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Let’s play a game. How many movies have you seen this summer? Okay, and how many of those movies have had female leads? Two female leads? If you answered very few, that’s not surprising. Data collected by Vulture shows that no more than 18% of films in 2013 have more than one woman in a co-starring role. Though this statistic is abysmal, it’s nothing new in the film industry. Though there have been tons of superhero blockbusters about male heroes, Hollywood has ignored most female figures. Read More
With the release of this month’s Superman movie, the action movie industry adds another film to its androcentric repertoire. The few years have seen the release of films such as The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman, Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, and Iron Man. Don’t get me wrong: many of those were great superhero flicks, but the two major female heroes in those movies were both minor, oversexed figures in skintight suits. Many of those male superheroes are notable, but so is Wonder Woman. Read More
Everyone’s favorite cartoon redheaded boy is set to star in a feature film adaptation of the 72-year-old comic series Archie. The live action movie will be directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and the screenplay will be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacsa (Glee). There have been TV show adaptations of the comic as well as a made-for-TV movie, but Riverdale crew has never hit the big screen before. The most famous plot points of the Archie comics involve Archie’s love-triangle with blonde beauty Betty and brunette babe Veronica. Read More
Today, it's easy to take female jazz musicians for granted. When they’re up on stage doing their groove thang or you’re rocking out to an album, you may not be aware of what females had to go through just to have the right to play jazz.   This is where director Judy Chaikin steps in with her new documentary The Girls In The Band.  Intern Melissa called up the inspirational director to discuss her latest work and life as a lady in the film business. Read More
Normally movies with exceedingly long shots, a drab color palette, and no soundtrack can be tough to get through. But if the stakes are high enough, this approach can actually be engaging. Exhibit A: Romania’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Beyond the Hills—a story of two friends separated by faith. When Alina (Cristina Flutur) arrives at the Romanian monastery where novice nun Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) resides, she tries to convince her pal to flee with her to Germany. Read More
The movie version of Les Misérables was arguably the most talked-about release of the season. The awards! The barricades! The weeping! The screlting! Anne Hathaway's new do! If you haven't had a chance to see this epic movie (or if you've already seen it and love it), now's your chance to win a free DVD. To win your very own copy, please do the following: 1. Comment below with your favorite movie musical. (Singin' in the Rain, anyone?) 2. Send your commenter name, as well as your full name and address, to giveaway@bust.com. Read More
Flavorwire has posted an amazing list of the Baddest Girl Gangs on Film, and it's making me want to slap on my Doc Martens, pop the biggest bowl of popcorn ever, and watch every single one of the flicks they reference. No boys allowed… or ELSE.   Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is one of my absolute favorites on the list--it'll inspire you to buy a dangerously fast car and get rid of anybody who's ever wronged you. Tura Satana (those bangs!) is my spirit animal now and forever more. Heathers is, of course, also seriously fierce. Read More
Is it possible to be addicted to science? Lauduree (Perla Haney-Jardine), of Jenny Deller's Future Weather, would have to say yes. It's a story we've seen in the likes of Little Birds, and Hick: bored teenage girls victim of small towns and poor parenting succumb to vice. For the former it's boys and glamour, but not for Lauduree. Amidst her disappearing Mother (Marin Ireland) and beer-slingin' Grandma (Amy Madigan), rises a learned gal with a passion for fighting pollution. Forget drugs and sex, when Lauduree loses it she plays the righteous environmentalist. Read More
Almost 15 years after his award-winning breakthrough film, La Ciudad, writer/director David Riker once again examines the lives of undocumented immigrants, this time from an unusual point of view: that of a poor, white, single mother. Ashley (Abbie Cornish) is desperate to win back custody of her young son, who is in foster care. Read More
It's safe to say that here in the good ol' U.S. of A, we're fortunate enough to be able to choose our own spouses (for the most part). The single woman has become not just a common and accepted archetype, but at times a symbol of power. There are various cultures around the world that still uphold the concept of arranged marriages, the Jewish Haredi community being one of them. Rama Brushtein directs Fill the Void, a telling Israeli drama of the eighteen-year-old Shira Mendelman (Hadas Yaron), daughter of a Rabbi, who is pressured to marry the husband of her dead sister. Read More