“Gunpowder Milkshake” is a cautionary tale about what happens when you’re determined to make a women-led shoot-‘em-up, but have given very little thought to what you’re actually going to do with those women in terms of story structure, characterization or dialogue.
‘Black Widow’ may be an enjoyable romp on the surface, but as a triumphant send-off for Natasha Romanoff, it feels hollow: too little, too late.
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.
Outside of African cinema, there is not one Hollywood film or TV show featuring African queens like Nefertiti and Hatshepsut—compared to dozens of British films and television dramas about Anne Boleyn and her daughter Elizabeth I.
In film and in daily life, mothers are expected to sacrifice themselves for their families—so much so that it has become socially acceptable for women to be torn apart by sharks if that is what is required for modern families to function.
“Instead of focusing on the magical connection between octopus and human found in ‘My Octopus Teacher,’ we could focus on the fact that only through a mother’s demise was a father able to connect with his own child in a new way.”
Ladan Osman’s lines tend to levitate from the page and embed themselves into your heart and consciousness. Nearly every poem in her collections point to generations of women whose full humanity has been questioned or exploited, their power underestimated.
Inclusion Rider is a contract provision designed to help hold studios accountable for inclusive hiring practices.
“We have always had systemic change as the goal. The question being what tools could we put out there to help make the industry be more equitable, be more inclusive, be more accessible.”
“In Our Mothers’ Gardens”—the new documentary by debut filmmaker Shantrelle P. Lewis, from Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY films—is a deeply personal film exploring the relationships between Black mothers and daughters.
Despite women making history in the top categories at the Oscars, the number of female nominees in the 18 non-acting categories increased by only two percentage points this year, according to a Women’s Media Center analysis.
“Media frames our democratic debate, interprets and amplifies our policies and our politics. Media tells us who has power and who matters.”
In the haunting new docuseries ‘Confronting a Serial Killer,’ Jillian Lauren chronicles conversations with Sam Little in which he confessed to strangling 93 women over four decades across the country. That’s more murders than Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer combined. How did he get away with it?