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Streep Speaks!

2/9/12 Update: Huge thanks to Melissa Silverstein for posting an expanded version of this piece on her Women & Hollywood Blog yesterday! Click here to download the whole thing (Meryl Streep+Terry Gross+Penny) as a pdf –> 12Feb08IndieWIRE Meryl Streep at Barnard College Commencement (2010): “They professionally can’t hear us…” Yesterday, Terry Gross broadcast an amazing […]

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Reviews: N-P

THE POST (2017): Review by Brigid K. Presecky

With a top director and seasoned cast to flesh out a solid script, there was little to no way The Post could fail – and it doesn’t. (BKP: 4.5/5)

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: Q-S

SUFFRAGETTE (BKP)

Carey Mulligan gives a standout performance as “Maude Watts,” an empowering 24-year-old mother who fights for the right to vote. Director Sarah Gavron and Writer Abi Morgan shed a light on the struggles, heartache and courage of women in early 20th Century England. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky With the fight […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: Q-S

SUFFRAGETTE (JEP)

Directed by Sarah Gavron, Suffragette is a powerful film about the early feminist movement and the fight for women’s right to vote in Britain. Filled with powerful female performances, Suffragette is a historical drama about the incredible circumstances women fought against to be granted their rights. (JEP: 3.5/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Written by […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: Q-S

SUFFRAGETTE

Superb film directed by Sarah Gavron with a screenplay by Abi Morgan. Women from London’s East End risk their lives so that women in England will win the right to vote. Brava! (JLH: 4.5/5) Review by Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner On June 14, 1913, thousands of women wearing purple flowers accompanied the casket of […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Uncategorized

RICKI & THE FLASH

Written by Diablo Cody, Ricki and the Flash is a feel good film about an absentee rock star mother, who returns home to provide support for her daughter in her time of need. Upon returning home, Ricki must come to terms with the effects her absence has had on her children and make amends for […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: T

TRAINWRECK (JLH)

Comedienne Amy Schumer is feisty and adorable in her first staring role, but the film–which she wrote–was directed by Judd Apatow. And Apatow, as the reigning master of mainstream comedy, succeeds in softening all of Schumer’s edges. There are some laugh-out-loud moments, especially in the first half, but the long, slow slide into a predicable finale weighs the whole film […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: E-G

GRINGO TRAILS

Profound new documentary by NYU Anthropology Professor Pegi Vail is ostensibly about the impact of backpacker tourists on once distant climes and cultures, but it implies even more about the way our now dominant “Western Mentality” has overrun our fragile planet and potentially brought it to the breaking point. Quests made popular by films like Lawrence of […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List

When You Wish…

When you wish upon a star, be careful what you wish for. Or as Meryl Streep said to Robert Redford in Out of Africa: “When the Gods want to punish you, they answer your prayers.” When I moved to Brooklyn in the Fall of 2012, I made a personal commitment to review ALL films opening in […]

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More Nora Posts

So I went down a week-long rabbit hole, reading everything I could about Nora Ephron before responding to the people who blew off my first Nora Ephron post. I posted a long piece with charts on HuffPo, and followed up with a related piece on “Tzivi’s Cinema Spotlight” (my JUF Blog page)… No one cared (well, […]

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Nora Ephron TLTL

Writer/Director Nora Ephron died of lukemia at age 71 on Tuesday, so yesterday cyberspace was filled with tributes to her “outstanding career,” mentioning over & over & over again how she was a “ground-breaking” figure–extraordinary proof that despite all the obstacles, women filmmakers could break-thru if only they would stop whining & stay focused on their […]

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Reviews: U-W

W.E.

Pampered “Wally Winthrop” (Abbie Cornish) has reached a crisis point in her marriage to a man she thought was Prince Charming. The year is 1998, and Wally seeks refuge at Sotheby’s New York at the precise moment in time when they are preparing for one of the biggest auctions in history: 44,000 items once owned […]

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Who gets rewarded?

I just got called on the carpet for my Blue Oscar post, specifically this part: And in the Best Original Screenplay category, we have a film (Bridesmaids) that has plot holes you can drive a truck through, but the male critics loved it. Why? Well, this isn’t the time to rant on about this, but […]

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Reviews: U-W

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s terrific new film We Need to Talk about Kevin tells the terrifying tale of a woman named “Eva Khatchadourian” (Tilda Swinton) whose teenage son Kevin has just murdered his classmates and teachers in a Columbine-like massacre. The entire story is told from Eva’s point of view; we only glimpse “the real […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: H-J

THE IRON LADY (2011): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Phyllida Lloyd’s new film The Iron Lady is a bio-pic about Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1979 until November 1990. A million historical details, large and small, make Baroness Thatcher a unique individual, yet Lloyd and screenwriter Abi Morgan choose to minimize the episodes that make their subject’s life specific […]

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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 […]

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Reviews: H-J

I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT

Sarah Jessica Parker plays “Kate Reddy,” a bundle of nervous energy who is burning her candle at both ends and threatening to flame out. At home, Kate has a husband and two kids plus a nanny, a mother-in-law, and a row of empty little bags she must fill with birthday goodies. It’s a mostly female […]

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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: K-M

MAMMA MIA

“The ABBA Musical” – Almost unwatcheable… except… Meryl Streep is fabulous! Altho almost 60, she plays someone ~ 40, & she blows all the youngsters off the screen, especially in tandem with Gal Pal showstoppers Baranski & Walters. Rich agrees, but these miracles weren”t enough for him. Kudos to good sports Brosnan, Firth & Skarsgard. […]

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Reviews: H-J

Film Review: JULIE & JULIA

Click HERE to download my WomanArts review as a pdf file. Blogger Julie Powell had a lot of hard days and long weeks in 2001.  In her book Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, she tells us she worked in a cubicle in an office overlooking Ground Zero, and the 9/11 tragedy was […]

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Reviews: H-J

JULIE & JULIA

Blogger Julie Powell had a lot of hard days and long weeks in 2001. In her book, Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, she tells us she worked in a cubicle in an office overlooking Ground Zero, and the 9/11 tragedy was an omnipresent fact of her life. But instead of wallowing, she […]

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Reviews: K-M

MAMA MIA!

“The ABBA Musical” – Almost unwatchable… except… Meryl Streep is fabulous! Altho almost 60, she plays someone ~ 40, & she blows all the youngsters off the screen, especially in tandem with Gal Pal showstoppers Baranski & Walters. Rich agrees, but these miracles weren’t enough for him. Kudos to good sports Brosnan, Firth & Skarsgard.  […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: N-P

THE PROPOSAL

Starts as a The Devil Wears Prada wannabee with Sandra Bullock in the “Meryl-Streep-as-Devil” role, but quickly becomes Ryan Reynolds’ film. Bullock just needs to be game & she is here. But Reynolds is surprisingly good as an Alaskan scion who wants to create his own destiny. I found Anne Fletcher’s film enjoyable albeit totally […]

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