Currently Browsing: May 2012

HYSTERIA

Tanya Wexler’s new film Hysteria is a marvel of “loose/tight” properties. On the one hand, it’s tremendously funny. On the other hand, I was always laughing through my tears. Set in London circa 1880, Hysteria is loosely based on the career of Joseph Mortimer Granville, the English physician who patented the first electromechanical vibrator. As […]

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WHERE DO WE GO NOW? Review by FF2 Media

Nadine Labaki’s breakout film Caramel was firmly set in contemporary Beirut, but her new film Where Do We Go Now? is magical realism. A mythical Lebanese village, surrounded by landmines, is dominated by one church & one mosque. Exhausted by intramural feuding & senseless death, the women of the village seek ways to distract their […]

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Who is “Cannes”?

Thanks to the terrific petition posted yesterday by Melissa Silverstein, we now have an answer to the question I asked earlier today: “Who is ‘Cannes’?” And the answer: Surprise! Surprise!! “Cannes” is disproportionately male!!! Not only that, but the men on the jury are primarily filmmakers (a more powerful role), whereas the women who are on the jury […]

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Cannes ’12 Brouhaha

From The BEZ’ Cannes Diary: Festival opens to controversy over lack of female-directed films “Festival Director Thierry Fremaux responded by saying he agrees women lack opportunities to make films…” Mon Cher M. Fremaux, Wrong diagnosis = wrong cure. The problem is not the lack of new opportunities for  female filmmakers; the problem is lack of respect for […]

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Gender Gap: HYSTERIA

Tanya Wexler’s new film Hysteria opens in NYC this Fri (5/18) & in Chicago (& elsewhere) next Fri (5/25), so technically I’m still under embargo & I’m not allowed to post a review yet. But since Anthony Lane’s New Yorker review is already posted, I’m putting my gloves on & punching back. Readers, I have already […]

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FREE Labaki Screening

What’s New in the Pond? Allied-THA offers us FREE PASSES to a “Word of Mouth” screening of Nadine Labaki‘s wonderful new film Where Do We Go Now? which is already playing in NYC & opens here in Chgo (& elsewhere) on Friday 5/18. When: Thurs 5/17 @ 7:30 PM Where: Landmark Century @ 2828 North Clark […]

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SOUND OF MY VOICE

Brit Marling, nominated for Independent Spirit Award for her first screenplay (Another Earth) returns with this equally weird & wonderful film (co-written with Zal Batmanglij) that trades inner space for outer space. This time Marling is terrific as a cult leader who turns the mind of an investigator (Christopher Denham) to mush. We all know […]

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AoC Release

Jan Lisa Huttner named 2012 “Agent of Change” by AAUW-Illinois Click to download Press Release as a pdf –> AgentOfChangeRelease CHICAGO—Chicago Film Critic Jan Lisa Huttner was honored with the 2012 “Agent of Change” Award from AAUW-IL, Inc. (the Illinois division of the American Association of University Women). Established in 1984, the award is presented […]

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Thanks Rick!

Early this morning, master interviewer Rick Kogan managed the impossible–he more or less kept me on track as I babbled away on his AM radio show “The Sunday Papers.” Here is the audio file (which lasts ~ 20 minutes) –> http://www.wgnradio.com/shows/sundaypapers/wgnam-kogan-120506-jan-lisa-huttner-pennys-picks-women-filmmakers,0,7194493.mp3file Rich & I signed in @ the Trib Tower @ 7:15 AM (ouch!). Here […]

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AAUW Naperville

Huge thanks to the members of AAUW Naperville for their warm reception of Penny’s Picks at their 2012 Annual Meeting yesterday! The questions they asked were terrific! And thanks too to my friend Chris Casper who took the pix! It will take Dana (my fabulous transcriptionist) a few days to get the Word file back […]

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A SIMPLE LIFE

Filmmaker Ann Hui (well-known in the East for her long & distinguished career but almost unknown in the West) hits a bull’s eye with A Simple Life, winner of film festival awards last year in Tallinn (Estonia) & Venice (Italy) as well as more predictable wins in China & Hong Kong. A Simple Life is the story […]

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