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20February07: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Two films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: The Lodge Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey Of these two, so far I’ve seen one. They are both narrative features. My Top Pick for February 7th (drumroll please!) is Birds of Prey, an […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

‘Birds of Prey’ a rollercoaster ride of colorful action-packed adventure

Director Cathy Yan collaborates with writer Christina Hodson on action-packed adventure superhero feature “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)”. This is a psychotic catharsis on a rollercoaster of glitter and violent fun. Margot Robbie stars as the kooky Harley Quinn and is accompanied by a notable female cast including Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and newcomer Cassandra Cain. (KIZJ: 4/5)

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

‘The Lodge’ pays homage to horror film past

Pulling from horror/thriller classics, The Lodge tells the story of two children and their soon-to-be stepmother snowbound in a house with mysterious ongoings and looming spirits. Directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala make an aesthetically memorable film with an impressive cast, yet the thrills are few and far between. (3/5) Review by Vice President and […]

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20January31: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Five films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: The Assistant Gul Makai Miss Americana The Rhythm Section The Traitor Of these five, so far I’ve seen two. One — Miss Americana — is a doc. Four — The Assistant, Gul […]

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Reviews: A

‘The Assistant’ takes women seriously in a #MeToo world

In director and writer Kitty Green’s new film The Assistant, Julia Garner plays an overworked, under-appreciated assistant. Many people have recently come forward in the #metoo movement about their experiences in the film industry. The chance of a lifetime can often come with too high a price to pay. (SYJ: 4 / 5) Review written […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: A

‘Gul Makai’ tells Malala’s story

Written by Bhaswati Chakrabarty, Gul Makai is a fictionalized depiction of the events leading up to the shooting of Malala Yousafzai. Gul Makai doesn’t quite manage to do the worthwhile film subject justice (JRL: 2/5). Review by FF2 Intern Julia Lasker From the onset, Gul Makai paints a disturbing portrait of Pakistan as it’s overtaken […]

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Reviews: Q-S

Lively and Law the only redeeming aspects of ‘The Rhythm Section’

The Rhythm Section, directed by Reed Morano, was sadly off beat. “Stephanie Patrick” (Blake Lively) loses her mother, father, brother, and sister all at once in a terrible plane crash. When a reporter, “Proctor” (Raza Jaffrey) tells her that the “crash” was actually a planned terrorist attack, Stephanie decides to get revenge by any means […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: T

Lana Wilson’s Taylor Swift doc feels like home, somehow

Director Lana Wilson builds a mosaic-like documentary around Taylor Swift and her 15-year journey of navigating intense spotlight and scrutiny. Juxtaposing footage from her sold-out stadium concerts to intimate, close-up conversations about her eating disorder, Miss Americana allows people into the world of a poetic singer/songwriter who, at 29, found her true voice. (BKP: 5/5) […]

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Reviews: T

THE TRAITOR (2019): Review by FF2 Media

The real life of Tommaso Buscetta the so called “boss of the two worlds,” first mafia informant in Sicily 1980s. The Traitor opens 1/31. FF2 review coming soon.

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20January24: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Four films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Color Out of Space Panga Quezon’s Game The Turning Of these four, so far I’ve seen three. All four are narrative features. My Top Pick for July 12th (drumroll please!) is Quezon’s […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

COLOR OUT OF SPACE (2019): Review by FF2 Media

The lovechild of Midsommar and 2018’s cult horror hit Mandy, writer Scarlett Amaris’s Color Out of Space brings HP Lovecraft back from the dead, without the eugenics this time. I didn’t know a movie could be this mind-blowing; I needed my mind blown first to be able to comprehend how blown my mind would be […]

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Reviews: N-P

‘Panga’ is more than a sports movie

Written and directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Panga is about a mother making her return to her passion, kabaddi, a sport akin to wrestling played throughout Asia. Though fairly predictable in its plot, the film is redeemed by unique characters and their compelling relationships. (JRL: 3.5/5)  Review by FF2 Media Intern Julia Lasker Panga opens […]

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Reviews: Q-S

Quezon’s Game: A hidden tale of Jewish-Filipino Solidarity

Quezon’s Game is a drama directed by Matthew Rosen and written by Janice Y. Perez and Dean Rosen. The multilingual film stars Raymond Batasing as Philippine president Manuel Quezon, and has him working towards one of his lesser known feats: granting Jewish refugees sanctuary in the Philippines. Review by Junior Associate Beatrice Viri Quezon’s Game […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: T

‘The Turning’ won’t turn you into a horror fan

The Turning (directed by Floria Sigismondi and written by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, and based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James) is an unfortunately standard and underwhelming horror film about a young woman who becomes the live-in nanny for two orphaned children in a large spooky mansion in the middle of nowhere. […]

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20January17: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) One film either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Intrigo – Death of an Author I saw this film. It’s a narrative feature. I don’t have a top pick for this week, because I wasn’t a big fan of Intrigo. 

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Reviews: H-J

INTRIGO – DEATH OF AN AUTHOR (2018): Review by FF2 Media

Intrigo: Death of an Author confuses the viewer both with its plot and with the mere fact of its having been made in the first place. Writer Birgitta Bongenhielm really has some explaining to do on this one, or maybe that should fall to Hakan Nesser, the author of the original novel. (GPG: 1/5) Review […]

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20January10: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Three films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Afterward Chhapaak The Woman Who Loves Giraffes Of these three, so far I’ve seen two. Two — Afterward, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes — are docs. One — Chhapaak –is a narrative feature. […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: A

AFTERWARD (2018): Review by FF2 Media

Bringing up issues of inter-generational trauma, nationalism, and the psychology of empire, Afterward is director Ofra Bloch’s journey toward understanding of herself and others. Anyone who has ever looked at the world (both past and present) and asked why and how people are capable of such acts of horror will be entranced by this psychodynamic […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

Inspiring ‘Chhapaak’ shows triumph of human spirit

Meghna Gulzar’s heartbreaking film centers on 19-year-old Malti (Deepika Padukone) in the aftermath of an acid attack as she deals with legal and personal ramifications of the trauma. Told with grit and grace, this shocking true story follows Malti on her road to recovery. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Vice President and Managing Editor Brigid K. […]

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Reviews: U-W

‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes’: a profile of famous zoologist and giraffe lover Anne Innis Dagg

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, directed and written by Alison Reid, is a documentary about Anne Innis Dagg, one of the first zoologists to do extensive field research on a wild animal. Dagg fell in love with giraffes at a young age and contributed significantly to what we know about the animal today. However, being […]

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20January03: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Three films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: The Advocate Clemency Ip Man 4 Of these three, so far I’ve seen two. One — The Advocate — is a doc. Two — Clemency, Ip Man 4 –are narrative features. My […]

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Reviews: A

The ‘Advocate’ stars Lea Tsemel, a human rights lawyer and “angry, optimistic woman”

The Advocate is a documentary by Rachel Leah Jones that follows Isreali human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel’s life and career defending Palestinian clients. Focusing on the cases of 13 year old Ahmad and domestic violence victim Israa Jabis, The Advocate is a difficult and heart-wrenching watch reminding that there is always two sides to a […]

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Reviews: H-J

IP MAN 4 – THE FINALE (2019): Review by FF2 Media

IP Man 4: The Finale is the final part in an epic part-fiction-part-biopic series centering around the famous martial arts instructor Ip Man. In this finale, Ip Man travels to San Francisco to catch up with former student Bruce Lee and find a school for his son to attend. In America, Ip Man is met […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

‘Clemency’ stuns with Alfre Woodard at the helm

Clemency (written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu) follows prison warden Bernadine Williams (played wonderfully by Alfre Woodard) as she struggles to deal with the psychological implications of carrying out death row executions. (DLH: 4/5) Review by FF2 Associate Dayna Hagewood Clemency opens with an immediate feeling of claustrophobia as Warden Bernadine walks down a stark […]

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19December13: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Three films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Black Christmas Cunningham Seberg Of these three, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is a narrative feature. My Top Pick for December […]

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19December06: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Four films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Knives and Skin Little Joe A Million Little Pieces Portrait of a Lady on Fire Of these four, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is a narrative feature. My Top […]

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‘1917’ a compelling cinematic feat

Directed by Sam Mendes and co-written with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917 is a straightforward but wildly creative drama set over one day in World War I. Starring George MacKay in a memorable lead role that increases in intensity over two hours, the visually-fascinating film also features Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott, Colin Firth and Richard Madden in […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

‘Little Women’ a perfect, faithful adaptation from Greta Gerwig

Written for the screen and directed by Greta Gerwig, Little Women is a poignant retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, following seven pivotal years in the lives of the March sisters. Opening with the latter half of the novel, the film is told through flashbacks from the perspective of author Jo, portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan. 

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: H-J

‘The Invisible Life’: a tragedy of two separated sisters in a toxic patriarchy

The Invisible Life, based on the The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão by Martha Batalha, is a Brazillian-German film directed by Karim Aïnouz and written with Inés Bortagaray and Murilo Hauser. The movie follows two sisters that are kept apart due to a lie told by their father, and their differing lives connected by persisting […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

BLACK CHRISTMAS (2019): Review by FF2 Media

While some may critique its lack of subtlety, Sophia Takal’s Black Christmas is exactly the kind of energy we need going into the 2020 election cycle. Why subtweet Nazis with antifascist undertones when you can just have your characters roll up their sleeves and get the purge done themselves? (GPG: 4/5). Review by Contributing Editor […]

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