Reviews: E-G

FIRECRACKERS (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: A teenage girl and her friend run into problems when they plan to leave town. Firecrackers opens 7/12. FF2 review coming soon!

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: E-G

‘The Farewell’ is Lulu Wang’s Oscar to lose

Writer/director Lulu Wang’s autobiographical story centers on a Chinese grandmother with a terminal lung cancer diagnosis – only she is the only person in her family who doesn’t know it. Starring Awkwafina in a dramatic leading role as Billi, the daughter of first-generation immigrants, The Farewell is a universal story that captures the true essence […]

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Reviews: E-G

‘General Magic’: Failure is just a stepping stone for success

General Magic, directed, produced and written by Sarah Kerruish (with Matt Maude), is a documentary about a company that worked on a device “15 years too innovative for its time”. In the mid-90’s, the predecessor to today’s smartphone, Sony’s Magic Link PDA, was invented but poorly received. A fruitful, riveting documentary starring some of today’s […]

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Reviews: E-G

GENERAL MAGIC (2018): Review by FF2 Media

General Magic, directed, produced and written by Sarah Kerruish (with Matt Maude), is a documentary about a company that worked on a device “15 years too innovative for its time”. In the mid-90’s, the predecessor to today’s smartphone, Sony’s Magic Link PDA, was invented but poorly received. A fruitful, riveting documentary starring some of today’s […]

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Reviews: Q-S

‘The Sweet Requiem’ tells powerful story of reconciliation

26 year old “Dolkar” (Tenzin Dolker) lives in a Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi. 18 years ago she traveled through the Himalayan Mountains with her father to escape Chinese armed forces and reach a better life, leaving behind her mother and sister. While her current day life in Delhi is comfortable, the long and arduous […]

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Reviews: Q-S

THE SWEET REQUIEM (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: At the age of eight, Dolkar fled her home with her father to escape Chinese armed forces, and faced an arduous journey across the Himalayas. Now 26, she lives in a Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi, where an unexpected encounter with a man from her past awakens long-suppressed memories, propelling Dolkar on an […]

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Reviews: Q-S

‘Sword of Trust’ carried by fantastic improv actors

Synopsis: Sword of Trust opens with Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and Mary (Michaela Watkins) returning to the countryside to sift through the remnants of Cynthia’s late grandfather’s belongings. In town Mel (Marc Maron) and Nathaniel (Jon Bass) run a small pawn shop. The two parties meet when Cynthia and Mary try to pawn a left behind […]

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Reviews: Q-S

SWORD OF TRUST (2019): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War. Sword of Trust opens 7/12. FF2 review coming soon!

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19July05: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) One film written &/or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: My Days of Mercy My Days of Mercy, a narrative feature, was the only film to come out in Manhattan this week. Luckily, I really liked it!

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

‘My Days of Mercy’ tackles the death penalty, lesbian love, and grief

My Days of Mercy is a mixed genre film directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer and written by Joe Barton about Lucy’s (Ellen Page) struggles to deal with her father’s situation on death row. While My Days of Mercy presented an extremely original plot and contained a lot of great moments, it, unfortunately, failed to amount to […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

My Days of Mercy tackles the death penalty, lesbian love, and grief

My Days of Mercy is a mixed genre film directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer and written by Joe Barton about Lucy’s (Ellen Page) struggles to deal with her father’s situation on death row. While My Days of Mercy presented an extremely original plot and contained a lot of great moments, it, unfortunately, failed to amount to […]

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19June28: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Four films written &/or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: The Chambermaid Euphoria Killers Anonymous Ophelia Of these four, so far I seen three. All three–The Chambermaid, Euphoria and Ophelia are narrative features. My Top Pick for June 21st: It’s tough. I liked […]

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Reviews: B-D

THE CHAMBERMAID (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: A look at the working environment of a chambermaid in one of Mexico City’s most luxurious hotels. The Chambermaid opens 6/28. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: E-G

EUPHORIA (2017): Review by FF2 Media

Euphoria, written and directed by Lisa Langseth, is about two sisters escaping to a mysterious and seemingly idyllic retreat—which turns out to be a place for people to spend the last days of their lives because one of the sisters, Emilie, is soon to lose her battle with cancer. The concept and cinematography of the […]

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Reviews: K-M

‘Killer’s Anonymous’: Too many twists take meaning away from plot

Killers Anonymous, directed by Martin Owen and written by Elizabeth Morris, is a crime thriller centered on a group of assassins in hiding as a manhunt goes on for the perpetrator of a senator’s assassination. (BV 3.5/5.0) Review by Junior Associate Beatrice Viri Killers Anonymous opens with Gary Oldman’s unnamed character facilitating a group therapy […]

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Reviews: N-P

OPHELIA (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia’s perspective. Ophelia opens 6/28. FF2 review coming soon!

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19June21: 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 theatres this week: The Edge of Democracy Ever After Holy Lands Toy Story 4 Wild Rose Of these five, so far I seen three. One– The Edge of Democracy— is a doc. Two– Holy Lands […]

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Reviews: E-G

‘The Edge of Democracy’ tiptoes line of memoir and documentary

The fight between democracy and militant government has plagued Brazil for decades. The country, originally run by an oligarchy, slowly found themselves fighting for a representative democracy. They filled the streets, rioted, and supported their chosen leader, Lula. But as the years passed, the people became blind to the destructive forces of their past hidden […]

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Reviews: E-G

Running from risk of zombie infection in ‘Ever After’

In Endzeit, directed by Carolina Hellsgard and written by Olivia Vieweg, after a zombie apocalypse takes over the world, only two German cities remain— Weimar and Jena. In Weimar anyone who’s even slightly infected is killed, while Jena desperately searches for a cure. Vivi, a struggling mental patient, is sent to Weimar to combat the […]

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Reviews: H-J

HOLY LANDS (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: Harry Rosenmerck, an Ashkenazi Jewish American cardiologist, left everything to become a pig farmer in the Holy Land. Holy Lands opens 6/21. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: T

‘Toy Story 4’ goes beyond infinity

The story of Woody, Buzz and the gang continues in Toy Story 4, directed by Josh Cooley and co-written by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom. When his owner Bonnie makes a new favorite plaything out of a discarded spork and pipe cleaners, Woody (Tom Hanks) must teach Forky (Tony Hale) what it really means be […]

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Reviews: U-W

WILD ROSE (2018): Review by Katharine Cutler

Written by Nicole Taylor, Wild Rose is a wonderfully multi-faceted story about a young mother whose dreams of being a country singer are at odds with her children’s expectations of her. The film is moving and intricate, delving past the music and into the complicated relationships women have with each other. (KC: 4/5) Review by […]

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19June14: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media LLC) Three films written &/or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Back to the Fatherland Being Frank Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes This week, because there were only three, I was able to see all three–meaning one feature (Being Frank) and the […]

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Reviews: B-D

‘Back to the Fatherland’ a muddled portrayal of Israeli expatriates

Documentary filmmakers Gil Levanon and Kat Rohrer explore the current state of Israel and its connection to the outside world in their film Back to the Fatherland. Their honest efforts fall short as the story gets muddled within a poorly constructed structure and moments of questionable politics. (AG: 1/5 stars). Review by FF2 Intern Anika […]

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Reviews: B-D

BACK TO THE FATHERLAND (2017): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: A documentary film that tells the story of young people leaving their home country to try their luck somewhere else. Back to the Fatherland opens 6/14. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: B-D

Spring break goes terribly wrong in ‘Being Frank’

Being Frank, directed by Miranda Bailey, is a feel-good comedy about college-bound Philip, who, fed up by his strict, emotionally distant father, sneaks out during spring break with his friend Lewis and accidentally discovers his father’s biggest secret. Shocked and conflicted by his father’s second family, Pat becomes an unwitting accomplice to the lie. Will […]

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Reviews: B-D

BEING FRANK (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: A normal father’s family life is turned upside down when his son discovers he has another family. Being Frank opens 6/14. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: B-D

‘Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes’ certainly goes above and beyond

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, directed by Sophie Huber, showcases the history of Blue Note Records, home of many groundbreaking jazz musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. Filled with clips and photos of the artists at work and underscored by their electrifying music, this film is a worthy tribute to the iconic […]

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Reviews: B-D

BLUE NOTE RECORDS – BEYOND THE NOTES (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: A revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes opens 6/14. FF2 review coming soon!

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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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