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    Cat lovers, rejoice! KEDi, a new documentary by filmmaker Ceyda Torun explores the lives of the myriad of cats who live on the streets of Istanbul. “In this sumptuously-shot documentary tribute to the street cats of Istanbul, the people of the city warmly reflect on these collective pets who are neither stray nor domestic, and the role that they play in the life of the dynamic megalopolis,” the program for the film reads. “A movie of enormous, playful charm, with keen insights into this rapidly changing...
When Courtney Hunt won the 2008 Sundance Grand Jury prize for her debut feature film, Frozen River, she had no idea it was coming. “I didn’t pay close attention to reviews. My job is, ‘Is it reaching the audience or are they not getting it? If they’re not getting it, what did I do that didn’t get across?’ It’s all about my connection with the audience,” Hunt said. After completing law school, Hunt enrolled in Columbia film school and graduated in 1994. She then spent 10...

I would consider myself a very withdrawn person. I have a lifetime of suppressing emotion in order to get through situations. I will tell you how I feel, but only after the largest wave of emotion has already passed. In other words, I am more likely to tell you how I felt than how I feel.When I was in the theater, watching Hidden Figures, I felt so vulnerable. Even though the room was dark, I still had this urge to hide my emotions. I was...
"Grey Gardens is oozing with romance, ghosts, and other things." According to Forbes Magazine, 3 West End Road — perhaps the most storied home in East Hampton — just hit the market for $19.995m. Adjacent to Georgia Beach, the mansion property famously belonged to "Big" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, the aunt and first cousin, respectively, of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, by Albert and David Maysles, produced an image of 3 West End Road as at once dilapidated and opulent, and of the Bouvier...
When Scarlett Johansson was announced as the lead for the live-action version of the popular Japanese manga The Ghost In The Shell last year, we were not happy — and we weren’t alone. Margaret Cho started #whitewashedOUT hashtag to discuss the problems with casting white actors to play Asian characters (a discussion that continued with Tilda Swinton’s casting Doctor Strange); Asian actresses including Constance Wu and Ming-Na Wen spoke out in interviews and on panels; and fans of the original manga and anti-racism advocates criticized...
Marvel has made the last of the three Wolverine solo films. Set in what seems to be a post-apocalyptic future, Logan is much older and beginning to deteriorate. While taking care of the — now fragile and old — Professor X, Logan (aka Wolverine) comes across a young and powerful mutant girl in a world where many mutants have died off and the X-Men have disbanded. The trailer shows Logan, while visibly older, returning to his fierce Wolverine state to protect the young mutant girl. We also...
After her history-making Oscar win in 2010, the media appointed Kathryn Bigelow as the “symbol” of all female filmmakers. As such, her influence and work is often diminished. Despite becoming a symbol, her path to success is similar to other directors: long and not always easy. Many tie Bigelow’s success and longevity in the industry to her former marriage to James Cameron. (If this were BuzzFeed, I’d post a “bitch, please” gif.) Another common misperception is she’s one of the few women who directs studio films,...
Little Sister has the honor of being one of New Yorker writer Richard Brody’s favorite films of 2016, beating out many of the year’s bigger acclaimed releases, such as Arrival (which is not getting enough love), La La Land (which is getting perhaps too much), and Hidden Figures (which I have not yet seen). Yet Little Sister, the fifth movie by director Zach Clark, hasn’t really made headlines or generated much of a splash in general, aside from fairly uniformly good notices, and was not...
If you thought Selenis Leyva was badass in Orange is The New Black, then you're not ready for her in her newest film Chapter & Verse. Directed by Jamal Joseph, the film takes place in present-day Harlem, New York and follows an ex-con's life after prison — and his new job at a local food pantry with Selenis' character, Yolanda. Selenis co-stars in the film along with Daniel Beaty, Loretta Devine, and Omari Hardwick. The film touches on hot topic issues like gentrification, police brutality, gang violence,...
Courtney has joined Lifetime to star as Kitty Menendez in the new Lifetime movie about the infamous Menendez brothers' 1989 murder of their parents. ABC News says the story had “all the ingredients” to be named the crime of the century: “a murder in Beverly Hills,” which “averages about 2 murders a year." The Menendez family consisted of Jose Menendez, a Cuban immigrant who “made good becoming a corporate chief on both coasts"; the golden-haired Kitty, “an all-American wife and mom"; and the two sons, Eric...