Mazel Tov, Schvesters!

This week the Library of Congress added 25 new films to the National Film Registry including two classics by Jewish women filmmakers: Hester Street (written & directed by Joan Micklin Silver) and Norma Rae (directed by Martin Ritt & co-written by Harriet Frank J. with her husband/long-time writing partner Irving Ravetch). According to the LA…

We Bought a Zoo

Based on a true story, We Bought a Zoo is the story of a widower with two young children who decides to uproot his family and do something completely different. This is another Aline Brosh McKenna screenplay (written this time in collaboration with director Cameron Crowe) and I liked it a lot. Full review coming soon.…

WFCC 2011

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s 2011 achievement awards from the Women Film Critics Circle — of which I am a proud member! Unless otherwise noted, the award goes to the director on behalf of the entire cast & crew. BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN [TIE]: The Iron Lady (Phyllida Lloyd)/We Need To Talk…

CFCA 2011

UPDATE: CFCA Award Winners for 2011 BEST PICTURE: The Tree of Life BEST DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick–The Tree of Life BEST ACTOR: Michael Shannon–Take Shelter BEST ACTRESS: Michelle Williams–My Week with Marilyn BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks–Drive BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain–The Tree of Life BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Michel Hazanavicius–The Artist BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Steve Zaillian…

Another Earth

My Bad! Yesterday I was filled with despair about the lack of women candidates for the 2012 Spirit Awards, but I just watched Another Earth (co-written by Brit Marling–the only woman to receive a nomination yesterday), & I loved it! What took me so long? Well, Another Earth was marketed as a SciFi film (which…

2012 Spirit Noms

Candidates for the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards were announced this AM & I’m still stunned. In the Best Director category: No women directors. In the Best Feature category: No films with women in lead roles. In the Best Screenplay category: No women screenwriters. In the Best International Film category: No women filmmakers. And the Robert Altman honoree (Best Cast):…

12/10: Anita Hill!

 On December 10, 2011, Celebrate Illinois’ 5th Annual Jane Addams Day with Special Guest Professor Anita Hill!   Date: Saturday, 12/10/11 Time: 10 AM–Noon Location: The Chicago Temple @ 77 West Washington This program is FREE & open to the Public! Program planned in collaboration with AAUW-IL, Inc (the Illinois Division of the American Association…