5 Unfrequented Strong Female Characters in TV and Film in the 21st Century

There’s a lot of talk these days about better representation and diversity in various storytelling mediums, and that has even included better representation of female characters. They’re not just eye candy or the love interest, and there should not be as much emphasis as there is on what they wear, what they look like, what they’re interests are and what not.

Obviously, this conversation transcends beyond the storytelling world, for it’s characters like these that set up the idea in people’s heads on what a female is like and how to treat them. The weaker a female character is developed, the likelihood that idea is going to transcend onto someone’s mind. That’s why it’s cool to see efforts made now than ever before on more female-driven stories; from female characters as the lead in action films, to a female director guiding the way, and in the case of the literary world, female authors writing awesome female characters.

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Life with the Stories from “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”: About “Star Wars”

Over the course of the past year, I’ve made the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and movies. I do so by devoting a least one post every other month to an overview of a TV show or movie that’s reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release/premiere, etc.). Previously, I discussed my thoughts about the latest Pixar film, “The Good Dinosaur.” Today, in light of the release of the newest film of the saga, I discuss my love for the much hailed (and dissed) space opera, “Star Wars.”

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WARNING: While this post will be focusing on the “Star Wars” saga as a whole, there will indeed be spoilers from “The Force Awakens.” Read at your own risk.

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An Offbeat Kind of Coming-of-Age Story: About “The Good Dinosaur”

Over the course of the past year, I’ve made the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and movies. I do so by devoting a least one post every other month to an overview of a TV show or movie that’s reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release/premiere, etc.). Previously, I discussed my thoughts about the enthralling Philippe Petit biopic, “The Walk.” Today, I go over the second Disney/Pixar film to come out this year, “The Good Dinosaur.”
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Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Tight Rope: About “The Walk”

Over the course of the past year, I’ve made the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and movies. I do so by devoting a least one post every other month to an overview of a TV show or movie that’s reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I discussed my thoughts about the mini-series (and spin-off of the TV show “Heroes”), “Heroes Reborn.” Today, I head back to the silver screen with an overview of a visually dynamic biopic about one of the craziest events in American history, “The Walk.” Continue reading “Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Tight Rope: About “The Walk””

Return of the Heroes in “Heroes Reborn”

Throughout the year, I’ve been making the effort to explore the methods of storytelling beyond the text found in books. Naturally, television and movies are other- and more often than not, more popular- avenues of doing so, which is why I take the time to explore each story of either medium, and always at a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I shared my thoughts about Disney movies and about four of them that I saw over the course of four weeks as part of the Disney Screen program. Today, I return to the television front as I zoom on a mini-series that premiered back on Thursday evening: “Heroes Reborn.” Continue reading “Return of the Heroes in “Heroes Reborn””

Thoughts About Disney/4 Weeks of Disney Movies

Earlier in the year, I made the decision to periodically devote a post to a television show or movie when it hits a significant event in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.).  Much like books, these mediums just as effectively provide the power of storytelling themselves, and I find it wisest to explore that aspect of them.  Previously, I gave my input on the latest Disney and Pixar creation, “Inside Out.” Today’s scenario will be a little different, for not only will I provide my thoughts about Disney itself, but also my thoughts about four films I will be seeing from its Disney Screen event that’s currently taking place in select movie theaters. Continue reading “Thoughts About Disney/4 Weeks of Disney Movies”

From the Mind to Real Life: Going Inside “Inside Out”

Television and movies; both do the exact same thing as books- storytelling- but in a different way.  As of this year, I’ve expanded my blog to exploring the storytelling in these respective mediums periodically.  Whether it be on the day of a significant anniversary since the release of a television series, or in honor of the release of a much anticipated film, I do my best in expressing my thoughts in not only the overall content, but in particular, the storytelling and the themes intertwined into the text.  Previously, I explored the world of “Tomorrowland.” Today, I bring you my thoughts on the latest Disney/Pixar creation, “Inside Out.” Continue reading “From the Mind to Real Life: Going Inside “Inside Out””

The Lenses of Optimism: About “Tomorrowland”

Storytelling isn’t just devoted to the limitations of words found in a book; it also extends out to television and movies too.  These past few months, I’ve been opening up my blog more to periodically exploring storytelling in these other mediums.  Officially, the last post devoted under this topic was my write-up I did on “Doctor Who,” in honor of its 10th anniversary since returning to television.  Unofficially, I devoted part of a blog post I did earlier this month to such subject matter when I discussed exploring my heritage through storytelling.  Now I present to you my first post devoted to a movie; that movie being the recently released film to come out of Walt Disney Studios, “Tomorrowland.”

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Exploring Heritage Through Stories

It’s May now, which means it is now Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month; a month devoted to acknowledge and honor the people, culture, and history of such backgrounds. Programs and celebrations are scheduled to take place and stories shall be exchanged. There’s a certain empowering tone that comes with a month that acknowledges the heritage of people who are just starting to be heard and represented a little better by the mainstream media; whether that be in the form of books, movies or television. In my case scenario, this month serves as a time for me to take a look at my role in it all; not only as amongst the growing number of Asian American female authors out there, but also in terms of looking through the lenses of being Hapa (an individual of part Asian descent).

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Special Thursday Post: A Big Hand for Wong Fu

Today is the first day of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and for their opening night feature, they shall be screening the world premiere of the first feature-length film from Wong Fu Productions; “Everything Before Us.”

In a world where all relationship activity is documented by a DMV-style agency called the Department of Emotional Integrity, two couples must deal with their conflicts and differences under their surveillance; a young high school couple who are about to attend separate colleges, and an older, former couple who must come together to settle a score from their previous relationship.

Here’s the trailer for “Everything Before Us”:

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