A Dozen Wonderful Films Directed by Women from 2017

I always preface these end of year lists with a disclaimer. I don’t see everything. I don’t subscribe to everything and I don’t go out to the theater weekly. Nobody is telling me what to see or paying me to go see things. I’m just watching what looks good to me. So, with that said, let me talk about 12 great films I saw in 2017 that were directed by women. Continue reading “A Dozen Wonderful Films Directed by Women from 2017”

Review: Lady Bird

If I had to describe Lady Bird with one word it would be real. This coming of age story for Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson feels absolutely, perfectly, nailed it, real for a certain type of kid growing up in America. Continue reading “Review: Lady Bird”

Watch This: Trailer for Lady Bird

Lady Bird isn’t about Lady Bird Johnson, my original thought when I saw the title. It’s a mother-daughter story starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Lady Bird”

Watch This: Trailer for Jackie

When it happened back in 1963, it was all about LBJ and Lee Harvey Oswald and John John’s salute at the funeral. Jackie was just there, looking sad and beautiful, an accessory. The new biopic Jackie with Natalie Portman playing Jacqueline Kennedy is out to fill in the gaps in the story. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Jackie”

Watch This: Trailer for 20th Century Women

Set for a December 25 release, 20th Century Women stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup in a story set in 1979. Jimmy Carter is on the TV talking about a “crisis of confidence” – he was sure right about that one – and a group of women team up to raise a troubled teen (Lucas Jade Zumann). Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for 20th Century Women”

Watch This: Trailer for Maggie’s Plan

Maggie’s Plan has a great cast, a female writer and director, and a plot idea that seems original in concept.

Here’s the plot synopsis: Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Maggie’s Plan”

Sundance: She is a Best Director

Here’s a video from the Sundance Institute in which filmmakers including Jane Fonda, Greta Gerwig, Kristen Wiig, Lesley Headland, Mindy Kaling, Ava DuVernay and others discuss the importance of female voices.

I found it interesting and inspiring.