Maren Ade’s Latest Film Toni Erdmann Is Both Long And Alluring

When the movie Toni Erdmann entered our lives last May we assumed without agenda this was about a father’s relationship with his (grown-up) daughter. Which it kind of is, but more than that it turns out to be about a daughter, and her relationship with her (juvenile) father. This is not exactly a devastating plot […]

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Lost in Translation: Visual Appreciation

  “I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.”  In her sophomore smash hit, Sofia Coppola introduces us to a familiar world within the realms of loneliness and isolation. Lost in Translation revolves around Bob Harris (Bill Murray) who’s experiencing a mid-life crisis in Tokyo while filming a commercial advertising a whiskey for $2 million when he […]

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2 Takes On Passion and Desire From Pedro Almodóvar

Without giving too much away about the 10 Best Pedro Almodóvar Films coming up a little later, but with no Matador (1986) and High Heels (1991) making the final 10 there is always fan favorites that won’t make the final cut in such a vast filmography of excellence. Steve Schweighofer picks two of his very best – […]

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Cinema 2017 Half-Time Report: Movies 2/4

It feels as though the deep dramas, cringey horrors, and black comedies are three of the freshest produce on the market these days – lucky for us the next few fall into those boxes. If you haven’t seen the following movies from this year, you have some work to do: Free Fire I had the […]

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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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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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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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