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Apr 26, 2020.

Thank God There's a Plan to Make More Movies Like 127 Hours Right Now

Thank God There's a Plan to Make More Movies Like 127 Hours Right Now

People are pretty over covid-19 right now, to put it basically as mildly as possible. The president is

contemplating the advantages of ingesting disinfectants, Florida just wants to go back to the beach, and even the women of the suburbs are done with Trump’s handling, or, rather, mishandling, of the efforts to “liberate” certain parts of the country. There’s a general restlessness...
Feb 15, 2020. 18 comments

Sonic the Hedgehog Is a Meaningless Fart in the Wind

Sonic the Hedgehog Is a Meaningless Fart in the Wind

Sonic the Hedgehog is a failure of the imagination so catastrophic, so unfathomably antipathetic to the very idea of itself, that sitting down to write this review felt like sawing a hole in my own skull, blending my brain up, and drinking it back through a straw. Even conjuring up the words to say this was like desperately fighting against the event horizon of a black hole while it slowly...

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Feb 14, 2020. 19 comments

Entire Board of French Film Awards Resigns After Giving Roman Polanski Film 12 Nominations

Entire Board of French Film Awards Resigns After Giving Roman Polanski Film 12 Nominations

On Thursday, the board that is responsible for overseeing the César Awards (the French equivalent to the Oscars) announced that every single one of the 21 board members would be jointly resigning after the upcoming awards. While this decision might seem shocking, it comes after significant controversy surrounding the César Academy board’s practices—and the decision to give Roman Polanski’s...

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Feb 14, 2020. 16 comments

Kitten Heels Are Forever in the Camp Fashion Classic Down With Love

Kitten Heels Are Forever in the Camp Fashion Classic Down With Love

Remember when movies were fun? I’m not saying that today’s flicks are terrible, or even poorly made. But none of them are as fun as they were in the 2000s. The Y2K remake of Charlie’s Angels was

definitely fun, as was Josie and the Pussycats, two films featuring exaggerated fashion choices and hyper-stylized realities bursting with saturation and passion and sexiness. Perhaps two decades of...

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Jan 17, 2020. 9 comments

Two Decades After Higher Learning, the Black Experience at White Colleges Remains Fractured

Two Decades After Higher Learning, the Black Experience at White Colleges Remains Fractured

Most people remember John Singleton from his 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, an unforgettably striking debut from a filmmaker who knew how to straddle empathy and tension. The film became both a foundation and defining facet of Singleton’s legacy almost to the exclusion of all else, doing what Illmatic did for Nas’s career; everything which came after would always be compared to that incredible...

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Jan 08, 2020. 6 comments

White Women Headlined More Films Than Ever in 2019, While Roles for Women of Color Declined

White Women Headlined More Films Than Ever in 2019, While Roles for Women of Color Declined

In 2019, the overall number of films featuring a woman increased by 40 percent, an all-time high. Sounds like good news, except for the fact that most of those leading roles went to white women, and the number of speaking roles given to women of color actually decreased from previous years.

According to

another study  out of San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in...

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Jan 06, 2020. 12 comments

Here Are All Your 2020 Golden Globe Winners

Here Are All Your 2020 Golden Globe Winners

This year’s Golden Globes brought champagne, weird gowns, and many wins for Quentin Tarantino for its 77th edition, with a few surprises: Awkwafina picked up her first award for The Farewell; Michelle Williams won for Fosse/Verdon and

spoke up for reproductive rights ; Brad Pitt mumbled something about being excellent to each other. Here’s every win from Hollywood’s booziest night.

Best...

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Jan 02, 2020. 5 comments

It’s Still Hard Out Here for Women Directors

It’s Still Hard Out Here for Women Directors

Contrary to all of the

“women in film” rhetoric of the last few years—especially that which followed Wonder Woman, the movie that was supposed to save feminism —Hollywood is not actually that inclusive. Shocker!

A new study by Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that women made up only 10.6 percent of the directors of 2019’s top movies. That’s not even the sad...

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Jan 01, 2020. 21 comments

In Defense of Ghostbusters II

In Defense of Ghostbusters II

I have a very clear memory of being incredibly excited to have my mother and her boyfriend take me to see Ghostbusters II on Christmas Day, 1989. I can remember the sidewalk outside the theater, the movie poster with the iconic ghost flashing a peace sign meant to signal the number two, the long-ago boyfriend’s sports car. My delight with the pink slime and the Bobby Brown soundtrack. The...

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Joan Summers Joan Summers Nov 08, 2019. 17 comments

The Enduring Excellence of Charlie's Angels' Ridiculous Costume Design

The Enduring Excellence of Charlie's Angels' Ridiculous Costume Design

When I was 7, I broke my arm and my nose falling out of a stationary Honda Civic. The blood made an interesting addition to my karate uniform, which I insisted on wearing every time my dad picked me up from practice, my little hands still sore from pretending to break bricks. Shortly before falling out of the roll-down window of his dilapidated Civic, I attempted a daring maneuver that—if...

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Julianne Escobedo Shepherd Julianne Escobedo Shepherd Jul 27, 2019. 19 comments

Fast Times at Ridgemont High Writer Says Abortion Storyline Would Be 'Controversial' in 2019

Fast Times at Ridgemont High Writer Says Abortion Storyline Would Be 'Controversial' in 2019

Nearly 40 years ago, Fast Times at Ridgemont High interspersed a dispassionate abortion plot line in a movie about the exploits of 1982 teens. Stacy, played by

Jennifer Jason Leigh , becomes pregnant during sex with Robert Romanus’s sleazeball Mike Damone, and schedules an appointment at a clinic. When Damone neglects to show up to drive her there, she has her brother Brad (Judge Reinhold)...

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Watch Clips of Mati Diop's Atlantique, the First Film Directed by a Black Woman to Win Cannes' Grand Prix

Watch Clips of Mati Diop's Atlantique, the First Film Directed by a Black Woman to Win Cannes' Grand Prix

Atlantique is co-written and directed by Mati Diop, a French-Senegalese filmmaker who this week made history as the first black woman to win the Grand Prix at Cannes, one of its two most prestigious prizes. The film stars Mame Bineta Sane as Ada, a woman whose lover leaves Dakar on a boat in search of a better life in Spain after working construction for months without pay; early reviews have...

Feb 22, 2019. 9 comments

'It's Queer As Hell, Which Is Very Fun': The Favourite Explained

'It's Queer As Hell, Which Is Very Fun': The Favourite Explained

On Sunday we’ll be basking in yet another Oscars ceremony, this one with no host, fewer awards, and probably an exponential increase in disaster. To help prepare for the schadenfreude, we’ve enlisted our beloved former Jezebel Managing Editor Madeleine Davies to walk us through the plot of every Best Picture nominee.

In this edition, she tackles The Favourite, in which Olivia Colman delights...

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Feb 19, 2019. 8 comments

'They Should Have Just Gotten Will Ferrell': Vice Explained

'They Should Have Just Gotten Will Ferrell': Vice Explained

In less than a week, we’ll be basking in yet another Oscars ceremony, this one with no host, fewer awards, and probably an exponential increase in disaster. To help you prepare for the schadenfreude, we’ve enlisted our beloved former Jezebel Managing Editor, Madeleine Davies, to walk us through the plot of every Best Picture nominee.

Here, she breaks down Vice, the unfairly reviled, Adam...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Feb 05, 2019. 2 comments

Sundance Festival Co-Founder Accused of Sexual Abuse by Whistleblowing Organization 

Sundance Festival Co-Founder Accused of Sexual Abuse by Whistleblowing Organization 

On Monday, the Truth and Transparency Foundation, a nonprofit focused on abuse within religious institutions, published records relating to a 1993 assault of a then-13-year-old boy by Sterling Van Wagenen, a prominent producer and film lecturer as well as the co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

In an interview allegedly recorded by the survivor decades after the assault, the director, a...

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Frida Garza Frida Garza Feb 01, 2019. 21 comments

Jake Gyllenhaal Needs to Relax

Jake Gyllenhaal Needs to Relax

In 2001, Jake Gyllenhaal became Donnie Darko—a role that would cement his place in the cultural landscape as a brooding, disaffected yet approachable smokeshow with icy-blue pools where his eyes should be. Gyllenhaal, the son of a director and a screenwriter, would enter the realm of talked-about and well-regarded male actors, and take increasingly serious roles from there. But that is to...

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Clio Chang Clio Chang Jan 03, 2019. 4 comments

Rude: Chinese Director Tricks Viewers Into Watching His Film by Marketing It As a Rom-Com

Rude: Chinese Director Tricks Viewers Into Watching His Film by Marketing It As a Rom-Com

A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, an art house film by Chinese director Bi Gan that includes a “single-take, hour-long dream sequence” broke records with its improbable $38 million Chinese box office debut, beating out Venom, according to Variety. How did Gan achieve this feat? By marketing the movie as a fun romance.

The movie was released on New Years Eve and timed so that when the stars...

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Bobby Finger Bobby Finger Dec 28, 2018.

Every Single Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Review Is a Damn Masterpiece

Every Single <i>Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 </i>Review Is a Damn Masterpiece

The sequel to the surprise 2009 hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop was released today, somehow, and literally everyone who’s seen it hates it. Its 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t good for Sony Pictures, but it’s pretty great for fans of movie reviews, because there’s nothing like reading a good burn.

The sequel apparently picks up where the first left off, but sends Blart to Las Vegas after his...

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd Julianne Escobedo Shepherd Dec 19, 2018. 20 comments

Penny Marshall, Laverne & Shirley Star and League of Their Own Director, Has Died

Penny Marshall, Laverne & Shirley Star and League of Their Own Director, Has Died

Penny Marshall, the beloved comedic actor who emerged from her ‘70s television stardom to become one of the few woman directors with big-time Hollywood clout in the ‘80s and ‘90s, has died, TMZ reports. The cause was complications due to diabetes. She was 75.

Marshall was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of director Tony Marshall and tap teacher Marjorie Marshall. In the...

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Dec 06, 2018. 6 comments

Creed II Lacks the Spark to Rewrite Rocky History Again

Creed II Lacks the Spark to Rewrite Rocky History Again

Ryan Coogler’s Creed was a masterful return to a well-worn franchise. Written and directed by the budding auteur, the 2015 film succeeded in a number of important ways, including radically shifting the series’s problematic racial dynamics and making its star Michael B. Jordan one of Hollywood’s few bona fide leading black men. By interrogating one of film history’s most persistent...

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