One Day at a Time is a comedy Netflix original series surrounding the Alvarez family. A misfit, Latino family living in LA. This series is a typical sitcom, but one I enjoyed due to its social commentary on many problems people face today.
Penelope (Justina Machado) is a divorced mother of her two kids, Elena (Isabella Gomez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) struggling to balance work and motherhood as a recent Army veteran. She has an overbearing Cuban mother who lives with her and an annoying landlord who seems to always be in her home.
Given my previous review of Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman, I thought that it would only be fitting to pair the giant female superhero blockbuster with the people that inspired her.
Wonder Woman revolves around Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), the Princess of Themyscira, who lives on an isolated island away from mankind with Amazon warriors, all of whom are women. When Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands on the island, he alerts the Amazons of the war going on in the outside world, Diana believes that the Greek god of War, Ares, who her mother has always warned her about is behind World War I and joins Steve Trevor to the land of men in order to stop Ares once and for all.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a more under the radar film that centers around the unconventional life of the creator behind Wonder Woman and the women who inspired him to create the famous superhero.
2017 was the year for Wonder Woman, but I don’t think that many people were aware of this movie. I barely got the chance to see it now and let me just say that the performances all around were magnificent. Luke Evans stars as Professor Marston, Rebecca Hall stars as Elizabeth Marston (Professor Marston’s wife), and Bella Heathcote stars as Olive Byrne (their mutual romantic partner).
Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom who has a fascinating and crazy true story about almost becoming an Olympic skier, running poker games, and getting arrested by the FBI. This is also the writer Aaron Sorkin’s, famously known for his writing on Steve Jobs and The Social Network, directorial debut.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri surrounds a grieving mother, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), who on a search for justice after her daughter was raped and murdered almost a year ago, so she rents three billboards and asks the local police why has it been so long and no arrests have been made?
This is a different post than usual, it’s not a review, but a post that will hopefully start some discussion. Last night I discovered some video essays about women in film and in the public eye – specifically Megan Fox and Stephanie Meyer, the author of Twilight. Here’s a link to both video essays by Lindsay Ellis:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a TV series on Amazon about an everyday all-American housewife in the late 50s who does everything for her husband. But once her seemingly perfect life is turned upside down, she finds a new outlet to express herself – standup comedy.
Rachel Brosnahan gives an outstanding performance as Miriam Maisel – a confident, hilarious, and highly fashionable woman. She by far is the best part of the show. I really love her chemistry with Susie (Alex Borstein), another woman not afraid to speak her mind and who becomes Miriam’s manager. By far the least interesting character is Joel (Michael Zegen), Miriam’s husband, who is bland and makes poor decisions.
I heard nothing but good things about Lady Bird and I didn’t really know what it was about. All I heard is that it was about a high school senior who goes to a Catholic school who wants to be called “Lady Bird” and her relationship with her mother. And well that’s really all you need to know about this movie too.
As today has gone on, I keep seeing that more and more women are speaking up about their encounters with Harvey Weinstein. Here is a list of actresses and other women he has sexually harassed so far: Tomi-Ann Roberts, Laura Madden, Rosanna Arquette, Katherine Kendall, Liza Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd, Judith Godrèche, Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Angelina Jolie, Zelda Perkins, Romola Garai, Dawn Dunning, Lucia Stoller, Lauren Sivan, Louisette Geiss, Emma de Caunes, Jessica Barth, Cara Delevigne, Emily Nestor, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, and Lauren O’Connor. That is a total of 24 women that we KNOW of and these incidents of harassment have been going on now for about 33 YEARS. This is simply unacceptable.
Male actors have also spoken out condemning Weinstein’s actions such as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Weinstein gave them their big break). It should be noted that Ben Affleck failed to comment on his brother’s, Casey Affleck, alleged sexual harassment of women. Rose McGowan fired back on Ben Affleck saying that once she informed him of Weinstein’s harassment, he said, “Goddamnit! I told him to stop doing that!” meaning that Affleck was well aware of Weinstein’s predatory behavior before it was made public. In his statement, Matt Damon said, “But, now, as the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night.” Okay people, can we stop using the “as a husband/as a father of daughters” line please? You are insinuating that only as a husband or father that you care about this type of sexual behavior. That you only care about those close to you receiving these unwanted advances, not women in general, which is A PROBLEM!
Hello to all! So if you haven’t already heard, Andy Signore, who is the creator of ScreenJunkies on Youtube (mostly commonly known for their Honest Trailers) has been fired due to sexual harassment. This was a big thing that blew up on my twitter this weekend and I was shocked to say the least. I always considered ScreenJunkies to be one of my go-to places for movies. I always watched their videos. I loved Honest Trailers and Movie Fights, and all of the crew on these shows…well up until now. No one else on the crew apparently knew of Andy’s behavior, but I feel like it needs to be addressed, especially with the addition Harvey Weinstein also being fired due to the same reasons (not from ScreenJunkies, from the Weinstein Company – just for clarification). Defy Media who owns ScreenJunkies was apparently made well aware of this behavior months before these allegations were made public and they did not fire Andy Signore. Why you may ask – well isn’t it obvious, Andy is the face and the creator of ScreenJunkies, they held his interests at heart and not the countless number of women who reported Andy’s sexual harassment to Defy Media’s HR department, which by all accounts is wrong. It wasn’t until one brave woman stood up and publicly commented on social media what Andy Signore said and harassed her that other women started to join in. Defy Media and ScreenJunkies then tweeted that Andy was suspended (not fired!) and that they will be investigating his behavior. Luckily, Signore was fired yesterday, which still is too late.