‘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…

This Day in Pop Culture for July 30

Arnold Schwarzenegger was Born

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on this day in Thal, Styria in 1947. Though now known for many different achievements, Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at the age of 15. At the age of 20 he won the Mr. Universe title. The next year he moved to the U.S. Arnold then went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Arnold says that the first real movie he saw starred Joyn Wayne. He landed his firm movie role in 1970 playing the lead character in Hercules in New York under the stage name of Arnold Strong. However, his accent was so thick that all of his lines were dubbed by another actor. Many consider Arnold’s big break in the movies came in 1982 when he played Conan the Barbarian. He became a U.S. citizen in 1983. In 1984, he appeared as “The Terminator” for the first time. In 2004, Arnold spoke at the Republican National Convention and stated that he was a Republican because “the Democrats of the 1960s sounded too much like Austrian socialists.” He became the governor of California in 2003 a title he held until 2011. He returned to acting fairly quickly appearing in The Expendables 2 in 2012, The Last Stand in 2013, The Expendables 3 in 2014 and Terminator Genisys in 2015. In January 2017, he took over Donald Trump’s famous role on the reality TV series, Celebrity Apprentice. However, the ratings were not fantastic and Schwarzenegger stated that he would NOT "be back" for another season of the show.

The First Full Color Cartoon

Walt Disney’s first colored cartoon, Flowers and Trees, was released on this day in 1932. It is important because it was the first commercially released film to be produced using the full color, three-strip Technicolor process after several years of two-color Technicolor films. Disney already had the short in production as another black-and-white release, but scrapped it and started again from the beginning. It won the first Academy Award for Animated Short Subjects. Ironically, Mickey Mouse and friends did well enough on their own to be seen in black-and-white and there they remained until 1935’s The Band Concert.

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