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There’s no right way to portray Eating Disorders in film and television, but there are many wrong ways. Netflix’s new film To The Bone, while well intentioned, brings nothing of substance to the table. Which raises the question: How can a film written by a person in recovery (producer, director, and writer Marti Noxon), and portrayed by an actress in recovery (Lily Collins has been vocal about her food and body struggles in her new memoir Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me), manage to reinforce...
Our host at The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge introduced The Little Hours as a lot like Massachusetts: full of Catholics dropping f-bombs. The Little Hours certainly delivered with its anachronistic and irreverent comedy as a largely improvised retelling of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, directed by Jeff Baena and starring the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, Alison Brie, John C. Reilly, Dave Franco, Nick Offerman, and Fred Armisen. But, what I found even more enjoyable was its depiction of women and their relationships with each other,...
I first read A Wrinkle In Time when I was in elementary school, and I immediately fell in love with main character Meg Murry because, like her, I was a shy, smart, awkward nerd with three annoying little brothers. And then when I was 12, a film adaptation came out — the 2003 Disney adaptation. I remember sitting down to watch it with said annoying little brothers, my parents, and mountains of popcorn...and I don’t think we even made it through the whole thing, it...
Sports movies that star women allow us to see the joys and tribulations female athletes face on a daily basis. Well-known movies, such as A League of Their Own (1992), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Girlfight (2000), may come to mind. But how about the stories of everyday women or professional female athletes that don’t necessarily make it to the big silver screen? The Women Sports Film Festival is the world’s first film festival to focus on female athletes – and it’s now gearing up for its...
I saw Wonder Woman on Saturday. Oh, wow. I had all the reactions everybody else did, and maybe a whole lot more. In my day job, I’m a costume designer, and I can’t ever really turn that off. When I watch something period or fantasy, aside from my usual internal monolog praising or criticizing construction techniques, etc., I often find myself “reverse engineering” the designer’s work, looking for hints about their inspiration or research. Sometimes I can tell exactly which painting, which historical artifact, a...
Marvel Comics’ Black Panther is not only historic as a comic book for featuring the first black superhero, it’s also making its mark on history with the upcoming film version, out on February 16, 2018. Even though Marvel has cranked out seventeen film installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther is the first major superhero film to star a black actor, Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa (aka Black Panther), the king of the fictional African country Wakanda. It’s produced by a black executive producer,...
Tired of the same ole, same ole? So is The Light Leaks. Founded by Kim Hoyos, The Light Leaks are the new voices in the film industry — a community of writers, thinkers, creators, and unheard voices disrupting the mundane and often exclusionary film industry by creating a space to spotlight, educate, and provide support for female identifying and non-binary filmmakers. “Light leaks are usually seen as bright, beautiful mistakes in a photo that disrupt the image. We are bright and beautiful and disruptive, but not mistakes....
Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience. For our latest episode, the gals sat down with comedy badass Jessica Williams to talk...
  Hayao Miyazaki knows how to create films that speak to and resonate with voiceless girls drowning in a sea of adult condescension. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), an anime about thirteen-year-old Kiki, a young witch who (literally) flies away from her family and home in order to go find her own place in the world, has been and always will be my favorite movie, with Spirited Away coming in as a close second. Spirited Away (2001) is an anime about ten year old Chihiro. She and...
General Antiope (Robin Wright) moves seamlessly among the training Amazons, checking each move, giving directions for correction where necessary. The women’s moves are accurate and dynamic, often closely resembling contemporary dance or professional gymnastics. The muscle groups, especially in the thighs and upper arms, visibly flex and loosen repeatedly. Their jumps and kicks come from the power they gain from pushing away from the ground with full strength. Slow motion further accentuates these movements, and we are left with no doubt — the women in...