I love movies, I especially love seeing them in theaters. I think my love of movies and movie theaters comes from my dad. Saturday mornings growing up usually consisted of my dad giving me and my sister a newspaper or driving to the theater and having us pick out a movie we wanted to see. He'd then order a large popcorn and nap through the whole movie because he was really only there for the popcorn and comfy seats, and that was before the seats got really comfortable. Going out to movies with my dad was one of my favorite things growing up so I think that just carried into adulthood because I love going to the theater to see whatever the newest box office hit is. Here is a list of some of my favorites from this year, along with some TV shows that I fell in love with in 2017.
* The "fighting fuck toy" is a hyper sexualized female protagonist that is portrayed as bad ass when in reality they are put in a movie to please the heterosexual male audience. This term was coined by Caroline Heldman and was used in the documentary Miss Representation which I highly recommend.
What were some of your favorite movies and TV shows from 2017?
To clear any confusion now, OITNB = Orange is the New Black, and I will refer to it as OITNB from now on because it's way shorter. If you are on any kind of social media you probably know that Season two just came out and it is amazing! So to celebrate here is a list of the reasons why this show is the best thing not to happen to TV.
1. An [almost] all female cast
I love this! I feel like all I ever see is men playing the leads in movies and TV shows. When there is a women lead it's usually in a rom com where her sole purpose in life is to find the man of her dreams and crack some jokes along the way. Or a semi-naked superhero women who acts more as a sex symbol than a heroine. Or what really kills, me is an adaptation of a book where the main female is supposed to be quirky and awkward and they cast the most beautiful women ever as that character and just throw some frumpy clothes on her to make her "nerdy" or "awkward". Orange is the New Black represents all kinds of women. There are some who are beautiful and some who are not so beautiful. And most of them do not have a romantic agenda. It shows that women have more thoughts and actions in a day than just ones relating to "finding the one". It also shows that there is more than just a cookie cutter idea of what a women should be and they rock it.
2. Diversity, well represented
I think it's pretty obvious if you've ever watched the show that it is very diverse. What I love though is that it feels real. Everyone is represented. Not everyone is a cookie cutter or stereotypical idea of what they should be. Some of the lesbians are butch. Some are not. Some of the black women are pretty ratchet. Some are not. There is even a nun. It really shows such a wide variety of characters that everyone gets represented (except for guys, sorry). I think that's one reason why the show is so popular, everyone can relate to at least one character.
3. Discussing current events in an entertaining setting
The writers always throw in a little dialogue that mentions a current event or a debated topic. It's always the inmates hearing about things going on on the outside and commenting or just brushing it off as stupid. It's very comical but I think it also gives new perspectives on things and sometimes when an inmate brushes something off it shows how dumb it really is.
4. The good guys always win
I love that the "good guys" usually end up winning. Or at least a small amount of justice is served. But this happens in almost all movies or TV shows so what makes OITNB special? The good guys always win but it's not easy and sometimes really bad things happen along the way. I think it's representative of real life. In general in life, good guys win more often than bad guys, but it's not always cut and dry. Things get messy, people get hurt, justice isn't always served but karma is a bitch.
5. The make up
Who ever the make up artists for this show are really deserve an award. The make up in the show is so brilliant. Why? because you can barely tell when it's there. And I'm not taking about in a way that "Kim Kardashian looks so natural with that smoky eye" no I'm talking, this girl has been in jail for years with only cool aid as lip gloss. Because you know what, sometimes that how girls look. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE make up., but it's nice to see a show that accurately represents what most women look like when they aren't at their peak.
I could go on about this show all day but I will spare you. If you want to talk more just comment below. :)
Who's your favorite OITNB character? xoxo Natalie
I watch a lot of TV and movies. I said it. Admitting is the first step. Since media is notorious for portraying women in a negative light (see this, also this, oh yeah this too). Because of this reason I like to spend my time watching shows and movies that portray women in a powerful light. Here are some of my favorite female characters.
1. Elle Woods - Legally Blonde
I love Elle Woods. She shows us that just because you wear pink and are girly doesn't mean you are to be messed with. She set her goals high and reached them through hard work. She didn't let people's expectations of her change her. She stayed the peppy, upbeat, pink wearing, fabulous woman that she is and rocked it. She reminds us to always be yourself.
2. Leslie Knope - Parks and Rec
Leslie Knope is the ultimate bad ass woman to look up to. She is amazing at her job and works really hard to be that way. You don't just see her as a successful woman, you see the (wo)man hours she puts into it. She follows her passions and always stands up for what she believes in, even though a lot of the time she has zero to no support. She also balances her work with friendships and fun activities. She is also always kind to people but is aggressive enough that she demands respect. I also love that the writers made her a strong female lead on her own. The main focus of the show isn't her love story (which is super cute) but it's just about her. You spend the show rooting her on and cheering for her. Her success will feel like your success and her failures will break your heart and I think a lot of this comes from the relatability (real word?) of her character. She isn't perfect but she works pretty damn hard to try her best to be.
3. Liz Lemon - 30 Rock
Again I am praising a show for showing a woman in the light of being a working woman and not totally, hyper-focusing on her love life. Liz Lemon is a geeky but awesome woman who I think has almost everyone's dream job. She pretty well depicts what it's really like being a woman, no over glamorizing here. And bonus points if you read Tina Fey's autobiography, Bossy Pants, because she talks about the show and the similarities between her and Liz Lemon.
4. Jess Day - New Girl
Jess Day is a great example of how you can be soft and kind and girly but that doesn't mean you aren't strong and smart. The quote above is one of my favorites out of the whole show. Here is the video clip below that has the whole quote. Sorry for the horrible quality.
Who is your TV role model ?
Natalie. 25. Mechanical engineer. Mining and Minerals Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. I love pugs, pink, nail polish, crafting, feminism, makeup, and Netflix.