It’s A Wonderful Life

On May 18, 1897, Frank Capra was born. This iconic movie director brought to life some of the most beloved movies of all time. The Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life is one of his many achievements.

George Bailey’s life is closely followed by his guardian angel Clarence. Clarence watches as George prevents many tragedies, like the pharmacist killing kids and his brother dying. Throughout George’s life he ends up giving up a trip to Europe to protect his father’s business from being taken over by the towns greedy banker Mr. Potter. George knows Mr. Potter’s games and does not let him get the best of him. This is shown after George marries his sweetheart Mary, when the two give up their honeymoon to save people from debt when the stock market in 1929 crashes. As the years go by we learn that George and Mary have built a happy home with children. On the day that George’s brother is set to come home after receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II a large sum of money is lost.¬†The money was used for Bailey Park, affordable housing. By coincidence the night is Christmas Eve, and with the money being lost George goes to Potter for help. However, Potter who has all of the money, decides to call the police on George. Upset, George returns home only to learn that his youngest daughter is sick and yells at the teacher on the phone. Angrily, George throws a fit upsetting his family. He runs out eventually jumping in the river after a man. That man turns out to be Clarence who shows George what life would be like without him. He learns that Potter runs the town with everyone who he knows and loves being bitter and angry. Eventually, George ends up coming back. Upon his return home many people show up donating the money to George for what he needs. From there the bell rings on the tree, showing that Clarence has gotten his wings. Blessed and faith reassured, George looks up with his family knowing that everything is going to be okay.

It’s A Wonderful Life is a true classic. The synopsis of this film is simple, yet inspiring. Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897 only to become a rags to riches story with movies like this on. In this film, he is able to bring a beloved story to life that is beloved by many.

Hairspray (2007)

The first movie post today was supposed to be yesterday May 17 because a historic event happened on that day in 1954. The groundbreaking case Brown v. Board of Education was voted unanimously by the United States Supreme Court that segregation in schools was unlawful. This paved the way for schools to desegregate so all children receive an equal education. In 2007 movie musical Hairspray this movie follows events in Baltimore that surround segregation. Although, not taking place in a school, this movie covers why segregation is wrong.

Tracy Turnblad loves one thing: dancing. She and her best friend Penny Pingleton run to her house after school every day to watch the Corny Collins Show. When it is revealed that there is going to be an opening for the show, Tracy goes to audition. Sadly, due to her size, she things don’t go well. When Tracy gets detention for skipping school, she meets Seaweed. Unlike Tracy, Seaweed has to face discrimination due to the color of his skin. Seaweed and Tracy become fast friends after he shows her some dance moves. Seaweed informs Tracy that his mother, Motor Mouth Maybelle, is the woman behind “Negro Day” on the Corny Collins Show. Tracy tells Seaweed that is her favorite part. However, when we go behind the scenes for Negro Day we learn that Maybelle is being ridiculed by the producer of the show Velma Van Tassel. When the time arises for there to be a dance, Tracy is dancing until she sees Seaweed on the other side of the gym. Seaweed encourages Tracy to dance with some of the moves he showed her. From there Tracy is recognized by the producers for the Corny Collins Show and wins a spot. For Tracy things start to change as everyone starts to recognize her. Yet, Tracy still has to deal with her over protective and agoraphobic mother. Tracy convinces her mother to become her agent helping her out through tough times. Yet, when Velma realizes that Tracy might win “Little Miss Hairspray” over her daughter she starts to take drastic measures. Velma makes it look like she and Tracy’s father are together causing a rift in the marriage. While Velma’s daughter Amber, tells Tracy’s mother about her being in the “Negro” section of town with Penny and the show’s heart throb Link. It is at this moment that Motor Mouth Maybelle informs them that “Negro Day” has been cancelled. This upsets Seaweed’s younger sister who has been wanting to be on the show for a while. Tracy says that she will take a stand with Motor Mouth Maybelle because she knows that this is wrong. However, her heart is broken when Link tells her that he is more concerned about his career. Later that night Tracy heads out in protest of the television station for what is right. But, she is arrested when she hits a cop on the head with a sign. This leads to many exaggerating reports about her. Link realizes that he loves Tracy and goes out of his way to make thinks right. Meanwhile, Tracy has hidden at Penny’s house and ends up getting locked in by Penny’s mother. Penny and Seaweed, who are now boyfriend and girlfriend, break her out. From there a plan is devised for them to sabotage the “Little¬†Miss Hairspray” contest the next day. The plan works with Tracy being able to make her way into the studio. Once she reclaims her platform, Link goes out and gets Seaweed’s younger sister on stage where she shows how talented she is. Edna, Tracy’s mother, sees Velma faking the votes and manages to get her on camera admitting that she has been sabotaging the contest. In the end, Inez, Seaweed’s sister, wins the Little Miss Hairspray contest with integration being permanent for the Corny Collins Show. Oh, Link and Tracy are a loving couple.

Hairspray may have taken place after the historic Brown v. Board of Education verdict on May 17, 1954. In this movie, segregation between black and white is shown through the production of television. Only for a girl to show that segregation is wrong. In Hairspray, we are introduced to a world where segregation is accepted until one person, although a little naive, spoke up.