There is something about being a single woman in this era. There is the feeling of possibilities. Unlike previous generations, we have choices and opportunities could have been dreamed about one or two generations ago.
Sex and the City (1998-2004) was the story of four different single women living in modern day New York City. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) was the protagonist and the audience’s eyes into the world that the show created. Samantha Jones’s (Kim Cattrall) favorite past time is sex and everything related to sex. Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) still believes in the old fashioned prince charming happily ever after. Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) is the cynic whose been through the ringer more times than she can count.
I’m not a huge fan of this show, but I do appreciate it’s impact on other shows that have come after it. While the four lead characters in themselves might have been archetypes, they were also fully fleshed human beings who had the same vices and strengths that we all do. What I think kept fans tuning in during the initial series run and coming back to both the reruns and the movies was the honest quality of the stories and the characters. Unlike other stories about women where they are fighting over a man, these women were friends, talking about real subjects that all women can relate to. And the fact that New York City was the fifth lady also made a nice backdrop.
I recommend it.
Becoming a parent is the most wonderful, hair raising, stressful adventure that anyone could go on. On one hand, you know that at some point, your kid is going to grow up and leave the nest. But you still want to do your best to protect your kid from the dangers of life.
In Finding Nemo (2003) Marlin (Albert Brooks) is a clown fish who constantly worries about his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould). Like any kid, Nemo ignores his father’s warning about going into the open ocean. Venturing into the open ocean, Nemo is captured and put into an aquarium in a dentists office. Facing the open ocean and it’s dangers, Marlin will do anything to find his son. At the same time, Nemo joins his fellow sea creatures to escape the aquarium and return to the sea.
This is a rare Disney animated film that appeals to both adults and kids. It has the adult humor and insight that only comes with maturity, but also is youthful enough to entertain a young audience.
I absolutely recommend it.
On screen, nature can be a very compelling villain. Nature can be capricious, testy and rarely goes along with the plan.
In the 1996 movie Twister, Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) and Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) are experts in weather: she is a storm hunter and he is a TV weatherman. Bill is trying to get Jo to sign the divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend, Melissa (Jami Gertz). But Mother Nature has her plans for this soon to be former couple. As a series of violent storms threaten Oklahoma, Jo, Bill and Melissa are thrown together in a car as they join other storm chasers in chasing the monster storm. Will the storm seal the deal between Jo and Bill or will Bill have his happily ever after with Melissa?
This movie is an old fashioned nature disaster movie that is just plain entertaining. Adding to the drama is the awkward relationship and the close quarters between Bill, Jo and Melissa.
I recommend it.