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Reviews: K-M

Well-meaning ‘Last Christmas’ weighed down with predictability

Co-written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings and directed by Paul Feig, Last Christmas is a hodgepodge of a romantic dramedy with its big twist given away in its marketing campaign. Despite its wildly unnecessary subplots and disjointed tone, the talented and overqualified Emilia Clarke shines brightly as the Christmas lights surrounding her. (BKP: 3.5/5) […]

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19June07: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media LLC) Six (6) films written &/or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Framing John DeLorean Funan Ghost Fleet Late Night Nureyev Pavarotti So far, I have only been able to see three. Of those three, I liked two a great deal, and I […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

‘Late Night’ ushers in great comedy, strong women and standard plot

Directed by Nisha Ganatra and written by star Mindy Kaling, Late Night is a backstage comedy about the unlikely relationship that forms between Molly (Kaling) and late night television talk show host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson). Even though the dialogue is smart and downright hilarious at points, Late Night unfortunately fails to surpass the basic […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

Bridget Jones’s Baby is pretty much everything you could ever want it to be, and a little bit more. From the fantastic cast and their wonderful performances, to the soundtrack that will bring you back, this film is a must see. It is the perfect film to wrap up the Bridget Jones franchise, with every […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: E-G

EFFIE GRAY (BKP)

Weighing in across the generations: Our respect for Oscar-winning screenwriter & beloved actress Emma Thompson is so great that we have written two review of her new film Effie Gray. Spoiler Alert: WE BOTH LOVE IT! Click HERE for Jan’s review (with a “Real-to-Reel” bonus section). Brigid’s review is below. ************************* Review of Effie Gray by […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: E-G

EFFIE GRAY (JLH)

Weighing in across the generations: Our respect for Oscar-winning screenwriter & beloved actress Emma Thompson is so great that we have written two review of her new film Effie Gray. Spoiler Alert: WE BOTH LOVE IT!  Click HERE for Brigid’s review. Jan’s review (with a “Real-to-Reel” bonus section) is below. ************************* Lovingly-crafted new BioPic stars Dakota […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: E-G

EFFIE GRAY (JLH)

Lovingly-crafted new BioPic stars Dakota Fanning as yet another “notorious” 19th Century woman heretofore robbed by history of her own POV. Credit the sumptuous visuals to director Richard Laxton, but the essence of Effie Gray is in the screenplay by Emma Thompson, who also cast herself in the critical role of mentor. (JLH 4/5) ************************* On […]

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SAVING MR. BANKS

Slamming Saving Mr. Banks & ranting about Philomena… While noting–with a big sigh–that neither of these films supposedly “about women” pass the Bechdel Test 🙁 Saving Mr. Banks Poor Ginty: Her handsome Dad (Colin Farrell) is a hopeless drunk. But somehow, after his early death, young Ginty (Annie Rose Buckley) morphs into crusty “P.L. Travers” the author […]

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Penny salutes Ruth Prawer Jhabvala From the obituary by Anita Gates in yesterday’s New York Times: “Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the German-born screenwriter and novelist who, as the writing member of the Merchant Ivory filmmaking team, won two Academy Awards for adaptations of genteel, class-conscious E. M. Forster novels, died on Wednesday at her home in […]

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Reviews: E-G

FROM PRADA TO NADA

LA update of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility finds sisters “Nora” (Camilla Belle) & “Mary” (Alexa Vega) forced out of their Beverly Hills mansion after their widowed father suddenly dies bankrupt.  Where to go?   “Tia Aurelia” (Adriana Barraza), their mother’s sister, offers a new home in the bario, and hillarious consquences ensue. Since we all know the basic plot […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: A

AN EDUCATION

Lone Scherfig’s terrific new film “An Education” opens in a classroom in an English suburb in the early 60s. The subject under discussion is Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. Written over one hundred years before scene one, Jane Eyre still maintains its curious hold on the female imagination. Must we be forever reminded that Mr. […]

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Reviews: Q-S

Film Review: SENSE & SENSIBILITY

Charming adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel about 2 sisters adapting to strained circumstances after their father dies. Emma Thompson received an Oscar for her screenplay & also plays the lead. Kate Winslett received her first nomination as the younger sister. Ang Lee’s sensitive direction was completely overlooked by the Academy. More on SENSE & SENSIBILITY. […]

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