​I was running late to pick her up.  We knew we wouldn’t make it in  time for the 12:00pm screening of the movie. Instead of rushing,  we decided to have lunch first and catch the later screening of it. When we got to the movie house, the ticket line was full and discussed how we should have gotten the tickets in advance. As we waited for our turn to use the self service machine,  she took out her phone to check on seats availability.

Friend: “So many seats are taken already. It will be a full house.”

Me: “It doesn’t matter, if we can’t get in we can watch another movie.”

Friend: “I watched the trailer, I am going to watch this movie even if it means I sit right in front of the screen.”

When it was our turn,  the self service machine froze. We did not know how to use it but eventually we got it right. The only thing was,  we did not get a chance to choose our seats which resulted in us sharing a love seat.  We looked at each other and burst into laughter. She made a joke, put her head on my shoulder and mentioned that people around us would thinks us a couple. 

I playfully shoved her off me , put my bag in the middle and told her to keep her distance.

A lady came into the cinema to announce that the air con was not working and she tried to get some help but she was told not to worry as people did not mind having the air con off.

The cinema was full and everyone was breathing the same air. I felt hot and faint. 

After the movie, the lights came on and I heard clapping in the background. I couldn’t sit in my seat any longer. I stood up and excused myself trying to squeeze between people. I needed air.

We decided to go outside of the mall for some fresh air and discuss the movie.

Here is our review of Hidden Figures

Genius has no race

Courage has no limit

Strength has no gender

Introducing the sheroes behind the movie

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson (born August 26, 1918) is an African-American physicist and mathematician who made contributions to the United States’ aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, she conducted technical work at NASA that spanned decades. During this time, she calculated the trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return paths for many flights from Project Mercury, including the early NASA missions of John Glenn and Alan Shepard, and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon, through the Space Shuttle program.Her calculations were critical to the success of these missions. Johnson also did calculations for plans for a mission to Mars.

Taraji P Henson – I  fell in love with Taraji’s portrayal of Katherine. She showed the vulnerability and strength of this woman. At first you think of her as a weakling, one who does not stand up for herself but as the movie progresses you are shown her strength and her will to show what she is capable of and she did not allow herself to be bullied by her co-workers.

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan (September 20, 1910 – November 10, 2008) was an African American mathematician and Human Computer who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and NASA, at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In 1949, she became acting supervisor of the West Area Computers, the first African-American woman to supervise a staff at the center.

She later was promoted officially to this position. During her 28-year career, Vaughan prepared for the introduction of machine computers in the early 1960s by teaching herself and her staff the programming language of FORTRAN; she later headed the programming section of the Analysis and Computation Division (ACD) at Langley.

Octavia Spencer – One of my favourite actress of all time. I loved her on The Help and I knew that her performance would not be a disappointment. Even though it was a supporting role, her performance was full of grace. Octavia is a powerhouse.

Mary Winston Jackson (April 9, 1921 – February 11, 2005) was an African American mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which in 1958 was succeeded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She worked at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, for most of her career. She started as a computer at the segregated West Area Computing division. She took advanced engineering classes and in 1958 became NASA’s first black female engineer.

After 34 years at NASA, Jackson had earned the most senior engineering title available. She realized she could not earn further promotions without becoming a supervisor. She accepted a demotion to become a manager of both the Federal Women’s Program, in the NASA Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, and of the Affirmative Action Program. In this role, she worked to influence both the hiring and promotion of women in NASA’s science, engineering, and mathematics careers.

Janelle Monáe – A newcomer to film work. I had an opportunity to watch Moonlight and I was impressed by this woman. I am impressed by her performance in both films. She carried her own weight around great actors. I loved her bubbly sense of humour and big mouth. I could not believe that  could let all of it come out of her. She gave this performance all her best and I cannot wait to see her again.

All in all the movie was brilliant. We both agreed that we wished we had the same tenacity and strong will of these women. They were women and black. They faced discrimination everyday from their counterparts but showed up and worked hard to be accepted in an industry dominated by white male.

This is one movie I will never forget and it has given me something to think about.

Biopic Information, poster and pictures taken  from Wikipedia and 20th Century Fox Movies.

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