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?
[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
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.
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!