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Brigid: Best Films of 2015

 

2015’s Top Picks from FF2 Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky

BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS

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1.) Spotlight

Between the impressive ensemble and outstanding script by Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight earns the top spot for my 2015 list. It tells the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.… read more.

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Jan: Best Films of 2015

FirstPersonFF22015’s Top Picks from FF2 Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner

BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS

Steve Carell1.) The Big Short

Riveting story about the the “Subprime Mortgage Crisis” of 2008. The Big Short is told as a high octane comedy by filmmakers who trust their audience to understand that it’s actually a tragedy, with aftershocks that continue to this day.… read more.

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AMPAS ’16: 60 Eligible Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced the list of 305 feature films which are eligible for Academy Award consideration in 2016. All told, 60 of the films on this list were either written and/or directed by female filmmakers. That’s roughly 20%.

And although you probably have not seen or heard of all 60 films, we have!… read more.

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Genderquake ’15: Digression

Women are continuously getting shut out of Hollywood. From Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter on the gender pay gap to Maureen Dowd’s New York Times Magazine exposé, “The Women of Hollywood Speak Out,” the fight for equality rages on. [Read filmmaker Rachel Feldman’s response HERE].read more.

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Genderquake ’15: Next Steps

Why is Oscar Blue? In Part 3, we look at how the lack of women film critics affects who gets awards every year.

Part 3 of 3 by FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky

Why are the Oscars so male-centric? The award selection process begins with critical reviews and festival accolades. Film critics, mostly male, attend screenings and write reviews.read more.

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Spotlight on Truth: The Story Behind the Story

WHEN BRIGID MET BILL: PART TWO

By Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky

With the timely releases of Truth and Spotlight, FF2 Media chats with retired Chicago Tribune newspaperman William F. Presecky on these two films’ themes and depiction of reporters, as well as the future of investigative journalism.

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Q: Obviously both Truth and Spotlight center around similar subject matter in terms of investigative journalism.read more.

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