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Many film critics have described Phantom Thread as a love story. But for myself and many others, it is not a love story but a horror film. Phantom Thread unravels the seams (pun intended) of toxic masculinity that underlies emotionally abusive heterosexual relationships. By exposing the horror of emotional abuse in graphic detail, it has provided many survivors with a cathartic viewing experience. As one abuse survivor and fan of the film, J, says, “It carries all the tension, timing and anxiety of a horror...
  Zosia Mamet made a name for herself in HBO's Girls, playing Shoshanna, an awkward, charming twentysomething living in Brooklyn and looking for success in love and her career. In her new movie, the Boy Downstairs, she plays...an awkward, charming twentysomething woman living in Brooklyn and looking for success in love and her career. But there are a few differences. In the Boy Downstairs, Mamet plays Diana, a young woman who has just moved to New York and reunited with her best friend Gabby (Diana Irvine) after living in London for...
  Please Stand ByDirected by Ben LewinOut January 26      In the road-trip dramedy Please Stand By, Dakota Fanning plays Wendy, a 21-year-old autistic woman who sneaks out of her group home with her dog and travels across California to enter a Star Trek script-writing contest. Along the way, she encounters a series of sometimes supportive and always stereotypical strangers, including a young mother with a criminal boyfriend and a heart of gold, a wise old black woman, and a goofy male nurse. As Wendy makes...
Like MeWritten & Directed by Robert MocklerReleased on January 26, 2017 A neon-drenched thriller, Like Me follows Kaya (Addison Timlin), a loner and YouTube vlogger on a crime spree. Egged on by her followers, she broadcasts her cross-country rampage on social media, hoping to amass "likes." Fueled by drugs and junkfood, Kaya’s erratic junket spirals into ever increasing violence, Written and directed by Robert Mockler, Like Me is a horror film that explores isolation in the age of digital connectivity. Kaya's character exists in a virtual reality of...
An indie-movie queen with festival hits like Frances Ha, Mistress America, and Greenberg to her credit, Greta Gerwig made the leap to big screen writer/director in November with the unapologetically woman-focused Lady Bird. Here, she talks candidly about the female gaze, the New York dream, and writing scripts where “the central story is not a question of whether a woman will or will not end up with some dude.” By Jenni MillerPhotos by Nadya Wasylko     When Greta Gerwig sits down to breakfast at Café Cluny in N.Y.C.’s...
BUST's current cover gal Greta Gerwig earned a well-deserved Best Director Oscar nomination for her film Lady Bird this morning. With it, she becomes the fifth woman ever to be nominated for the award, following Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, 2009), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, 2003), Jane Campion (The Piano, 1993), and Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties, 1976) in the unfortunately short list. If she wins, she’ll become the second woman to ever win the Best Director award, following Bigelow. That’s not the only good news....
  A young kid gains powers and is brought to a school of magic, sound familiar? Although Mary and the Witch’s Flower is full of adventure and magic, Endor College is not Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and where Harry learns to utilize magic to defeat evil, Mary learns that magic is the cause of it. Mary and The Witch’s Flower was directed by former Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi for his animation studio, Studio Ponoc. He worked on all of the favorite films of children...

When I was in middle school, I prayed every night that I would wake up the next morning as Nicole Kidman as Satine in Moulin Rouge — and I’ve never even believed in God. At the time, my love of Moulin Rouge was the only thing that sustained me, and I watched it obsessively (I’ve seen it about 100 times) to escape my life. I was mercilessly bullied, afraid to go to school each day, and struggling with with suicidal ideation. If I could just be...
Tropes have been around as long as media has existed. When watching TV or film, we can identify images and themes that are used over and over again. But are tropes benefiting society, or projecting unrealistic ideologies for societal consumption? Some tropes can be argued to be harmless, like the classic “Running Through an Airport” trope, but others create or reinforce stereotypes in society. Just take a closer look at one trope: The “Glasses Gotta Go” trope.  The “Glasses Gotta Go” trope is when a girl...
  Saturday Church, a visually striking indie musical that has been making the rounds since its debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, is heading to theaters this weekend. It’s a coming of age story about a shy 14-year-old genderqueer person named Ulysses, played spectacularly by Luka Kain, struggling with his identity after the death of his father. Born into a military family and raised part time by his strict, religious aunt, there is little room for self-exploration. It isn’t until Ulysses meets Ebony, Dijon, and...