Watch at Home: ‘All About Nina’ & more from female filmmakers

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nina Geld in All About Nina.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nina Geld in All About Nina. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Kitchens.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 12/18/18 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • All About Nina: Eva Vives (writer/director)
  • Bird Box: Susanne Bier (director)
  • Little Women (2018): Claire Niederpruem (director/co-writer), Kristi Shimek (co-writer)
  • Santa Claus (Le Père Noël): Rachel Palmieri (co-writer)

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

Give writer/director Eva Vives a lot of credit for not only writing the screenplay but writing the stand-up comedy bits seen All About Nina as well.  This isn’t something that would come easy for anyone who doesn’t perform stand-up comedy.  But Vives not only writes the stand-up sets but she nails it, too.  Her writing/directing combined with Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s performance help the actress come off as a natural stand-up comedian.  Mary is absolutely awesome in her performance.  Award worthy, too.

While All About Nina sets the narrative in the world of stand-up comedy, it’s a relationship-driven comedy at its core.  There is a major revelation that take the film into Me, Too territory.  A lot of Nina’s stand-up and anger is driven from the events that happened to her as a kid.  The anger and pain is very real.  It’s rooted in abuse and nobody should have to go through those experiences and yet Nina’s on-stage breakdown goes viral.

What’s really interesting is that there were two films premiering at Tribeca with lead characters in stand-up comedy and have similar life experiences.  One is All About Nina and the other one was Jellyfish.

Led by great performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common, writer/director Eva Vives has announced her presence as a feature filmmaker with All About Nina.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (12/11/18) FF2 Media

Featured photos from All About Nina EPK
Photo Credits: Elizabeth Kitchens

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