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5 Reasons to Watch Hidden Figures

Oscar season is just around the corner and thanks to Oscar-nominated movie Hidden Figures, TMG is buzzing with excitement about this year’s red carpet. Telling the story of three African-American women who are BOTH mathematicians and scientists at NASA, this movie is extremely empowering. TMG is OBSESSED with the fact that this movie showcases the incredible abilities of women in STEM – we LOVE girl power! As if watching women crush and crunch numbers like total BOSSES wasn’t reason enough to see this movie, we are providing you with 5 MORE reasons to go and watch Hidden Figures. 1. Math and Science are Relevant

Showing you that math and science have USEFUL applications outside of the classroom, Hidden Figures makes you realize that what you’re currently learning is relevant to not only a potential future career but also relevant to your understanding of what kind of theoretical work is applied to NASA’s space missions.

2. Math and Science are Cool

Hollywood is cool, right?! And sexy, sparkly, glamorous, Hollywood is talking about a movie that features math and science. Therefore, Hollywood is making math and science cool. SO, be cool and get in on the Hollywood buzz!

3. Learn About History

Want to sound knowledgeable about American history? Go and watch Hidden Figures! Because this movie is based on a true story, you will come out of this movie knowing SO much more about an important (yet underrepresented) part of American history.

4. Strong Acting

Featuring fierce and fiery performances by Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Taraji P, this trio of women is one that will keep you riveted from beginning to end. With Oscar nominations to prove the star-quality of their performances, the acting in Hidden Figures will NOT disappoint.

5. Feel-Good Story

A lot of movies currently in theatres are super-heavy tear jerkers that have you leaving the theatre in a bit of a slump. If you want to be picked up, enlightened and empowered, this movie is the one to watch. Hidden Figures will make you laugh and cheer loudly for these amazing women, you will feel GOOD after leaving the theatre.

If you think about it, we have really given you 6 reasons to go and see Hidden Figures. So, get off of Netflix and get into a theatre to watch this empowering, inspiring and educational piece of highly talked about art that ACTUALLY features STEM!!!

 

 

 

Mathflix and Chill

The countdown to summer is ON. We know that for the next few weeks, most of you will have your heads buried in your textbooks and class notes, but we promise, the end is near. Studying hard now will pay off, and you know that all the effort is only temporary- in a short while you’ll be able to chill out and relax for 3 whole months! Although we don’t recommend you spend your entire summer on a couch in front of the TV, we know it’s bound to happen on on a rainy weekend or at the end of a busy day. Instead of watching mind-numbing reality TV shows, or whatever over-hyped summer blockbuster is out, check out the Math Guru’s favourite movies instead. Each one has some relation to math/science, but it won’t feel like you’re sitting in your 9:00am functions class. We promise, it is possible to learn and get a little inspired while still Netflix and chillin. 2014, THE IMITATION GAME

The Imitation Game

This historical drama is based on the life of Alan Turing, a mathematician who was basically one of the first computer coders. He helped fight the Nazis in World War II by deciphering the messages sent over the Enigma machine (the tool the Nazis used to secretly communicate their radio signals). Obviously, the story has been “Hollywoodized” but one thing is made clear, Turing’s work was essential in giving us modern day computer science and artificial intelligence.  

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An all time classic, so many people forget that the main character Cady Heron (a.k.a. Lindsey Lohan) is actually a huge math nerd. Though we don’t approve of Cady’s attempt to at first hide the fact that she is a complete math genius, she redeems herself in the end when she competes with the Mathletes and ends up winning the competition for her school. If there’s one thing we can learn from Cady, it’s that beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive and you should always own it!!

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Good Will Hunting  

This is probably one of the most #inspirational films listed here. Starring Matt Damon (so you can’t complain), this drama is about a delinquent who works as a janitor at MIT. When he happens upon a difficult math problem left on a chalkboard, he’s able to solve it correctly. What follows is a series of dramatic/emotional events, but the film is rooted in Will’s newly revealed genius. Bonus trivia: University of Toronto Prof. Patrick O’Donnell served as a mathematics advisor for the movie. He also made a cameo as the character “Marty” and it’s his handwriting that appears on all the blackboards throughout the movie.

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Moneyball

For the sports fans (and/or Brad Pitt enthusiasts), Moneyball combines both plus a whole lot of math vibes. The movie is based on the true story of Oakland Athletics baseball team’s 2002 season. It follows how the General Manager and Assistant General Manager draft a team using a “Sabermetric” approach- which is the fancy term for analyzing baseball based on empirical evidence (a.k.a STATISTICS). Didn’t think math and sports could co-exist? Think again.

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The Theory of Everything

Ok, don’t expect to finish watching the Theory of Everything and understand quantum physics. Less educational and more biographical, this film follows the personal life of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Though the movie does portray some of his his work it does focus more on his disability and family life. Pick the Theory of Everything if you’re being tempted by a sappy rom-com, but want to go for something that’ll make you feel a little more cultured.

 

Feminism & Factoring: Our Fave F Words!

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In case you don't know yet, I am obsessed OBSESSED with media representations of women and math. That's my thing. The way that the media portrays women who enjoy math is, in my opinion, largely responsible for the lack of women who WANT (read: do not want) to pursue math - and that needs to be changed. I'm not the only one who feels this way, and hey, the way the media portrays women in general sucks sometimes. Just look at Mean Girls, the fan fave that teaches girls that in order to impress a guy that you need to totally dumb yourself down to the point of sacrificing academic success! Well, this fab group may not be particularly focused on the portrayal of women and MATH, but are they zoomed in on the portrayal of women and intelligence? Hell yes! A group of amazing women have started a little something called "Drunk Feminist Films" and it's a super chill (and fun) way to dissect and diss films that portray women as anything other than fabulous.

The solution to the media's nonsense isn't necessarily to just bitch and cry. Why not "get tipsy while lovingly berating (movies) for (their) depictions of female passivity and disempowerment"?

Be a part of it all and help change the way we consume the messages the media feeds us: show up to Toronto's Revue Cinema tonight for a screen & shout of Bring it On! A-mazing.

xoxo