‘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 December 4

Nick Vujicic was Born
On this day in 1982, Nick Vujicic was born Australia with tetra-amelia syndrome which is a disorder that caused him to be born without all four of his limbs. Not surprisingly, he was a victim of bullying in grade school but God got a hold of his life and turned is misfortune into something amazing. In recent years, he has traveled all over the globe sharing his testimony and proving that his disability isn’t that big of a hindrance for him. In 2009, he starred in the inspirational short film, The Butterfly Circus which won several awards. In 2012, he married Kanae Miyahara. He is also a new father to Kiyoshi.

'On Golden Pond' Debuts in Theaters
Jane Fonda purchased the screenplay rights to Ernest Thompson’s play, On Golden Pond, for her to play alongside her father, Henry Fonda. The story involved a longtime rift between an elderly father and his daughter, something that was similar to the Fonda’s relationship in real life. The movie also starred Katharine Hepburn, Doug McKeon and Dabney Coleman. Directed by Mark Rydell, the film opened on this day in 1981. There is scene where the grandfather and grandson hit their boat against some rocks provide much damage, but the studio had to shoot the scene many times because the sturdy boat just wouldn’t break on cue. On Golden Pond was the second-highest grossing movie of 1981 following Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won three for Best Actor (Fonda), Best Actress (Hepburn) and Best Screenplay Based on Another Medium. It also won three Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture: Drama, Best Actor (Fonda) and Best Screenplay.

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