A descent into Neil Marshall’s The Descent

I made the mistake of trying to watch The Descent alone for this piece, and half hour into the film I remembered why it still remains part of a handful of horror films which truly frighten me. To celebrate Neil Marshall’s birthday on the 25th May, I thought I would revisit this film and discuss […]

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Filmotomy Exclusive Interview: Jillian Clare the Director of ‘To The Beat.’

Here at Filmotomy we were given the exclusive opportunity to view To The Beat, a highly enjoyable, teen dance flick that will leave you with a smile on your face. To The Beat was directed by Jillian Clare, an actress has appeared on both the big and small screen in numerous projects including her double […]

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The Brilliance That Is Saoirse Ronan As Hanna Simply Has To Be Experienced Again

Saoirse Ronan is the name at the top of the poster for the 2011 film Hanna. And rightly so. Getting your name ahead of someone like Cate Blanchett on the billing food chain is impressive. And still amazingly seldom for a women. A child. Recent across-the-board successes like Brooklyn and Lady Bird could so easily be […]

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The Woman of your Nightmares: Is Audition about Misogyny or is about Misandry?

“A truly shocking horror film about obsession gone evil, “Audition” is made even more disturbing by its haunting beauty.” Ken Eisner, Variety Miike Takashi is a director who doesn’t shy away from showing us the ugly aspect to life, and he certainly knows what audiences are traumatized by, but his 1999 film Audition is perhaps his most shocking […]

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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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Alice in Wanderland: Why Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is More Than Just a “Woman’s Picture.”

Despite having an impressive filmography Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) remains Martin Scorsese’s first and only film starring a female protagonist, but regardless of the gender of its central character, it is very much a story about finding one’s identity in the chaotic world and the evolution of relationships between certain individuals. It is a film that is […]

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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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The 90th Academy Awards Showed Signs Of Moving Forward And Backwards

How do I explain how the 90th Academy Awards went? Well, for the most part, every award went according to plan which made the ceremony rather predictable. Also, the musical performances were slightly underwhelming due to how short they were. But the way that they honored acting legends like Eva Marie Saint and Rita Moreno […]

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Femininity in Crisis: Exploring the Representation of Femininity in the Films of 2017

2017 saw some excellent female characters being presented on screen. From the likes of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, to Saoirse Ronan’s Lady Bird, to Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding, to Frances McDormand’s Mildred. These four characters come from different backgrounds; they are a range of different ages, belonging to different social classes and different time periods, but evidently […]

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Review: Bill Duke’s ‘Created Equal’

It was Thomas Jefferson that said: “[that] all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Jefferson was of course referring to the ideology of creationism, but fundamentally his statement stands true to all those whether they […]

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No Gold For Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple

At the very beginning of 1985’s The Color Purple, there is an affecting scene where a woman gives birth. While shooting that very scene (the film had the clandestine title Moonsong during production), a certain actress, Amy Irving, was about to go into labor herself – incidentally this would be Max, the first child of […]

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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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For Your Consideration: Beach Rats, Best Cinematography, Helene Louvart

What makes great cinematography? Is it colorful lighting? Is it long tracking shots? Well, while those things do help create a visually intriguing experience, what ultimately makes great cinematography is its ability to act as a form of storytelling. It is up to the camera to try and translate the words that aren’t written in […]

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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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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Women Scorned

I’m not here, as a man, to endorse the poor treatment of women, only to scan over how it does form a strong source of some horror stories. These 5 films might just fit into that category, but these women fight right back – with knives, razor-sharp wire, guns, but also with their courage, strong-will, […]

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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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