To begin, she forgets the word “lexicon.” Renowned linguistics professor, wife, and mother of three grown children, Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) grapples with losing her words to the cruel chaos of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. Still Alice, poised to be a brutal exposition, and an Oscar vehicle for Moore, is polished but forgettable.
The Howland family dynamics remain superficial whether fault lies in the acting, script, or characters themselves. ... Read More
The Sundance Institute has collaborated with Todd Oldham on a line of limited-edition merchandise available for pre-order. The products range from t-shirts to dinner plates to stickers and buttons and patches, all designed by well-known, Sundance-friendly artists.
Seriously, there is so much good stuff here that narrowing it down to only six products was difficult. Who knew that, on top of being a hilarious and amazingly talented actress, Jenny Slate is also a ... Read More
The film version of “Miss Julie” directed by Liv Ullman, and based on the play by August Strindberg, opens up with a young Julie running around an empty house. The child is both lonely and motherless, perhaps giving some context for actions and decisions of an adult Julie, played brilliantly by Jessica Chastain, who is both desperate for and revolted by the affection of others.
The story takes place in Ireland, during Midsummer’s ... Read More
Zero Motivation is a new film about two young women who perform their mandatory military service as office workers in an army base under a rigid Israeli leader. Tayla Lavie’s black comedy tackles a new approach to the very male-dominated genre of war films, namely a military movie from a female perspective that is also written and directed by a woman.
The film is broken into three chapters and centers on the power struggles of three females. Two ... Read More
This week's BBC Two Newsnight’s Encounters series, in which notable guests interview each other, featured music and film legends Patti Smith and David Lynch. The two discussed various topics, including Lynch’s Twin Peaks, the feminist band Pussy Riot and Bobby Vinton’s influence.
Smith recalls her interaction with Pussy Riot saying, “One of the things they were saying to me was 'Everyone wants us to speak to them but what are we supposed to ... Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Nov 11, 2014
How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran's debut novel, which sold more than half a million copies in more than 16 countries worldwide, is being turned into a movie.
Cue the applause.
The story is centered on Johanna Morrigan, a young girl who dreams of leaving behind her hometown of Wolverhampton and ultimately ventures forth to reinvent herself (i.e. moves to London, becomes a music critic and calls herself Dolly Wilde).
"Caitlin Moran is the wittiest writer on the ... Read More
in Boob Tube
on Oct 08, 2014
Dear White People is a satirical dramatic film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, written and directed by Justin Simien, inspired by his experience at college as an African American student.
He wrote the first draft in 2005 and made a movie trailer to promote the script, which earned major attention for the project. This attention led to crowd-sourced funding for the film through Indiegogo, exceeding the filmmaker's original goal of $25,000 and ... Read More
Multi-faceted artist Hannah Lew has been having quite a year. After a group consensus to put her post-punk band, Grass Widow, on the backburner, Lew has been spending her time starting her own record label, making music videos, and forming new musical projects with fellow Bay Area musicians. Lately the bassist, visual artist and filmmaker’s main focus has been her new band, Cold Beat.
Lew acts as the sole lyricist and vocalist of Cold Beat, whose debut ... Read More
BY Maddie Maschger
on Jun 16, 2014
IN REAL LIFE, the latest work by the young and prolific Claire Kurylowski, examines the great lengths girls go to in order to defend themselves from harassment and sexual violence. The Berlin and London based artist created the short film for Dazed Digital’s Visionaries series after watching the viral YouTube video How to Break Out of Zip Ties.
The YouTube tutorial has received a little over 3.4 million hits, which so accurately represents the culture we ... Read More
BY Elle Brosh
in Music Stuff
on May 02, 2014
Leather, whips, fishnets, and choke holds are the ingredients for Miley newest undertaking. For her "Bangerz" world tour, Miley Cyrus has teamed up with multi-media artist and fashion filmmaker, Quentin Jones, to create a risque two-minute video titled, Tongue-Tied. This sleek black and white art film in which Cyrus flaunts her nearly nude body is scheduled to play before the howling crowds awaiting her airborne hotdog entrance.
While Miley toils to ... Read More