Channeling the Leading Ladies of Netflix

Leading Ladies of Netflix

If there was ever a time that we needed to send a positive message to the young women of the world, it seems now is an ideal time. We all know what happened on Nov. 8. It happened. Instead of having the first female president, well, you know what we have.

While trying to digest, comprehend and figuring out what is next, maybe it’s time to turn off the Twitter, stop reading articles on how we should feel and just enjoy a few Netflix shows that showcase women who don’t’ let the dark days get them down.

Yes, put on some cozy clothes, get comfy on the couch and take a break from what’s going on in the world.

Netflix hosts a wide variety of series that capture the vibrancy of modern womanhood, whether it’s the solidarity expressed by the diverse inmates on Orange Is the New Black, the inspired efforts of a tenacious young Queen in The Crown, the emotional and physical strength of Jessica Jones or the outspoken, unfiltered wit of Chelsea Handler as she relates to women across multiple generations. These characters represent diverse and complex backgrounds that reflect the idea of “empowerment” in numerous ways.

In honour of the newest leading female character on Netflix, Queen Elizabeth II, a few leading women of Netflix originals have drafted notes to their younger selves – and everyone everywhere – highlighting some of the universal truths, challenges and wisdom that transcend place and time, that modern women everywhere can relate to.

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New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival Announces 2016 Jury

EVENT RUNS FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 20

SLATE PREVIEW:
THE BOY AND THE BEAST – OPENING NIGHT, SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING
THE IDOL – CLOSING DAY FILM
THE LITTLE PRINCE – SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

2016 JURY INCLUDES:
SOFIA COPPOLA, GEENA DAVIS, MATTHEW MODINE, JULIANNE MOORE,
BILL PLYMPTON, SUSAN SARANDON, CHRISTINE VACHON,
GUS VAN SANT, JEFFREY WRIGHT

NEW YORK (January 20, 2016) – The critically acclaimed New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival has announced its 2016 jury and slate preview for the upcoming event, which runs February 26-March 20 at New York’s Bow Tie Chelsea, DGA Theater, IFC Center, Museum of the Moving Image, Scandinavia House, SVA Theatre, and Village East Cinemas. Now in its 19th year, the Festival is the nation’s largest for children and teens and will present all new animated, live action, documentary and experimental shorts and features from approximately 30 countries. The complete festival lineup will be announced on January 26 and tickets for the festival will go on sale at www.nyicff.org.

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Movies We Would Watch With The Kids If We Had Time

As the days get cooler and shorter, it becomes harder and harder to avoid getting cozy on the couch and checking out what’s on Netflix. This is especially hard when kids are involved, because if your kids are like our kids, they bow down to the great ruler of their lives, the almighty television.

Now to be fair, in our place the TV is situated where it’s hard to avoid it. 46 inches of amazement always so close. No wonder they hover even when it’s off. Thankfully, with Netflix connected, the selection is wide and the commercials are gone.

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Anyone else have kids who bounce as the Netflix loading screen runs?

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With the boys being 3 and 6, it’s hard to find movies that they both truly like at the same time. Generally we have to go more towards the toddler movies, rather than the big kid movies.

We used to have movie nights with our oldest where he would stay up a little later and watch an animated movie. But we have not done that for some time. Mostly because by the time it reaches bedtime, mom and dad want to have their own time back. Also, Our youngest just is not there to stay up and focus on a movie.

One of the staples of our movie nights is popcorn. Good ol’ air popped popcorn. Our oldest loves his straight up plain. The adults love to add flavour, whether it’s butter and salt or other flavours that you generally can enjoy at the movie theatre.

The lovely people at Netflix recently sent over a cool package full of everything you need to have a movie night with your kids. Snacks, a bowl and even a hot air popper. Pretty amazing.

The only bummer is we have not had time to even think about a movie night. For us September is full of stuff. The end of summer, back to school, birthdays, the exhaustion of back to school and this year in particular, the Toronto Blue Jays have taken over our lives.

So I really, really appreciate the package from Netflix and the list of movies they even suggest watching. We will just have to put it on hold until life settles down. When will that be?

October starts off with another birthday, then Thanksgiving and again, those darn Blue Jays making a World Series run.

Don’t worry popcorn and Netflix movies we will get to you. We will all get cozy on the couch with snacks and enjoy some family time watching some fun-filled movies.

At least that is the plan. It could easily be November and it is still the plan.

Anyways, for those who do want to enjoy a family night, here are some of the movies Netflix is suggesting.


LILO & STITCH
9/01/15
NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS
9/01/15

THE MUPPETS
9/01/15

SHARK TALE
9/01/15

MEET THE ROBINSONS
9/01/15

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB
9/01/15

FREAKY FRIDAY
9/01/15

HOMEWARD BOUND
9/15/15

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
9/15/15

THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE
9/15/15

THE ARISTOCATS
9/15/15

THE RESCUERS
9/15/15

So what movies have you watched lately with your kids? I would love to hear.

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Oscar Picks From A Dad

The Internet and TV are telling me the Oscars are this Sunday. Where does time go? I used to really enjoy the big even for film, but to be honest, I can’t remember a time that I saw one of the movies outside of the animation category.

This year’s crop of nominees is no different. I can only base my opinion on trailers and what others have said. That makes watching the actual awards show a bit of a drag. You have no vested interest. No reason to cheer. No feeling of joy when one of your movies wins.

As I have grown older, the time to see movies has dwindled. But that is not the only reason I have fallen off the movie map. My attention span has shrunk. I live in a world where 45 minutes (a TV show) is the ideal segment I can dedicate to relaxing before having to go back to some form or parenting or life duty. Sometimes, a show ends and there is still time to roll into another.

Two hour movies intimidate me before I even start. It’s hard to commit to rewarding yourself to two hours without taking care of something on your list.

My wife and I probably go see a movie maximum twice a year. Again, we could probably do more, but when you have to find the time, babysitter, extra money and of course the energy, you want to see a movie that is good. It’s hard to roll the dice on a maybe when there are so many moving parts.

So to the movies and people trying to win the big prize this weekend, good luck. I wish I could have been a part of it. Maybe next year?

Here are this dad’s picks for the 2015 Oscars. Remember these picks are based on nothing.

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Actor – in a Leading Role

Steve Carell
Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper
American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch
The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Eddie Redmayne
The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS – in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard
Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones
The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore
Still Alice

Rosamund Pike
Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon
Wild

ACTOR – in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall
The Judge

Ethan Hawke
Boyhood

Edward Norton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Mark Ruffalo
Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons
Whiplash

ACTRESS – in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette
Boyhood

Laura Dern
Wild

Keira Knightley
The Imitation Game

Emma Stone
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Meryl Streep
Into the Woods

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6
Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

The Boxtrolls
Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold

Song of the Sea
Tomm Moore and Paul Young

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Emmanuel Lubezki

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Robert Yeoman

Ida
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski

Mr. Turner
Dick Pope

Unbroken
Roger Deakins

COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Milena Canonero

Inherent Vice
Mark Bridges

Into the Woods
Colleen Atwood

Maleficent
Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner
Jacqueline Durran

DIRECTING

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood
Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher
Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game
Morten Tyldum

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

CitizenFour
Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Finding Vivian Maier
John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

Last Days in Vietnam
Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester

The Salt of the Earth
Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier

Virunga
Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

Joanna
Aneta Kopacz

Our Curse
Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki

The Reaper (La Parka)
Gabriel Serra Arguello

White Earth
J. Christian Jensen

FILM EDITING

American Sniper
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach

Boyhood
Sandra Adair

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Barney Pilling

The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg

Whiplash
Tom Cross

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida
Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Leviathan
Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Tangerines
Estonia; Directed by Zaza Urushadze

Timbuktu
Mauritania; Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Wild Tales
Argentina; Directed by Damián Szifron

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Foxcatcher
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

Guardians of the Galaxy
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

MUSIC – Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar
Hans Zimmer

Mr. Turner
Gary Yershon

The Theory of Everything
Jóhann Jóhannsson

MUSIC – Original Song

“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

“Glory” from Selma
Music and Lyric by John “John Legend” Stephens and Lonnie “Common” Lynn

“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

“Lost Stars” from Begin Again
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

The Imitation Game
Maria Djurkovic (Production Design); Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration)

Interstellar
Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration)

Into the Woods
Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

Mr. Turner
Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration)

SHORT FILM – Animated

The Bigger Picture
Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees

The Dam Keeper
Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

Feast
Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Me and My Moulton
Torill Kove

A Single Life
Joris Oprins

SHORT FILM – Live Action

Aya
Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis

Boogaloo and Graham
Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
Hu Wei and Julien Féret

Parvaneh
Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger

The Phone Call
Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

SOUND EDITING

American Sniper
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas

Interstellar
Richard King

Unbroken
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

American Sniper
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga

Interstellar
Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten

Unbroken
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee

Whiplash
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

VISUAL EFFECTS

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist

Guardians of the Galaxy
Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould

Interstellar
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

WRITING – Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper
Written by Jason Hall

The Imitation Game
Written by Graham Moore

Inherent Vice
Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything
Screenplay by Anthony McCarten

Whiplash
Written by Damien Chazelle

WRITING – Original Screenplay

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Boyhood
Written by Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher
Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler
Written by Dan Gilroy

Who do you like to win? Have you seen any of these movies?