Top 10 Movies to Watch for in 2017

By | 2016-11-02T13:16:31+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Lists, Movies & Film, Review, Review Headline, Top Stories, Women and Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

While the trend of reboots and sequels will continue next year, you can also look forward a slate of original films you’ll actually want to see. Here is our list of the top 10 films to look forward to in 2017.

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Boys Don’t Cry – Kimberly Peirce (1967-)

By | 2016-09-30T23:42:04+00:00 September 24th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Lists, Movies & Film, Women and Culture, Women In Film|Tags: , |

Kimberly Peirce was writing her college film thesis about a female soldier dressed in drag during the American Civil War when she read an article about Brandon Teena. Teena was a transgender male who was murdered after locals in his small Nebraska town found out about his gender history. Peirce shifted her thesis and created a short film about Brandon Teena, interviewing his family members and residents of the town, and attending the murder trial of the suspects. Peirce’s short film was so well-received that it was made into a full-length feature film. Boys Don’t Cry wowed critics and won several awards, including an Academy Award for Hilary Swank, who played Teena.

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Clueless – Amy Heckerling (1954-)

By | 2016-09-28T20:55:22+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Lists, Movies & Film, Women and Culture, Women In Film|Tags: , |

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16 Phenomenal Movies Directed by Women

By | 2016-09-28T20:51:44+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Lists, Movies & Film, Women and Culture, Women In Film|

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Citizenfour – Laura Poitras (1964-)

By | 2016-09-28T20:51:54+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Lists, Movies & Film, Women and Culture, Women In Film|Tags: , |

In 2013 Laura Poitras received encrypted emails promising revelations of secret United States government surveillance. She flew with reporter Glenn Greenwald to Hong Kong to meet whistleblower Edward Snowden. The events that transpired became her Academy Award winning documentary Citizenfour. Poitras filmed Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel for nearly a month. When she suspected she was being followed she left Hong Kong for Berlin. In fear that the footage would be lost in the United States, Poitras edited the footage in Berlin until it was ready for release at the New York Film Festival in 2014. The Guardian and The Washington Post jointly received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014, for their coverage of Snowdon's part in leaking secret documents, revealing the scope of the NSA's surveillance program, which was featured in CitizenFour.

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Billy Madison – Tamra Davis (1962-)

By | 2016-09-28T20:52:05+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Lists, Movies & Film, Women and Culture, Women In Film|Tags: , |

Tamra Davis began working in film while participating in an apprenticeship at production studio American Zoetrope, where they were working on Francis Ford Coppola’s film, One From the Heart. It was Coppola himself who suggested Davis attend college. After graduating from Los Angeles City College, Davis built her reputation directing creative and edgy music videos for popular bands including Black Flag, Sonic Youth, and N.W.A. She has directed eight films, her biggest commercial success being the 1995 film Billy Madison. In spite of receiving mostly scathing reviews, Billy Madison developed a cult following.

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Green Street Hooligans – Lexi Alexander

By | 2016-09-28T20:52:15+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Lists, Movies & Film, Women and Culture, Women In Film|Tags: , |

Lexi Alexander was born in Germany but dreamed of moving to Hollywood when she was young. A karate and kickboxing world champion, Alexander attended a karate competition in Los Angeles at age 19, and decided to stay. She worked in films as a stunt woman and took film classes at UCLA. In 2005, Odd Lot Entertainment picked up Alexander’s screenplay about football hooliganism in East London, England, Green Street Hooligans, which she directed. Although it did not achieve widespread approval from critics, the movie is greatly adored by soccer fans around the world. Alexander is an outspoken advocate of gender equality in the film industry.

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Unbroken – Angelina Jolie

By | 2016-09-28T20:52:24+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Lists, Movies & Film, Women and Culture, Women In Film|Tags: , |

As an actress, Angelina Jolie has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globes. She has also devoted her life to humanitarian work, gaining international recognition for her work on education, women’s rights, and advocacy for refugees. More recently, directing has become her passion. Jolie began writing and directing films in 2011 with In the Land of Bread and Honey. Her 2014 movie, Unbroken, is the story of US Olympian Louis Zamperini, who survives on a raft for 47 days after his bomber crashes, and is then captured by the Japanese and sent to prisoner of war camps, where he endures years of torture and deprivation. The film was a passion project for Jolie. "I felt, as a human being, I need to walk in this man's footsteps," she said in an interview in The Hollywood Reporter, "I wanted to understand what it is to become a better person and survive against these odds." Unbroken grossed $163 million worldwide.

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The Babadook – Jennifer Kent

By | 2016-09-28T20:52:33+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Lists, Movies & Film, Women and Culture, Women In Film|Tags: , |

Jennifer Kent grew up in Brisbane, Australia where she frequently wrote and performed plays during her childhood. She pursued acting in her late teens because she “wasn’t really aware at that stage that women could direct films.” In her first feature film, the psychological thriller The Babadook, she told the story of facing the darkness in ourselves. Although the film wasn’t well received in her native Australia, it was highly successful in North America and Europe and gained a cult following. The critic Glenn Kenny said in his review, “So impressed was I by “The Babadook” that upon seeing it I tweeted that I thought it might be the first capital-G “Great” horror movie of the 21st Century…”

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