Today is International Women’s Day.
This is a great occasion to celebrate, as the world is filled with women who are and have made amazing contributions in a variety of ways. Whether it be personal or professional (or both), women are doing terrific things every day that positively impact society. And that’s actually the important thing to take away from today. Why is it just one day? Shouldn’t women be recognized on a daily basis?
Well, time to step off the soapbox. In honor of International Women’s Day, I want to spotlight my favorite international woman:
Australian actress Margot Robbie, who recently starred in I, Tonya.
That’s what it means to celebrate International Women’s Day, right?
There are movies that transcend entertainment and invite audiences into an experience. This could mean a fantasy world like Star Wars, or a park filled with prehistoric dinosaurs.
Or, in rare cases, real-life moments in the purest sense.
The 15:17 to Paris is as close as you can get to a shot-for-shot remake of the literal heroism of the three American friends who faced down a terrorist with his small arsenal of guns and weapons on a foreign train in order to protect themselves and complete strangers. In many ways, this film could’ve only come from Clint Eastwood; the idea to use the real people and the initiative to tackle this specific story. And don’t forget that casting the real people (Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler) was a risky calculation by Mr. Eastwood. Regardless, watching these heroes leap toward the terrorist to save lives will be something special.
Everybody should see The 15:17 to Paris starting tomorrow not because it’s projected as a blockbuster hit at the box office or as brilliant cinema, but instead to see on the big screen what Clint Eastwood saw in these three American men who reacted to the worst kind of adversity in the best way imaginable.
As the workweek revs its engine yet again with that soothing, comforting alarm sound, it’s important to find some form of levity to break some of this tension. As we search our desk of scattered papers and emails on our computers for those tasks due today and later this week, things can begin to feel overwhelming. Monday mornings are inherently stressful for that pursuit alone.
Thankfully, this blog tries to make Mondays just a little easier, more enjoyable and/or inspiring. The latter doesn’t so much apply today, but hopefully, the following clip will fall into the enjoyable category.
It appears The Hangover was a theatrical smash hit for audiences, as well as the cast, crew, and director.
Have a Better Week Than Last Week.
To serve as a subtle reminder about Portlandia’s eighth and final season airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. on IFC starring SNL alum Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, here’s a “Flashback Friday” interview with the wildly gifted character actor “funny Freddy” (bonus points if you get the reference).
Hipsters deserve a fair amount of societal ridicule, but the simultaneous love letter cleverly written throughout Portlandia proves the paramount truth that the communities that can laugh together can live together.
And that (forgive me) will be a pretty hip legacy for Portlandia.