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You may or may not be familiar with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. If you aren’t, it was a thing on Twitter recently where people tweeted pictures of themselves or their loved ones holding signs that said why we need diverse books. However, it’s sort of lost momentum, and I don’t know about you, but I haven’t noticed a change in the literary landscape as far as representation is concerned. In fact, other than Orange is the New Black, I haven’t seen much of any representation in any form of media recently. And as a consumer, that makes me livid. Read More
Tired of seeing free movies? Nope. Interested in seeing kick-ass women in lead roles? Hell yes. Lucky for you, Videology’s Strong Female Lead series kicks off this August, and they’re celebrating women in cinema by screening a different movie every month, each with a powerful female at the center of the action.  The Williamsburg video store/bar/screening room is host to all kinds of fun screening parties and themed bingo nights, and it begins its Strong Female Lead series on August 7th with Slums of Beverly Hills, starring Natasha Lyonne. Read More
In the 1920s and 30s, the twins Violet and Daisy Hilton were as close to being vaudeville royalty as any two people could get.  They were talented performers: they could sing and dance, they played any number of musical instruments, they were witty and charming and crowds of fans flocked to their shows every night.  They also had one other appealing factor: a small piece of flesh on their backs that had conjoined the sisters since the day they were born.  Growing up with such a visible physical handicap, their eventual success was not necessarily expected. Read More
“For the YSL woman, a tuxedo spells defiance… She’s more than a man’s equal, she’s his adversary.” “Yves Saint Laurent,” the latest film from Jalil Lespert, depicts the life and impact of the infamous namesake designer and that of his romantic and professional partner, Pierre Bergé, who narrates. The film works from the assumption that the audience knows a great deal about Saint Laurent, which leaves several unfortunate and significant lapses of context. Read More
Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), thirty-something struggling actor, father, and husband, never really made the jump into adulthood.  He spends his days auditioning for role after role, even though he hasn’t gotten a part since his role in the oft-mentioned ‘dandruff commercial’ of times past.  When Aidan’s father (Mandy Patinkin) reports that his cancer has metastasized and he’s running out of time, Aidan finds himself confronted with the effects that his irresponsibility has on his deteriorating relationships with everyone in his family. Read More
I have been staring at an open Word document since late Friday evening after I sat in a sold-out theater and watched my New Favorite Film unfold before me, trying to put into words what about Maleficent made me exclaim (much to the dismay of the audience members around me) “THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL” right after (major spoilers ahead) Maleficent kisses Aurora on the forehead, awakening her from the curse with true love’s first kiss. Read More
Summer is the perfect time for movie theater refuge. When your air-conditioning cruelly breaks in the middle of a heat wave, there is nothing better than fleeing to the movies to watch March of the Penguins (or was that just me?) However, The Wrap has revealed that out of 39 movies being released this summer, only one, Jupiter Down, is directed by a woman. Excuse me, CO-DIRECTED by a woman, Lana Wachowski with her brother, Andy. Read More
Don't start chatting her up--she won't respond. Not because she's busy hurrying to save the lives of the crew of a doomed space mission, but because she's made out of silicone. All Steve Scott's Behance profile says is, this is a "project of mine to see how closely I could imitate life." Scott is an artist and illustrator, but also a portrait sculptor, a model/prop maker, creature FX creator and mould maker. The silicone used to make Sigourney come to life is cast into a mould made from an original clay sculpture. Read More
        In the thick of adulthood, high school memories can sometimes be a blur of crushes and slumber parties. But 27-year-old filmmaker Gia Coppola’s directorial debut (out May 9), based on James Franco’s book of short stories Palo Alto, is here to remind us of the darker aspects of being a teen—from drug experimentation and self-harm to ill-advised sexual encounters. Coppola isn’t much older than her film’s young stars Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, and Emma Roberts, and the L.A. Read More
Two of my all-time favorite things in the world are old movies and Christmas. So when the two intersect, my heart squeals and jumps up and gives my brain a great big kiss! It’s time to stop watching those Hallmark Channel movies and gather the family ’round the big screen hearth and settle in for some truly delightful holiday movies. 5 Classic Christmas movies you NEED to know By now everyone knows about It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Carol. Read More