Film Honors: 1984

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page. Screenwriting Original Dan […]

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Can 2017’s Blockbusters Get Oscar-Nominated?

By Daniel Smith-Rowsey Ah, blockbusters. For us discriminating film fans, they’re a bit like that fashionable cousin at the family reunion that just won’t shut up. We love them and we hate them, but how to contextualize them with the rest of our lives? Some of us go out of our way to praise them […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 20 of 20

And there we have it, 100 Films Made By Women. You perhaps noticed that names like Barbra Streisand, Gillian Armstrong, Ann Hui, Lana Wachowski, Madonna, were not featured here. That does not mean we forgot them, but it does perhaps mean we may have to do all this again soon. Another 100 Films Made By […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 19 of 20

The penultimate part has arrived as we close in on the 100. 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. […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 18 of 20

A certain household name pops up here, a director of another Oscar-winner, and also of Wonder Woman herself. There’s also contrasting, powerful tales of endangerment and grief, of the waters, and of the forest. Blackfish (2013) – Gabriela Cowperthwaite — Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite takes on the bold task of making us look closer […]

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Genre Blast: On a Grand Scale – The Epic

Let’s start with the brash statement that cinema, as we know it exists because of this genre. It’s the genre that draws crowds (or used to), that quite literally creates worlds, demanding the best from every tech guild. This is one genre that no other medium can do justice – the epic. They cost millions […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 17 of 20

My own inclusions here of two Danish films and their makers is purely coincidental. There’s also another short film, but in all 5, more examples of women doing great work in the film industry. In a Better World (2010) – Susanne Bier — Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, In a Better […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 16 of 20

Varying discourses of love and loss form much of this chapter of the female-directed movies you not only ought to know, but should have seen already. And there’s a breakthrough performance of an actress who would later win an Oscar. Frozen River (2008) – Courtney Hunt — Steve Schweighofer @banjoonthecrag Courtney Hunt’s brilliantly simple writing and […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 15 of 20

As we open the 15th part of the 100 Films Made By Women with 3 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 14 of 20

We throw at you a ground-breaking documentary, classic literature, oddball comedy – the list can go on – in the next part of 100 Films Made By Women. Go ahead, enjoy the next 5: The Selfish Giant (2013) – Clio Barnard — Thomas Pollock @FilmMasterT The Selfish Giant is a British film, directed by Clio Barnard, […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 13 of 20

Another mixed bag coming up in the 13th part of the 100 Films Made By Women. A man with a gun, squabbling sisters, stroppy teenagers, child abuse, and we’ll start with William Hurt’s romance with a young deaf woman: Children of a Lesser God (1986) – Randa Haines — Robin Write @WriteoutofLA I don’t want to […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 12 of 20

So much talent hidden in the shadows. And I wonder how many of these movies in this series you knew very well but were still surprised to find they were directed by a woman. Here are 5 more: Enough Said (2013) – Nicole Holofcener — Asif Khan @KHAN2705 For the fans of Sundance dramedies, Holofcener requires […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 11 of 20

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 10 of 20

As we reach the halfway point, take a gander at the following female directed films, featuring football, time leaps, stardom, unlikely alliances. And of course much, much more. Enjoy.  Bend It Like Beckham (2002) – Gurinda Chadha — Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Long before he played soccer in America, now social icon David Beckham was an English […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 9 of 20

Almost halfway there, but still over 50 Films Made By Women 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 5 then, I do hope you are enjoying this at least somewhere close to how much I […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 8 of 20

Two of the finest romantic comedies coming up to feast on. Speaking of appetite, there’s also a cannibalistic tale in the mix. So fulfill your hunger for female directed films by reading on. The Holiday (2006) – Nancy Meyers — Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Writer-producer of such prominent female-centric movies like Private Benjamin, Baby Boom, and Father […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 7 of 20

There’s a slight French, sisterly vibe in the 7th part of 100 Films Made By Women – 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 […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 6 of 20

Here we have stories of dreamy adolescence, and the struggles of emerging into womanhood. What I also witness is girls on films offering social awareness and refreshing hope. Pay attention to Part 6 of our 100 Films Made by Women: The Ascent (1977) – Larisa Shepitko — Asif Khan @KHAN2705 Soviet filmmaker Larisa Shepitko’s third and final film […]

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Genre Blast: Dear Old Dad – Fathers on Film

Fathers’ Day calls for recognition of fatherhood as it is portrayed in the cinema, and that is as varied as the number of film writers and their respective relationships with “dear old Dad.” Relationships with the old man are directly influenced by the type of man the father happens to be. Nurturing or combative, empowering […]

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100 Films Made By Women – Part 5 of 20

I see nightmares of suicide, I see tales of abandonment, survival, and grief. I see psychos and murderers, and potential world destruction. Oh, it’s just another ten movies with the female of the species sitting in the director’s chair. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) – Maya Deren — Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Maya Deren was one of […]

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