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In honor of the remake of Carrie, we bring you a bloody good roundup of menses in the movies.  Menarche in the Movies From tampon trouble to genuine terror, these young ladies just weren’t ready for their first flow. 1. My Girl (1991) - Eleven-year-old hypochondriac Vada assumes she’s hemorrhaging when she gets her first period 2. The Runaways (2010) - Cherie’s first menses bursts forth when she least expects it, so an emergency trip to a public restroom is necessary to staunch the flow. 3. Read More
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 of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. Read More
  By now, you’ve probably seen the plethora of Tumblr renditions of Marvel hero Wolverine as a Disney Princess. The idea is truly clever: David J Prokopetz invited artists to illustrate Wolver-Princess in celebration of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel. But have you considered just how brilliant this idea is?     In addition to being comical (get it?), the illustrations are a sharp examination of the feminine and masculine images we consume throughout our childhood. Read More
One word: SnagFilms. It’s a free video-streaming site that hosts a carefully curated library of under-the-radar films. Backed by a team of talented, quirky editors who have literally dedicated their lives to giving you a handpicked selection of indie gems, acclaimed documentaries, critics’ picks and so much more, you'll definitely find something to love. Read More
“In the United States of America, all men are created equal. Women? Eh... not so much.”  This is the rallying cry behind filmmaker Kamala Lopez’s newest documentary: Equal Means Equal. Following social justice visionaries like Michael Moore (Sicko) and Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), Lopez and company are “journeying across the country to learn what women think about their lives, how/if they want them to change and what difference a constitutional Equal Rights Amendment would have on them. Read More
I know you didn’t think it was possible, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt just got more delightful. When addressing his new film Don Jon, in which he plays the title character and makes his feature debut as a writer and director, Gordon-Levitt was quick to quash the buzz about the movie being focused simply on pornography. Despite the film’s rom-com branding, its intent couldn’t be farther from the familiar gauzy plots of its counterparts. 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 as she transitions from serving farmers to heads of state. Read More
  In writer/director Nicole Holofcener's (Friends with Money, Lovely & Amazing) latest poignant relationship drama, Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as Eva, a woman whose post-divorce life is as boring as the conversations she’s forced to engage in with her pampered massage-therapy clientele. That is, until she reluctantly goes to a party where she meets Marianne (Catherine Keener), a poet who needs a masseuse, and Albert (James Gandolfini), a man she begins dating based on their mutual experiences of divorce, middle age, and each having a college-bound daughter. 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 fiancé’s eye, and we both recognized a clear sexist message in a film we had both otherwise enjoyed. Read More
As I watched writer/director Kat Coiro’s romantic drama, And While We Were Here, I felt like I was swept away into experiencing love for the first time. And to top it all off, the film is set in Italy, where scenic shots of the coast made me fall even more in love. The film is completely immersed in Italian culture; it will cut from Italian families loudly arguing to shots of Vespas lining sidewalks. The soundtrack comforts you, as if you were sitting in a gondola, witnessing every inch of beauty this country has to offer. Read More