There Ain’t Nothing Like Deborah Kampmeier’s Hounddog

Hounddog is a tragedy of a film. It’s a tragedy, on one level, because it is quite simply an artistic disaster. But mostly it is a tragedy because of the way it uses and abuses its starring actress—the then 12-year-old Dakota Fanning. Brett McCracken for Christianity Today On paper this film sounds like it wouldn’t […]

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Trapped in the Rat Race: Revisiting Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher

With the recent release of You Were Never Really Here, and the Rewind year at Filmotomy, it seems only fitting to revisit Lynne Ramsay’s debut film which came out in the glorious year of film, 1999. Ratcatcher was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and won its director […]

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Documentary Review – Mommy Dead and Dearest

A mother is supposed to take care of their child through any sickness, and on the surface this seemed to be the case with mother Dee Dee and her daughter Gypsy Rose Blanchard. But it’s as Sheriff Arnott says during the film, “Things are not always as they appear.” And in June 2015, the police arrived at the […]

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Short Film Review: Mrs. Poucheau

At some point in our lives, we will inevitably experience the loss of a loved one. It’s a sad and bitter truth of human life, and we will all experience grief in different ways. The subject of Amanda Lago’s new short, Mrs. Poucheau is about an individual’s experience with loss and grief and addresses our […]

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Lina Wertmüller & Her Frames of Rebellion

Lina Wertmüller will open your mind, make you laugh, wince, and, at some point, probably piss you off. She was a force in 20th Century filmmaking, and the likes of Jane Campion, Sophia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow and Greta Gerwig owe her a huge abbracciare for the path she carved through the male-dominated jungle of film directing.

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Direct Like a Woman: Great Films Made by Female Filmmakers

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to sit down and watch some excellent films directed by some extremely talented women. This is a list of critically acclaimed films which you might be unaware that they were directed by women. These films are a variety of different genres, with different themes, characters and aesthetic appearance, but all […]

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For Your Consideration: Wonder Woman, Best Picture

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, the film, mercifully ticks all the big screen entertainment boxes here. Gracefully progressing from one crucial sequence to the next, the comic book revival picture is a milestone as well as an experience. Joining the awards season debates early, it is of course one of many movies of 2017 that was tagged with […]

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Free To Watch On MUBI Now: 7 Movies You Haven’t Seen

The undiscovered world of film for many of you will include the movie on demand website MUBI. This is more than just a streaming service. Not only does MUBI allow you to watch so many off-the-radar films, but it is also a vast community of film-lovers, an endless movie catalog, as well as an abundance […]

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More Innovation And Inspiration With The Women Film Critics Circle Nominations

Forgiving them for not updating their website since last year’s roll of honor, the choices by this cluster of film-minded women from all over the shop still demonstrate much to celebrate about women in film. Behind the camera as well as in front. Here are the nominations for the 2017 Women Film Critics Circle: BEST MOVIE […]

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Review: Dee Rees’ Essential Mudbound

Mudbound is many things at once: A demonstration of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a portrait of racial tensions in rural America, and a universal telling of everyday people trying to live through the trials of today to build a better tomorrow. Yet the film is one thing as well: Poetic. Despite its heavy subject matter, it […]

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Review: Kristen Stewart’s Directorial Debut Short ‘Come Swim’

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. — Norman Cousins Many of us have a fear of the water, there is something unnerving about what lurks beneath us and the threat of being pulled under. Kristen Stewart’s (yes, that Kristen Stewart from Twilight) […]

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Why It Is Important To Have A Femme Filmmakers Festival

I recently began writing my first screenplay. My story, which centers on a male protagonist, is not only something I love to tell, but I’ve never had more fun writing anything in my life… that was, until I started developing the main female protagonist. I approached her first scene-stealing moment filled with excitement, but almost […]

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Anna Kerrigan And Minhal Baig Dominate Roll Of Honor At Femme Filmmakers Festival

Well, the four other members of the jury and I debated over the eight short films in the ten categories as described in the prior post – and here are the announcements. The two big winners were Anna Kerrigan, who wrote and directed Hot Seat, and Minhal Baig, writer- director of Hala (Baig also had After […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Roll Of Honor

To close this magnificent #FemmeFilmFest I have assembled a small jury of film-lovers to honor a select few of these outstanding new short films. There are 5 of us in the jury, who will contest on the official selection and come to a (very difficult) decision as the top merit in each of the 10 […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Ten Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Ten Program — Sunday 10th September 2017 And there we have it. The final day of the Femme Filmmakers Festival has arrived – too soon, like a brilliant holiday that is almost over. These female filmmakers and their movies have thrilled me during these ten days – and I know […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #33

Agnès Varda. A name synonymous with a film revolution still, astonishingly, under-recognized. A name that reminds us of rich, fluent, and oh-so varied cinema. Stayed tuned for the remainder of the Femme Filmmakers Festival, Vagabond closes the the whole affair Sunday. Anyway, I’m only rippling the surface with the following links, but click away all […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Nine Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Nine Program — Saturday 9th September 2017 Well here we are at the penultimate of the Femme Filmmakers Festival, and I won’t lie, I am pretty broken up about it. But that wont halt my enthusiasm and excitement for these female filmmakers. It is, of course, Directors’ Weekend too, and […]

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Watch: Rachel Israel’s Short Film Keep the Change

A representation of reality with which too few of us are familiar, Rachel Israel’s Keep the Change is a beautiful, earnest depiction of blossoming love. In miniature format, and with an unconventional choice in protagonists, Israel crafts an emotional sculpture on the screen, not merely a flat rendering of romantic tropes but a complex, surprising […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Eight Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Eight Program — Friday 8th September 2017 Day Eight of the Femme Filmmakers Festival sees the first day of the Directors’ Weekend with three films from the legendary Agnès Varda. Two features coming Saturday and Sunday, and a 30 minute short coming today. Don’t forget you can hit the links […]

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