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Hello, yes, do you know about this new movie Patti Cake$? You should.  Patricia (AKA Patti Cake$) is an aspiring rapper from New Jersey who wants to show the world the boss bitch she knows she is. Armed with her clever writing ability, rapping skillz, and the support of her friends and grandma, Patti aims leave her impoverished life for a more glamorous one.  Patti Cake$ looks like white Precious meets 8 mile #patticakes — LARRY (@LARRYtweeted) May 17, 2017 Is this the next "mom's spaghetti" movie?? But with a lady?!...
When I think of Cate Blanchett’s extraordinary acting talents, I think of the 2007 Academy Awards, when she was nominated for two completely different performances: as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth, and as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. If performances like those don’t have you convinced of Blanchett’s talents, Julian Rosefeldt’s new film Manifesto will. In the film, Blanchett transforms into 13 different characters of different genders, ages, and nationalities. In various scenes, she’s a drunk old homeless man; a prim housewife; a cooler-than-thou punk;...
The Most Hated Woman In America is an immediately intriguing title. After all, it seems as though there are so many women this epithet could describe, depending on what political views are being centered in the discussion. Yet it turns out that this new Netflix Original movie tells the story of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who isn’t exactly a name on people’s lips in 2017. A quick search on O’Hair reveals that she was the plaintiff of Murray v. Cutlet, one of two cases that led...
  3 GENERATIONS is a movie about transitioning, but it isn't a movie about a transgender teen. It showcases how hard it is on a family — the two older generations — when their child and grandchild is trans. This uninspiring film, starring Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon, struggles to find what it wants to say, probably because it doesn't even know what to call itself. The movie was first titled 3 GENERATIONS, then changed its name to ABOUT RAY, and is now 3 GENERATIONS again. To...
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...