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Interview with Susie Singer Carter of “My mom and the girl”

A wonderfully forward and fearless filmmaker

The short film genre and female filmmakers are usually two areas that don’t get enough attention…till now. Just ask Susie Singer Carter. The current quadruple threat of filmmaking is right in the middle of the festival circuit with her short “My Mom and the Girl”. The story about a young woman dealing with a parent suffering with Alzheimer’s is both a professional and personal project for the ... more >

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“Hidden figures” is a keeper (here’s why)

"A jewel of a film"
Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae
Directed by Theodore Melfi

Several viewings of the trailer for “Hidden Figures” before my usual cinema-going routine failed to convince me that it was a film worth seeing. On the strength of those two minutes, I quickly pegged it as yet another moral, inspirational tale about disadvantaged people overcoming great odds. Talk about disadvantage. The three main characters in question are women--not easy today and even less ... more >

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20th century women, it’s primo turns and great American cinema!

New from Annapurna Pictures and Archer Gray
Elle Fanning, Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig
Directed by Mike Mills

The mood is melancholy, the road ahead unclear. Which may explain the slew of biographical, autobiographical novels and films in a meandering Proustian fashion that go for the past. And, just like Proust’s oeuvre, never boring but intriguing and beguiling at the same time. After the Norwegian Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume memoir, “My Struggle,” the gorgeous Mike Mills film, “20th Century ... more >

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Ambushed Again: Bonnie, Clyde and the 2017 Oscars

The biggest mishap, ever?

Warren and Faye always were good for a bloody ending. Especially Faye Dunaway, who has shown a genius for getting shot in a car to finish a movie. We should feel forgiving toward Mrs. Mulwray. She was born with an eye imperfection. And died with an even bigger one. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could not have picked a better dance pair for the greatest televised mistake in ... more >