Bring It On might be the best “teen movie” I’ve seen in a long time. I felt like watching a bright, happy, frivolous sort of movie but I was pleasantly surprised. Bring It On certainly fulfilled that criteria, but in a more intelligent way than I remember.
Recently aired on ABC was the locally made tele-movie about the life and career of one of Australia’s most famous show girls, Carlotta. Known to friends and family as Carol Spencer and born as Richard Byron, she has a fascinating and sometimes tragic story to tell.
The movie follows Carlotta’s life, beginning as a young boy in 1940s Sydney whose mother (Anita Hegh) is a retired dancer, and whose father is a small minded man of the times. Not much time is spent showing this time period but it gives the audience an important insight into Carlotta’s young life, and the prejudices surrounding even small displays of femininity.
I just finished reading the fantastic final book in the Divergent trilogy; Allegiant. Thus it’s probably a great time to talk about the series as a whole and the recently released movie adaptation of the first book. There will be spoilers.
First the book series. Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant form the trilogy published between 2011 and 2013 by the (quite young) Veronica Roth. The series follows our young heroine Beatrice Prior, known mostly as Tris, as she navigates a slightly dystopian Chicago in our future.