Women of Character, Courage and Commitment in Film – Week 2

This week we are celebrating exceptional female role models in movies. There are so many to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to some of our favorites. These characters push the limits of their situation, demanding that their lives mean something and that they are allowed to be who they want. Strong and determined, these women and girls are the types of characters that can inspire women to reach for the stars.

Wadjda (2013)

Wadjda – A 10-year old girl in Saudi Arabia does whatever it takes to buy herself a bicycle, in order to race her friend.

Brave (2012)

Merida – The fiercely independent daughter of King Fergus, Merida fights for the chance to make her own life decisions, clashing against the traditional customs of her mother.

Hunger Games (2012)

Katniss – A young woman volunteers in her sister’s place for the Hunger Games and fights for her life with compassion for her fellow Tributes.

The Help (2011)

Skeeter – Determined to be a successful writer, Skeeter secretly starts interviewing the help for a book and gives voices to the women who take care of prominent southern families.

Aibileen – As the first housekeeper to agree to be interviewed by Skeeter, Aibileen mobilizes the other housekeepers to join her in sharing their stories, while she tries to empower the white children she raises.

Minny – Outspoken and strong, Minny stands her ground when faced with a cruel employer, using her revenge to keep the women interviewed safe from retribution.

Mary and Martha (2013)

Mary – An American interior designer turns the loss of her son from malaria into a political campaign to fight the spread of the disease.

Martha – A British housewife who inspires Mary to channel her grief to save other children, as well as dedicating her life to making a difference at the orphanage where her son died from malaria.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Maggie – Trying to make something of her life, a waitress throws herself into training to become a professional boxer, determined to prove she has what it takes to be the best.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)

Martha – Trailblazing war correspondent, Martha Gellhorn, has a passionate romance with Ernest Hemingway, but values her work and the stories she writes so much that she asks for a divorce from the writer.

Which female characters are your role models? Enjoy these movies and be sure to check back next week for more!

And if you haven’t already, be sure to read last week’s installment featuring films with strong female leads from the 1990’s and earlier.

Best Movies of 2013 You Haven’t Seen

If you, like many busy movie lovers, are still playing catch up after this year’s Oscars winners were announced on March 2nd, you’ll find this page useful since it lists all the nominees and winners that we have here at VUDU.

In this blog post I’ll talk about some of these Oscar-nominated films and some other great films from last year that you may not have seen.

 

DOCUMENTARIES

Fans of documentaries were lucky to have many worthwhile titles to see last year. “Cutie and the Boxer,” a moving portrait of a two aging, married artists who live in NYC, and “20 Feet From Stardom,” the stories of the backup singers to some of the biggest names in music, like The Rolling Stones, are two good Oscar-nominated documentaries (the latter won) that deal with the sacrifices and disappointments that can come with a life dedicated to artistic passion.

For fans of Stanley Kubrick and his film “The Shining,” “Room 237” is a godsend–a documentary that proves how much fervor the late director’s dense and mysterious films can generate. This simple, low-budget doc is provocative for the far-flung theories that it gives voice to, matching imagery from the classic horror film to crack-pot theories and deeply subjective analyses from super-fans that could either open your mind to new ways of seeing the film or just make you laugh.

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New Release Spotlight: I Love You Phillip Morris

I Love You Phillip Morris
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Antoni Corone
Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Lionsgate / Relativity Media
Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language

I Love You Phillip Morris is a hilarious comedy drama, punctuated by the fact that it is based on a true story. In fact, if it wasn’t based on a true story, the events that occur would come off as pretty farfetched. Jim Carrey once again proves he is one of the great actors of our time, effortlessly weaving between comedy and drama. I Love You Phillip Morris is now available on VUDU to own and rent in SD, HD, and HDX! Please note that in a rare occurrence, the movie shows up twice on the VUDU service. It is available to own in SD, HD, and HDX from Lionsgate, and in a separate entry, it is available to rent in SD, HD, and HDX from Relativity Media. Please note that both entries play the exact same movie.
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