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ANA LILY AMIRPOUR’S ‘RIDE IT OUT’ BELONGS IN A TIME CAPSULE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JaGmaiKRLA During a 2017 interview with Berlinale Talents, 40-year-old writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Bad Batch) described the year after she had graduated from UCLA as disempowering. Amirpour was married at the time (i.e., 2009). She had written a script. She had landed an agent and a manager, both…

SOFIA COPPOLA’S “ON THE ROCKS”: A BREEZY STOP ALONG THE WAY

“You are mine.” These are the opening words of Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks, delivered as a voiceover from a doting father who is speaking to his daughter (presumably in a flashback). Cut to that same daughter’s wedding reception, the bride and the groom disappearing for a midnight swim in a moonlit pool. The metaphor…

WHAT MAKES A QUEER ICON?

A cursory Google search yields few resources attempting to accurately define what makes a queer icon, well, iconic. And there’s a good reason for that. Whats makes a queer icon is at the same time simple and incredibly difficult to define. One one hand, its is easy to use blanket terms like “glamorous” or “camp”…

EXPECTATION VS. REALITY: “HAMILTON” ON DISNEY+

This article is part of a new Untitled Magazine series called “Expectation vs. Reality,” where we examine the hype surrounding popular projects before and after release, and examine whether they ultimately meet the general public’s expectations. The first part, “Expectation,” was written prior to release, while the second part below, “Reality,” was written after release.…

HOW THE CORONAVIRUS COULD CHANGE THE MOVIE INDUSTRY FOR GOOD

With movie theaters closing worldwide in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, studios have had little choice but to delay or cancel the theatrical releases of their most highly anticipated films. Pop culture junkies can be grateful that COVID-19 came along just late enough to enjoy awards season, but the reality of this distressing…

WHY WE SHOULDN’T BE SHOCKED ABOUT PARASITE’S BIG WIN

  Parasite made history at the 2020 Oscars by not only receiving the first (and second, third and fourth) award for a South Korean film, but also for becoming the first film in a non-English language to take home the coveted Best Picture. Leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, everyone loved Parasite.…

THE FEMALE GAZE HITS THE FILM INDUSTRY – A LOOK AT INFLUENTIAL 2019 FEMALE DIRECTED FILMS

A sociopathic hit-woman, a rebellious 19th century poet, a ferocious supervillain, a group of female wrestlers and a modern outlaw are just some of the characters we have been able to experience in the past year because of Hollywood’s rising number of women in front of and behind the camera. Women have made great strides in…

Governors Awards 2019

INCLUSIVITY WAS THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S GOVERNORS AWARDS

Five decades ago, Lina Wertmüller became the first woman ever to be nominated for an Oscars category that was almost entirely monopolized by white men. Only four other women were nominated for ‘Best Director’ in subsequent years, and Lina made history with her 1975 movie, Seven Beauties.  On October 27 this year, Wertmüller was awarded…

BROOKLYN MUSEUM ADDRESSES REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS CONTROVERSY WITH FILM FESTIVAL

Reproductive Rights Film Festival November 8th - 9th The Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY The Brooklyn Museum introduces a film festival devoted to reproductive rights, a highly politicized topic in 2019. It's been more than 4 decades since Roe v. Wade passed, and yet the conversation surrounding a women's right to choose if,…

NEWFEST ANNOUNCES 2019 AWARD WINNERS

NewFest, New York's LGBTQ film festival, announced the winners of their audience awards, as well as juried narrative, documentary, and short film awards. This year was the 31st edition of the festival and took place from October 23rd-29th. NewFest Executive Director David Hatkoff and Director of Programming Nick McCarthy announced the winners on Tuesday. Jurors…

AI WEIWEI’S ‘HUMAN FLOW’: A FILM REVIEW

Artist Ai Weiwei is known to resist injustice and inequality through his various art forms and activism. In his newest film that just premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Human Flow, he does just that. Following, interacting, and interviewing the refugees from various locations from all over the world, Ai documents the turmoil that refugees…

GET TO KNOW YOUR VIBRATOR: IT’S HISTORY WITH HYSTERIA

The beginnings of vibrators were not invented for the reason you probably thought they were for. The history of vibrators all starts with hysteria. Dating back to 500 B.C., Hippocrates were the first to use the term hysteria to describe the movement of the uterus in the body. They believed that the uterus traveled throughout…

THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS FILMS IN COMPETITION

The Toronto International Film Festival announced their star studded line up and the movie titles for this year's festival set to take place from September 7th to the 17th. The highly anticipated featured films this year include 25 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres and 8 Canadian Premieres. We got the low down on the most…

MET BREUER OPENS CONTEMPORARY VIDEO EXHIBIT

"The Body Politic: Video from The Met Collection" is being featured at The Met Breuer from June 20th until September 3rd. The exhibit presents four videos created between 1995 and 2015 that range from provocative to the poignant while considering the body in relationship to race, ethnicity, class, and gender. One of the videos is David…

WE ARE ONE+TOGETHER LAUNCHES ‘MR GAY SYRIA’ CAMPAIGN + PREMIERES FILM

On June 21st at the Zirvoka House in Tribeca, We Are One+Together, Visionaire, and Grindr presented a special screening of the film "War Within," which is the first installment in the We Are One+Together film series. The film tells the personal story of a gay Muslim man's struggle to reconcile his sexuality and faith, his longing…

EDDIE ROSENSTEIN ON HIS DOCUMENTARY “THE FREEDOM TO MARRY”

"In the midst of this very scary time in America politics, here’s an American story that gay and non-gay people, in fact anyone who believes in equal rights and a constitutional democracy, can all take pride in." - Eddie Rosenstein Releasing digitally on June 6, the civil rights documentary “The Freedom to Marry” follows attorneys Evan Wolfson…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM CANNES: PARTIES, CELEBRITIES, WINNERS, AND FEMINISM

The 70th Cannes Film Festival took place May 17th through the 28th this year on the Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes, France. Pedro Almodóvar was the head judge along with four male and four female judges that included Jessica Chastain, Will Smith, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, Paolo Sorrentino, Park Chan-wook, Agnès Jaoui, Maren Ade and…

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