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I don't need to tell you that Mean Girls is the most hysterical, quotable movie of all time. You know it, I know it, it is fact. And the best part is, there's never a bad time to use a Mean Girls line. You are always regarded as witty and charming for pulling "she doesn't even go here" out of your ass at a party. It's a universal truth. But Christopher Rosa, an intern for NextMovie, just put us all to shame. This majestic creature takes Mean...

  It’s coming up on the sixteenth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. A lot has happened since – Charles married Camilla, Will married Kate, and, oh yeah, Prince George was born (as if you hadn’t heard). The beloved princess and humanitarian was only 36 when she died, but her last few years were subject to such intense scrutiny that the media attention she received was blamed for her death.  These last few years, after her divorce from Prince Charles and subsequent romance with Dr. Hasnat Khan, are...
You might be familiar with the colorful  lucha libre masks and the fighters that wear them. Luchadores, professional Mexican wrestlers, are real-life superheroes, even if in costume only. But not so many of us know about the babes in the ring who mirror them - las luchadoras. A documentary by journalist Marta Franco called "Las Luchadoras" exposes the flip side of Mexican wrestling and its powerful female fighters competing for space in a very traditional boy’s club.  Sweet Lucha Libre masks hanging on a wall Franco follows three luchadoras...
While Diablo Cody’s known for writing Juno, Jennifer's Body and Young Adult, Paradise is her first feature film that she’s written and directed! The film stars Julianne Hough, in which she transitions from a “good girl” to “bad girl,” after surviving a plane crash. She starts to re-examine her life by challenging her religion, and even declares in her church that she might vote Democrat in the next election. Can someone say, scandalous? In her way of “finding herself,” Hough’s character travels to Las Vegas,...

Are you a feminist, a woman, a filmmaker, or a combination of all three? The London Feminist Film Festival is putting out an open call for submissions for their second-annual festival. Their website states that “women directors from all countries may enter” and that films should be “feminist in their representation of women” or “deal with feminist issues.” Last year, over 1,000 people came out to the festival to watch films like Lesbiana – A Parallel Revolution and The Witches of Gambaga, as well as participate in...
Director Sebastián Silva, best known for his film The Maid, has created the next manic pixie dream girl (MPDG) film. If you’re not familiar with the manic pixie dream girl trope, watch Feminist Frequency’s video. In short, the MPDG is a female character whose sole purpose is to teach an uptight male protagonist to let loose and enjoy life. Beyond that purpose, however, the MPDG seems to have no life of her own. Often the audience knows nothing of her desires, her dreams, and her goals....
  “Women in prison? That’s so retro,” said Papa Garis after I explained my latest work assignment. It was Sunday afternoon, and I had emerged from my room after five hours of chain-smoking and watching the new Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Yes, for work. I am living the American dream.  He’s right, though. The concept is hardly original. In fact women-in-prison movies are practically their own genre. So in honor of the new/old trend, I've done a little research (take that...
Let’s play a game. How many movies have you seen this summer? Okay, and how many of those movies have had female leads? Two female leads? If you answered very few, that’s not surprising. Data collected by Vulture shows that no more than 18% of films in 2013 have more than one woman in a co-starring role. Though this statistic is abysmal, it’s nothing new in the film industry. Though there have been tons of superhero blockbusters about male heroes, Hollywood has ignored most female...
  2011 brought us Miss Representation, one of the most influential documentaries on women and the media ever made.  Across the world, feminist resource centers, colleges, universities, and countless individuals have screened the film. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. We only have great things to say about Jennifer Siebel Newsom's work. And now she's bringing us something new. At Miss Representation screenings, many people asked Jennifer about issues of male representation in media and the current "crisis of masculinity." The Mask You Live In,...
  At a time when most loyal moviegoers are either Latin American or female (or both), it’s taken a hell of a while for the film industry to catch up with the changing scene. This week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its star-studded list of invited members, and they’ve made some improvement from last year. Those who accept membership make up the elite class of film industry pros that decides who gets Oscars next year. Out of the 276 invitees, 31 percent...