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Ten TV and Movie Women Who Inspire Me

19th of July, 2017

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Who run the world? Girls! That’s how a known singer used to sing. And thank God media listen and started creating evolving, important roles for women who now are heroines, scientists, saviors and many more. Situation with women in television is getting better. Hopefully, it’s gonna improve even more.

I present you my own, personal list of brave women from television and cinema who inspire me or inspired me in my teenage/adult life. It is amazing thing that fictional characters can positively influence people’s lives.

1. Delphine Cormier

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The female scientist from amazing Canadian TV show Orphan Black not only shows us that “science” field is not only for men, but also that love is love, no matter who you love – woman or a man. Delphine is smart, very dedicated to her work, brave with brilliant mind. She can even take a bullet for people she loves. She believes in science, not career. She can sacrifice a lot and fight like a tiger. That’s why I admire her character. Plus she is a great boss.

2. Claire Underwood

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She’s not perfect. Nobody is. I could even go further – Claire is not the purest woman in the “presidency” world. But she showed me that if you’re strong enough, you can achieve anything you want. You shouldn’t care about what other people think or say. You should always be calm and talk peacefully, because then you will annoy your opponets even more and make them talk very silly things. It’s hard for people who are extravertics, but it’s possible!

3. Aurora Luft

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Aurora Luft is a character from Canadian-Hungarian TV show X Company.  She is incredibly brilliant, speaks English, German and French. Add to that, she has amazing ability to melt into the crowd. Her alter ego – Helena Baeur, steals information from Nazi so then Aurora and the group could use it. Aurora is also amazingly skilled with using a knife. She can kill bad people in a matter of second. But the best thing about her is that she is in charge of the group of spies – all men. They all treat her equally, they think she’s an excellent leader and very smart woman. Aurora gives them the same. That’s what I value the most in her character.

4. Siobhan Sadler

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“Everyone’s mom” from Orphan Black showed me how much of a hard work you have to put to be a good mom. Sometimes you need to fight very bad people to protect your family. That’s what she does. She also has to handle her foster kids’ behaviours, which is not easy thing to do. But Siobhan handles this just great. Thanks to her I know that moms are the most hard working human beings.

5. Stef & Lena Fosters

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I was thinking if I should pick Lena or Stef, but then I decided to pick them both and put in one number. They are wives from Freeform TV show The Fosters. Together they are raising five children (four adopted and one born). The Fosters is amazing not only because of the great cast. Stef and Lena show viewers, that being gay doesn’ make you bad parent – opposite! They wanted children no matter what, they make mistakes, but they can always cope. Their sons and daughters love them and know they can talk to thme about everything.

6. Phoebe Halliwell

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Thanks to her character from Charmed I fell in love with martial arts. Phoebe taught me that not only boys can do that, girls too! Phoebe is strong, independent and funny. She was very bad teenager, but she understood her mistakes and reunited with her sisters. We also can see amazing sister/women power in Charmed. They fight the most dangerous demons with her powers, but even with powers, they would be useless if not their amazing connection they have.

7. Lisbeth Salander

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Lisbeth Salander is anti-social, rude and  dangerous. But somehow she can teach us, that no matter what, you should fight for yourself and for your autonomy. She had the worst childhood, but she survived. Then she was raped by the person who should help her – her social worker. But she survived, she got her revenge and it made her even stronger. I think that’s why she is on my list – for her will of survival.

8. Snow White 

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Snow White from Once Upon a Time where the creators made female princesses the real fighters! One of them was Snow White. I value her because of her strenght and so much love. She was the one who fought for the Prince Charming. She didn’t wait for him in some tower, no. She took all risk she could. Her character was an incredible addition to the show.

9. Lisa Cuddy

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Lisa Cuddy, the character from House, M.D was the first female who became a Dean in America under 35 years old. She showed me back in the day, me 15 years old teenager, that woman can be a great boss and have a family in the same time. Throughout the years, I finished watching House, M.D. but I would still remember about her power, wisdom and cheekiness. Especially in taking charge of House.

10. Trinity

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Her and Phoebe Halliwell were my first tv show heroines who changed my perspectives. When I saw Martix for the first time, I had birthday. Then I saw Trinity on the screen and thought – Wow! She’s a woman and she can be in the team with men, be as smart and strong as them! I need to admit, I had a crush on Trinity back in the day. She was this brave woman and I wanted to be just like her!

I hope you will like my list. All those movies and TV shows I highly recommend!

10 Best TV Shows By Me Ranked

11th of March, 2017

Everybody has that kind of list whether it’s about movies, books, music or – as in my post – tv shows. I’m not gonna lie. I think it’s gonna be really hard to pick, because  I’m a huge tv show geek. But well, I’ll do my best and I will try to extract the best of what I’ve watched. All positions have different genre, style and length. But hey, maybe I will inspire someone to watch something awesome.

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10. Once Upon A Time

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I fell in love with this tv show about two years ago and I haven’t stopped loving it since then. Canadian production by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (the creators of Lost) surprises us with fresh vision of well known fairy tale characters – Snow White, Prince Charming or Evil Queen. Everything starts with Emma Swan – lost, 28 years old orphan, who works as a bounty hunter in Boston. One day on her birthday Emma comes back to her flat and she meets a boy who claims to know Emma. Henry (boy’s name) turns out to be her biological son whom she abandoned ten years ago. Henry claims to live in Storybrooke in Maine – the small town under the curse of time. All of the people there forgot they are the characters from fairy tales. Henry tells Emma that she’s the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and she is the only one who can remove the spell thrown by Evil Queen (who, by the way, is the adoptive mother). Emma doesn’t believe him at first, but then, after coming to Storybrooke to take Henry back, weird things happen.

Amazing cast (such as Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla, Ginnifer Goodwin etc.) only make you watch it more. Reality and magic world seem to be connected in some way – I think this is the best way to explain a child how this works.

9. Full House

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TV show made by Jeff Franklin knows almost everybody. First episode of the classic already production aired in 1987. My mom loved that show. 22 years later I started watching it and well, it had to be on my list. Full House tells a story of a dad who recently lost his wife. Danny is forced to raise three daughters – DJ, Stephanie and little Michelle, by himself. The man asks for help from his best goofy friend Joey and his brother-in-law musician Jessie. All three of them try to be perfect parents for the girls who have typical girly problems.

What’s the best in this sitcom is the plot. Everybody has daily problems which seem to be huge in one day, but become past in the next one. Plus the cast – Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, Olsen twins, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin. And, of course, we can’t forget about Andrea Barber in the role of always annoying Kimmy Gibler.

8. The Fosters

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This is the freeform production everybody has to watch. At least one episode. I recommend it especially for people who have objections about homosexual people. TV show is about lesbian couple – Stef and Lena, who, except Stef’s biological son Brandon, raise four other children – Jesus, Marianna, Callie and Jude. All of the kids have their own problems along with their parents. All of them go to charter school in San Diego  where Lena is vice headmaster. And all of children come from different families so they all have different, usually very hard experiences.

In my opinion, The Fosters is for everybody. The best cast (Teri Polo, Maia Mitchell, Sheri Saum, Noah Centineo etc.) only makes you watch another episode.

7. Lost Girl

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Paranormal. Surprising. AWESOME. Lost Girl tells us the story of Bo Dennis – half human, half succubus (she needs to be fed by human energy), who struggles with her identity till she meets Kenzi – another lost although human  girl. At first scared, Kenzi starts to like Bo and they both decide to open detective agency for Fae (the kind of beings like Bo).  On the way, Bo needs to decide whether she joins Faes or constatly helps people. The woman tries to do both things. She and Kenzi meet Dyson (shapeshifter), Hale (siren), beuatiful doctor Lauren (human), Tamsin (Valkarie) and Trick – the owner of Dal, legendary Fae pub. All of them quickly become friends. In the same time, Bo falls in love with Dyson and Lauren on change. The team has to solve mysteries and save Faes and people.

I think I like this show, because it was amazing plot and it’s very very unexpecting and surprising.

6. X Company

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 X Company tells us the story of five people who are trained and prepared to serve during the World War II as secret agents for the Canadian  facility in Ontario. After the training they are supposed to be sent to the field and complete different missions. It is a spy thriller series, created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern. Aurora Luft. Alfred Graves. Neil Mackay. Harry James. Tom Cummings. Five people and they have one target – sabotage of as many Nazi’s plans of destroying the world as they all can do. Spies take the orders from Duncan Sinclair, the leader of Camp X in Ontario. They communicate each other by Morse code through the stations with iambic paddle. The master of it is Harry James, the youngest of all. The leader of the group is Aurora Luft – half Jewish half German young woman. She was journalist at the time when Germans took France. She immidiately organizes a group of Resistance fighters. She knows she’s not gonna let Germans take her land just like that.

To be honest, watching “X Company” was really personal for me. First thing is that I am Polish. As we all know, Poland was kicked down, beaten all the time, people from Poland were in concentration camps, they were executed. So watching this producion made me realize, made me appreaciate one more time what people from the past did for our future. You should definitely watch it!

5. House, M.D.

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Gregory House is, I think, the most famous doctor in the world. Even if someone didn’t watch it, probably heard about this cynical, mean to women and in general human beings doctor. I am feminist, but somehow this one guy still rocks for me. Dr.House (Hugh Laurie) works in Pricetown Plainsboro Teaching Hospital led by Lisa Cuddy (amazing Lisa Edelstein). Gregory creates a special team containing cynical Eric Foreman (Omar Epps), Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison). All of them try to solve the most horrible and dangerous cases.In the same time, every character struggles with their own problems. House has his old, best friend James Wilson who helps him with everything.

Even if you don’t like medical movies or tv shows, believe me – you will like this.

4. Charmed

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I have to confess – Charmed was my best tv show in my teenage years. I was obssesed with this show and I couldn’t stop watching it. I still like to come back to this and watch it from time to time, thinking about good old days.

Three sisters – Prue, Piper and Phoebe, live in their house in San Francisco, leading pretty stable life. The youngest, Phoebe, is coming back from her journey in New York, but Prue (the oldest) doesn’t like it too much. In the night Phoebe goes to the attic where she finds old book – The Book of Shadows. She reads the spell from the front page and forgets about it.

It turns out the next day that each sister got superpower – Prue can move things with her mind, Piper freezes time and Phoebe can  tell the future by touching someone. All of them are scared, but decide to go for it. They gain more and more power and become The Power of Three, the most powerful witches in the world. The girls fight with evil demons and protect the world. They always can count on the help of their ghost of grandma or mom.

Charmed always makes me smile, because this is this kind of show you watch when you have bad day and suddenly you are in completely different world.

3. Raising Hope

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You have a fight, you have a bad mood and you need something that’ll make you happy – Raising Hope! At first I thought it’s gonna be stupid show. And sure, it is silly sometimes, but hello, that’s how people are!

Jimmy, 23 years old man lives with their parents – Burt and Virgina (they became parents in the very early age) and his greatgrandma Maw Maw who struggles with Alzeiheimer. The family is poor – Virginia works as a maid and Burt along with his son clean pools and do gardening jobs. Everything changes when Jimmy rescues stranger girl Lucy and spends night with her. Lucy turns out to be a serial murderer, but it’s not a problem for Virginia who knocks her out with TV. The girl ends up in the jail, but that’s not the end – she is pregnant! Jimmy has to take care of a little girl, his baby, because Lucy is about to be executed.

Along with Hope (the name of the girl), Jimmy starts to learn how it’s like to be a parent. Virginia and Burt help his son as much as they can. Jimmy decides to work in the grocery store where he meets his friends – creepy Frank, Barney – his clumsy boss and Sabrina – the girl Jimmy falls in love with at the first sight. Producions tells us about normal daily struggles, but in the same time makes us laugh more than ever!

2. F.R.I.E.N.D.S

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Who knows me knows that I just love this production! The funny life stories of six friends – Rachel, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Ross, will make you laugh no matter what. Sure, sitcom is silly, but that’s how sitcoms are.

I think it’s the best show for students and people who just start their life on their own. Each character has problems like us – they try to find a job, they fall in love and then they break up, they fight among each other and then they have to face each other. All of them have fights with their parents or they don’t even talk to them. Who doesn’t have struggles like that? That’s why it’s so good. Because in the same time, Friends show you us in a funny, light way, that every problem has solution and after one bad day, another good one comes!

1.Orphan Black

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And we’re here with the best, in my opinion, show ever – Orphan Black! I need to say that, I have some personal reasons to like it so much because thanks to this show I met my love. But! Even without it, I think this Canadian production by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett deserves the first place. It’s sad that back in Poland it’s so underrated, I don’t even think it aired. Thank God it became a huge success in Canada and America.

I honestly don’t know how to explain the plot, because it’s complicated but I will do my best. Orphan Black begins with the arrival of Sarah back in Toronto. Sarah Manning is an orphan who was raised by Siobhan Sadler (Mrs. S) together with Felix, her foster brother. She is troublemaker, always leaves her daughter Kira and drinks a lot. Sarah waits on the train station and experiances the most awful thing – young woman  commits suicide in front of her. But the weirdest thing is that the stranger looks exactly like…Sarah!

It turns out that the girl along with others who look like her are the experiment of the Dyad Institute – powerful, very dangerous place led by dr. Aldous Leekie. Sarah meets Alison, Cosima, Katja, Rachel and other like her. In the same time they need to deal with the police, Dyad and someone who tries to kill them.

The plot is amazing and full of surprises, but I think for aplaus deserves Tatiana Maslany, Canadian actress who plays the role of ALL of the clones. Maslany won the Emmy for her roles, but I think she needs to be more appreciated. She created over 20 faces and all of them are different from another. Next to her we can see amazing Evelyne Brochu as Delphine (Cosima’s lover), Kristian Bruun, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jordan Gavaris and many many more. It’s amazing and you need to see that!