BY Mary Grace Garis
on Jul 18, 2013
“Women in prison? That’s so retro,” said Papa Garis after I explained my latest work assignment. It was Sunday afternoon, and I had emerged from my room after five hours of chain-smoking and watching the new Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Yes, for work. I am living the American dream.
He’s right, though. The concept is hardly original. In fact women-in-prison movies are practically their own genre. So in honor of ... Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jul 15, 2013
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 ... Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on Jul 11, 2013
2011 brought us Miss Representation, one of the most influential documentaries on women and the media ever made. Across the world, feminist resource centers, colleges, universities, and countless individuals have screened the film. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. We only have great things to say about Jennifer Siebel Newsom's work. And now she's bringing us something new.
At Miss Representation screenings, many people asked Jennifer about ... Read More
BY Daisy Becerra
on Jul 03, 2013
At a time when most loyal moviegoers are either Latin American or female (or both), it’s taken a hell of a while for the film industry to catch up with the changing scene. This week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its star-studded list of invited members, and they’ve made some improvement from last year.
Those who accept membership make up the elite class of film industry pros that decides who gets Oscars next ... Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jul 02, 2013
"Icons. Rivals. Champions. Sisters." The world knows Venus and Serena Williams as the sister act that forever changed tennis, swatting away stereotypes and smashing their way to the top of the rubber-soled crop. But this documentary gives us an intimate and honest look at these women like you've never seen them before! It features in-depth interviews with Bill Clinton, Chris Rock, Anna Wintour, and more. And as if all that's not compelling enough, Wyclef Jean ... Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jun 25, 2013
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 ... Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jun 24, 2013
Former Miss Iowa Abbey Curran will be the first to admit: “beauty pageants invite judgement.” But for contestants of Abbey’s annual Miss You Can Do It pageant, judgement isn’t new.
A documentary airing tonight on HBO explores the lives of the pageant’s contestants – young girls with disabilities and challenges. Instead of being scored on what they can do or how they look, the pageant’s focus is on “how bright their ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Jun 19, 2013
They say that behind every great man, there's a great woman. And while that quote doesn't exactly sit well with me, it's definitely true in the case of the women profiled in the new documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom.
The film chronicles some of the most frequently heard women in the music industry, though there's a solid chance you don't know their names or have ever seen their faces. Director Morgan Neville profiles the backup singers who've enhanced the work ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 18, 2013
Listen up, marshmallows – the good news about the Veronica Mars movie just keeps rolling in, and we couldn’t be more excited.
To catch you up on a little VMars history, the brilliant series was on air from 2004 to 2007, starring Kristen Bell as a feminist heroine who kicked major ass and addressed her own vulnerability in equal parts.
The show had everything: a tightly plotted mystery, the sluethiest, snarkiest scenes, ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 14, 2013
You know his voice.
As the lights dim leisurely, as you reach for your second handful of perfectly salted popcorn, as you are beseeched, repeatedly, to please silence your phones – you hear his familiar intonations greet your ears hello.
And yet, why is the narrator always a he?
The trailer for Lake Bell’s In A World... is finally out (we’ve been excited about this for a while; refer back to 10 Must-See Lady-Friendly Summer Flicks)! The ... Read More