Debut Films “Aloners” and “Violet” Immerse Us in the Lives of Women on the Brink of Change

“Aloners” is an intensely quiet, atmospheric exploration of self-imposed isolation and loneliness requiring both focus and patience from the audience. “Violet,” by contrast, is intrusively loud, allowing neither its protagonist nor its viewers a moment of peace from the insistence of its narrative interruptions.

Examined together, these films present two distinct views on modern life, professional achievement and personal struggle.  

Céline Sciamma’s “Petite Maman”: A Unique Meditation on the Bond Between Mothers and Daughters

In Céline Sciamma’s newest feature, “Petite Maman,” for the first time, mother and daughter speak the same language and play the same games—perhaps discovering that they understood each other all along.

[This is one in a series of reviews from the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), during which I focused on films directed by women.]

15,000 ERA Supporters Urge Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to End the Filibuster

In the sweltering heat of a midday desert sun, a delegation of ERA supporters gathered in front of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s local office to deliver thousands of letters, postcards and petitions from Arizona and across the country imploring the senator to align with her fellow progressives and help end or reform the filibuster—a necessary step so the Senate can move forward on a vote to remove the time limit on passing the ERA.

The Old Guard: Revisiting an Exceptional Feminist Action Film on its One-Year Anniversary

Released exactly a year ago on Saturday, ‘The Old Guard’ was overwhelmingly well-received by critics and was my favorite film of 2020, easily making it onto my end-of-year best feminist films list. And yet, the film is deserving of even more fanfare and continued accolades (especially with a sequel in the works). Consider this my ‘The Old Guard’ one-year anniversary present, masquerading as a review.