Review: F9

Year: 2021 Runtime: 143 minutes Director: Justin Lin Writers: Daniel Casey, Justin Lin, Alfredo Botello Actors: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, Sung Kang By Caelyn O’Reilly ** Spoiler Alert: There are spoilers in the review below. If you haven’t seen “F9” yet, please be aware major plot points will be discussed.** … Continue reading Review: F9

Although uneven, The “FAST & Furious” Franchise also has fierce women

By Valerie Kalfrin Helen Mirren looks gleeful in her few moments in “F9: The Fast Saga.” “Get the e-brake for me, would you?” she says, driving a Noble M600 away from a London jewelry store with the cops hot on her tail. They want the emerald and diamond necklace she lifted moments earlier that looks oh-so-chic with her white outfit and zebra-patterned boots.  Vin Diesel, … Continue reading Although uneven, The “FAST & Furious” Franchise also has fierce women

25 Films Directed By Women That You Can Watch For Free

We now live in a time where it seems like every major studio has its own streaming service. This can be great for those who like to pick and choose specifically what they want to watch, but if you want to have it all, it can cost you a pretty penny. Over the past couple of years I’ve become
a strong proponent of ad-based streaming services. The one I champion the most is a service called Tubi TV. They started out as a company based out of San Francisco and were recently purchased by the Fox Corporation, (I hope that didn’t scare you away). Continue reading 25 Films Directed By Women That You Can Watch For Free

Review: The Old Guard

Charlize Theron is the somewhat kinder-hearted real-life Vinnelle for us in films. She gazes down the lens; controlling every angle of power in “Hancock” (2008), “Atomic Blonde” (2017) and now “The Old Guard”(2020). Directed by a notable filmmaker – creator of “Love and Basketball” (2000) and “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008) – Gina Prince-Bythewood opens up Gregory Rucka’s comic book and spray paints her brilliance across the epic myth. Continue reading Review: The Old Guard

Best Actress of the Decade, Entry No. 18: Charlize Theron

To celebrate the last decade 2010-2019, we are counting down the best actresses and discussing some of their most notable and memorable performances of the decade. With the help of Film Twitter, the ITOL team has selected 30 actresses. Special guest writer Susanne Gottlieb examines Charlize Theron’s career over the last decade, focusing on her role in “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Continue reading Best Actress of the Decade, Entry No. 18: Charlize Theron

The “Bombshell” Backlash is Problematic

For me, 2019’s most divisive film was “Bombshell.” which chronicles the downfall of right-wing propagandist Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). Ailes, a well-known predator, was eventually ousted at Fox News, the ‘fascist’ juggernaut he created. Numerous women came forward with horrific stories of sexual harassment and abuse.

“Bombshell” highlights the story of three characters – two real women and one who is the amalgamation of stories. The real women Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) have a history of perpetuating the far-right ideology of Fox News. Kayla (the stellar Margot Robbie) is a fictional portrayal of many women who encountered Ailes. Continue reading The “Bombshell” Backlash is Problematic

Review: Bombshell

“Bombshell,” tells a tale of how neither predators nor victims fit into a box; anyone, no matter who they are, or how they identify, can be capable of harassing/being harassed. It showcases the events which brought each of these women, at first hesitant to speak up, to eventually speak their truths. This isn’t a film which will change anyone’s mind on politics: staunch, conservative viewers of Fox may be slightly put off by Hollywood’s opinion of their favourite news network Continue reading Review: Bombshell