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Hollywood, as the past year in particular has established, is ripe with sexism. Writer, comedian, and musician Marcia Belsky decided to highlight the casual objectification of women in film through the simple yet horrifying representations of women (and, well, lack thereof) on movie posters. And thus, the Headless Women of Hollywood Project was born. “By decapitating the woman, or fragmenting her body into decontextualized sexual parts, she becomes an unquestionably passive object to the male gaze,” Belsky wrote on the project’s homepage. “Her purpose becomes solely that...
The legendary comedian who brought us Leslie Knope is directing her first movie. FINALLY! The cast is an actual dream team of SNL alumni. Oh, and it’s about friendships and booze. Could we be more excited? Wine Country follows a group of gal pals as they vacation in Napa to celebrate someone’s 50th birthday. The Hollywood Reporter writes that it is coming soon to Netflix. The cast includes Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, and Tina Fey. Spivey co-wrote Wine...

When buying movie tickets for A Wrinkle in Time for my mom and I, I feared I might be too far removed from the book I loved once to open my heart to the film adaptation by Ava DuVernay. Am I too old, too jaded to receive whatever the message would be? I read the book when I was in the fourth or fifth grade and loved it. Had I changed? I was wrong. I need you to know that I cried throughout this whole, entire film....
 Dorota Kobiela is one half of the directorial duo behind Loving Vincent, the world's first fully painted feature film. Loving Vincent is an intimate look at the mysterious final years of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, based off a collection of Van Gogh's letters depicting his daily life and mental state. Nominated for Best Animation at the 90th Academy Awards, Kobiela's work with partner Hugh Welshman redefines the boundaries of animation — each of the film's 65,00 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created...
VFX producer Juliet Tierney and skating director and choreographer Sarah Kawahara are two of the major masterminds behind I, Tonya, the Tonya Harding biopic starring Margot Robbie. I was fortunate enough to hop on the phone with the two of them to talk about all the work behind the figure skating routines we see recreated onscreen. Tierney is an award-winning producer and Head of Production at LA/NY effects house EightVFX, and Kawahara is an Emmy award-winner for CBS’s Scott Hamilton: Upside Down and NBC’s Opening Ceremonies...
The New York Times’ live performance and speaking series “TimesTalks” most recently featured the glorious Ava DuVernay on the eve of the release of her new film, A Wrinkle In Time. Audience members literally jumped out of their seats as soon as the iconic filmmaker walked on stage for the event. Interviewed by New York Times editor Jazmine Hughes, DuVernay spent the next hour and fifteen minutes talking about her new movies, her life, and what it means to be a black woman in the film industry.  Hughes...
If you don’t know much about activist Wilma Mankiller, now’s the time to change that. The documentary Mankiller, directed by Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd, is airing on PBS stations around the US in celebration of Women’s History Month. Promotional materials for the film have the tagline “Activist. Feminist. Cherokee Chief,” and Red-Horse Mohl — who is Cherokee herself — powerfully shows the story of Mankiller’s life and her political and activist career. We begin with Mankiller's childhood, during which her...
Thoroughbreds  Written and Directed by Cory Finley Out March 9 In Thoroughbreds, upper-crust teens Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) renew an old friendship despite how wildly different their lives have become. Amanda is an unblinking social pariah who can rattle off all of the various DSM diagnoses psych doctors have been trying to pin on her since a particularly troubling incident a few years prior. Lily, on the other hand, is all sleek hair, wide eyes, boarding school exams, and fancy internships. As their façades crumble...
The Academy Awards (aka the Oscars) aren’t exactly known for their gender inclusivity, especially when it comes to roles behind the camera. Women are rarely nominated for awards that don’t involve their acting. In 2017, there were exactly zero women nominated for Best Director. In fact, before this year, only four women had been nominated for Best Director since the Oscars’ inception in 1929, and only one woman has ever won (Kathryn Bigelow for the Hurt Locker). This year, Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) is the fifth woman...
SubmissionDirected by Robert LevineRelease March 2, 2018 Written and directed by Richard Levine, Submission stars Stanley Tucci as Ted Swenson, a middle-aged college professor whose once bright authorial career has flickered out. Swenson’s stagnation seems to lift when he becomes a little too close to his student Angela (Addison Timlin), a bright and talented young writer. Intended to question if all survivors are telling the truth, Submission is a moralizing tale, meant to question the stringent anti-sexual harassment policies in place on college campuses.  The film moves...