Wednesday, June 7, 2017

To Binge or Not to Binge

I have to admit, I have on occasion binged my way through entire television seasons. The temptation is just too great, sometimes it is hard to stop, there are no commercials to tolerate and you can easily fast forward and find out what happens next without having to wait a week. Here is a mix of drama and comedy, in no particular order, that may make it hard to get up off the couch.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Who's Your Wonder Woman?

The new Wonder Woman movie is now out in theaters. Below is a list of movies with strong women: they may not have super powers, but they're all superheroes in their own way. Who's your favorite? 

  • Aliens: Ellen Ripley survives the events of the first Alien film, only to go back to a hive of the dreaded creatures! 
  • Arrival: A linguist (Amy Adams) attempts to decipher the strange language of a visiting alien race. Don't miss the novella, "Story of Your Life".
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Lisbeth Salander, hacker extraordinaire, aids a journalist in unraveling a snarled mystery. You might also try the original Swedish film, or the book.
  • Hanna: Hanna, now 16, was raised to be the perfect assassin, and now is on the run across Europe.
  • Jackie: An account of Jacqueline Kennedy after the assassination of her husband. 
  • Kill Bill: Left for dead, "The Bride" (Uma Thurman) seeks revenge on her employer and his underlings. 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road: Max (Tom Hardy) might be the title character, but Charlize Theron steals the show as Furiosa in this non-stop post-apocalyptic action movie.
  • Miss Sloane: An ambitious lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) works to pass gun control legislation in this thriller. 
  • Princess Mononoke: The fearsome title character fights to protect the forest, which is being corrupted by an industrial village, in this epic anime. 
  • Room: Try the book, too! Brie Larson is set to get her own superpowers in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, as well. 
  • The Silence of the Lambs: Clarice Starling (Jodi Foster) enlists the aid of a psychotic cannibal to catch another serial killer. Read the book!
  • Stoker: India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) begins to suspect that her mysterious uncle is not all that he seems in this Hitchcockian thriller. 
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane: Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes from a car accident in an underground bunker. Her rescuer claims that there was a massive attack and everyone outside is dead, but parts of his story don't quite add up...
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day: 10 years after a Terminator from the future was sent to assassinate her, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) has been targeted again - but this time she's ready. 
  • Wendy and Lucy: Penniless drifter Wendy (Michelle Williams) is on her way to Alaska in search of gainful employment, but when her dog goes missing her plans are put on hold.