Warning: Do not read ahead of you are not caught up with the latest episode of Game of Thrones
So far, superhero flicks this year are 3 for 3. Logan was such a refreshing and unique entry in to genre as was the hilarious, action packed, character driven and heart-warming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. which, contrary to popular opinion, I believe exceeded its predecessor. It took long enough, but finally June 2nd saw the release of the first ever female led superhero film Wonder Woman. Helmed by female director Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the eponymous hero, Wonder Woman is an incredibly empowering film that might just be the best superhero origin story since Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
You are placed in a dark room with a complete stranger. You can’t see them, they can’t see you. In the darkness you begin to engage in conversation with he/she. They share the same interests, listen to the music you love, watched your favorite films, ; you absolutely love them. You are elated, entranced. Late nights staying up thinking whether you’ll find that one person on this planet who actually understands you have paid off, you have found them. They have possibly found you.
16 years into the 21st century, 10 of those I can probably remember, it’s safe to say that this not the peak era for music or film (it just isn’t). However we undoubtedly live in the Golden Age of television where directors can better define themselves as auteurs, where some shows’ writing has surpassed that of the average film, and where special effects are almost as strong as the big screen (honestly it’s really close now). The greatest thing to come out of modern television is possibly its ability to consistently represent minorities, in America that is, in a positive light. Instead of the typical white male protagonist, we have shows consisting of all Asian casts (Fresh Off the Boat), all black casts (Blackish) and ensemble shows where the cast is extremely diverse (Orange is the New Black). With this new wave of diversity we also see a growing evidence of strong-female characters. Thus I felt inclined, at least for this post, to share how the role of women is changing in modern television through a (unranked) list of my favorite actresses/ characters on the small screen.
***Supergirl is Kara
The popularity of superhero movies has grown significantly in the past 5 years and, so far, there is no sign of them slowing down anytime soon. The genre has done justice, occasionally, to some of the most beloved comic book characters and has invited newcomers to the universes of Marvel and DC. The CW’s Flash has certainly dominated the small screen and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has certainly etched their mark on the big screen. One of the latest superheroes, in fact heroines, to join the family is DC’s Supergirl. Unfortunately, this show has earned mixed reviews from critics, fans and causal viewers. Critic’s reviews often suggest that the show is too quirky with a weak plot. Fans urge that Supergirl’s writers have not done justice to the comics and criticize its upbeat, jolly tone. The causal viewer has often, of course, argued that the show is “stupid” or “sooo stupid” to emphasize its senselessness. These reviews, all of which are harsh, are what stopped me from watching this show’s pilot and the succeeding episodes. But a feeling in my gut, as a comic book fan, told me to give it a chance. What do I think about it so far? I think this show is great and if haters disagree, please let me defend my belief.
I live overseas and Netflix is now available worldwide in over 190 countries. So…..I’ve had two Christmases in the span of 3 Weeks? Yep, just checking. Anyways. I have conformed to the America social norms and binged watched a series for my first time. This show was the comedy show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper. It is extremely stupid yet so entertaining, excruciatingly vulgar yet well written and dumb yet hilarious. Despite its idiocy, the show has surprisingly taught me a number of life lessons! The most important one was in the very beginning of the show when Kimmy shares her “10 seconds at a time rule”.