Let me start by saying that Gugu Mbatha-Raw is one of my absolute favorite actors, male or female. So, it breaks my heart that I thoroughly did not enjoy Netflix’s latest original film. Directed by Stephanie Laing, Irreplaceable You shares Abbi’s journey as she learns she is dying of cancer not long after she becomes engaged to her life-long boyfriend, played by Michiel Huisman, and tries to find him a potential mate for after she dies. Along the way with treatment, Abbi encounters different people struggling with cancer as well, like Christopher Walken and Kate McKinnon.
Being only the fifth woman to be nominated for an Academy Award as a director, Greta Gerwig’s work and accomplishments have had a monumental impact on women across all industries. But, Lady Bird‘s highest nominations offer a deeper significance for a group of women I am proud to be a part of. Like Gerwig, I am a St. Francis High School alumna, an all-girls, Catholic high school in Sacramento, California. As St. Francis Troubadours, aka Troubies, we were taught that we would one day change the world, whether it be in STEM or the arts. Seeing other girls doing such amazing things as teenagers only made me eager to see what I, and the young women I went to school with, would do as adults.
Do you like watching movies? Do you have Netflix? If you answered yes to both of these questions then you have no excuses for not watching the Netflix original movie, Okja. Now, you may be asking, who or what is Okja? Okja is a fictional super pig and by the time you finish watching this movie, you’ll fall in love with her just as such as I did. I’ll admit, I was terrified of the super pig when I first watched the trailer. But it was getting so many good reviews after premiering at the Cannes Festival last summer that I had to face my fear and watch the movie when it was released.
As this award season’s frontrunner reveal themselves, there are many performances that were surprisingly overlooked. One of performance that I thought would, for sure, be Oscar-bait was from the newcomer, Florence Pugh in the haunting Lady Macbeth. William Oldroyd’s directorial debut in cinema has received critical acclaim and award attention in the UK but, shamefully, didn’t translate to the American awards circuit. By the trailer, alone, it looked like a film that critics would eat up.
I’ve written a lot about how much Lady Bird means to me–whether it be how it made me admit how much I love my hometown of Sacramento, California or how it accurately portrayed the mother-daughter dynamic–but what I love most about the film is that it came from one of the few filmmakers I look up to, Greta Gerwig. There are many filmmakers whose work I thoroughly enjoy and respect, like Steven Spielberg or J.J. Abrams, but there are only two who I am truly inspired by and Greta Gerwig is one of them.