Currently Browsing: December 2015

Brigid: Best Films of 2015

  2015’s Top Picks from FF2 Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS 1.) Spotlight Between the impressive ensemble and outstanding script by Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight earns the top spot for my 2015 list. It tells the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic […]

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Jan: Best Films of 2015

2015’s Top Picks from FF2 Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS 1.) The Big Short Riveting story about the the “Subprime Mortgage Crisis” of 2008. The Big Short is told as a high octane comedy by filmmakers who trust their audience to understand that it’s actually a tragedy, with aftershocks that continue to […]

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Jessica: Best Films of 2015

Announcing 2015’s Top Picks from FF2 Contributing Editor Jessica Perry Best English Language Film 1.) Mistress America  From the writers of Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have paired up once again to bring us the hilarious and extremely original film that is Mistress America. A freshman at Barnard College, spends her days alone, struggling to […]

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TRUTH: Why 2004 Matters!

Cate Blanchett gives one of her greatest performances as embattled CBS 60 Minutes Producer Mary Mapes in Truth. (JLH: 5/5) Rant by FF2 Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner Full Disclosure: I grew up in an NBC/Newsweek home. Way back in the 1950–before media had so many “narrowcast” options–most American households fell into one of two […]

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Jess Chats with Director Laura Bialis

Interview with Rock in the Red Zone Director Laura Bialis Interview by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Check out Jessica’s review of Rock in the Red Zone over at The Hot Pink Pen  JEP: What was your original inspiration for the film, where did it all start?  Well, I had been to Israel before and I had made […]

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AMPAS ’16: 60 Eligible Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced the list of 305 feature films which are eligible for Academy Award consideration in 2016. All told, 60 of the films on this list were either written and/or directed by female filmmakers. That’s roughly 20%. And although you probably have not seen or heard of […]

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Genderquake ’15: Intro

Women are continuously getting shut out of Hollywood. From Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter on the gender pay gap to Maureen Dowd’s New York Times Magazine exposé, “The Women of Hollywood Speak Out,” the fight for equality rages on. Read filmmaker Rachel Feldman’s response HERE. Part one of three by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. […]

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Genderquake ’15: Digression

Women are continuously getting shut out of Hollywood. From Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter on the gender pay gap to Maureen Dowd’s New York Times Magazine exposé, “The Women of Hollywood Speak Out,” the fight for equality rages on. [Read filmmaker Rachel Feldman’s response HERE]. Part two of three by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. […]

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Genderquake ’15: Next Steps

Why is Oscar Blue? In Part 3, we look at how the lack of women film critics affects who gets awards every year. Part 3 of 3 by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Why are the Oscars so male-centric? The award selection process begins with critical reviews and festival accolades. Film critics, mostly male, […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Intro

THE LEGACY OF RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH: A Tribute by Jarrod Emerson Just over two years ago, on August 24, 2014, Sir Richard Attenborough passed away. A few days shy of his 91st birthday, he left behind an incredible cinematic legacy. I first became aware of Attenborough at the age of six watching him in Jurassic Park. […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Chaplin

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 8: CHAPLIN (1992) Richard Attenborough entered the 1990s with another amazing biopic, this time profiling one of the silver screen’s early icons: the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Adapted from both Chaplin’s own autobiography and David Robinson’s book, Chaplin: His Life and His Art, the film chronicles Chaplin’s career—as well his […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Cry Freedom

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 7: CRY FREEDOM (1987) Cry Freedom tells the powerful true story of black South African activist Stephen Biko (Denzel Washington). The founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, Biko was a fierce advocate for equal rights for the largely impoverished native South African population during the height of Apartheid. […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Gandhi

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 6: Gandhi (1982) The opening scene of Gandhi begins with the civil rights activist’s assassination, before flashing back to a fateful incident aboard a South African train in 1893. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, despite holding a first-class ticket, is booted from the train, leading him to realize the laws […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Magic

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 5: MAGIC (1978) Richard Attenborough’s only foray into horror, Magic, tells the story of “Corky Withers” (Anthony Hopkins), a shy, anxiety-ridden magician who struggles to get through a performance. Corky eventually finds success when he incorporates ventriloquism into his act with “Fats” an expressive wooden dummy. Fats is […]

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Richard Attenborough: Jurassic Park

Jarrod Emerson’s tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 4: Jurassic Park (1993) After focusing exclusively on his directorial career for over a decade, Richard Attenborough stepped back in front of the camera, when Steven Spielberg cast him in the mega-hit, Jurassic Park. Attenborough portrays billionaire industrialist, John Hammond, creator of a ground-breaking, island theme park. Hammond […]

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Richard Attenborough: 10 Rillington Place

Jarrod Emerson’s tribute to Richard Attenborough: Part 3: 10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971) Sometimes the most gripping stories come straight from fact. Such is the case with this powerful thriller, 10 Rillington Place, from Richard Fleischer (The Boston Strangler, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea). Adapted from the collected writings of journalist Ludovic Kennedy, 10 Rillington Place […]

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RAT: THE GREAT ESCAPE

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 2: THE GREAT ESCAPE  (1963) Based on the personal experience of WWII Veteran, Paul Brickhill, The Great Escape follows a group of POWs imprisoned in Stalag Luft III.  Equipped with a barbed-wire fence, towers, and a full staff of armed guards, it has been declared Germany’s most secure prison […]

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Richard Attenborough Tribute: Brighton Rock

Jarrod Emerson’s tribute to Richard Attenborough: PART 1: BRIGHTON ROCK (1947) What do you get when the crime classic, Brighton Rock, (by acclaimed novelist Graham Greene) falls into the hands of pioneering British filmmaker John Boulting? Only an incredible film noir of British cinema, whose influence I can now see in many modern British gangster […]

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