Watch at Home: ‘QT8: The First Eight’ & more from female filmmakers

QT8: The First Eight
QT8: The First Eight

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 12/6/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Knives and Skin – Jennifer Reeder (director/writer)
  • A Million Little Pieces – Sam Taylor-Johnson (director/co-writer)
  • QT8: The First Eight – Tara Wood (director)
  • Turtle Odyssey – Amelia McCarten (co-writer)

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is QT8: The First Eight. QT8: The First Eight is a feature-length documentary paying tribute to Oscar-nominated filmmaker and cinephile Quentin Tarantino.

Everything started with Reservoir Dogs in 1992. After its midnight premiere during Cannes, history would forever change.  This was the breakthrough.  Michael Madsen shares some interesting insight into the film’s wardrobe especially with the all-black clothing.

Tara Wood is able to capture the career of a visionary director seen through the lens of cast and crew.  While Tarantino himself doesn’t appear in the film on camera, it’s almost as if he does.  Tarantino gave his blessing for the documentary but requested that neither meet until after they finish so as to not influence the direction.  I’d be interested in seeing the portions of interviews that got left on the cutting room floor.

Because Tarantino’s career is intertwined with that of Harvey Weinstein, it would have been an injustice if Weinstein didn’t come up.  We see news clippings from when Uma Thurman went public about being sexual assaulted.  Sure, there’s Tarantino’s statement.  Perhaps the most powerful portion is when Michael Madsen says he knew what happened but never said a thing.  It’s almost as if he feels guilty for staying silent but understands why so many women stayed quiet.  It was the emotional fear of speaking out.  The fear of losing a job is really big.

The film is told in three distinct chapters: The Revolution, Badass Women and Genre Play, and Justice.  It’s a reminder of the reputation Tarantino has made through his work.  There are actors in line that want to work for him according to Jamie Foxx.  Whether they get that chance or not remains to be seen.

QT8 is a brilliant documentary from Tara Wood about a filmmaker making original content in the age of franchises, remakes, and reboots.

You can read my full review here.

© Danielle Solzman (12/6/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from QT8: The First Eight EPK
Photo Credits: Wood Entertainment

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture. Film Critic, Solzy at the Movies Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association Member, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Member, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Member, Online Association of Female Film Critics Member, Online Film Critics Society Member, Online Film & Television Association Tomatometer Critic
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