Happy Labor Day weekend! This is the time of year when I kick into crafty overdrive. A big part of that is watching movies while I burn away the hours painting, crocheting, gluing and making items for the upcoming art season.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite flicks centered around creative women – or women with a creative passion. I left a lot off the list because I figured you already know about them (Frida, Bend it Like Beckham, Across the Universe, A League of Their Own, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, etc). Here are some maybe you haven’t seen yet and I absolutely give two thumbs up to each of these flicks, they give me all the feels and make me feel empowered and happy. I hope they do the same for you too!
Here they are in no particular order! (If you can’t see the trailer, just click on the title and it will open the trailer)
This is by one of my all-time favorite writers and directors, Gina Prince-Blythewood (Love and Basketball). It’s about a talented singer who is funneled by her ‘momager’ into the ruthless pop star music factory and how she fights to climb her way out in order to reclaim her life and share her talent in her own way.
One of my all-time favorite books! It’s a major tearjerker but will also make you laugh and feel warm and fuzzy inside thanks to the budding friendship between these two opposite personalities. Eccentric and artful Luisa has been hired by a woman to tend for her recently-paralyzed uptight son, but Luisa eventually learns the real reason she was brought on board, and it has nothing to do with long-term care.
I rented this movie for a plane flight and had low expectations. But wow, it turned out to be one of the most adorable flicks I’ve seen in a long time. Juana, a single mom, has a stressful and boring life helping her dad run a fruit cart in downtown Los Angeles. A jolting encounter happens that makes her think long and hard about what she wants out of life. To live day-to-day at a gig she despises? Or to take a chance and go after what she really wants – to become a master sushi chef! She goes for the latter and faces a multitude of struggles. Her pain fuels our fire! It’s a delightful film that celebrate family, hope and taking action on your goals! AND lots of delicious sushi!
When this movie came out last year, I could not, for the life of me, figure out what it was about from the trailer. But because I’m a fan of Jennifer Lawrence, I gave it a try and am glad I did. This is a great film to pump up any hard working entrepreneur. It’s the kinda-true story of Joy Mangano and her rocky climb to becoming a self-made millionaire. We see her at her weakest, so many opportunities to give up, but instead she pushed on. So many Rocky moments!
I just watched this a few days ago and can’t stop thinking about it! It’s set in Dublin, 1986, that’s my era! The music, the style, the jokes, references will make your heart melt if you grew up in the 80s too. The main character is a nerdy boy, but the motive behind his story is the too-cool girl he falls in love with. She has her own dreams that have nothing to do with him, and using low cost props and high volume creativity, they work together to help each other, and bring the musical magic to the ‘hood. If you like School of Rock or Hairspray, you’ll love this.
Another music flick by the same same director as Sing Street, this one is about a young woman (Keira Knightly) who is dumped by her undeserving soon-to-be rockstar boyfriend (Adam Levine) and airs her pain by singing one night at an open mic night. Well, a down-on-his-luck music producer hears her and convinces her to make a record with him, even though he just quit his job. The two patch together an offbeat project that helps heals both their souls, and is worthy of radio airplay.
You may have seen this classic film already, it’s time to take it in again. America Ferrera stars as, Ana, a high school student on family lockdown, thanks to her overprotective and nosy mom. Ana takes on the obstacle course of a strict Mexican family, class constraints, teen romance and managing her sister’s business in order to come out on the other side to go to college in New York. Will she make it? You have to watch and see! NOTE: Here is my interview I did with America upon release of the film, way back in 2002!
I wrote about this film last June, but in case you missed it, I’ll share it here too. I have a feeling all of us who grew up in the wild days of the 80s will eventually be Doris. Regardless, this is a story about aging, family honor, and still holding on to your youth, dreams, wishes and personality in the fall season of your life. Sally Field plays this role perfectly and sweetly, she has that eternal girlish spirit that will melt your heart. Long story short, after taking care of her mom for decades, the mom dies and Doris can finally get back to her own life, which involves falling for a guy thirty years younger!
Actually, I don’t think this is a movie that you can craft or multi-task. It’s so emotional! A Mexican mom works illegally in the United States in order to provide a better life for her son in Mexico. But that little boy sets out on a journey to travel to the U.S. in search of his mom. We are introduced to people who help him along the way, and eventually a man who unknowingly serves as his guardian angel. Oh, my heart is fluttering just thinking about it!
This movie is from 2012, it didn’t get much fanfare. I think the writer in me drew me to it and I really enjoyed it. It’s about an author who is trying to raise his teen kids after his wife leave him. His daughter’s book career takes off while his son is still searching for his own path. There are family secrets and revelations, a lot of truth talk and typical misunderstandings. It won’t rock your world, but if you love generational dramas, you’ll dig it!
Have you seen any of these movies? What ideas do you have for Labor Day flicks to watch? Let me know!Love & light,