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Rebecca Sugar’s ‘Steven Universe: The Movie’ a retrospective on emotionally intelligent series

March, 2015. I’m home for spring break from NYU, feeling more alone and confused than even a Millennial usually does. My first two or so years of college have felt like a wash, specifically an acidic wash of vodka and vomit, and I’ve reached the point of looking ahead into my post-college years and have […]

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‘The Kingmaker,’ ‘My Home India’ remind us of the legacy we leave

Maybe this is something writers think about more than other people, but I spend a lot of time considering what impact I’m making on the world, and how I will be remembered when I’m gone. If I didn’t think my actions impacted others, I’d be living my life much differently than I do now–I’d probably […]

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Jaye Fenderson talks working with husband on ‘Unlikely,’ electoral implications for the film

After seeing Unlikely, our contributing editor Giorgi Plys-Garzotto sat down with co-director Jaye Fenderson to talk more about the film’s urgent message about college admissions. Unlikely follows five students through college, showing how the struggle to get into good schools is only the beginning for first generation students. If you haven’t yet, read our review […]

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Anthology Film Archives hosts Feminist Film Week

On a rainy day in March, I decided to stop in at the Anthology Film Archives for a film about the environment. I had no idea what I was about to watch—Water Makes Us Wet, the film screening for that night of Anthology’s NYC Feminist Film Week, had no precedent in any other film I […]

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Giorgi’s Athena 2019

It’s kind of ironic that the film I was most excited to see at the Athena Film Festival was about books! About a month before the festival, I read The Left Hand of Darkness for the first time and was struck by the worldbuilding Ursula K. Le Guin put into her planet of genderless people. […]

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Queer Your Queue: Lesbian period pieces to watch after ‘The Favourite’

Our readers may have seen that I had a lot of thoughts about The Favourite and its use of queer characters in a period piece. My main point in that article was that the stories we tell influence our internal realities, which then affects how we interact with our external realities. While simply watching “woke” […]

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‘The Favourite’ Queers The Past And The Present

I’m currently on a mission to get every queer person I know to see The Favourite. You could say it’s my “Favourite” movie of 2018, and since I’m writing this in late December you can really tell I’ve seen everything the year has to offer and chosen this decadent lesbian sweetmeat of a film out […]

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Best Performance: Is It Time For Gender Neutral Acting Awards?

First of a Series for FF2 Media by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto As many of you probably saw, the Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday. You know what that means—time for this year’s gauntlet of award shows! And when I say “gauntlet,” I mean it in the medieval sense. For those of you who don’t know, a […]

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Why Must Male Critics Muddy Feminist Conversations?

Why must male film critics muddy feminist conversations by holding women-driven movies to different standards? I’m looking right at you, Peter Rainer, of the Christian Science Monitor! Mr Rainer, you gave Manchester-by-the-Sea an A on Rotten Tomatoes, but called Hidden Figures “resistably unorginal.” You gave a C+ to Arrival, and a B to Moonlight, but […]

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Associate Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Giorgi Plys-Garzotto is a Chicago native and aspiring television writer; she is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. She writes weekly reviews for FF2 Media. Her dearest wish is to create the world’s first pun dictionary. She loves cooking vegan food, going for long walks alone, and binge-watching Riverdale. She spends most of her time […]

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Paint It Black and L’Attesa use male characters to drive female relationships

A typical tactic to further a male character’s development, especially in the tidal wave of male superhero movies we’ve been getting for the past five years or so, is to take the guy’s girlfriend or daughter, and have her die. His resulting “manpain” is then milked at the dead female character’s expense to give an […]

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It’s Not Subtle! Below Her Mouth and the Heterosexual Gaze (Part 2 of 2)

This article is the second of a two-part series, so if you haven’t read the first part, click here For those of you who for some reason only want to read the end of this article: in the previous installment of my meditation/ rant on the representation and construction of lesbian sexual identity in probably-straight director […]

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It’s Not Subtle! Below Her Mouth and the Heterosexual Gaze (Part 1 of 2)

I had never seen two women participate in a straight relationship before I saw Below Her Mouth. Directed by April Mullen, the film has been a hot topic on the queer film circuit due to its all female crew and notably, ahem, involved sex scenes; it has also been criticized for its flat characters and […]

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Giorgi’s Kino Festival (2017)

Ever since my time at NYU in the East Village, the Landmark Sunshine Cinema has been one of my favorite theaters! Situated on the border of Alphabet City and the Lower East Side, it’s one of the best places in Manhattan to see indie films, and last weekend’s Kino! Festival of German Films was no […]

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Giorgi’s Athena (2017)

FF2 Contributor Giorgi Plys-Garzotto reports on her time at the 7th annual Athena Film Festival, hosted by Barnard College in Manhattan  from 2/9/17 thru 2/12/17. AFF’18 dates are 2/22/18 thru 2/25/18. We hope to see YOU there next year 🙂 While I ended up being pretty sick during the Athena Film Festival, I still managed to […]

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