What’s great about the world of cinema is that it allows people to be transported into worlds beyond their imagination, whether what they see on the silver screen is a reflection of real life or an alternate version of reality where the most extraordinary things can happen. More often than not, such fantastical stories are carried by male protagonists with women often relegated to a supporting love interest role. Now that we are living in a time when women are fighting for equal rights, it makes sense that the film industry is more aware of the changes in our society and telling great and compelling stories about women without patronizing their capabilities as leading ladies.
More than just racking up box-office numbers or generating critical reviews, cinematic stories about women should be valued for their ability to engage audiences just as much as movies starring men in the lead do. Audiences looking to discover fresh ideas should count themselves lucky that they are able to bear witness some powerful tales about the female experience in a wide variety of genres and headlined by highly talented actresses. Continuing from the previous post that listed a wonderful selection of filmmaking gems, here are more amazingly crafted modern-day movies you should watch to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day.
It’s no secret that millenials are wildly idealistic and capable yet are also prone to fits of recklessness and irresponsibility. Despite this strange combination, there’s something to be said about the resilience and optimism that many people in their twenties commonly possess. Today’s generation of young adults struggling to make ends meet after graduating from college may find something to cheer, laugh, and cry about when watching the entirety of Frances Ha. This quirky comedy written by and starring indie film actress Greta Gerwig (pictured below) makes a convincing case that comedies can be smart, sophisticated, and most importantly, have a funny and relatable woman at the center of it all.