New York native film critic and film critic Pamela Powell now resides near Chicago, interviewing screenwriters and directors of big blockbusters and independent gems as a Senior Contributor for FF2 Media. With a graduate degree from Northwestern in Speech-Language Pathology, she has tailored her writing, observational, and evaluative skills to encompass all aspects of film. With a focus on women in film, Pamela also gravitates toward films that are eye-opening, educational, and entertaining with the hopes of making this world a better place. 

Currently Browsing: Pamela Powell

Ani Simon-Kennedy’s ‘Short History of the Long Road’ a much-needed roadtrip escape

From writer/director Ani Simon-Kennedy comes the quietly introspective and visually striking film The Short History of the Long Road, starring Sabrina Carpenter.  Set in the vast and enchanted land of New Mexico, Nola (Carpenter) lives a life on the road with her father.  It’s an atypical upbringing, but it’s all she knows.  As her father […]

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Writer/director Mirrah Foulkes makes feature debut with ‘Judy and Punch’

The puppeteering act of “Punch and Judy” has an origin story written from Judy’s perspective thanks to the unrestrained imagination of first-time writer and director Mirrah Foulkes in her new film “Judy and Punch.”  Note the order of the names in this version and you have an inkling of the power behind the film.  “Judy […]

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Nisha Ganatra’s refreshingly fun ‘The High Note’ explores sacrifices women make to be at the top of their game

The High Note, a refreshingly fun and upbeat film written by Flora Greeson and directed by Nisha Ganatra (Late Night), stars Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross as two hard-working women at opposite ends of their careers, yet still striving to be relevant. Ross is Grace Davis, a legendary singer/songwriter and Johnson is Maggie, her […]

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‘Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy’ documentary examines life, career of master chef

As part of Gene Siskel Film Center’s “Film Center From Your Sofa” series, Elizabeth Carroll’s documentary Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy looks back at the life and career of a master chef and one of the most celebrated culinary legends of Mexican cuisine. For more food-related features, be sure to check out FF2 Media’s reviews of […]

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Now Streaming: Caitlin Moran teaches us ‘How to Build a Girl’

The curtain has been pulled to reveal the writer behind the new film How to Build a Girl, starring Beanie Feldstein as “Johanna.” Caitlin Moran, screenwriter and the novelist upon whose life the story is based, recently spoke with me about the truth versus exaggeration analysis of the film, “face acting,” and how she knows […]

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Award winners, feel-good favorites top Mother’s Day movie list

Mama. Mom. Mother. Ma. And Mum.  They all mean one thing, although for those of us who have gone through raising a teenage girl, the tone can certainly add quite a bit of meaning to that word.  And while most kids, for some unknown reason (perhaps God is a man after all), babies’ first words […]

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