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While I would have been happy with Michelle MacLaren in the driver’s seat for Wonder Woman, I’m not going to sneeze at the studio hiring a woman to replace her. And that woman is Patty Jenkins. Before she was going to brave the studio gauntlet to make a film version of the woman with a magic lasso, Jenkins made a little feature film called Monster. Jenkins, who enjoys both true crime and comedy, grew up on military bases all over the globe, where she became a...
Anastasia Cazabon undoubtedly understands the plight and hard-won triumphs of women in the film industry. Though her name is not associated with big budget umbrellas such as Sony or 20th Century Fox, her progression in the independent film circuit hasn't been without the overwhelming feeling that women voices were limited or, worse, excluded in the art of filmmaking. “I had gone to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and I would say that there were 5 women to every man. So how was it...
As a child, Jennifer Kent says she put on her first play at age seven. She wrote stories and in her late teens, chose acting as her career path. As an adult, Kent enjoys visceral cinema. “I like films where I’m forced to feel something. I want to be put through something.” After an acting career with roles in Australian TV series like Murder Call and All Saints, she grew bored telling other people’s stories and decided to go back to writing her own. “Writing was...
If you’ve gone to a movie in the past few months, you’ve probably seen the trailer for the movie Passengers, which is being marketed as a romance set in space. Chris Pratt’s character and Jennifer Lawrence’s character are in suspended animation in a rocketship on their way to a new planet when they wake up early and proceed to fall in love and save the day. However, there’s a twist: Pratt’s character wakes up first, and then decides to force Lawrence’s character out of her suspended animation...
It’s official: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the coming-of-age YA novel about “not-so-openly gay” teenager Simon Spier, is going to be a movie. And needless to say, I am EXCITED. 2016 was a hard year, especially for the LGBTQ+ community, and the lack of representation for LGBTQ+ people in media hasn’t made it any better. A study by GLAAD, an organization dedicated to promoting acceptance of LGTBQ+ people, showed that only 17.5% of movies had LGBTQ+ characters in 2015. Of that percent, only half contained...
Only a movie that is autobiographical could be so compassionate in depicting the protagonist screaming at the medicine aisle in a grocery store because he can’t find laxatives. Chris Kelly’s Other People, which is currently streaming on Netflix, is such a film — empathetic, drily humorous, and based in part on his own life. Starring Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, and Bradley Whitford, Other People tells the story of the Mulcahey family and how their son, David (Plemons), must come to terms with his mother Joanne’s...
20th Century Women is refreshing, beautiful, and feminist. Director and writer Mike Mills takes us back to 1979 Santa Barbara: punk is on the rise and feminism is seeping into the mainstream. He brings to life his teenage self in this semi-autobiographical tale, yet focuses firmly on the narratives of three strong women close to him at the time. What makes this provocative film remarkable is that it doesn’t fall back on the usual cliché female roles—instead portraying lives closer to what women actually experience....
TONI ERDMANNWritten and directed by Maren AdeOut December 25Rating: 3/5 Ines (Sandra Hüller) is a German woman who works in Bucharest and is all business from her natty suits to her icy demeanor. She can hardly stand to be around her family for more than a brief jaunt between business trips. But when her weird, prankster father Winfried (Peter Simonischek) sniffs out that Ines is less than the uber-successful businesswoman she presents to her family, he descends upon her in Bucharest, creates a new persona (a...

From Ghostbusters to Moonlight, AbFab to American Honey, it's been a good year for movies of all types — comedy, dramedy, drama, horror, and everything in between. We've put together a list of 18 of the best-reviewed movies featured in BUST magazine and BUST.com this year. If you haven't seen them yet, make a plan to do so ASAP! Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, written and directed by Burt Steers, released February 5 Almost seven years after Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, enjoyed its brief moment in...
Despite winning an Oscar for her lead role in As Good As It Gets, Helen Hunt wasn’t getting offered roles. Whether it was due to the infamous Oscar curse or whether she was simply a victim of Hollywood’s bias against women “of a certain age,” (she was not even 40 at the time of her win), she decided to try her hand at behind the scenes work. Hunt acquired and developed the novel, Then She Found Me, for her directorial debut. But it wasn’t as simple...
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