Film Review: The Shallows

The Shallows is a film about a girl who goes surfing and has to fight for her life against an enormous shark. The director is Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed the hit movie Orphan (2009) with a powerful female lead. I went to a theater and prepared myself for something I did not expect. The movie begins with our heroine Nancy, played by Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively. She travels to a remote beach trying to connect with her deceased mother. We find out that Nancy has dropped out of medical school. She loses faith in the occupation because medicine failed to save her mother from cancer. Nancy...

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Book Review: Milly-Molly-Mandy

About ten years ago I was browsing in a bookshop and I came across a book I had long since forgotten about. I couldn’t resist opening it up to see if this modern publication was the same as the book that I remembered from my childhood. The book was Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley. The dust cover may have been brightly coloured, but the inside was so familiar, with its beautifully illustrated images and the village map inside the front and back covers. Memories of my mother reading the short stories to me at bedtime brought a smile to face and made me wish to do the same for my...

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Review: Nancy Drew

Back in my school days when we couldn’t order books off the Internet, one way for young students to have access to reading materials outside of the general bookstore or school library in New Zealand was the monthly catalogue Scholastic. Here is where I picked up my childhood passion of detective work, from the world of Nancy Drew, versions from both the books and the Her Interactive games. This had not one, but many female leads — Nancy, Beth and George. Nancy Drew herself, on the surface, lives a perfect life. She has the car, the perfect boyfriend and is reasonably well off. She’s polite...

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Exhibition Review: Beyond Suffrage

In November 2017, I had the opportunity to go to a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York about women in politics — obviously my favorite topic! The exhibition, Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics, traced women’s political activism in New York City over a century. Beginning with the decades-long fight for women’s voting rights that resulted in state wide voting rights for women in 1917 and national voting rights in 1920. I would remiss if I didn’t mention voter disenfranchisement of women of color and other minorities, so even though women...

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Exhibition Review: Women Doing Men’s Jobs

During World War One, there were countless stories of badass women who defied norms and contributed to the war effort in incredible ways. Mary Boden set up and funded a mobile hospital unit on the Western Front that nursed soldiers wounded in Ypres and Somme, serving as a nurse until the end of the war. Edith Cavell, another nurse, saved the lives of many soldiers regardless of what side they were fighting on. Her courageous actions led to her execution in October 1915 by the Germans after helping hundreds of the Allied forces escape from Belgium to the Netherlands. Flora Sandes was...

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TV Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer ‚Äì “Ted” “Ted” is the 11th¬†episode of season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and while it aired in 1997, one of the main themes of the episode is still prevalent today. Buffy‚Äôs mother begins dating Ted, a man whom her mother and all of her friends seem to love. Buffy, however, does not take to him. Whether it‚Äôs her superpowers or female intuition, she sees through Ted‚Äôs ‚Äònice guy‚Äô persona almost immediately. To her mother and friends, Ted is constantly charming but when alone with Buffy, his mask slips. When he catches her...

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