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In an attempt to make some sense out of the last several years of Twilightmania, psychologist Niloo Dardashti, PsyD, HHP, has made a documentary on the hubbub surrounding Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga and its effect on women. The documentary, aptly named Into the Twilight Haze, sets out to find why women of all ages are so enthralled by the franchise and what the fervor ultimately says about what women want in relationships these days. Read More
  The annual Athena Film Festival is coming to New York for its third year!  From February 7th to 10th, Barnard College will host festivities celebrating the leading ladies that make the world go ‘round (on and off screen).  The festival is in conjunction with Women and Hollywood, a site that examines the “it’s complicated” relationships between women and pop culture.    The festival will feature workshops for filmmakers, interactive conversations with women in the industry, and screenings of films showcasing female leadership. Read More
It is with great sadness (happiness) that I report that as of this past weekend, our long national dream (nightmare) is over. That's right, people--Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiered in theaters, thus ending The Twilight Saga once and for all, or at least until they reboot it in five years with hotter, younger actors. Just kidding, no one is younger than Taylor Lautner. Read More
When I grow up, I want to be Estelle Craig.   Estelle “Stella” Craig is 95 and one of the most fascinating women I’ve come across in a long time. She is the subject of a documentary aptly titled STELLA IS 95, directed by her daughter, Robin Baker Leacock. The film follows her around in her daily activities in her Toronto retirement community and allows her to candidly talk about her life as an event planner, writer, and community leader. Read More
  It’s hard to pin down a woman with a gun (in more ways than one). Cathryne Czubek’s new documentary, A Girl and a Gun, takes on the historically complex relationship between American women and firearms—and the portrait that emerges may surprise those who expect another Bowling for Columbine. Read More
Big news in the comedy world: Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, two of my favorite funny people from SNL are reuniting, this time on the big screen. Wiig and Hader will team up to star in the dark comedy The Skeleton Twins, set for release in 2013.  The story follows the estranged twins after each manages to narrowly defy death on the same day, adding a supernatural twist to the comedy. As a result, they come together to figure out what has gone wrong with their lives, starting with their relationships. Read More

Movie Review: Starlet

BY Amy Bucknam in Movies

  Two women find unlikely friendship through a series of random events in Sean Baker’s film Starlet. Jane (Dree Hemingway) is a very thin, blond 21-year-old with a carefree attitude and a provocative lifestyle.  The story begins when Jane buys a thermos containing $10,000 at the yard sale of an older woman in her eighties, Sadie (Besedka Johnson). Read More
  A family unit is like a fragile ecosystem—the introduction of a foreign species can have dangerous ripple effects. In Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks (co-written by Girls’ Lena Dunham), sexy gamine Martine (Olivia Thirlby) stays for a brief spell in the pool house of an L.A. clan, and changes everyone, for better and for worse. The film takes place over the course of a few hot, summery weeks during which Martine enlists sound engineer Peter (John Krasinski) to help her with a short art film she’s making. Read More
Remember when Bridesmaids came out and the world braced itself for an onslaught of outrageous, gross-out female comedies? Well, That’s What She Said, a raunchy new film fresh from Sundance, will inevitably be counted by those taking measure of the Bridesmaids revolution. Directed by Carrie Preston—best known for her role as waitress Arlene Fowler on HBO’s True Blood—the movie is about a fraying friendship soldiering on through life’s difficulties against the backdrop of a hectic rainy day in New York City. Read More
Halloween is getting closer and closer, and what better way to celebrate than watching a horror film – or making one. From now through February 28, 2013, female horror filmmakers can submit their work to Viscera Film Festival. Bonus: unlike most festivals, Viscera does not charge submission fees.  In summer 2013, Viscera will showcase the winning films at the Bloody Carpet Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. There will be special guest speakers, award presentations, and celebrity guests. Read More