest night of her life.
  • I’m about 85% through Bryan Cranston’s A Life in Parts (read by Bryan Cranston). I do not love this book. I would have stopped listening already but not having another audiobook picked out yet, and wanting to hear his take on the “Breaking Bad years” have kept me in it. He has a nice reading voice, and I don’t mind the company on my walk into work in the mornings. But most of this memoir reads like bullet points written by a friend of a friend. His internalized greatness as an actor is center stage. Rarely is any other “part” really examined to its root, exposing the why of this human… save for one story where he admits he came close to murdering an ex- girlfriend. (I’m serious.) Again, I’m not a fan. One thing he says a couple times that I do like and will take away from all this listening is, “You can’t fake letting go.” It’s a profound, timely reminder for me in terms of his book. He, of course, means it in terms of acting.
  • I recently binged Riverdale on Netflix and the ages of the main stars make me a tad bit… uncomfortable.
  • Photo Credit: Vulture
A Friday List

A Friday List

Despite feeling more tired than usual this week because ugh, it’s Daylight Saving Time again, I made it through the week alive. Here’s some proof:

  • I FINALLY saw Get Out. Yes, it’s that good. Yes, you should see it in the theater. As someone who has recently come around to horror movies, this was a perfect blend of social commentary and horror movie tropes. It’s entirely modern & classic. If you’ve seen it, I recommend getting some deeper podcast perspective: No, Totally and Black Girl Nerds.
  • Speaking of diverse voices in film: Rebecca Theodore on Diversity & Inclusion in Film Criticism.
  • I’m reading Papergirls & I love it. It’s written by Brian K. Vaughan who also writes my favorite graphic novel, Saga, plus it’s basically the answer to, “What if ANY of the many stories I grew up with as a kid in the ’80s about an unexpected group of children saving the day were about girls?”

Have a good weekend!