Film Honors: 1999

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. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Film Honors: 1998

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. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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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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Young Filmmaker Sofija Sztepanov Talks Personal Experiences, Short Films, And Tinder

Talented 24 year-old filmmaker Sofija Sztepanov appears to have a humble yet dynamic perspective on her corner of the film world. There is also an excitement about the Femme Filmmakers Festival from her, as we discuss, in a thankfully encouraging manner, the online format of film watching and publicity. It doesn’t take long, by definition, to […]

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Welcome to The Bling Ring Generation

Originally published over at On The Screen Reviews Before Hollywood discovered the benefit of locking their doors when leaving town, a group of gutsy, celebrity-obsessed high schoolers ransacked the homes of Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsey Lohan…to name a few. And they posted their  designer booty on Facebook feeling the temporary fulfillment […]

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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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Masterpiece Memo: Seven

Alien 3 had it’s merits with regard to the superb technical visual aspect, and this was down to music video director David Fincher. He had to put up and shut up there, a poor, insult of narrative material, but that which was directed superbly. Everyone starts somewhere. Seven was Fincher’s second chance to demonstrate his […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #31

This edition we get the kind folk at Variety to explain MoviePass to us, a bit of motivation from the Head Sprite, a loving piece on Antonioni, as well as Sasha Stone mixing Oscar with Trump. I know – dying to get clicking and reading! Go ahead:  25 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Edinburgh Fringe Festival […]

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Writer-Director Peyv Raz Talks Film Debut With ‘Clarity’

From joy to despair in a matter of seconds as a family congratulatory gathering becomes a tense affair in a hospital waiting room. A life is at stake, and 20 years are about to be bridged. First time feature film director and screenwriter Peyv Raz establishes the pace early with Clarity on as two cultures, […]

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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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Masterpiece Memo: Hable con ella (Talk to Her)

*** Potential spoilers ahead *** Spanish comedy-melodrama, lascivious, vibrant, organic, is Pedro Almodóvar’s forte, though it is fair to declare that he is the master of the nation’s cinema, and a force to be reckoned with across the planet of film. Many saw a certain maturing in his handling of human drama in the late […]

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Film Honors: 1962

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. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Film Honors: 1961

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. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 20 of 20

Let’s put this second 100 films made by women series to bed. We close with short films of intrigue and features of love. Find the whole lot and more under the female filmmakers section. Volta (2015) – Stella Kyriakopoulos Born in New Jersey, Greek film-maker-and-editor Stella Kyriakopoulos was raised in Athens, and these days resides […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 19 of 20

As we just about draw the curtains on the 100 More Films Made By Women, there sure is a certain sadness, I’m not going to lie. After all the hard-work, the brain power, the anticipation, the digging, the discoveries, the watching, the writing – it comes down to this. With the final 10 movies with […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 18 of 20

Young siblings pop up again, but with more than just rivalry on their plates. There’s 2 more fascinating documentaries, as well as 2 ‘based on real events’ fiction features. Let’s start with a pop star: W.E. (2011) – Madonna A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Madonna is known for her pop hits and superstar tours, but […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 17 of 20

Well, here we have 5 more films made by women. As always you are implored to seek them out and watch them at your next convenience. Here we bring back our childhood, explore immediate family ties, as well as developing new romantic bonds. Sierra (2013) – Chelsea Christer A project extremely close to the heart […]

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Film Honors: 1989

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. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 16 of 20

Simple pleasures likes music cause a stir in one remarkable movie in the next 5 films made by women. And you think Pop Idol is controversial. Continue your education here: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) – Lotte Reiniger The oldest surviving animated film in the history is a breathtaking, truly adventurous and sensuous feast […]

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100 More Films Made By Women – Part 15 of 20

The despairs or romances of film-making are explored in this selection, the doubtful calm before the polarized storm. There’s a wedge of unrequited love and heart-led temptation thrown into the mix. Here are 5 more marvelous women and examples of their strong work. My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014) – Liv Corfixen Danish […]

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