BY kaya payseno
on Nov 09, 2015
Lisa Vreeland released her second documentary, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, last week. In her second film, Vreeland - director of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel - dives into the complex world of an heiress living in genteel poverty trying to make a name for herself in the topsy-turvy world of modern-art. At the time, no one knew whether to take take Dada, surrealism or abstract expressionism seriously, but Peggy went with her gut and came out on top. In her documentary, Vreeland helps us understand this complex lady-- her flaws, her strengths and her contentious legacy. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 16, 2015
Agnès Varda and Jane Birkin in Jane B. par Agnès V.
“The mystery of distribution is incredible,” 87-year-old French director and film legend Agnès Varda says on the phone from her hotel room in Chicago. She’s speaking of her two films created in close collaboration with Jane Birkin, Jane B. par Agnes V. and Kung-Fu Master. The films, now restored, are being shown in the United States at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinema for one week only, October 16-22. Read More
BY kaya payseno
on Oct 02, 2015
'Experimenter’ (written and directed by Michael Almereyda) tells the story of Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) the social psychologist who became famous or infamous, if you will, for a series of experiments he conducted in 1961 testing the boundaries of human obedience. His results dismayed the public and cause us to question our moral fiber as humans. Will we stand up to evil or will we ignore our own judgement in favor of group think?
Milgram’s experiments were fascinating and controversial. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Sep 11, 2015
Sleeping With Other People: Movie Review
At Sundance, Leslye Headland, writer/director of Sleeping with Other People, called her new film, “When Harry Met Sally for assholes.” And indeed, the narrative starts with several romantic-comedy staples—there’s an adorably nutty woman, Lainey (Alison Brie), and her smart-ass guy friend, Jake (Jason Sudeikis). They don’t know they’re perfect for each other, even though their friends keep telling them so, and they try to navigate their personal lives against the backdrop of upper-middle-class Manhattan. Read More
Dylan Marron’s project Every Single Word is a simple premise with a powerful message: He edits mainstream movies and leaves only the speaking parts of people of color. The results? Usually, 30 or 40 seconds of screen time. Big hits (Her, American Hustle) and indie films (like Frances Ha) alike illustrate the shameful lack of representation for people of color in the mainstream film industry.
(500) Days of Summer contains less than 30 seconds of content with a nonwhite speaker.
Moonrise Kingdom contains about 10 seconds.
Black Swan? 24 seconds. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Jun 18, 2015
It’s happening. It’s happening. It’s happening! A female lead in a major film will finally be making more money than her male counterpart. And it’s a lot more.
People were PISSED when the Sony hack revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was paid less for American Hustle than her male co-stars, and understandably so. Now, J.Law is finally getting hers. Her next film, the romantic sci-fi drama Passengers, has just been green-lit, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, she's due to make much more than the movie's male lead. Read More
BY Elizabeth Kiefer
on Mar 17, 2015
While capturing the true beauty of brown skin eluded photographers for nearly a century—it wasn't until the 1970s and '80s that film was reformulated so that its emulsions were sensitive to the nuances of non-white complexions—whoever snapped the photos of these women of color during the 1800s were doing something right. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Mar 05, 2015
Emily Lindin, like too many young girls, was bullied and shamed after being labeled the school “slut” during her preteen years. As an adult, she’d hear of the tragic stories of girls who’d committed suicide—Rehtaeh Parsons, Amanda Todd, Audrie Pott—after experiencing the same kind of suffering. So, in 2013, Lindin decided to do something to help: She wanted to show girls that though they may feel isolated or trapped, they are not alone. She started publishing entries from the diary she kept in middle school online, calling it The UnSlut Project. Read More
BY Jamie Bogert
on Feb 16, 2015
It’s true! Little and Big Edie Beale will grace the big screen once again when this cult classic documentary opens in select theaters (starting at Film Forum in New York) this March, thanks to Janus Films.
The East Hampton socialites-turned-recluses created a most unusual following when this doc, directed by Albert and David Maysles, first came out in 1976. The film takes place in the once lavish and stunning 28-room mansion lovingly named Grey Gardens after the color of its dunes, cement garden, and grey sea mist. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Feb 11, 2015
Yesterday, we got to see a preview screening of Fifty Shades of Grey in a room full of screaming fans. We heartily recommend this experience.
The storyline is undoubtedly problematic in many of the ways the book is. But just as when the book became a bestselling women’s erotic novel, we can't help but find it overall positive that a blockbuster movie was made specifically for women’s pleasure. Read More