“Be independent”: RBG film review

Pop culture icon, feminist trailblazer, judiciary rockstar (that’s my personal favorite), whatever you refer Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as, RBG shows why she deserves any and all celebratory titles, including the Notorious R.B.G., which spurred the justice’s new found celebrity status starting in 2013.  The film’s directors, Betsy West and Julie Cohen, take on the daunting task of bringing Ginsburg’s extraordinary life to the big screen. By incorporating and interweaving different mediums of storytelling, such as old home videos, audio recordings, and interviews, including a face-to-face interview with the justice herself, West and Cohen show how the Brooklyn-born Ginsburg became a member of the highest federal court in the United States. Spoiler, it wasn’t easy.

To delve into the hardships and discrimination Justice Ginsburg experienced would be an impossible task in a single movie review and it would also do RBG a disservice as the film manages to address her experiences in a manner that makes the viewer frustrated and upset, but ultimately leave the theater inspired and informed. As I left the theater, I certainly felt these emotions. Oddly, I also felt concern for the film, specifically, over whether or not it was going to gain the credibility it deserves. While RBG is a film for everyone, there is a clear audience the film is garnered to (I’m looking at you left- leaning millennials), but for those outside the target audience, whose to say that this film is nothing more than a glorified bio page? For anyone thinking that, my response would be: Martin Ginsburg, Justice Ginsburg’s husband.

Odd answer, I know, but the best and most important part of RBG is its focus on Justice Ginsburg’s relationship with her husband of 56 years. Thanks to the internet, I could have learned that Ginsburg was the first female member of the Harvard Law Review or that she is quite the fan of opera, but I would have never known how important and how much gratitude I have for Martin Ginsburg and what he did for his wife, including leading the campaign for her to become a Supreme Court Justice. While watching the film, I felt that RBG didn’t do as much as they could with going deeper into Ginsburg’s personal life, but looking back, every second the film spends on talking about Martin, they are talking about the most personal aspects of Ginsburg as well; they were a team, but he was also her biggest cheerleader.

In a film that is filled with quotable lines to live by, what stuck out for me was Ginsburg talking about the two most important lessons her mother taught her, with one being, “be independent.” As an introvert, it is no surprise that this stuck out for me, especially, since I have always prided myself with my ability to be independent, enjoy my own company, and so on. But that is not the “independence” Ginsburg was taught nor continues to live by.  The independence she follows is one where you’re always able to rely on yourself, but you still put yourself out there in the world and not use your “independence” as a way to talk yourself out of dinner plans (I am very guilty of that one). Lastly, independence does not mean you have to be alone to have it. It is okay to have a “cheerleader,” or several, who see what makes you so amazing as an individual.  So, first movie review is in the bag and I am also assigning my introvert self some homework, which is to reach out to the “cheerleaders” that I have in my life.

Thanks for reading and as always,

Stay tuned!







Hello All! Welcome to my blog, “The Introvert Film Critic.”  As this is my “Welcome Readers” post (yes, I have decided to be ambitious and use the plural “readers”), I’ll begin by explaining how I decided on the name.  First, I am a true introvert at heart; I get relieved when bigs plans are canceled, I stay up late reliving embarrassing moments from my past, I find socializing to be exhausting at times, and, of course, I relish being alone.  So when I do go out, it’s usually to the movies and in true introvert fashion, I usually go by myself, which leads me to the “Film Critic” aspect of my blog. I do consider myself to be a film critic, but for total transparency, I am not a professional and my “critiques” mainly consist of me giving my opinion after watching a film.  It’s a very loose definition.

But do not fret readers, this blog will not be about my journey to “fixing” or “working on” my introversion nor will it just feature movie reviews to help kickstart my film critic aspirations.  Instead, it will be a hybrid of the two! I apologize for setting you up like that, but let me explain. As of May 18th, 2018, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. I am very proud of that accomplishment, but I was even more excited to be done with school and ready to start this new phase in my life (college took five years, so all you “super seniors” out there best understand this readiness).  However, now that the graduation festivities are over and all my “Thank You (for giving me money)” letters are sent out, I find myself in limbo.

I know that feeling lost and having no clue what the hell you’re doing after college is nothing new.  Without having to go to class and being assigned work, it’s now up to me to be productive, but this is where my introvert-self becomes a problem.  I live alone (shocking, I know) and during college, it was awesome because it gave me a true place of my own to deal with stress; it became my sole comfort zone when times got tough, and there were a lot of tough times.  However, no longer a student, I’ve realized how comfortable I’ve become with being comfortable. I am not living some luxurious life where my definition of “comfortable” is being a member of the country club and getting to shop at Lululemon without having to use a gift card.  My “comfortable” is more internal and takes place in solitude a.k.a. my apartment. I find myself spending way too much time in my apartment because it’s now difficult and overwhelming to leave, especially as I enter post-grad life. This is no way to live because it’s boring and not healthy…and my lease ends at the end of July so I need to get my shit together.

This brings me to the main reason I decided to create a blog specifically.  For the next 30 days, from June 11 to July 10, I am challenging myself to get the hell out of my apartment and go see one movie a day (shout out to MoviePass for making this possible).  To up the ante, I will also write a review for each of the films that will include my own subjective opinion on it and taking whatever thoughts and responses I have to the film and see how it does (or doesn’t) apply to my life.  In short, I felt having a blog would be the best way to keep myself accountable; knowing I had “readers,” would give my delusional self motivation and responsibility.  This blog will definitely be an experiment so I hope I’ve made my intentions for it clear.  If not, to put it simply, this blog is meant to help me become more comfortable with the uncomfortable.  Stay tuned!