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Media Update 3/1/18

March 1, 2018

Lady Bird

Seeing this movie this past week was fortuitous as I have reconnected with the alumni association of the school I went to from first grade through twelfth. This was a fantastic movie that kind of covered the spectrum of human emotion. The movie is about a young girl who calls herself Lady Bird who is on the verge of becoming a woman in the last years of high school. It is also about Lady Bird’s mother and a good portion of the movie is about their relationship. However, this is a movie without a traditional plot. There are a lot of stories that cover Lady Bird, her mother, and all of the other characters in their life. Much like Moonlight, it is a slice of life movie that covers more character arcs than story arcs. Except that this movie covers two years in a young girl’s life as she rages against the machine while also trying desperately to fit in somewhere. It is a love letter to Sacramento, a city that I knew next to nothing about. It was so easy for me to get caught up in the lives of the characters from the first few minutes. I laughed at the great humor, cheered on the characters, and then I was crying at the end but there was some joy in those tears. The movie belongs to Saoirse Ronan who plays the title role in such a way that I saw a lot of girls and women and people in general that I have known through her. Laurie Metcalf evoked a lot of older women I have known, the authority figure who shoulders that burden beautifully. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie.

Shape of Water

Guillermo Del Toro is a magnificent filmmaker when it comes to creating compelling characters who operate in fantastically crafted worlds. On top of that, his penchant for spectacular visual effects is well known at this point especially when he is creating creatures. He goes back and forth between fantastic dramas and more blockbuster-y action movies but no matter what he is doing, it has a lot of heart and thought behind it. This movie is no different. This movie is a modern-day fairytale that comes at the right time. It is a great story of accepting The Other and also accepting ourselves. The heroes of the movie are a disabled orphan, a black woman, an illegal immigrant/communist, a gay man, and an aquatic creature. It is set in the sixties in Baltimore (!!!) and all these people are definitely marginalized in society. I mean, a lot of them would still be marginalized but we have made a little progress. While the movie is definitely out there, it is a beautiful story as soon as you let go and compare it to fairytale stories like older versions of Beauty and the Beast. To me, the story was about The Other, connection between people, reclaiming one’s power, fighting the system, and doing what is right instead of what is safe. On top of that, the movie has great jazz music. I definitely recommend this but leave your hangups at the door and just enjoy it.

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbings, MO

This movie is another Oscar contender with strong social messages and like Lady Bird, it has a lot to do with following the lives of characters around one location over a period of time. Legendary actress Frances McDormand plays a mother who is hurting and tries to take the police to task, something we as a society are trying to do more and more of. The movie is about grieving, it is about accountability, and it is about how a community deals with criticism and a whole bunch of other interesting themes. Sam Rockwell kind of plays the villain but things are not so black and white as they are not in life. Woody Harrelson is his usual charming self and plays a major character that moves the plot along. While Ebbing, MO is not a real place, they did a great job of making it feel like a real place with a real heart. Even the so-called bad guys were people that I remember from my life. The movie was funny, sad, and it had a lot of great messages. I definitely recommend it.

Music of the Week:
Gin Wigmore – Black Sheep

Tonight Alive – Breaking & Entering

Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel

Metric – Gimme Sympathy

The Ting Tings – Do It Again

Weekly Update:
– This Week’s Theme is “Female Empowerment During Awards Season”
– I finished watching The Librarians Season 3
– I continued watching Criminal Minds Season 11
– I continued watching Mad Men Season 1
– I continued watching Peaky Blinders Season 1
– I continued watching Black Lightning Season 1
– I watched Game Grumps, KittyKat Gaming, and Barry Kramer on YouTube
– This week included a double feature at the Charles Theater


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