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The viral and creepy phenomena of Two Sentence Horror Stories is transcending to the big (short film) screen. Director Vera Miao says she was inspired by the popular Reddit thread to create a series of short films, the first of which is MA, featuring a strained mother-daughter relationship that complicates a blossoming romance with another woman.  The Internet trend dubbed "Two Sentence Horror Stories" is exactly what it sounds like, two sentences that tell a spooky story. Miao's series follows the same format with one sentence appearing on...
The Wonder Woman movie is almost here! So why haven’t we heard about it? Marketing for Wonder Woman has been astonishingly low in comparison to some of the other DC-Warner Bro films. Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, which is almost one month away and yet there are only three trailers on Warner Bros’ Youtube page. Let’s compare that to Marvel’s upcoming Justice League film, which has six videos. The Justice League movie is set to come out in November of 2017 and yet...
In 2014, Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sat front row at Miu Miu's show during Paris Fashion Week. Last weekend, this photo of them from the event went viral on Twitter.  It all started when k, or @1800SADGAL, wrote that—with her yellow fur, dark shades, and blunt bangs—Rihanna looked "like she scams rich white men." And Lupita, who wore chunky glasses and a collared shirt,looked like Rih's "computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans [sic]." https://twitter.com/1800SADGAL Lupita was immediately down for this. So was Whiplash producer Helen Estabrook,...
It’s no secret that the film industry, in particular, documentary making, is heavily dominated by men. When the credits roll after your favorite documentary, more often than not a man’s name will follow under the title of “filmmaker” or “producer." That is not the case for Sylvia Frances Films, the production company started by documentarians Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle. Both women met in a graduate film program. “We both had an interest in making films about women and women’s experiences,” Kate told BUST. While...
A Madonna biopic called Blond Ambition was recently picked up by Universal Studios. The problem? Madonna herself is not so happy. The singer took to Instagram to express her distress over the production, posting, “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.” The post included a picture of herself from her early...
The title of director Macon Blair's film I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore is, in the end, slightly misleading. Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) has clearly never felt at home in the world she inhabits. Clinically depressed, alienated from her nominal friends, and awkward in the extreme, Ruth is a pot left to eternally, sickeningly simmer until she boils over, flooding and burning everything in her wake. An early scene sets the stage for the straw that breaks Ruth’s back quite nicely: a foul-mouthed...
BLAME, a challenging new film centered around a high school production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, depicts a bold narrative about villains, victims, and how to tell the difference between the two. While this coming-of-age story focuses around a play that's become an English lit class cliché, BLAME is surprisingly surprising. It's written and directed by Quinn Shephard, a 22-year-old actress who also stars as one of the main characters. Shephard began writing the screenplay after she starred in the role as the villain-mistress Abigail in a...
  ColossalWritten and directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Out April 7 Anne Hathaway goes indie in this utterly delightful and strange movie about heartbreak, addiction, and literal monsters. Hathaway stars as Gloria, a formerly fancy New Yorker whose life is in shambles after she’s dumped by her hot, seemingly perfect boyfriend (Dan Stevens). Broke and homeless, she retreats to her small hometown to lick her wounds and drink, eventually striking up an unlikely friendship with a bar owner, Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), and his ragtag crew of buddies. Against this...
Like a whole lot of you, if box office numbers are anything to go by, I recently went to see the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast last week. While overall I enjoyed it, there were a few things that bugged me, and other things that, while not bad, per say, definitely stuck out. I decided to list a few of those things for you there — warning, spoilers, obviously. The Good• Belle and the Beast both get backstories, which are interesting and help develop...
The Zookeeper’s WifeDirected by Niki CaroOut March 31 In the past few years, “The Male Profession’s Female Relative”-style titles have become so common they’re often mocked (The Aviator’s Wife, The Hangman’s Daughter...)—but The Zookeeper’s Wife deserves your attention despite its name. Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina‭ ‬Żabińska, the titular zookeeper’s wife, but she’s a far more talented zookeeper than her husband, the gruff but well-meaning Jan (Johan Heldenbergh). The film opens in Warsaw, Poland, in 1939, and as soon as you see the date flash across...