Let’s Watch Movies Directed By Women

  On the eve of the awards season festival kick-off, over at Directed by Women the stage is well and truly set for the endorsement of what should be widespread and one of the most popular events of the year to anyone who is anyone that loves movies and has half a brain. I quote […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Back to the Future

I simply could not resist again pouring my nostalgic words out about a film I have written about before. And you would have to go as far back as Marty McFly did when you first saw Back to the Future at the cinema. Right? Now 30 years on, this, for me and many others I […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #19

It sure is nice to find small gems on the big bad internet reminding of those we loved and lost from a long time ago. As per normal I am discovering some more great writing on the women in the film industry, as well as some classic film score composition, Film Critics, and finishing with an […]

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When Robin Met Oscar: A Very Brief Oscars History

As the shimmering buzz of awards season seemingly gets earlier and earlier each year, I dig deep into the memory bank to deposit some Oscar-related thoughts from my first 10 years being glued to the event. The first year I took the Academy Awards seriously, extremely seriously, was the year Dances with Wolves took 7 […]

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Masterpiece Memo: The Age of Innocence

  Whenever asked about my favorite Martin Scorsese film, I typically went with the usual, more generally acceptable suspects across Scorsese film geeks. Movies like Goodfellas or Raging Bull or Taxi Driver. Those are the generally agreed-upon classics. And they’re great, don’t get me wrong. But they weren’t films that lived in my heart. Those […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #18

Having finally managed to publish the 100 Films By Women series, I have had much more time to scour the internet for various film-related material. And it easy to find some compelling stuff. Speaking of female filmmakers, I was particularly excited to find Sofia Coppola had spoken to Alice and Alba Rohrwacher about The Wonders. […]

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Masterpiece Memo: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest opens and closes with a tranquil setting, open land at near-dark, mountains, that stirring Jack Nitzsche score – emotively both experiences are very different. The brave, sensitive subject matter on show here is still tricky to handle even today (forty years on), but the director Milos Forman just gets […]

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Masterpiece Memo: 2001: A Space Odyssey

So much theory has been written about 2001: A Space Odyssey. For this review, I’m siding with Mr. Kubrick who, when asked to explain the meaning of his film, said, “You’re free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film—and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part Ten

And there we have it, 100 Films Made By Women. I simply have to thank every one of you that contributed here through the ten parts – reading your words over and over was a pleasure and enlightening every time. And a thank you too to those that read all of this. Keep reading. Go […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part Nine

My own inclusions here of two Danish films and their makers is purely coincidental. In the penultimate part (sob, sob) of the 100 Films Made By Women we also have Oscar-winners and yet another short film, but in all 10, more examples of women doing great work in the film industry. Blackfish (2013) – Gabriela […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #17

Not much time goes by when I don’t have the pleasure to see Greta Gerwig on film, or indeed see or read about her on the internet. Mistress America is right up there on my most anticipated films of 2015. Enjoy also broadening your horizons on movies about coming-of-age from the female perspective, as well […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part Eight

As we open the eighth part of the 100 Films Made By Women with three movies in black and white, we also include the oldest film on the entire list (and one of two short films). Continue to salute with us these extremely talented women bringing exceptional films to our attention: A Girl Walks Home […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part Seven

Another mixed bag coming up in the seventh part of the 100 Films Made By Women. A man with a gun, squabbling sisters, stroppy teenagers, child abuse, a ground-breaking documentary, classic literature, oddball comedy – the list can go on. Go ahead, enjoy the next ten: Children of a Lesser God (1986) – Randa Haines […]

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Carpe diem: Robin Williams One Year Gone

With a year gone by already since the incredibly sad loss of Robin Williams, how can I not be inspired by his legacy to write poetry, right now, about five of his greatest film performances? Oh if only I had three wishes, there is one that I would hold, As we remember a unique talent, […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part Six

Although I never claimed outright each and every one of the 100 Films Made By Women would be rare things, that was kind of the net I was casting. That said, with that extraordinarily laborious problem in the film industry, not having heard of so many female film directors out there means these gems and […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part Five

Almost halfway there, after this post that’s 50 Films Made By Women, 50 still to go. So what have you learned? Who have you heard of? How many have you actually seen? I thought so. Lets crack on with the next 10 then, I do hope you are enjoying this at least somewhere close to […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #16

In the midst of a rather grueling, but stupendously worthwhile, 10-part post on 100 Films Made By Women, you have to forgive me for my lack of reading material this week. Not that this is a weekly thing, nor is it really homework that will land you in Saturday detention should you not complete it. That said, […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part Four

The slight French, sisterly vibe in the fourth part of 100 Films Made By Women is likely not deliberate. Please do continue with us (a great deal of effort has gone into this), and soak up all the contrasting female film-makers, some veterans in their field, some very new to the game: When You Find […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part Three

I see stories of dreamy adolescence, or nightmares of suicide, and the struggles of emerging into womanhood. I see tales of abandonment, survival, and grief. I see psychos and murderers, and potential world destruction. What I also witness is girls on films offering social awareness and refreshing hope. Oh, it’s just another ten movies with […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part Two

Ten more leading ladies behind the camera for you now as we continue our 100 Films Made By Women. In no particular order, but each one with a particular style or focus as directors. We go back ninety years, we venture to New Zealand, and Australia. We explore actresses changing roles in the profession, fiction […]

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