The Phenomenon of “American Horror Story” [spoilers]

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American Horror Story debuted on October 5th of 2011 with Murder House. I bet that even creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, had no idea that the series will become one of the most famous (if not the most famous) series around the world. Murphy and Falchuk showed fans the new idea of horror – they simply connected mind-blowing story telling with gore and concept of paranormal phenomena into one. That was something people went crazy about.

Fans also went crazy about amazing cast that raised the bar of acting to the impossible level. I might be biased right here, but one look at Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga etc. will leave you with the same feeling as it left me – on the edge of this blew my simple human mind and what am I supposed to do with my life now (that one is usually after finishing each season of AHS).

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I’m not going to talk about gore though. I’m here to talk about storytelling of American Horror Story and elements (oh, so many elements) fans can read between the lines. I don’t even know if people realize how many various references creators have made. We have references to local ghost stories, pop culture, literature, politics and bible. And yes, I’m not using capital letter on purpose, because I’m not talking about one particular bible.

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AHS series has many, many references to infamous criminals that once were used to scare kids so they can go back to the house earlier instead of staying out late at night. It starts with character Tate Langdon portrayed by Evan Peters in first season – Murder House. Tate is a quiet boy, a son to Constance (Jessica Lange), brother and good person. Well, that is what everybody thinks… Eventually Tate grabs a gun, takes it to school and starts shooting everybody on his way. Later on, the demons of his actions haunt him, literally.

I believe that it was Falchuk and Murphy’s reference to terrifying Columbine incident from 1999. The shooting aftermath was shock to everyone in America – 15 deaths and 25 injured stayed in people’s memories forever. Tate Langdon’s character also portrays every other school shooting that happens in America. All the time. It shows that something ought to be done about that.

But that’s not the only reference we have. Later on throughout the seasons (Asylum), viewers are introduced to Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell) who mutilates patients and tries to create something above human race. What does it remind you of? World War II and Josef Mengele who was working for Hitler and tried to create the perfect race. Mengele also tried to create a method that would change the eye color. Many references between him and Arthur Arden show that AHS creators simply created a new, maybe even creepier version of Mengele.

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Who else? There were so many real life criminals, it’s really hard to keep track. The viewers could see Black Dhalia, who appears throughout the entire series (even in the newest one titled Apocalypse). Elizabeth Short, who was brutally murdered, is trapped in the Murder House and cannot find peace. In season fourth: Hotel, we can also see Aileen Wuornos, Richard Ramirez, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy etc. The scariest, most terrifying criminals appear on Halloween as ghosts on the supper that they share. Is there anything more beautiful that this subtle wink from Murphy and Falchuk?

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… says Billie Dean Howards, the medium portrayed by aforementioned, amazingly talented Sarah Paulson. Billie returns between the seasons, Murder House, Apocalypse and such. Many characters appear throughout eight season of the series, making amazing connection to other characters that are new to the viewers. It is simply beautiful what Ryan and Brad did with AHS series. Every seasons tells us different story, every one is different than the other with unique characters, but somehow creators connect them with invisible rope. You can easily point out some of them – linking Murder House with the newest Apocalypse. That’s probably one of the biggest references when it’s about characters.

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Michael Langdon, newborn son of Vivien and Tate Langdon (worth mentioning that Vivien was human and Tate a ghost) is being taken care of by his grandmother, Constance (Jessica Lange). Vivien dies and when we already think everything is fine, we see Michael, all bloody and smiley. Before him, body of his babysitter. After first season I’m pretty sure fans didn’t think about it much… till Apocalypse. Billie Dean Howard predicted rising of the end – it would be Michael Langdon, son of a human and ghost (later on it is said that Tate was simply a channel for something higher – Satan himself). Michael is said to bring the end of the world for everybody unless he’s stopped. Although perhaps mankind shouldn’t be worried as Cordelia Goode and her Coven of witches returns and plans to destroy Langdon’s plans.

Witches are back and with them, another reference – Lady Gaga in Roanoke. After Coven aired and (of course) succeeded, everybody was wondering – who was the very first Supreme? Later on we found out from Murphy that Lady Gaga’s character from sixth season named Scathach was the first Supreme that ever existed. Isn’t it amazing? The connections go on and on throughout all series such as Montgomery family from first season, then appearance of Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) in third one and back in the newest one. Her roots weren’t confirmed, but I’m positive it will land somewhere within dr. Charles Montgomery.

On top of that, ghosts habitually reappear, scaring and killing newest characters. But who’s the other bigger character that connects seasons? Lana Winters.

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We get to meet Lana Winters in season two titled Asylum. She’s journalist who’s falsely committed to Briarcliff Manor, simply for trying to write an article about the place and how they treat their patients. But that’s not all. She’s being treated because her partner is a woman. Her doctor, Dr. Oliver Thredson, an awful man (worthy to add), treats her by showing her male pornographic pictures or by “male touch”. The woman is also treated witch electroshocks ordered by Sister Jude. Sarah Paulson’s acting in those scenes is something that cannot be described, you just have to see it.

Thankfully, Lana finds the way to escape and to expose Asylum. She becomes a really famous journalist and then appears in other seasons such as Cult. She tries to interview Ally Mayfair-Richards (so basically herself as Ally is portrayed by Paulson as well *wink wink*).

I could go on and on with references between the characters and seasons but then you would probably be bored. My point was to simply show how smoothly Murphy and Falchuk’s characters are in harmony with each other and make always perfect sense.

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Another section of references is pretty simple if you think about it – modern (and not so modern…) pop culture and AHS series create captivating connections. If you are a fan of horrors, you will easily notice The Amityville Horror in first season as well as Polanski’s picture, Rosemary’s baby – Vivien is pregnant with the child that’s half human, half ghost and is foretold by Billie Dean as anti-christ (Michael).

But that’s not the only horror that’s referenced in AHS. Fans can also notice connections to The Exorcist, The Shining, and the idea of creepy clowns.

Who else appears? Andy Warhol for example. And Charles Manson, both played by Even Peters. But! The biggest and most amazing, in my opinion, surprise is Stevie Nicks playing herself in Coven and Apocalypse. Stevie is presented as white witch by Misty Day, who’s obsessed with her music.

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Misty joins Cordelia and even gets to meet Stevie! (her fainting after seeing her is pretty much all of us after seeing our long time idol). Stevie signs for the witches and I think we can all agree she simply brings the magic on the screen to our hearts. All thanks to creators.

Don’t be a hater, dear

Myrtle Snow said titled words which Donald Trump probably never comprehended in his whole life. Not being a hater seems to be an impossible thing to do in contemporary time. Hate, after all, plays huge role in American Horror Story series. It seems to be one of the leading themes in every season of the cult show.

And what’s better showing hate than politics? Seventh season, Cult, starts when Donald Trump wins the elections and leads two main plots: Kai Anderson and Ally Mayfair-Richards (in sequence, republican and democrat). Both of those characters represent one type of person while Ally also shows what phobia can do to a human being. Throughout the Cult , both sides fight against each other, but at the end it turns out, they are not so much different. Is that creator’s subtle way of telling us that, at the end, we are all the same?

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But it’s not only politics that presents hate in the series. It’s also a war between man and a woman. A war that women fought forever, a war that doesn’t stop even in 2018. A war for equality. We can see it more in the newest Apocalypse on the example of witches and warlocks.

As Cordelia raised and became Supreme, Apocalypse happened and humanity was destroyed. Long foretold the end of the beginning, aforementioned Michael Langdon, appears as a warlock who “supposedly” is going to become a new Supreme. At first everything makes sense, because Cordelia is, indeed, losing her powers and Langdon does all Seven Wonders (seven tests to become Supreme), but that’s not the point.

It’s warlocks who fought years to replace witches in the board. There is a fight between Cordelia and Ariel, one of the headmasters of the wizard school. But here, in Apocalypse, Cordelia shows that she’s not scared woman existing in the shadow of her mother anymore.

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We could definitely see the influence of #MeToo movement in the newest season that is such an important movement in contemporary times. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk united with women as well. It was reported that on the set of AHS Apocalypse, 61% of the set contained women as directors, screenwriters and such. Even Sarah Paulson had her own debut as director of one of the episodes (Return to Murder House).

The world is a filthy place. It’s a filthy goddamn horror show. There’s just so much pain, y’know?

The world, indeed, can be a filthy place and described series shows it. It shows it all. Although, in all its confusion, there is a light at the end of each episode that leads us to the next one. Once one starts analyzing or paying more attention to lines, one will see how much of a talent and effort Murphy and Falchuk put in American Horror Story.

It’s not just some TV show that people watch and forget. I’m pretty sure we will all talk about this one long after it’s ended. I’m sure of it.

And people who think that it’s only gross, disgusting, silly picture that scandalizes audience, please think again. And don’t be a hater, dear.

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Emmy nominations 2018: Who will win?

   Emmy Awards – one of the most prestigious television events – will start on September 17th, 2018. This year Colin Jost and Michael Che from SNL will be hosting the event. Just today we finally got our nominations. It seems the race for the Emmy is going to be really intense and interesting.

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   Today I will present you Emmy nominations as well as my predictions. Last year’s event was dimmed by Big Little Lies and its stars – amazing Nicole Kidman, Reese Whiterspoon, Laura Dern etc. I now present you 2018 Emmy nominations. I will highlight positions I think may win.

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Drama Series

“The Handmaid’s Tale” 
“Game of Thrones”
“This Is Us”
“The Crown”
“The Americans”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

 

Comedy Series

“Atlanta” (FX)
“Barry” (HBO)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

 

Limited Series

“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
“Genius: Picasso”
“Godless”
“Patrick Melrose”

 

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

 

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) or
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

 

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) or
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)

 

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

 

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)

 

 Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

 

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

 

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

 

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

 

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) or
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

 

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) or
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”)
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror))

 

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland”)
Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”)
Matthew Goode (“The Crown”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”)
Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”)

 

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis (“Scandal”)
Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

 

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Donald Glover (“Saturday Night Live”)
Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Katt Williams (“Atlanta”)

 

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 

Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tiffany Haddish (“Saturday Night Live”)
Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)
Molly Shannon (“Will & Grace”)
Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”)

 

Reality Competition

“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior” or
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

 

Variety Sketch Series

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“I Love You, America” (Hulu)

 

Variety Talk Series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden”

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

 

Television Movie

“Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)
“Flint” (Lifetime)
“Paterno” (HBO)
“The Tale” (HBO)
“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)

 

Structured Reality Program

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV) or
“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount) or
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

 

Unstructured Reality Program

“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)
“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

 

Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program

W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)
Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)
Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)

   What do you think about my predictions? I know that Handmaid’s Tale is going for a lot of awards, but in my opinion this year the show has many rivals. I think a strong position has Westworld with their newest season.

   What about you? Who do you think is going to win? Tell me and let’s start discussion before Emmys in September!

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A word about remakes and reboots. American remakes and reboots

14th of May, 2018

   Before I can start reflecting on the subject of the article, I have to present two definitions – remake and reboot. Both are many times mistaken for the other. They are similar kinds of movies, yet different.

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   I do not know what is with American producers and eternal remakes and reboots. 2 months ago BBC America annnounced the list of possible and already certain reboots. The list includes those but not all of them –  Charmed reboot set in modern times, darker version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Murphy Brown and, possible, The Twilight Zone and Party of Five. Charmed Season 2 HeaderThe questions is why to reboot a good show that already ended and left the viewers with beautiful memories? Let’s take Charmed. As a teenage girl, I was obssesed with Phoebe, Prue and Piper – later Paige. Halliwell sisters were strong, brave and caring. CW already ordered a series and it will be on air in 2018-2019 season. The story is set in contemporary times and revolves around three sisters witches – Mel (Melonie Diaz), Macy (Madeleine Mantock) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffrey) who discover their heritage and have to deal with it. Seems the same, right? Fans were not really happy about completely new cast and the whole reboot idea. Even Holly Marie Combs who played Piper she expressed her dissatisfaction on Twitter.

   Myself, I do not think that rebooting original TV shows is a good idea. There are some exceptions, but usually the reboots are not the best.

   Talking about remakes is even more hurtful. Watching movie made by American producers, the viewers never think about whether it is remake or not. Furthermore, person who is not interested in films, will even think it is the greates original American masterpiece. And that is where they are wrong. 002-1-1024x778Researching the subject for the article, even I was surprised and shocked by some titles – Bedazzled with Bredan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley from 2000 for example is a remake of English production with the same title from 1967 with Dudley Moore. The same was with Jungle 2 Jungle (originally 1994 French film Un indien dans la ville), The Tourist with Angelina Jolie (French Anthony Zimmer from 2005 with Sophie Marceau) or even Vanilla Sky! Yes, Vanilla Sky (Spanish original was titled Open Your Eyes – Abre los ojos).
   Sad, isn’t it? It is turning out we do not know what is original and what is remake anymore. The same goes for American The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Only a few people realize that it is the remake of great Swedish saga named Män som hatar kvinnor. In this case Swedish producers made all three parts based on the book and they are 100% better than American one.

   But in this case it is not about which one is better – original or remake, but about the knowledge (or more lack) of the original source. People don’t know and they don’t have a comparison of both versions. That is why I decided to watch and compare. Sometimes one is better, sometimes the other. Sometimes both are great or awful. The most important thing is to research and find out.

   On the other hand, I think American producers should admit right away about buying the rights to remake and be a little louder about it. I think that would be great for the movie world.

 

 

15 Best Female Characters of 2017

by Zofia Wijaszka

December 13th, 2017

2017 was definitely a women’s year. The viewers received amazing, leading female roles. The “Hollywood revolution’ happened, which was one of the most important events for the last few months. That’s why I decided to pick 15 best written female characters and put them all together: omen from TV and cinema, all strong, all with purpose.

15.  Kimmy Schmidt – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

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 “Cause women are strong as hell!” – says the song from opening credits. And it’s true. Kimmy, in a funny way, shows the viewers life after tragic events in her life. After she was kidnapped and held captive for many years, she’s finally free and decides to pull herself together, find a job apartment and even study. The main character doesn’t ever give up, is optimistic (sometimes even too much…) and always helps others.  All of that in a great comedy series.

 

14. Claire Underwood – “House of Cards”

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Claire isn’t one of the good ones. She’s sneaky and manipulative. But somehow she seems to confirm the saying – “behind every great man, there is even greater woman”. In the show she plays president’s wife. Although Frank is the one in charge, the viewers can see that she is the one with the plan. Claire defines strong, independent woman who fights for what’s hers. And, as movie geeks could recently find out, she will be the main character in the last, final season of the show.

 

13.  Jessica Jones – “The Defenders” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”

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Jessica Jones is a former super heroine. Due to the post-traumatic stress disorder caused by past events, the heroine decides to give up her costume and open her own detective agency to help others. According to Melissa Rosenberg, savior in her world is a devastated heroine with defects, but the same interesting figure regardless of gender. The new image of the heroine contributes to the cessation of the idealization of women as those beautiful and fragrant, not only in the case of the world of super heroes, but women’s figures in general. Jones shows how to escape from physical abuse and then be stronger everyday.

 

12. Clementine – “The Walking Dead” Game

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Clementine isn’t a typical character I would put into my list. But, as a strong, leading woman, she fits perfectly. She was only 8 when she lost her parents in the zombie epidemic. Since day one with the help of other characters, she was growing up in front of gamers’ eyes to become strong, independent, dangerous young woman. When we meet her in season 3 of the game, she isn’t that sweet girl anymore. She knows how to fight, how to use the gun and – most importantly, how to use words to get what she wants.

 

11. Madison Clark – “Fear The Walking Dead”

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Madison comes from the same created universe as Clementine. A mother of two, she will do everything to protect her children during escape from zombies. The viewers see her, surrounded by male company and see immidiately who rules – Madison. But she has a way. She lets them think they are in charge. That way she can do what she thinks is right.  And mostly all of that turns out to be true.

 

10. Women from “Handsmaid’s Tale”

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Awards come from everywhere – for the show and Elizabeth Moss. Nothing surprising. The series shows how the real world might look like if people don’t do anything about t. That’s why it’s all so real. The cast of “Handmaid’s Tale” is a group of strong women who are being silenced. But they wont’t give up, oh no.

 

9. Women from “Orange is The New Black”

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People are familiar with the show that tells a story of  female inmates from Lichfield. After fifth season that was released in June, everything escalated. As I was writing in my previous post about the show, “The anger, grief after a loss of their friend and exhaustion causes a huge riot where women take hostages (all guards) and threaten not to let them go if MCC and governor don’t do what they want – better education, better treating, nicer guards and most importantly – a trial for the one who killed their friend. “. Characters show us how it’s like to fight for something important, how to make demands and destroy unequal treating.

 

8.  Women from  “Big Little Lies”

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Emmy awarded TV show is now nominated to Golden Globes. Nicole Kidman, Reese Whiterspoon, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern portrayed five amazing women, mothers and wives who will not stand still if something happens. One dark secret connects them all, but they are loyal to each other. The characters break awful stereotype created by media and film industry about female friendship – women can be friends without talking about each other behind their back. The series also touches very important subject – physical violence. One of the characters suffers from the hands of husband, but in society they are both regarded as a wonderful couple. “Big Little Lies” shows how to escape and how hard it is to do it. The creators also scold the question “Why did not she say anything earlier?”

 

7. Princess Diana – “Wonder Woman”

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Patty Jenkins freshened up very known super heroine. After the premiere of the movie, it turned out how important it was for the society, for children to see female super hero on the big screen. Gal Gadot, who portrayed Diana, was touched by how many children thanked her and told her they want to be just like Wonder Woman – not only girls.

 

6. Eleven – “Stranger Things”

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Eleven, the young character with supernatural powers portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown yet again shows the viewers how coming back to life looks like after mental and physical abuse. Eleven also finds amazing friends. She tries her best to protect them from everything. She’s just a girl, but she went through hell. Then again had to hide for a long time. She stayed strong though, because she knew her friends will need her.

 

5. Lorraine Broughton – “Atomic Blonde”

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Long expected movie with Charlize Theron as a main role turned out to be a huge success. As the spy, Charlize had to find out who is who, who betrayed agency and who is on her side. She has only one rule – don’t trust no one. She gets beat up time after time, but Lorraine gets her revenge. The fights scenes are amazing. Lorraine is strong and doesn’t give up. She wants truth and she will get it one way or another.

 

4. Aurora Luft – “X Company”

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Aurora is smart, educated and knows how to fight. She is also a leader of four different spies – men, during the World War II. She’s the first war female character that has to lead men to sabotage Germans. That is why it’s even more important. War times were hard for women, as we know from history. They were only supposed to wait for men coming from war zones. But Aurora is different. She tries her best to plan their mission and also calm down her team when it’s about arguments. She also loses her love, but she gets up and runs. She has to.

 

3. Delphine Cormier – “Ophan Black”

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The real hero, woman in love, scientist. Character portrayed by Evelyne Brochu still divides people – the ones that love her and the ones that hate her. No matter what side (although I don’t understand how not to adore her) is it, she is the savior of the clones from “Orphan Black”. She sacrifised her life to help her lover Cosima and her sister to fight the system. Delphine even took the bullet for them and dissapeared to be found on the strange island. Even there, under the watchful eyes of the creator  of Neolusion, she did everything to help in a fight for freedom. Her character also shows that love is love, no matter who. Delphine helped many young women to find their place, their sexuality in  a society.

 

2. Siobhan Mrs S. Sadler – “Orphan Black”

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The second hero of the show, mother for “chickens” Mrs S, as well as Delphine, sacrifised her life to help her daughter Sarah and her sisters to have normal life. It can be easily said – Siobhan Sadler can be identified as mother archetype. The heroine is always for her daughter, for Sarah’s sisters and her granddaughter Kira. She will not hesitate to use a weapon and kill for the family. She sacrifises her life (which still hurts to see!) for the clones to be free. For them to be who they want.

 

1. Sisters from “Orphan Black”

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Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena, Rachel, Krystal and many others. 274 women genetically identical to be correct. Main clones that call themselves sisters join their forces to fight the system, to gain a freedom, to escape from creators once and for all. To be seen as people, not experiment. Women fight, they sacrifice everything for that fight, because autonomy is the most important thing to have.

The characters amazingly created by Tatiana Maslany forever influenced society and film industry. The Canadian actress, as all the clones, created manifique, special and unique female characters that were needeed in media. I think more people should watch “Orphan Black” to truly see the galaxy of women and feel the power.

Weinstein Scandal And (not only) Women Spoke Out

9th of November, 2017

Today, surprisingly, not about a new show or women in tv. Actually, it’s gonna be about women in movie industry and the scandal with Harvey Weinstein that led to another scandals and acussations. I’m writing about it, because it’s important for the movie and television industry as well as for women, not only in show business.

One of the first actresses that came out with accusation was Rose McGowan, the actress known from “Grindhouse: Planet Terror” by Rodriguez, “Charmed” and first Wes Craven’s “Scream”. She also spoke out about Ben Affleck’s words that defended Weinstein.  “I have been silenced for 20 years,” she told as I read in “New York Times”. “I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I have been maligned. And you know what? I’m just like you.” Along with McGowan, more and more movie stars decided to stop hiding and admit to the horrible, sexual harrasment of Mr. Weinstein. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and many many others accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. The amount of accusations was so huge that Weinstein’s wife decided to leave him.

All the reports somehow signaled Hollywood which led to “#metoo” action started by actress and activist Alyssa Milano who speaks loudly about politic stuff on her private Twitter.

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Little did she know… Milano had no idea she would start a wave of women committing that they were abused, sexually as well as mentally. Suddenly it wasn’t only one woman. It was thousands, millions of them – actresses, singers, writers, ordinary women, women who we see everyday.

Milano showed the huge flaw that Hollywood has. Many actresses claimed that they told someone in the past. But managers told them to be quiet. This time Hollywood decided to change.

Unfortunately, “famous abuse”, how I want to call it, didn’t touch only women. Just little after Weinstein scandal, Anthony Rapp, the actor, accused “House of Cards” Kevin Spacey of sexual harrasment. Rapp claimed that Spacey acted inappropriate towards him when he was 14 years old. In response, Kevin Spacey blamed “drunken behaviour” and right after deflected the accusation by coming out as a gay man.

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His response got loud just to hit him right away. People didn’t like his response. They accused him of deflecting and hiding behind his own sexuality. Which was true.

All those situations from the past month left people whit questions. One that is mostly asked is “why didn’t they talk earlier? Why now? They just want them to talk about them.” When I hear this, I want to scream. Why? Because people don’t know how it’s like. People don’t know the movie business and the fact that actresses and actors are only puppets. Besides, everybody is their own person. Everybody has different feelings and the strength. So before someone says that again, think. Please.

I hope the whole situation with Weinstein and Spacey show not only Hollywood but also worldwide movie industry that sexual abuse is really dangerous and (unfortunately) common thing. We can fight it by speaking out. Everybody. Men and women.