Currently Browsing: February 2017

Ann Marie Fleming on ‘Window Horses,’ diversity in animation

The annual New York International Children’s Film Festival is one of the premiere events to highlight “alternative” animation and family programming. Not only have they regularly highlighted Academy Award contenders in animation, but discovered new talents in independent cinema. Ann Marie Fleming was one of those filmmakers a few years ago when she premiered a […]

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PATERSON (2016): A Huttner/Miller Snippet

Wonderful new film by Jim Jarmusch finds great interior drama in the quiet story of one week in the life of a Peterson, New Jersey bus driver named Paterson who is played by an actor named Driver! “Paterson” (Adam Driver) is a man of fixed routines. Without ever setting an alarm clock, he gets up at […]

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Everyone Else (2009)

Maren Ade’s romantic drama (aka Alle Anderen) stars Lars Eidinger and Birgit Minichmayr as a married couple in a subtly heartbreaking spiral downward. This 2009 German film was re-released at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center in anticipation of Ade’s new film Toni Erdmann, a 2017 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. (BKP: 4/5) Review […]

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Hidden Figures: girls and pearls

Hidden Figures, written by Allison Shroeder and Theodore Melfi based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly and directed by Theodore Melfi, has been receiving a lot of press. The film highlights the work that women of color have done for NASA, and how they have been nearly erased from history despite their importance. From […]

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Hidden Figures and the music of the spheres

The music in every movie must always support the story. It connects and immerses the audience into the world of the characters. In Hidden Figures, the music pushes the audience beyond sympathy from mere observation, engaging us in the experience through an almost personal connection. In a way that no movie about the human exploration […]

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Hidden Figures a hidden ‘white-wash’?

Hidden Figures, based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s non-fiction book, has grossed more than $145 million at the box office, becoming this year’s highest-grossing Best Picture nominee. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Oscar-nominated Octavia Spencer, the film tells the story of three Black NASA workers in segregated Hampton, Virginia in the early 1960s. Given the […]

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The Forest for the Trees (2005)

Director/writer Maren Ade makes viewers forget they are watching a movie with this wonderfully written film. Melanie Pröschle, a 27-year-old teacher who is insecure and desperate for friends, has a constant need for attention from her neighbor Tina. The Forest for the Trees is in German with English subtitles. (SAT: 5/5) Note that I was able to see this […]

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Siskel Panelists Predict Diverse Oscar Wins

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor attended the Gene Siskel Film Center Oscars Panel last month, a five-panelist discussion on nominations, snubs and film recommendations. Following up with Pamela Powell of The Daily Journal and Sergio Mims of Shadow and Act, the two panelists reflected on #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoBlue campaigns, as well as the diversity […]

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‘United Kingdom’ director talks onscreen racial divide, offscreen leadership

Amma Asante is a UK director on the rise with three highly-praised feature film to her name. The former child actress left acting to pursue filmmaking, and got her start producing for TV, including the BBC drama, Brothers and Sisters. Her first feature, A Way of Life, starring Stephanie James and Brenda Blethyn, earned several […]

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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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Female filmmakers leave lasting ‘romcom’ impact, memorable scenes

Don’t cry, Shopgirl. FF2 Media celebrates the work of female writers and directors, including their successful box office returns and critical acclaim for romantic comedies. From Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers to Anne Fletcher and Bonnie Hunt, below is a ranking and attached script of memorable romantic comedy film scenes. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Runaway Bride Written by Josann […]

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Eti’s Athena (2017)

New FF2 Contributor Eti Or 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 🙂 I flew from Tel Aviv to New York recently to help my grandmother for a few […]

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Katusha’s Athena (2017)

FF2 Intern Katusha Jin 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 🙂 In the eighty-eight years since the first Academy Awards, there have only been four women nominated for […]

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Lindsy’s Athena (2017)

FF2 Contributor Lindsy Bussonnette 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 🙂 The Athena Film Festival this year was fantastic. Great films, thoughtful panels and a wonderful turnout. My […]

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Rachel’s Athena (2017)

FF2 Intern Rachel Kastner 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 🙂 I find myself proudest to be a Barnard student at the Athena Film Festival. It is such […]

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Feminism is funny: Writing team inspires a generation with female-led comedies

It has come to my attention that the maintenance staff is switching our toilet paper from Charmin to generic. All those opposed to chafing, please say ‘Aye.’ – Legally Blonde Feminism is funny. In researching our favorite funny films from the early 2000s, we found a surprising common thread – writing team Karen McCullah and Kirsten […]

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A Woman’s Place…

In May of 1977, Star Wars, written and directed by George Lucas was released. It was the first film of the many-part space-opera that takes place in the past (despite the vast technological advantages). It starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinnes, and of course, the beloved late Carrie Fisher as “Princess Leia.” […]

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FF2 Media Reacts: The Director’s Chair

USC Annenberg has just released a new comprehensive study examining 1,000 top-grossing films over the past nine years. How many of the directors of these blockbuster marvels were male? How many were female? The numbers are jaw to the ground shocking, only further proving how important it is to support and advocate for women and […]

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Director Michael Cimino leaves lasting, controversial legacy

The film industry is one that many people attempt to pierce but few find success. Even fewer manage to sustain careers in such a vastly competitive business. Fewer still manage to do so and win such prestigious awards as Oscars or BATFAs. However, one man succeeded in all of the above, then followed up by […]

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