BY Dixie Laite
on Oct 31, 2013
"She was a winner, Who became a doggie’s dinner…” — Nick Lowe
Would a dog-loving movie star leave her pooch to starve?
Memorialized in Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon and in the eponymous pop song, Marie Prevost is best-known today as a overly-nasal actress who killed herself without anticipating that her pet dachshund would get hungry after days of not being fed.
It’s a memorable Hollywood fairytale: the falling movie star who killed herself in despair and ended up being consumed by her starving-- if reluctant-- pup. Read More
From Scary Movie onwards, Anna Faris has brilliantly subverted female lead movie tropes. In the 2011 The New Yorker piece “Funny Like A Guy,” she express her desire to verge from the Type A, likable and romantic roles offered to so many Hollywood starlets. She craves grit and authenticity: “I’d like to explore Type D, the sloppy ones,” she said.
So it makes sense that Faris’s relationship with Barbie, an early image of a stereotyped adult woman, was a little unconventional. Read More
BY Emily Rems
on Oct 25, 2013
As this year’s winner of Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or prize, the festival’s highest honor, Blue is the Warmest Color couldn’t be anything but beautifully shot and conceptually top-notch. Famed French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche directs Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) and newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos in this coming-of-age tale, most notable for having more graphic sex scenes than you can count on five sticky little fingers. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Oct 23, 2013
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
BY Kat Hamilton
on Oct 22, 2013
For those who haven’t heard, Cannes film festival favorite Blue is the Warmest Color has a graphic lesbian sex scene.
A sex scene that has been debated, cursed and praised for its real and explicit portrayal of two women being intimate. Apparently, the sex scene is ten minutes long, which is an issue for a lot of people. But what is the issue? The nudity? The lesbianism?
I am excited about the queer visibility that this movie promotes although it has been argued that the scene may cheapen that visibility. Read More
BY Narciso Espiritu
on Oct 18, 2013
Today, Peaches Does Herself, the electro-rock opera stage show from iconic musician and performance artist Peaches, premieres at the Quad Cinema in New York City. Known for her provocative gender-bending shows, Peaches has been instrumental in building a more inclusive mainstream and sexually progressive environment. The film recounts the mythical history of Peaches and follows her journey from bedroom musician-wannabe to rock star. Read More
BY Solange Castellar
on Oct 15, 2013
I was a little apprehensive to see Sandra Bullock’s Gravity when it hit theaters two weekends ago. Since I’m prone to panic attacks, I didn’t think it was suitable for me to watch a movie where a woman is stuck in space, but despite my feelings, I was completely blown away by Bullock’s performance. As a scared doctor, who didn’t fully know how to handle her space shuttle’s equipment, Bullock’s character was completely autonomous and totally kicked ass. She went through hell and high water to do what she could to survive without any assistance. Read More
Charlotte Gainsbourg has a new film coming up called Nymphomaniac, in which she plays a self-professed nymphomaniac who confides in a man who comes to her aid after a beating. In the hardcore film, Gainsbourg’s character Joe grants viewers glimpses into her sexual encounters. Director Lars Von Trier, whom some believe to be a pioneer in feminist erotica and whom others view as an exploitative misogynist, is known for combining pornographic imagery with art and storytelling. And he is not one to shy away from the intimate, the graphic, and the shocking. Read More
Have you noticed how few female characters there are in recent Disney movies? In an interview with Fanvoice, animation supervisor Lino DiSalvo explains why it’s supposedly super duper hard to make a movie like Frozen that features women: “animating female characters [is] really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very – you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive [too...] Having a film with two hero female characters was really tough. Read More
BY Fatimah Hameed
on Oct 09, 2013
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 director Amber Fares. Read More