In my last post I talked about some movies that I really love and I apologize for them starring only white men. So I decided to come up with a little list of movies, books, TV shows and podcasts that are amazing and more diverse. I found this website that will let you look up movies and TV shows to see if they involve anyone accused of sexual assault, https://therottenappl.es/. It is still new and is not perfect, but it helps if you are trying to be conscious of not supporting abhorrent people.
- Wonder Woman (2017)- I mean how can I not include this? It stars an AMAZING, strong woman who just kicks ass the whole time. She is funny and doesn’t need a man, I do wish that she didn’t have a strong love interest in the film but she still continuously defies the men’s expectations of her. I’ll conclude that Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are simply just amazing.
- Hidden Figures (2016)- How can I not include this one too?? Powerhouse Janelle Monae portrays Mary Jackson, the first woman African-American engineer at NASA who doesn’t put up with any shit from anyone. Taraji P. Henson portrays Katherine Johnson a mathematician at NASA who is more smart and more eloquent than I could ever hope to be. Octavia Spencer portrays Dorothy Vaughn, the first African-American woman supervisor, and a leader in computer programming. This movie inspires me to be more. More outspoken, stand up for myself more, and push myself to learn more.
- The Other Woman (2014)- A total rock star cast of women (Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton) supporting each other and becoming best friends along the way. Leslie Mann’s husband in the movie is cheating on her with Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton. They team up to take him down, but it is much more than a revenge film, it’s a film of women building each other up and bringing out the best in each other.
- Red (2010)- Two words. Helen Mirren. She plays a total bad ass assassin who bands up with Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich. Hilarious the whole way through, and there’s an equally as amazing sequel with Catherine Zeta-Jones!
- Anna Faris is Unqualified (Podcast)- LOVE this podcast. Anna Faris is teamed up wither her long time friend Sim Sarna, they welcome famous guests each week. You get a fun, down to Earth chat with each person. They later take calls from fans with relationship issues. I listen to it in the car all the time, my current favorite is the episode with Rob Riggle as the guest. (And Nick Jonas)
- How I Came To Sparkle Again By Kayla McLaren (Book)- This book just warms my soul. It’s about a woman who catches her husband cheating on her shortly after she lost her baby. It is real and raw and broaches topics that are tough, like infertility, loss, and infidelity. I leant my copy out a while ago (never to return) so I had to buy it again and I felt just like Uncle Howard and his love with Siddhartha.
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)- Seriously watch this. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) so you know it is going to be the best. I binged the whole season in one day. The main character, Midge, is a spitfire, bold and hilarious and unapologetically herself. She leaves her husband and starts doing stand-up comedy in New York in the 50s. I wish I was as amazing as Midge.
- My “Up Next List” – The Big Sick (2017) Kumail Nanjiani is a brilliant stand-up comedian and I suspect this movie is going to come up big in award season. Battle of the Sexes (2017) I love Emma Stone. She’s funny and strong. And I love Billie Jean King. She is a boss tennis player and exceedingly sharp witted. I can’t wait to see this movie and watch Steve Carell get steamrolled by a powerful woman in sports.