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Lady Bird

Lady Bird is a new classic in the modern cinematic universe. Greta Gerwig uses her fine powers in writing and directing to craft a simple, humorous yet compelling film that centers on Saoirse Ronan’s Christine McPherson, a senior student at a Catholic school in Sacramento, California, who yearns for a big, artistically rich life in the East Coast. Referring to herself as Lady Bird, the nickname given to her at birth by her nurse mother Marion McPherson (played by Laurie Metcalf), she views her surroundings from a very progressive angle, giving her that fiery, rebellious personality.

The quest for love, acceptance and everlasting friendship is a common plot in the everyday coming-of-age movies, but what makes Lady Bird a masterpiece is the unique insertion of whimsical tones followed by quirky humor that result in plenty of amusing, lighthearted moments like the many inside jokes Lady Bird shares with her best friend Jules (Beanie Feldstein) on a daily basis (their loyalty to each other serves as a powerful testament to female friendship) and the iconic drama club musical audition scenes (seeing Lady Bird tackle the lively Broadway classic “Everybody Says Don’t” is purely epic, knowing how accurate the lyrics are to her personal life). In addition to that, the plot is strongly character-driven with Lady Bird pushing the story forward as she embarks on a journey towards her high school graduation and to discover which East Coast college will accept her. Determined and fiery yet overly stubborn, she often has a row with the strongly opinionated Marion at home and continually lashes out against her, yet fails to realize that underneath it all, both mother and daughter have so much in common. Ronan and Metcalf were deserving of their Academy Awards nominations for a realistic portrayal of their characters with their all-out, energetic performances.

With such a strong film debut, Greta Gerwig has achieved the impossible by being only the fifth female director to have ever been nominated for Best Directing in the history of the Oscars, and the road can only go up from here. She has become an icon and inspiration for women directors and aspiring filmmakers who are just starting out, and Lady Bird will always soar high with its many accolades.

Now that the DVD and Blu-ray are available to buy, it’s the best time to pick up Lady Bird, especially since today is International Women’s Day, and films made by and starring powerful ladies that foster great female dynamics are always the ultimate treats. Click here for more info and follow @LadyBirdMovie on Twitter for updates.

 

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How to Spend Galentine’s Day with Your Friends

Going by traditions, February 14 seems to be made for those in a romantic relationship, but looking at it from a fresh perspective, it can actually be interpreted as a day to celebrate universal love, be it for family members or even pets and best friends. For female companions around the world, Valentine’s Day can easily transform into a Galentine.

Having inserted itself into pop culture dictionary by way of style magazines like Glamour, Galentine marks a significant moment in the lives of metropolitan ladies and ultimately refers to a massive celebration of female solidarity, where girl best friends can gather together and make a toast to their friendship, whether or not they’re in the singles club (well, most of the time they’re single and happy – like me, for example). How they celebrate it is up to them.

Tons of creative ideas can lead to a Galentine’s Day that’s as sweet as sugar. Not sure where to start? Feel free to peek into the list below to help you plan that unforgettable meet-up with your gal pals. Also included are a selection of songs and films (from signature rom-coms to friend-tastic titles) to amp up your evening should you all choose to stay in.

Happy Galentine’s Day!

HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE

  • Relax at your favorite cafe and have quality time with friends over coffee/hot chocolate/cappuccino/latte/tea. Mouthwatering snacks like pancakes and waffles also await you.
  • Visit an art museum and enjoy all the paintings and installations.
  • Make pasta together and gather around the TV for some DVD and Netflix time.
  • Take a trip to a chocolate factory and shop for lots of chocolates afterwards.
  • Go ice-skating.

FILMS

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2
  • Mary Poppins
  • St Elmo’s Fire
  • Clueless
  • Hugo
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Legally Blonde 1 & 2
  • The Help
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Toy Story 1 & 2
  • The Artist
  • La La Land
  • Sabrina
  • Enchanted
  • Leap Year
  • Ballerina
  • Midnight in Paris
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Two Weeks Notice
  • Letters to Juliet
  • The Other Woman
  • Leap Year

SONGS

  • “In the Heart of Every Girl” ~ Elton John
  • “Real Friends” ~ Camila Cabello
  • “A Little Help From My Friends” ~ The Beatles
  • “You’ve Got a Friend a Me” ~ Randy Newman/Michael Buble
  • “One Short Day” ~ from Wicked
  • “I Am Woman” ~ Jordin Sparks
  • “Salute” ~ Little Mix
  • “You’ve Got a Friend” ~ Carole King
  • “Forget You” ~ CeeLo Green
  • “Beautiful Life” ~ Nick Fradiani
  • “A Love That Will Last” ~ Renee Olstead
  • “Smile” ~ Lily Allen

Photo Credit: ElegantNewYork.com

#TimesUp at the 75th Golden Globes

Screen Shot 2018-01-10 at 10.31.27 AMOprah Winfrey. Photo Credit: Variety

BLL Ladies copyThe Big Little Lies ladies. Photo Credit: ABC

It’s 2018, and the annual Golden Globe Awards went into its 75th year with a fiery revolution in support of women across all industries, encouraging them to speak up in light of abuse, misrepresentation and all forms of mistreatment. The #TimesUp movement packed a lot of female punch, as stars and public figures – women and men – attended the event all decked in black as a sign of solidarity. Most of the wins and speeches on stage also reflected and acknowledged the need to continue pushing for equal opportunities for females in all aspects of their careers.

Speaking as a screenwriter, I stand by Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Chastain, Zoe Saldana, Natalie Portman, Dwayne Johnson, Ansel Elgort, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern, Evan Rachel Wood, and many other icons in the fight for lady power. May more opportunities open up for female writers, directors, engineers, coders, entrepreneurs, and other career fields from all backgrounds and from all over the world, for the world of storytelling and the entire workforce should always be diverse.

The 75th Golden Globe Awards presented us with tons of highlights. Feel free to list all your favorite moments. Here are mine:

  • All the Big Little Lies wins (congrats Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern) and the all-girl cast photos.
  • Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Laura Dern in the same room. The Fault in Our Stars nostalgia.
  • Queen Oprah’s all-inspiring, super important speech about hope and an inclusive future as she accepted the Cecille B. Demille award.
  • Both Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor winning brought a little Moulin Rouge magic. Viva Satine and Christian!
  • The Greatest Showman won Best Original Song with “This is Me”.
  • Barbra Streisand’s surprise appearance. I’d personally want Babs to make a triumphant return to film directing and acting. The last feature film she directed and starred in was the lovely Mirror Has Two Faces.
  • Saoirse Ronan and the Lady Bird appreciation. Director Greta Gerwig deserved a nomination for crafting a powerful female-driven film.

International Women’s Day

The future is female!

Every day is a wonderful day to be a woman. We ladies have a lot to be proud of, and especially in today’s society, where females can make an impact on the world, have strong opinions on any given topic, become bosses, global leaders and pursue their life goals in style. I support every girl out there with their ambitions. My besties are mostly girls. 99% of my favorite music artists are females. Here’s to us Queens of the universe! May we always celebrate one another’s achievements, tolerate the differences in other fellow ladies and continue to build ourselves as a diverse community.

In celebration of this exciting day, I present you a variety of quotes, images and videos of some of the superladies I’m inspired by. You’re free to share yours. Happy International Women’s Day!

Ella Fitzgerald the original jazz queen.

“Women are the real architects of society.”
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

The three Queens of Reign. Queen Mary of Scots, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Catherine de Medici, powerfully portrayed by Adelaide Kane, Rachel Skarsten and Megan Follows.
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“Salute” by Little Mix… The ultimate feminist anthem!

Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter.
Agent Carter

Nala the lion Queen.
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Female friendships rock!
Sisterhood

Our very own “New Girl”.
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