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‘Puzzle’ director Turtletaub talks female-centric film, collaborating genders

 Academy-Award-nominated director and producer Marc Turtletaub (Loving, Little Miss Sunshine) takes the director’s chair for this film as he deeply connected with this female-centric character-driven piece.

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Tony Scott has “Second Thoughts” about Woody Allen

Hallelujah! After a little over a year of life in Trumpsylvania, some big dudes in the mainstream media (aka MSM) are finally beginning to recognize their own complicity in this national disaster. First came news of Jeffrey Toobin’s mea culpa on Larry Wilmore’s podcast last Monday. “I think there was a lot of false equivalence in […]

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Jan Rants about Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” (2015)

When a film starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson, and a cast of thousands (plus camels!) makes its debut at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015 but doesn’t open in an American theatre until 2017, the odds are already against it. But true to my mantra “YOU Never Know Until YOU Go!,” I […]

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Weight of ‘Nakom’ crushes poignant story

Nakom, directed by Kelly Daniela Norris and T.W. Pittman and written by Isaac Adakudugu and T.W. Pittman, is the story of a young medical student “Iddrisu Awinzor” (Jacob Ayanaba) and his struggle to choose between a better future or immediately help his desolate family. While attending medical school in Ghana, Iddrisu learns that his father […]

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Showing our love for “Beauty and the Beast”

Women’s History Month is packed with activities for members of the FF2 Media Team. But as we all ran from film to film at various festivals and special screenings (not to mention celebrating the 10th International SWAN Day on Saturday March 25th), most of us found time to sneak into a local multiplex for a […]

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THE SALESMAN (2016): A Huttner/Miller Snippet

For the second time in just under a month, I have had the great — and rare — pleasure of being totally surprised in Act Three. Believe me, it doesn’t happen often. Usually if I am not spellbound by the end of Act Two, my expectations take a dive, the film goes downhill, and I […]

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Oscar ’17: The Viola Davis Brouhaha

Jan Lisa Huttner weighs in on the 2017 Oscars’ biggest brouhaha: Why was Viola Davis nominated for Best Supporting Actress rather than Best Actress? A few years back, Viola Davis was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as “Abileen” in The Help, but the Oscar that year went to Meryl Streep for her performance in […]

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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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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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SIGNING OUT

Directed by Dana Brawer (The Red Card) and written by Adriana Leonard and Jenna Michno, Signing Out is a poignant short outlining the heartbreak that comes with falling in and out of love. Boasting an almost exclusively female-led cast and crew, Signing Out succeeds in creating a strong emotional arc in a short amount of […]

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THINGS TO COME

The daughter of her mother and the mother of her daughter, Nathalie examines herself anew at the cusp of middle age. What has she settled for? What would she change if she could? What does she want to do with the rest of her life? Profound meditation on the seasons of a woman’s life written and […]

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ON THE MAP

Dani Menkin’s On the Map has all the drama and emotion of the classic sports movie, with the added benefit of the real life accounts of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s struggle to achieve basketball greatness in winning the 1977 European Cup. (EML: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. Levenson A ball dribbling. The skid of […]

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ALWAYS SHINE

Takals’s film Always Shine successfully utilizes the best elements of several genres, excellent sound design, to produce a final product that is all at once horrifying and beautiful. The story is simple: two young actresses whose friendship has been tainted by one woman’s success and the other’s lack of success. But the film is incredibly […]

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THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen is being called an “instant teen classic,” compared to the likes of Clueless, Mean Girls and Juno. What was promoted as a comedic, heartwarming depiction of teen angst feels more like a missed opportunity. The relatable message of The Edge of Seventeen unfortunately gets […]

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Michael Moore in Trumpland (2016)

In his new film Michael Moore in Trumpland,  the cinematic gadfly asks himself a really important question: “Since Hillary Clinton has always supported MY work, why have I done so little (so far) to support HER as a Presidential candidate?” Great Question, MM!!! The film ends with an exhilarating imagining of all the genuinely Progressive things a President Hillary […]

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On Seeing Ourselves

” I started to notice more disparities between genders in my favorite movies… which really sucked. There’s nothing like seeing your favorite movie and having it ruined by subtext.” On Seeing Ourselves: Why is it so difficult to show a woman who is smart? By Ori Marcu  (Special for FF2 Media) Recently I watched Project […]

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99 HOMES

Stunningly effective drama about the very real effects of the 2008 recession/housing crisis on ordinary Americans. Set in Orlando, Florida = one of the most hard-hit states. (JLH: 5/5. RBM: 4.5/5.) Rave by Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner Can there be higher praise in 2015 than to turn to one’s partner as the credits roll […]

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