Recently, tennis legend John McEnroe made a comment on NPR radio about tennis great Serena Williams, stating “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.” He made this comment nearly 44 years after Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in their historic tennis match, but maybe he needs a reminder of the hurdles women in tennis have made. We’ve come a long way in the fight for gender equality. Humanity has made a few cracks in the glass ceiling along the way, but after the message sent by men and women alike during the 2016 presidential election, Battle of the Sexes is a film as relevant today as the match was in 1973. With a pair of stellar performances and strong direction from Johnathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Battle of the Sexes is an absolute crowd-pleasing success.
There’s a reason why people say the phrase, “at least you have your health.” Over the years, after I had multiple knee and one shoulder surgery, I realized that it’s a blessing to be able to wake up in the morning and have full mobility. If you haven’t had a rude awakening, a movie like Stronger might send a message that you take to heart. Director David Gordon Green brings the story of Jeff Bauman to the big screen. Bauman lost both his legs below the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing, but this isn’t the typical narrative of a man overcoming tragedy and finding his will to walk again. There’s an awful lot of pain and suffering to crack through, before Baumen learns what it takes to keep going, not to mention, two stellar performances at the center from Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany. Stronger is more than just an inspirational film, it’s an experience where you leave thankful for what you’ve got.
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