“Do you want to watch this with me?” I am home for the holidays and my mom, a movie-buff, is gearing up to watch the documentary film, “Half the Picture” (2018). “Half the Picture” looks at female filmmakers, their stories, their films, and more importantly, giving them the space to talk about the hurdles they have had to climb throughout their careers. The filmmakers each had unique hurdles for their films, but the blatant gender inequality experienced was universal. Thanks Mom for introducing me to this film.
“Half the Picture” was directed by female filmmaker, Amy Adrion. Adrion’s film perfectly balances the valiant victories and the lowest lows. It is an intimate look at women in different stages of their careers, all with a plethora of film credits. It ponders if the current conversations in film will lead to a paradigm shift or if this is simply a brief respite from systemic discrimination. Will the current atmosphere lead to the change film and TV need? It is an inspiring, and at times frustrating, film. So much has been done, yet there remains so much to do. Continue reading Exclusive Interview With Director Amy Adrion About “Half the Picture”
Brian De Palma’s “Carrie” (1976) is such a staple of American horror that any director (regardless of their gender) would have had trouble trying to step into De Palma’s shoes. When it was first announced that there would be a remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, many of us held our breath. However, director Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) manages to pull off this challenge and modernizes the text for a Generation Y audience who have been brought up on a diet of social media and the internet. Stepping into the prom shoes of Sissy Spacek is Chloe Grace Moretz who delivers a decent performance, making her version of Carrie a lot more likable and relatable. Moretz’s Carrie has a unique vulnerability to her performance and we see the pain she is going through captured in her wide eyes. Continue reading 31 Days of Horror, Day 5: Carrie (2013)
The documentary “This Changes Everything” carries irony in its title and fire in its heart. Part history lesson, part call to action, the film packs enough statistics and anecdotes from top names in the industry about gender inequality in Hollywood to prove eye-opening, even to those who support women in film and television. Continue reading Review: This Changes Everything
“Boys Don’t Cry” (1999) is twenty years old but could have been made just this year. That’s a testament to the quality of the direction and filmmaking but is also a shameful indictment of hatred that still remains today. Continue reading Retrospective Review: Boys Don’t Cry