Recently my teen and I stumbled upon a YouTube channel called Pop Culture Detective, which analyzes pop culture, especially in regards toxic masculinity and misogyny. While I'm pretty much in love with it and think it should be mandatory viewing for basically everyone (but for people who watch a lot of movies/TV and play a lot of games in particular), I have to let you know that you may hate your favorites, even just a little, after you've watched some of these videos.
Last year we bore witness to the three top-grossing films of the year starring all female leads, which was incredible! Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast all outsold the rest of 2018 in film and it looks like we are about to be treated to another year full of women-led films. How exciting!
Recently when Lin-Manuel Miranda told everyone to make their own "favorite thing" on Twitter, user @loudlysilent retorted, "Not all of us can make a Gina Rodriguez and Stephanie Beatriz as gay superhero girlfriends, Lin." How brilliant would a movie like that be! Now the entire world is craving it, and The Mary Sue even has an excerpt of "the script" for you to read. Check it out!
Last week I saw two "chick flicks" that I hated. One had amazing reviews, the other had terrible ones and neither were enjoyable. The films were La La Land and Table 19, both of which looked great to me. I really wanted to like these movies! I loved both leads and had high hopes, but neither sang to me. Well, they both tried, and the soundtracks were probably the best part of both films...
2017 looks to be a year filled with some interesting films, and one of those movies that really piques my interest is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson. The film is about a mother who is outraged by the lack of police efforts to solve her daughter’s murder. She pays for three billboards to ask why there have been no developments in her case and chaos ensues in the small town.