Life is a banquet, Darlings, and most poor suckers are starving to death! (I’m still living the movie!) Let me explain, one day, approximately a week ago, I felt like I wanted to be decadent (which turned into two days and then into 3 days…hmm you get the picture!). I said to myself, “I just want to be Auntie Mame today!” I wanted to sleep until 2pm because I went to bed at 5:30am with my fabulous and outrageous friends. I decided to begin my day of being Auntie Mame by watching the movie when I awoke at 2pm, while wearing gorgeous, expensive lingerie and drinking champagne!
I believe movies are our modern mythology. We watch these movies and part of us believes they are true and real. From Film Noirs to Romantic Comedies, the heroines of girl-power flicks have the Goddess attitude in spades. Watching the ways that powerful female characters overcome adversity with style, wit, and joie de vivre gives us unique and inspiring ways to deal with our own obstacles. You will see every facet of femininity (yours and theirs) being played out on the screen. Don’t forget, as the fabulous Auntie Mame says, “Life is a banquet, Darling!”
Watch these movies GoddessLife Style:
Allow yourself to be immersed in this Goddess’ world: Research about protagonist (if she’s an actual person) or watch the behind the scenes, making of the movie. Try dressing like her for a day. During the day, ask yourself, “What would she do?” “What would she say?” It could give you the nerve to say one the all time great lines from the movie All About Eve, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!”
Add to this list:
I couldn’t possibly list every Goddess movie, so add to mine. The rules are that the woman has to be the protagonist; she transforms, overcomes and wins by the end of the movie. You get extra credit for best friends, groups of women that join forces. And, no matter how romantic the movie is, her personal triumph must precede being rescued by a man (meaning it's ok if he is protective, but not using this masculine trait as power over her or to control her).
Turn it into a movie night party with your girlfriends:
Invite your girlfriends over and create a theme with costumes and beverages. Its feels more appropriate to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s with tiaras and drinking champagne!
Or make the movie a little contest. Create a list of ten great “goddess” lines in the movie and whoever shouts it out first while its being said gets a point. The one with the most points at the end wins a prize. This will also teach you all some fun and empowering lines you can share and encourage each other with long after you’ve watched the movie.
Gone with the Wind: “As God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again.”
Legally Blonde: “I just don't think that Brooke could've done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.”
Erin Brockovich: “They're called boobs, Ed.”
Devil Wears Prada: “Is there some reason that my coffee isn't here? Has she died or something?”
Thelma and Louise: “I feel really awake. I don't recall ever feeling this awake. You know? Everything looks different now. You feel like that? You feel like you got something to live for now?”
Auntie Mame (1958) She is a socialite and the quintessential roaring 20's flapper (Rosalind Russell), with a huge desire to live life to it’s fullest. Then she is appointed as guardian of her young orphaned nephew. She raises him through the Great Depression, trying to rescue him from the stuffy, conventional people that make up his world.
Legally Blonde (2001) A sorority girl (Reese Witherspoon) from California rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard Law School determined to win her East Coast boyfriend back from his old sweetheart from prep school.
Cabaret (1972) A female girlie club entertainer (Liza Minnelli) performs amazing dance numbers choreographed by Bob Fosse during the Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) A struggling writer moves into a New York apartment building and becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn). Holly's lifestyle confuses and fascinates him; in public she flits through parties with a sexy, sophisticated air, but when they're alone she changes into a sweetly vulnerable bundle of neuroses.
Gilda (1946) A successful nightclub owner in Argentina returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda (Rita Hayworth) and it is evident that the club owner’s right-hand man and Gilda have a past. All set in the glamorous nightclubs of Buenos Aires in the 1940’s.
The Color Purple (1985) This film follows the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life, which has a beautiful ending.
Blue Crush (2002)Set among the white beaches and thunderous waves of Hawaii's North Shore, BLUE CRUSH is an adrenaline-drenched surf picture that boasts a star-making performance from Kate Bosworth. Bosworth is... Set among the waves of Hawaii's North Shore, its about a determined surfer (Kate Bosworth) who just days away from a infamous surfing contest, is thrown into turmoil. She is courted by a hunky NFL quarterback and tries to come to terms with a surfing accident from her past that nearly killed her. In order to compete in the contest, she must reach deep within herself to find the courage necessary to come out on top.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) A woman (Kathy Bates) is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets an outgoing old woman (Jessica Tandy), who tells her the story a young woman in 1920's Alabama and learns to be more assertive in her life.
Gone With the Wind (1939) American classic in which a sassy, strong and determined woman (Vivien Leigh) and a roguish man (Clark Gable) carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Erin Brockovich (2000) Julia Roberts - An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.
Devil Wears Prada (2006) A naive young woman (Anne Hathaway) comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep).
Nine to Five (1980) Three female employees (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton) of a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" find a way to turn the tables on him.
Wizard of Oz (1939) Judy Garland stars as Dorothy in a musical based on the classic children's book by L. Frank Baum. When Dorothy's neighbor, Miss Gulch, threatens to take away Dorothy's precious dog, Toto, Dorothy... Dorothy (Judy Garland) runs away from home and gets caught in a twister. She passes out and has the most fantastic dream about the Land of Oz. It has a brilliant metaphor of a long journey of trying to return home only to find you were always there. The film deservedly holds a precious place in the hearts of millions.
Elizabeth (1998) This is a film about the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England (Cate Blanchett) and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.
Silkwood (1983) The story of Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep), a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.
Working Girl (1998) When a secretary's (Melanie Griffith) idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss's (Sigourney Weaver) job.
La Femme Nikita (1990) Convicted felon Nikita (Anne Parillaud), instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top-secret spy/assassin.
Frida (2002) A biography of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (Selma Hayek), who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.
Gidget (1959) A young girl (Sandra Dee) discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transformative summer.
The Muse (2002) A screenwriter loses his edge and turns to the mythical "Zeus's Daughter". And he's willing to pay, albeit reluctantly, whatever price it takes to satisfy this goddess (Sharon Stone), especially when her advice gets him going again on a sure-fire script.
Barbarella (1968) The year is 40,000. Barbarella (Jane Fonda) is a futuristic girl from Earth who is called on to retrieve a noted scientist, from the evil planet. On her perilous and quite sexy, journey she teams with blind angel, and battles with various sexual torture devices.
The Queen (2006) After the death of Princess Diana, HM Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.
All About Eve (1950) An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress (Bette Davis) and her circle of theater friends. Some of the best dialog ever written!
Thelma and Louise (1991) While on a short weekend getaway, Louise (Susan Sarandon) commits a crime to protect Thelma (Geena Davis). Due to the incriminating circumstances, they make a run for it. A cross-country chase ensues. Along the way, both women rediscover the strength of their friendship and surprising aspects of their personalities and self-strengths.
Henry and June (1990) Anais Nin (Maria de Medeiros) meets Henry Miller and his wife June (Uma Thurman). Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. All with the sumptuous backdrop of the bohemian lifestyle in Paris in the 1930’s.
Beaches (1988) A privileged rich debutante (Barbara Hershey) and a cynical struggling entertainer (Bette Midler) share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.
The Philadelphia Story (1940) When a rich woman's (Katherine Hepburn) ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.
Funny Girl (1968)The life of comedienne Fannie Brice (Barbara Streisand), from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies.
Private Benjamin (1980) A hilarious comedy about a sheltered young high society woman (Goldie Hawn)who joins the army on a whim and finds herself in an unexpectedly difficult situation.
Ball of Fire (1941) A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer (Barbara Stanwyck) escape from the Mob.
Witches of Eastwick (1987) Three bored New England women (Cher, Michelle Pfieffer and Susan Sarandon) innocently conjure up a man who could satisfy all their desires. Through this experience, they all discover the powers within themselves.
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) - A bored suburban housewife (Rosanna Arquette), seeking adventure in her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan (Madonna).
Clueless (1995) Jane Austen's Emma (Alicia Silverstone) meets Beverly Hills 90210 in this teen lifestyle parody.
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) - At only thirteen years of age, Loretta Webb (Sissy Spacek) marries Doolittle Lynn who recognizes his wife's musical talent, and buys her a guitar as an anniversary present one year. This gift sets Loretta Lynn on the grueling, tumultuous path to country music greatness.
Cleopatra (1963) The historical epic about the triumphs, ambition and decadence of Egypt’s Queen and final Pharaoh (Elizabeth Taylor).