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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on March 07, 2021

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Get into the Women’s Month groove with these five movies.

It’s March once again, and you know what that means — apart from marking the first anniversary of the lockdown, it’s also Women’s History Month. While there is still an on-going pandemic, March is much less of a confusing affair this time around.

To commemorate this year’s Women’s Month, we’re kicking things off with a list of movies to watch (or re-watch) about women. While these are all great, they’re only a reminder to look at the great and powerful women around us.

Little Women (2019)

Did you know that this remake is the seventh film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel?

Directed by Greta Gerwig featuring a powerhouse cast of Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep, among others, this touching rendition received six Oscar nominations, proving that some stories really are worth retelling.

Lingua Franca (2019)

There’s power in telling the regular, day-to-day stories of people, especially those from marginalized communities. Lingua Franca is about a Filipino trans woman who lives in New York trying to make ends meet as a caretaker.

Directed by Isabel Sandoval, who also wrote the film and stars as its lead, Lingua Franca shows us what it’s like to live and love as an undocumented trans person of color in the time of Trump’s America.

Happiest Season (2020)

There’s just something about the formula of a family holiday movie that is both cringey and hard to resist. In Happiest Season, Abby (Kirsten Stewart) agrees to go to her girlfriend Harper’s (Mackenzie Davis) holiday gathering, in which Abby plans to propose.

But here’s the catch (spoiler alert!) — Harper hasn’t actually come out to her family yet. The usual family chaos ensues and the formulaic story endures, but it’s heartwarming to see LGBTQ+ stories finally being normalized.

Promising Young Woman (2020)

Starring Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman is about, well, a woman who exposes the vile behavior of men. She goes out on the town, pretends to get drunk, and catches them in the act of just being sleazy.

Beyond that, the film is righting wrongs with dear friends, what women go through in the hands of men, and the things men are capable of getting away with even in today’s world.

I Care A Lot (2021)

What do you get when you have Rosamund Pike, a member of the Russian mafia, and a wild scheme to wring senior citizens of their money? Much like in her previous film Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike’s character fully commits and makes for one hell of a rollercoaster.

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