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ALL HAIL IKEA! I mean Sweden, right...Sweden. The land of moderately-priced decor, beautiful people, and delightful meatballs is out to make the world a better place. Swedish movie theaters are now incorporating the Bechdel Test into their ratings system, giving moviegoers the opportunity to know in advance which films treat women like, you know, humans and stuff.  If you're just tuning in, the Bechdel test "asks whether a work ... Read More
  We’ve all noticed the increase in “strong female characters” gracing our silver screens, and while that’s a huge step, it can’t always be called “feminist.” In interviews, Natalie Portman has expressed that although female characters are now more able to be as fast and strong as male action heroes, they often end up being “just a fantasy of a male writer.” I have to admit I see her point; I was super ... Read More
Girls creator, director, star, and all around fabulous lady Lena Dunham has been selected to give a keynote address at next year’s South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW). Along with Dunham, film producer/horror expert Jason Blum and YouTube sensation Casey Neistat will also keynote. This news is particularly exciting, as next year will be the first time SXSW has programmed keynote addresses. As festival topper Janet Pierson explains, ... Read More
  Former BUST cover girl and forever BUST favorite Miranda July is at it again! We love her use of Craigslist and online interactions and transactions, always managing to make them feel meaningful and insightful. In her newest Craigslist advertisement, July searches for portrait subjects living in the Los Angeles area. The photo series will explore “why women dress the way they do” and will feature women of various races, ages, and ... Read More
  The stereotype of women and driving in the Middle East is that the two do not mix (aren’t allowed to in the case of Saudi Arabia). But there’s a group of women overcoming this stereotype by doing what they love: not just driving, but RACING. The Speed Sisters have been garnering international attention over the last few years as the first female team of racers in the Middle East, and now the attention is back while they film a documentary with ... Read More
    In a recent Hollywood Reporter article, Tatiana Siegal discusses how the formula for the Romantic Comedy is dead. The Meet-Cute is the blanket term for that age-old, quirk-filled scenario of boy meets girl: she trips and falls in his lap/ she leaves her book at the coffee shop where he works/ they meet in a mall and she turns out to be his parole officer, etc.   Siegal suggests that mainstream movie audiences are no longer interested in ... Read More
  The young adult novel The Giver is sometimes shelved as science fiction, but author Lois Lowry has never thought of it as such. Since its publication in 1993, the seminal work of literature has been a beacon of truth and emotional realism for young adults.    Lowry’s narrative follows a pubescent boy named James who lives within a futuristic society where prejudice, violence, sexuality, and emotionality have been expelled. James is selected ... Read More
Daniele Mazet-Delpeuch was contentedly living in provincial France, cooking simple meals for a small restaurant, when her life took a turn that landed her as French President François Mitterand’s personal chef. It’s a Cinderella story where all the boring parts have been replaced with food—what could be better? Well, a few things apparently. The film Haute Cuisine, directed by Christian Vincent, aims to capture Ms. Delpeuch’s journey ... Read More
I loved the summer horror flick The Conjuring, a creative, visually arresting retelling of a supposedly true exorcism story. The haunted house represented in the film was (as legend has it) haunted by the ghost of a woman who killed her child decades prior. As the final credits rolled on screen, visions of Vera Farmiga as the brave and compassionate medium Lorraine Warren clouded my thoughts; she was nothing short of magical. Then I caught my ... Read More
  As a child, I fell in love with the Harry Potter series in large part because of its animals, its giant spiders and hissing snakes. Remember the magical Thestral, the winged horse visible only to those who have seen death? They are my personal favorite, and the image my young self conjured while reading the books still haunts me.    Here’s some good news for all you Harry-animal lovers: J.K. Rowling is writing a screenplay for Warner Bros. ... Read More
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