The moment I heard that Greta Gerwig was attached to the first live-action film about “Barbie” I was totally on-board, especially when I heard that the wonderful Margot Robbie was going to be playing Barbie herself. The film is set to be released July 21, 2023 (which seems like a long long way off). So, what details do we know so far about the “Barbie” movie? Continue reading Everything We Know About “Barbie” So Far…
There was a recent post on Twitter asking for the film community to name a female filmmaker but not name famous directors Sofia Coppola or Greta Gerwig. Sure, people were able to name other directors. However, I was struck by the fact that there are truly so many women working behind the camera, but only a few are widely known by audiences. Continue reading Editorial: There Are More Female Directors Than Gerwig and Coppola (And We Need to Learn Their Names)
Do you remember the first time you saw yourself in a movie or television show? Do you remember the feelings that go with it? The shock of seeing your reflection. The little guilt that comes with your weaknesses or faults. The elation you feel seeing yourself. And also the relief that there is at least one person in the world who sees you, authentically and unabashedly.
I find it difficult to have those moments. The first film that ever struck me that way was 2010’s “Easy A.” Emma Stone stars as precocious, intelligent, ego-centric teenager Olive, who thinks she can outsmart life and feelings. I loved that film so much. I still feel a bit of a high every time I see it. Continue reading Editorial: It Is Exhausting Trying to Find Myself in Cinema, And That’s a Problem
I find that the best love stories are not romantic in nature but live within the friendships we have. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day and in honor of BFFs everywhere, are some movies you can enjoy with your ride-or-die. Continue reading Valentine’s Day Movies for Your and Your BFF
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 last decade. With the help of Film Twitter, the ITOL team have selected 30 actresses. Entry No. 10 is Florence Pugh, and writer James Cain discusses Pugh’s career over the last decade. Continue reading Best Actress of the Decade, Entry No. 10: Florence Pugh
“Marriage Story” is actually a tale about a divorce – that of two successful theatre artists, Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson). Initially, the film appears to be entirely Charlie’s story but without Nicole, there would be no movie. In the beginning, he is unable to see his wife for who she really is but he grows to see her so clearly that he can fully appreciate the extent of what he’s lost. That theme – of appreciating women as fully formed human beings, equal to their male partners and counterparts – is what makes “Marriage Story” a feminist love story. Continue reading “Marriage Story”: A Feminist Fairy Tale
In the opening scene of “Little Women” (2019), when we see Saoirse Ronan’s character entering a publisher’s office to try to sell her work and get herself taken seriously as a writer, we’re not just seeing the character of Jo March. We’re also seeing Louisa May Alcott, who wrote the novel that the film is adapted from, and perhaps even the film’s writer and director Greta Gerwig herself. Continue reading ITOL 2019 Round-up: Little Women
2019 was an eventful year for me, I grew so much as a person and found an outlet to express my writing and thoughts about film as a whole. This isn’t a definitive list by any means but a list of the films that have had the biggest impact on me personally. I have a lot to say about some of these so let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading Reyna’s Top 10 of 2019
I have never read the book “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott or seen any of the previous adaptations. I have little interest in period dramas, frocks and debutant balls. All I knew about the film was that there were a bunch of teenage-ish girls, it was written 150 years ago and the Joey on Friends got upset about one of the characters dying.
So, I knew I’d be a hard sell on this but after a shaky start this film really won me over. Continue reading A first timer’s view of “Little Women”
It’s not an easy task to adapt one of the most famous American novels of all time for the screen. Not only has Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” been beloved since it was first published in 1868, it has also had several well-regarded film adaptations before, starring actresses like Katharine Hepburn and Winona Ryder. And yet, if anyone was going to take on this mammoth task, Greta Gerwig seems like the perfect person. Gerwig broke onto the directing scene in 2017 with her first film, “Lady Bird,” a coming-of-age story starring Saoirse Ronan. She returns this year with one of the most iconic female coming-of-age stories of all time, “Little Women,” refreshed and updated for a modern audience without losing any of the spirit of the book — and once again starring Saoirse Ronan. Continue reading Review: Little Women (2019)