I Rewatched 'Ocean’s 8' And I Have Some THOUGHTS

I Rewatched 'Ocean’s 8' And I Have Some THOUGHTS

“A 'him' gets noticed, a 'her' gets ignored. And for once, we'd like to be ignored."


"Oceans 8" debuted back in the summer of 2018. I saw it in theaters and I only had good things to say about it. It's got a phenomenal, almost entirely female, badass cast.

I rewatched this film the other day and noticed a few things that really stuck with me. Here are a few.

Sandra Bullock, who plays Debbie Ocean, was in prison for over 5 years only to be released and take her $45 dollars to a mall. Are you following? Okay, so get this.

I don't condone shoplifting, but seeing the work of art that IS Debbie Ocean saunter into several stores and walk out with bags of things she didn't pay for was a highlight. What all women can take from this particular moment is not how to shoplift, but instead how to be confident. She carried herself with just purpose and looked phenomenal whilst doing so.

Another scene that I loved was when Debbie and Lou, Cate Blanchett's character, were reunited. The two used to work on a team together, and seeing their first few interactions on the screen made me so happy. They reminded me of me and my best friends. We tease each other, we go out to eat, we rob the MET Gala — no wait, not that last one. But you get my point.

As I previously mentioned, this cast is amazing. From Mindy Kaling, who plays Amita, to my girl Rihanna, Nine Ball, the whole film is filled with great one-liners and interactions between women from all walks of life who work together to get. ish. done.

When we're first introduced to Amita, she is working and living with her mother. Debbie finds her and asks how long it would take her to make seven pieces of jewelry if the stones were already cut to which Amita responds, "Probably five or six hours." Debbie, knowing Amita's situation, then poses the follow-up question, "How long if I told you you didn't have to live with your mother anymore?" Amita's response is priceless. "Less."

One minor problem Debbie and her right-hand lady Lou run into is right at the beginning of the film. They need a designer to demand that Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), the host of the MET Gala this year, wears a very famous, very expensive heirloom diamond necklace, the Toussaint with her outfit. The whole plot of the film is the intricate planning and execution of the heist. Rose Weis, played by Helena Bonham Carter, is a rather tragic and "iconic" designer is in deep with the IRS. She needs a lot of money to pay off all of her debts. Debbie and Lou find her. She was perfect. It only takes a staged photo in the tabloids and a very jealous Daphne Kluger to see it, and the team is in.

Because the diamond is literally 6 lbs of pure gem, another essential member of the team was needed to find equipment to create a replica necklace. Who better than a suburban mom running an illegal operation out of her garage? Sarah Paulson's character, Tammy, was one of my favorite members of the squad. She loved her home life and kids, but something was missing, and she was desperate to "get back in the game."

Debbie seeks her out and Tammy is back in action. She works her way into a job as one of the coordinators for the MET Gala, being the team's eyes and ears on the inside. It is with her insight that Nine Ball can get into the system and begin to make changes to the security for the event.

The final(ish) and most #relatable member of the team is Constance, played by the talented and equally as #relatable Awkwafina. Constance is a 20-something pick-pocketer and street entertainer who has the smoothest hands like, ever. She is the one who slyly removes the necklace from Daphne's neck and plants in a mule. All of the women evade the police and are in the clear.

At the end of the film, Debbie reveals that Daphne was looped in on the rouse later on in the planning. So instead of 7 criminal ladies, there are 8, who work together and steal not only one necklace, but an entire room full of crown jewels as people run around looking for one necklace. A really complex, genius plan that all eight women needed to be a part of in order to succeed.

This film is beautiful, funny, suspenseful, and makes you feel empowered. A hacker, an ex-con, a motorcyclist, a pick-pocketer, a mom, a celebrity, a jeweler, and a designer all work together and end up millionaires.

10/10 would definitely recommend.

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Because Of Modern Feminism Disney Princess Gender Roles Are Changing

Say goodbye to the damsel in distress.

Disney movies are beloved by people of all ages throughout the world and are some of the highest-grossing films in the industry. However, there is controversy surrounding these adored movies: the gender roles of the characters. In many Disney movies, female characters are viewed as weaker and inferior to the strong and superior male characters. This inequality is inaccurately teaching youth that there are societal behaviors and expectations for certain genders.

The Women of Disney:

In early Disney Princess movies, the princess always gets her "happily ever after" by marrying her prince who saves her when she is a damsel-in-distress. However, this limits women to have a certain gender role. Why do women need a “happily ever after” that includes men? Why can't women save themselves when in distress?In the past, female Disney characters were characterized by stereotypes: they were weak, more controlled by others, emotional, warmer, tentative, romantic, affectionate, sensitive, frailer, passive, complaining, domestic, and more troublesome than male characters.The classic examples of the stereotypical weak Disney princesses are Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. Their lives were horrible and then they found men to fix their problems. This kind of message tells girls that they are not strong enough to overcome obstacles and they need men to solve life’s issues.

In addition, in "The Lion King," the lionesses are shown to be very weak and they have to wait for Simba to return and save them. This conveys that the lionesses (women) cannot do anything for themselves and have to depend on the lions (men) for their freedom. In reality, lionesses do all of the hunting for the pride, while the lions sit back and look pretty with their flowing manes.

Another stereotype, although not usually focused on, is that Disney women are more troublesome than men. Cruella Deville in "101 Dalmatians," Ursula in "The Little Mermaid," and the Evil Queen in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" are evil and troublesome women. Although they are powerful, they are not powerful in the positive way that women should be seen as — independent and assertive.

The Men of Disney

Males in Disney movies are also viewed stereotypically: they are strong, empowered, the protectors, the providers, self-reliant, tough, aggressive, courageous, humorous, and heroic.

For example, in "Aladdin," Aladdin is fearless and survives using his wits, agility and street smarts. Throughout the movie, he fights “bad guys” and defeats a gigantic snake. Aladdin also shows his masculinity by wearing a very revealing vest. In "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the prince rides a horse and brings Snow White back to life with a kiss.

Male characters have been portrayed as masculine and even superior in Disney films.

Why are Gender Roles in Disney Movies an Issue?

Gender roles in Disney movies make assumptions about the behaviors and expectations of the characters. These assumptions and expectations include the stereotypes surrounding men and women as discussed before. Some critics would suggest that these stereotypes are the result of hidden motives; however, in reality, the stereotypes are only a side effect of common public norms and expectations for genders. Disney movies can be seen as sexist and can be harmful influences on youth who are beginning to form their views of the world. Considering the society that we live in, Disney movies fall in-line with the sexual biases that presently exist in our culture.

The Steps to Changing Gender Roles

In the 1980s, during a rise of feminism, "The Little Mermaid" was released and Ariel redefined Disney gender roles. No longer was she a damsel like the other princesses, but a strong, rebellious young woman who did not want to conform to the norm. This movie revolutionized Disney movies and started a new era of Disney animation. Pocahontas, Mulan, and Belle were new princesses after Ariel who chose their own paths and did not let someone control them. Newer movies that include strong and independent female leads are "Brave" (Merida), "Frozen" (Elsa and Anna), "The Princess and the Frog" (Tiana), and "Lilo and Stitch" (Lilo and Nani).

Cover Image Credit: Disney Princess Wiki

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My Predictions For 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

Here are my expectations for the movie.


There are some spoilers for 'Avengers: Endgame' in this article, but the spoiler ban has also been lifted today, May 6. So, read at your own discretion.

On May 6, I woke up to a new 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' trailer, and of course I have to talk about it. The trailer opens on Spider-Man looking at an Iron Man mural. The movie was speculated to take place after 'Avengers: Endgame', and this trailer confirmed that.

At the beginning of the trailer, we see Spider-Man talking to Happy Hogan about how much he misses his mentor. I already know that I'll be shedding tears for Peter within the first few minutes of the movie. Now, say what you will, but I think that Spider-Man is arguably one of the strongest heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First, his parents die, then he loses his uncle Ben, and now he's lost Tony Stark, another father figure. Peter has so much emotional baggage, I'm amazed at how he seems to stay happy all the time.

It's mentioned a few times in the trailer that there is a need for a new Iron Man. That dialogue is even said by Spider-Man himself. This leads me to believe that it might be up to Peter to fill that role. We even see him put on a prototype Iron-Man glove. While I don't know if this is right for him, it's just a hunch that I have. But if I'm right, it'd be cool to see him and Sam Wilson, the new Captain America, team up for a movie in the future.

One thing that I am curious about, is the scene where Spider-Man takes off a pair of glasses and says "Oh my God." These glasses are reminiscent of Tony Stark's, so I wonder if that will play into Spider-Man becoming the next Iron Man?

We're also introduced to Mysterio more in this trailer, after only getting one line from him in the first trailer. He comes from Earth, but from a different universe. It's explained by Nick Fury that "the snap" created a hole in the universe, which is something that I'd like more of an explanation on. Was it Thanos' snap? Or Iron Man's? The idea of a multiverse will probably be explored, as well.

Since the announcement of Mysterio in this movie, I thought that he was going to be the villain in 'Far From Home.' This trailer leads me to speculate that he still might be the bad guy, but fronts that he's a good guy, seeking help from Spider-Man.

As for MJ and Peter, we might see them advance in their relationship. There's a scene in the trailer where Peter confides in Mysterio, saying that he just wants to tell MJ how he feels. We get a preview of this scene, but it doesn't go as planned. Instead, MJ guesses that Peter is really Spider-Man, which is alarming, but exciting. Only Ned Leeds, Peter's best friend, knows who is really behind the mask. Maybe this will help MJ and Peter further their relationship, since telling someone that you're a superhero takes a lot of trust.

Another thing that I'm excited about is the dynamic between Nick Fury and Spider-Man. Before this movie, they had never met. Maybe Nick will become a new father figure for Peter? Or will help Nick in a new Avengers plan?

I cannot wait for July 2nd to roll around. The Spider-Man movies are more lighthearted, and I always have a fun time watching them. Spider-Man is my favorite character in the MCU, and I'm never stressed out when I watch Spider-Man movies, unlike Captain America or Avengers ones. I'm excited to see where this movie leads the MCU next.

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