Jane Campion was the first woman to be awarded the Palme D’Or prize at Cannes Film Festival for The Piano, a film which also earned her a nomination for Best Director from the Academy, the only second woman to do so. Sadly, while she was experiencing career success, her personal life was suffering. The same … Continue reading 52 Weeks of Directors: Jane Campion
After her history-making Oscar win in 2010, the media appointed Kathryn Bigelow as the “symbol” of all female filmmakers. As such, her influence and work is often diminished. Despite becoming a symbol, her path to success is similar to other directors: long and not always easy. Many tie Bigelow’s success and longevity in the industry … Continue reading 52 Weeks of Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
As the end of the year approaches, there’s an influx of award nomination lists, critics compile their top ten films of the year, and the New York Film Academy releases an infographic showing the inequality for women in the film industry. While it’s certainly important to be aware of the numbers, the statistics are oft quoted, … Continue reading Female Filmmakers: Don’t Let the Statistics Get You Down
After early praise on the film festival circuit, Gravity, otherwise known as George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as Astronauts (!), stormed the box office, breaking October records in its first weekend (grossing $55 million) and staying on top its second week of release, topping Captain Phillips. The tension riddled events which make up the film … Continue reading Awards Season Watch: Sandra Bullock in Space
It has been mentioned elsewhere on this blog that All the President’s Men is one of my favorite films as well as one of my formative film watching experiences. Not only is my love for journalism wrapped up in that film, but my penchant for films based on true stories. Always a popular concept in … Continue reading True Fiction: Fact-based films enter Oscar race
With all of the summer tent pole movies premiering, there’s been outcry from audiences (and critics) for the studios to make superhero movies with a woman as the lead. Wonder Woman, understandably, tops this oft-cited list. While wondering where else in our pop culture there are a lack of female characters—the answer, sadly, is everywhere—something … Continue reading Alice Morgan and the Luther Effect: More Female Villains, Please.