In an alternate universe…

I think if I hadn’t chose the road I have, I would have liked to be a professor for cinema studies. Maybe it sounds pretentious or maybe it just makes me seem like I wanna sit around and watch movies all day but I think it’s a little bit of both. 😉 It would be a dream come true to have my own classroom where the whole point is to view and discuss the inspiration and impact of movies featuring strong women ensembles in their story’s time. Now I’m sure everybody has their own opinion of what this means but isn’t that the fun part? I know some of my favorite films starring women may not be the typical examples of feminism but that doesn’t mean I can’t make a case for them. Just like I’m sure my students would be able to suggest films with strong women leads that I have never even heard of or seen and could argue for those as well. It all just sounds so exciting to me!

Just for fun and because I have thought way more about this in the last few hours than I probably should have, I’ve decided to compile a list of just a few of the movies I would consider including in my imaginary syllabus. I’ve included a plot summary, piece of movie trivia, and an effective line of dialogue that lends some insight into why said film made it onto my list 🙂

Mona Lisa Smile (2003):

  • A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.
  • In order to prepare for their roles, the leads were all put through a finishing school two weeks prior to filming.
  • [about the Mona LisaBetty Warren: [ironically] Look at this, mother. She’s smiling. Is she happy?… She looks happy, so what does it matter?

Clueless (1995):

  • A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
  • Is loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma.
  • [about keeping her virginityCher: You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.

The Help (2011)

  • An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
  • Skeeter’s bookshelf contains the following books: Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. All three of these books are discussed many times in the original novel.
  • Mae Mobley: You my real mama, Aibi.

I know there are sooooo many more but like I said, this is just a sampling of movies I ❤ and respect.

What movies did I miss? Or which movies would you use? Comment below!

❤ emily.

Weekend Obsession

I don’t care what anybody says, I saw Divergent yesterday and I thought it was freaking amazing. I DID read the series so I do know what I’m talking about and this movie is 90% on point (Which is impressive considering the frustrating creative liberties taken by those in charge of the Percy Jackson movies…) Almost every character* was oddly exactly how I pictured them and the set designs and song choices were just perfect. I loved pretty much every minute of it and even though there were a few parts that were changed or didn’t translate as well to the screen which is to be expected for most books becoming movies, all in all I was pleased with the adaption. I will definitely be buying a copy of my own to watch again after the movie for the final book destroys us all.

*AND almost every single boy in this movie ranged from “Aww he’s cute” to “How can you be this hot” so I consider that a plus. Here’s a sneak peek for your viewing enjoyment:

FOUR >> Theo James

PETER >> Miles Teller

WILL >> Ben Lloyd- Hughes

AL >> Christian Madsen

CALEB >> Ansel Angort

My So-Called Life

pathetic but perfect. 

It’s a typical wednesday night, worthy of a new brand of home alone movies, me in a blanket nest on the couch, watching a movie I’ve been meaning to see forever but end up redbox-ing, (I still can’t believe that’s a verb now hahah) and eating homemade ( and by homemade, I do not mean rolling the dough and whatever, i mean un-boxed and boiled all by myself cause girl don’t got time for all that!) spaghetti with the Parmesan cheese close enough to re-cheese (also a verb according to me) my dish when i need to and a can of coca cola so chilled it’d make the cartoon polar bears jealous. 😉  this is my life and life is good.

x  emily.

Entertaining PSA

To all whom it may concern, Happy Endings, is hands down hilarious. I love TV and sometimes I wish I was a critic so that I could legitamately rave about all my favorite shows. I just wish I could have given it more of a chance when it was actually on the air. but Now I have trouble finding it anywhere to watch. Anyway, that’s all. Everyone in the ensemble, Daman Wayans Jr especially, is adorably quirky, comedy perfection. Also, excuse me again while I freak for a moment… *ahhhh!!!!*

There is going to be a sequel next year to one of my most favorite movies:

THE MUPPETS! SO EXCITED to see these guys again! 🙂

emily. x