Just when I thought I couldn’t love him even more…
No guys, I need to stop and talk about something in this movie and how fucking revolutionary it was; something that I haven’t seen in a movie before or since.
This is a movie about a kid who leaves her birth family.
Not a kid who find that they have a secret lineage or something that allows them to find their ‘true family’ - this is a movie about a kid whose true birth family is made up of bad people. So she gets out. And that is played as the right thing to do. She isn’t punished for it or made to feel bad about ‘abandoning her family’. There isn’t an underlying ‘but they’re your family and you have to love them’ or ‘they’re your family and they love you even if they don’t show it well or do hurtful things’ message of the kind that I see OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER in media. Matilda gets out and livess happily ever after because of it.
We need a million more movies like this to counter the metric shit ton of movies that directly counter this message.
|Question:||What contribution can youth, especially students, who are disgusted with racism in this society, make to the black struggle for freedom?|
|Malcolm X:||Whites who are sincere don't accomplish anything by joining Negro organizations and making them integrated. Whites who are sincere should organize among themselves and figure out some strategy to break down prejudice that exists in white communities. This is where they can function more intelligently and more effectively, in the white community itself, and this has never been done.|
Now reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, and ugh jesus she’s so rich and spoiled that I almost delight in the fact she’s getting a rude awakening what life’s like otherwise.
Jessica Day George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball series stands out in the fairy retelling world by being so utterly unique, that it only borrows glimpses from fables - a welcome change when we all very well know the story of Cinderella or Little Red. These retellings call forth the initial magic when first hearing such fairytales that captured our hearts, and become their own charming tales. George’s stories are beautiful, readable, and most definitely welcome varied interpretations. (Hello, fanfiction!), all of which a major plus.
Rose and her eleven sisters must dance every night with the twelve sons of King Under Stone, in sickness, in health, till death - all of which is due to their mother’s haphazard bargaining with dark magic. At their dear mother’s death, her daughters must continue to uphold her side of the bargain to the King Under Stone, dancing through the night in the hidden palace of Under Stone. Enter the soldier in shining armor: Galen, the gardener, who is quite taken with the oldest princess, Rose. The princesses can’t speak about their plight, but King Papa will do anything to end whatever curse wears out his daughters and their shoes nightly. And Galen, equally, will do anything to save the fair maiden of his heart.
Jessica Day George is the bee’s knees, man