Fun Fact: 246 million people in the U.S. and Canada went to the cinema at least once last year? Yes, MILLION - with 6 zeros. That’s nearly 71% of the entire U.S./Canada population in 2016!
According to the Motion Picture Association of America, in 2016 the movie industry reached 11.4 billion dollars in sales, experiencing a 2% growth from the year before.
So what is it that draws all of these people to the cinema each year?
Perhaps it's a combination of curiosity and empathy.
I have always enjoyed watching movies. I am fascinated by being invited into these characters’ realities, following their journeys, and allowing myself to learn with them along the way.
Being able to visualize and identify with characters as they work through challenges, discover and embrace their positive and negative characteristics, and watch as they navigate through difficult situations can inspire us to become more aware of these aspects in our own lives. Bringing us a level of heightened personal awareness and self-reflection that can be a powerful and transformative tool!
I am excited (and a bit nervous) to share a couple of my favorite movies with you!
Each of these movies feature great female leads or female supporting roles and are listed in no particular order. I have learned from each these characters experiences and adventures, and I sincerely believe I am better because of them.
Just to name a few! Those 10 are without a doubt some of my favorites, but there are more where those came from.
Are there any movies with leads, both female and male, that you personally connect with, or have learned something from? Share it with us in the comment box below so we can all check it out!
Let's talk a little bit about the word "hype".
Man, do we crave it. Companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars trying desperately to create it. Hype places a unique spotlight on a certain good or service, and while hype can mean increased product sales - it can also mean increased criticism and scrutiny.
I am so excited to write this movie review, mainly because The Revenant (2015) directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, was one of the most spectacular films I have seen in quite some time. The acting is compelling, the storyline is complex, and the cinematography is as breathtaking as the landscape itself.
So, you can choose whether or not to believe the hype; but after watching The Revenant (2015) - I believe every bit of it.
Answer: a person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead.
A Brief Summary
Set in the 1820's, a violent war is waging between the Native Americans and the "white men" as they fight for land and power in the wintery frontier of Wyoming. One man, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), is hired by Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) as a guide on a fur trading expedition. During the grueling journey, Hugh is violently attacked by a grizzly bear. Concerned only with their own survival, a couple of his traveling companions (one including the infamous Tom Hardy) betray him and flee, leaving Glass for dead. Alone in the woods during a grave winter and a violent war, Glass' survival is fueled solely by his determination to seek vengeance on those who betrayed him.
If you didn't know, I love watching movies. I probably watch an average of 3-4 movies every month. I also love going to the movies alone. It is so relaxing to sit in silence with a theatre less than half full of people...I just love a good matinee. I am fully convinced this is every ambiverts dream!
A week ago, my friend Lynzi and I watched the movie The Internfeaturing Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. The movie also had a few other A and B list celebrities sprinkled throughout, which I loved seeing! Long story short, I cannot fully express just how much I loved this movie!
I went into it excited because I had heard so many good things about it, but I must admit, there was a part of me that was a bit skeptical. I hoped that it was not just another cookie cutter movie about an old person struggling with social media and technology in an environment of young people. You know, where the millennials are constantly teaching things to "the old guy."
After watching the film, I was pleasantly surprised and could not stop raving about the film (which is why I decided to write a blog post about it).
What Was The Movie About?
This was a film about a 70 year old widower who is tired of the day-to-day humdrum of his life and is looking for a new experience that will keep him productive and allow him to "get out" more. Enter Anne Hathaway, who plays a very successful twenty-something who has founded a rapidly growing start-up company. She is young. She is fresh. She is always on her toes and works very, very hard. She unknowingly agrees to launch a new program which takes on elderly interns who can contribute to various departments in the start-up. This movie is all about the sequence of events that take place during Robert De Niro's character's internship working with Anne Hathaway's character.
What Did I Love About It?
Man, I cannot stop singing the praises of this movie. I will list a few things that I enjoyed about watching this film:
The 1 Thing I Could Have Done Without...
There was one rather inappropriate scene with Robert De Niro's character receiving a massage from another character. While both parties were fully clothed, this was the only scene that I did not care for at all. I felt as if it was a cheap attempt at making De Niro's older character seem "relevant" and I could have done without that.
Honestly, that was the only aspect that I didn't like...which is why I had to write about it. This is also the only aspect of the movie that I want to inform any parents of! I would avoid bringing your children to see this movie unless they are over 13. I guess that is why it is rated PG-13!
Looks like Hollywood may have actually rated this movie right for a change!
My Final Recommendations
All in all, I have recommended this movie many times to friends and family. I am also going to recommend this movie to anyone reading this who is over the age of 13. I encourage you to take time after the movie and note the things you enjoyed because I am fully confident that you will enjoy it!
In fact, if you don't enjoy it - you can leave me a comment informing me just why you didn't like it! I promise I will read it :)
Hey, thanks for reading! If you have any movie suggestions you should leave me a comment below! If you're picking up what I'm putting down, then you should totally subscribe to my blog! I just love writing reviews of movies and stuff, and promise to keep them coming.
When I first heard that another rendition of Peter Pan was being released, I must admit I was a bit skeptical. I thought, just how many versions of Peter Pan can be created? I mean, we have the original Peter Pan released in 1953 featuring Bobby Driscoll and Kathryn Beaumont. We have the 1960 release of Peter Pan featuring Mary Martin & Cyril Ritchard. Who can forget the 1991 release of Hook (a personal favorite) featuring Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts and Robin Williams. We also have the 2003 version of Peter Pan featuring Jeremy Sumpter and Jason Isaacs. Then we have the 2004 rendition of Peter Pan called Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. To my shocking surprise, there was also a TV show released in the UK called Neverland which starred Kiera Knightly; however, the mini-series only survived one season.
Needless to say, when I heard that Pan was coming out this summer - I was very curious as to just how directors would make this movie different from the rest. I went into that movie theatre thinking it was going to be just another rendition of the same old story, with the same old characters, and the same old villains.
I could not have been more wrong.