‘Captain Marvel’ Brings On the Girl Power

It only seems right that Captain Marvel is being released on 2019’s International Women's Day. Since 2008’s Iron-Man, Marvel has presented a good chain, albeit a bit short, of strong women characters starting with Pepper Potts. Black Widow became the first Marvel female superhero to grace the screens in Iron-Man 2 followed by Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Mantis, The Wasp, Okoye and Shuri. But today, Brie Larson heads the first female-driven superhero movie for Marvel Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way – this movie packs a “girl power” punch without putting men down in the process. While their intentions are good, too many films try to present a message of female empowerment while emasculating men in the process. Sure, the opposite has been true for many years, but this is no way to move on with injustice and certainly isn’t a message that today’s girls need to here.

Marvel Studios has toyed with an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude between its men and…

Have an Animated Christmas

Schedule of 2016's Christmas animation TV specials.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NBC)
No matter how old you get or how available favorite animated TV specials of yesteryear are via DVD, there is still something magical about watching the special while it’s running live. Here is a breakdown of this year’s offering of animated holiday hits:

Friday, November 25

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – 8:00 p.m. ABC

One of the Rankin-Bass Productions finest stop-motion animated tales about how an orphan boy grew up to become Kris Kringle, better known as Santa Claus. Narrated by Fred Astaire, the voice cast includes Mickey Rooney and Paul Frees.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 8:00 p.m. NBC
This year marks the Grinch’s 50th birthday (but don’t bug him about it because he gets a little testy) and to celebrate, NBC will are all 26 minutes of the special instead of cutting it short to fit in with today’s normal running time. Written by Dr. Seuss, animated by Chuck Jones and voicing by Boris Karloff and June Foray, what’s not to like?

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