The Badass Females of Films and Books

Strength is defined as the quality or state of being physically strong. An underwhelming concept, 
when you only skim the surface of its meaning. For me, strength is something that can reach a 
mental, physical and emotional state. It can be one person, an entire nation or the entire world. It 
can take you by surprise in your darkest moments- help you pull through with power you never 
thought yourself capable of. But, it can disappear in the flash of a moment- as fleeting as an 
autumn breeze. The individuals we see as “strong” can prove to be cowards, and those we deem 
“weak” can tap into unimaginable courage. It is all a matter of perception and understanding of the 
meaning of strength. And, as corny as it sounds, what we’re fighting for.  
 
Strong, in both its purest and simplest form, female characters aren’t easy to come by. Be it in 
films or books, some of the most well-known females roles have done irreversible damage to the 
perception of women. Books and films often portray these strong females with a number of stereotypical roles and inescapable dependency. Such has a lasting effect on both the male and females population, even more so on our younger generations. Arts.Mic published an article “9 Harmful Stereotypes We Never Realized Our Favorite Disney Movies Taught Us.” This article gives readers a small taste of women being constantly forced into roles that affect how women are perceived and categorized in day-to-day life.  
 
That’s right, that cute mermaid movie that taught us women should change their physical 
appearance for a man at any cost, may have allowed females to believe that changing for someone was only a sign of love. Not to mention how that fanfiction, to book, to movie that took the world by storm with its ‘shady grey areas’ also taught readers that non-consensual BDSM was hot and may have normalized physically and mentally abusive relationships to its readers and viewers. These examples are only crumbs fallen from a large cake of inequality.
You could say that we’ve come a long way in today’s society- that females are put into parts with 
more power and importance, but there is almost always a catch… 
 
Almost… 
 
Let’s take time to appreciate just a few of the films, television shows and books that did it right, and all the way right. 
No short-cuts, no add-ins for romantic effect, no over-sexualization of the female body. Just pure 
female badassery at its finest. 
 
 
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Unlike most of the women you’ll see in this list, Sarah Connor isn’t your typical badass straight off the bat. From damsel in distress, to kicking ass and taking names, Linda Hamilton brings true form to the concept of ‘fear no evil.’ Not even when that evil is a terrifying mass of steal and robotic intelligence.As the main protagonist of a film filled with menacing male characters, Sarah Connor gives them all a run for their money.
Don’t be fooled by Tom Cruise’s insistent presence in this film, because its human solider, Rita Vrataski, played by Emily Blunt, who steals the show. As a renowned human solider during a war against the Alien race, Rita is the first solider to experience the horror of reliving the same day, over and over again. From the moment Rita makes her first on screen appearance, she’s putting her male counterparts to shame. Of course Rita doesn’t just kick ass. She even mentors co-character, Cage, whom despite being your stereotypical ‘strong man’ can’t seem to make it through a day alive, without Rita’s intervention.
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(Fast & Furious Franchise)
We all know the dangerous beauty that is, Michelle Rodriguez. Shes got a heart of gold, but don’t let that fool you. Michelle can cross her legs just as well as she can pack a punch. So when she signed on to play Letty Ortiz  in the Fast & Furious franchise, there was no denying the hurricane of self-confidence and ferocity that the audience had coming their way. After all, it takes a true badass like Rodriguez to play the on-screen equivalent. I think its safe to say that audiences weren’t disappointed.
As a book, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is arguably one of the most difficult to read. There is no beating around the bush, no subtle subtext that sympathizes with its reader’s tender emotions. No, this book is as unforgiving as it is magnificent. One of the many reasons for its unbeatable delivery? Lisbeth Salander. In both the book and the film adaptions, Salander defies normal expectations of female beauty and brings the ‘take it or leave it’ attitude to the next level. This crime-investigating computer wiz doesn’t need a man to save her. She’s got her own back and enough generosity to save her male counterparts, too. 
 
 
Harry Potter is a hero, I’ll give you that much, but he wouldn’t have gotten very far without his best friend, Hermione Granger, saving his skin at every turn. As the most mature and intelligent of the “Potter Trio”, Granger shows her unending capacity for bravery through determination and loyalty to both her friends and the fight against evil. As selfless as she was bright, there is no shortage of reasons why Hermione Granger makes the list of badass female characters. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at Bustle’s article on a few of the reasons we all should learn from Hermione Granger.
Katniss Everdeen  
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So you may be wondering why there isn’t a dazzling picture of the ever-lovely, Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptions of Suzanne Collin’s “The Hunger Games” trilogy. It’s simple, Katniss was her finest in the books. Don’t get me wrong, I sat in the theater and gushed over the flawless performance Lawrence gave and the way she brought life to Suzanne Collin’s beloved Girl on Fire. It was the changes they made to Katniss’s drive and personality that took away from her strengths. For one, the book version of Katniss Everdeen is interested in two things: staying alive and protecting her sister, Prim. Her love interests, Gale and Peeta, are little more background noise to the bigger picture . Shes willing to kill anyone and anything that poses a threat to her family and even uses Peeta’s romantic feelings for her, to save her own skin, with little regard (okay, no regard) for his feelings. She may not be nice, but you can’t say she isn’t a badass. 

 

If only we could pay tribute to all of the badass females of film and literature. They date back centuries and they’re only growing in number with the passing of time. So, what badass female made your blood pump a little faster and your heart beat a little louder?

 
 
 
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X-Men: Apocalypse Final Trailer

On Monday(4/25) 20th Century Fox released the final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set to premier on May 27th. The trailer reveals and hints at a lot of the excitement, action, and drama we’ll get to see soon, leaving the last few seconds to tease viewers with a fan-favorite cameo.

Check out the trailer here!

In the film, the X-Men are up against their most formidable foe yet, a god who goes by the name of Apocalypse (Oscar Isaacs). The first ever mutant in the X-Men universe, Apocalypse has amassed legions of mutants and absorbed their powers to become immortal and all powerful. And to make matters worse, he’s got four “horsemen”/henchman helping him wreak havoc on the world.  #NewTestamentReference

As the trailer suggests, beloved telepath Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), is kidnapped by the Apocalypse gang, so it’s up to Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) to recruit a new team of mutants to save the day. In come X-Men icons like Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-Mcphee), and apparently Wolverine too from what the end of the trailer suggests. Looks like our favorite clawed Canadian will be back to help the youngsters out. Let’s just hope there’s no weird Jean/Cyclops/Wolverine love triangle this time since Jean and Scott are just teenagers in this film. Fans and media experts are hoping this means the Weapon X storyline will make it into the film too.

I am so excited for May 27th. Let me know what you think of the trailer and the upcoming film. I absolutely love X-Men (best part of Marvel in my opinion) and would love to get your opinions on the films!

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Watch Zootopia

Zootopia Movie Poster

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three weeks, you’ve probably heard about Zootopia, Disney Animation’s newest movie about anthropomorphic animals. Released on March 4th, the family film raked in an outstanding $75 million on opening weekend and has been the #1 film for its first two weekends with a gross of just under $600 million worldwide as of March 23rd. (More box office information will be released soon.) The film also has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1/10 rating on IMDB, so if pure statistics are enough to convince you to see the film, there you go.

But if you really want to know why this movie is worth seeing in theaters, not once but multiple times, here’s a quick breakdown of the awesome things you can expect from what could possibly be the next Oscar winner for Animated Feature.

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A Recap of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

2015 MTV Movie Awards Host  Amy Schumer
2015 MTV Movie Awards Host Amy Schumer

Didn’t watch the 2015 MTV Movie Awards?, don’t worry you didn’t miss much. The show aired Sunday night on MTV and was hosted by the comedian Amy Schumer.

Although the Movie Awards are more or so of a set preview for summer movies, it wasn’t very muxh entertaining, heres a recap at what went down las night.

The big winner of the night incuded Shailene Woodley as she took home 4 awards last night for her role in the film “The Fault In Our Stars.” Which included the MTV Trailblazer Award.

Big Winner of the night Shailene Woodley
Big Winner of the night Shailene Woodley

Performances of the night included Fall Out Boys to their song “Centuries,” with special guest rapper Fetty Wap to his song “Trap Queen,” lets just say this is a duo that does not need  to happen again. Fall Out Boys performance would have been perfectly fine with out the appearance of Wap.

The second performance of the night included Charli XCX, Ty Dolla $ign and Tinashe. Charli took the stage first, her performance included her new pop song “Famous,”  with a little rock ‘n’ roll, witch distinguish Charli from any other performer in a good way. However the song “Drop That Kitty,” was a complete FAIL. Let’s not drop that “Kitty”.

Kevin hart shares special moment with his kids on stage.
Kevin hart shares special moment with his kids on stage.

Kimmel introduced the Comedic Genius Award to Kevin Hart. While Kimmel’s intro jokes we a little one-note (we get it, Kevin is short), it was adorable that Hart brought his kids onstage to accept his Golden Popcorn.

Robert Downey Jr. Accepted the Generation Award. His speech was just fine but what was just perfect was his castmates taking a knee while he accepted his award.

How about that kiss cam before the commercial break? as Amy Schumer sensuously kissed Amber Rose. Well played Amy, well played.

Here is a List of the last nights winners:

Best Male Performance

-Bradley Cooper, American Snipper

Best Kiss

-Ansel Elgort & Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars

Best Comedic Performance

-Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street

Best Female Performance

-Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars

Best Scared-As-S**t Performance

-Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door

Best Shirtless Performance

-Zac Efron. Neighbors

Best Fight 

-Dylan O’Brien vs. Will Poulter, “The Maze Runner”

Best WTF Moment

-Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne, Neighbors

Best Villain

-Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Musical Moment

-Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games:Mocjingjay Part 1

Movie of The Year

-The Fault in Our Stars”

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