ALWAYS SHINE

ALWAYS SHINE

Takals’s film Always Shine successfully utilizes the best elements of several genres, excellent sound design, to produce a final product that is all at once horrifying and beautiful. The story is simple: two young actresses whose friendship has been tainted by one woman’s success and the other’s lack of success. But the film is incredibly…

FYC '17: Jan Lisa Huttner

FYC '17: Jan Lisa Huttner

Dear AMPAS: FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner asks you to consider these fourteen films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016) for Oscar nominations next month. (Note that this list is dated 12/1/16 & will be updated after 12/31/16.) Jan's Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (Yes! All four of these feature films…

FYC '17: Rachel Kastner

FYC '17: Rachel Kastner

FF2 Intern Rachel Kastner asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016.   My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) American Honey (Writer and Director Andrea Arnold) Maggie's Plan (Writer and…

FYC '17: Amelie Lasker

FYC '17: Amelie Lasker

FF2 Intern Amelie Lasker asks you to consider these seven films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) American Honey (Writer and Director Andrea Arnold) Mia Madre (Writer Valia Santella)…

FYC '17: Georgi Presecky

FYC '17: Georgi Presecky

FF2 Social Media Manager Georgi Presecky asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) Into the Forest (Writer/Director Patrica Rozema) Fantastic Beasts…

FYC '17: Lesley Coffin

FYC '17: Lesley Coffin

FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2) The Dressmaker (Director Jocelyn Moorhouse) Queen of Katwe (Director…

FYC '17: Nora Lee Mandel

FYC '17: Nora Lee Mandel

FF2 Senior Contributor Nora Lee Mandel asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016. My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 The Dressmaker (Director Jocelyn Moorhouse) Equity (Director Meera Menon) My…

AMERICAN PASTORAL

AMERICAN PASTORAL

Ewan McGregor's new adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral is a noble failure. The screenplay has a complicated structure which keeps Nathan Zuckerman (Roth's alter ego) two steps removed from his subject Seymour Levov (aka "Swede"). Thus reduced in the screenplay to a framing device, the Nathan Zuckerman character is unable to provide adequate context for a…