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Thought you were over things that go bump in the night? Think again. Director Nick Murphy’s film, The Awakening, had me clutching my poor, unsuspecting friend’s shoulder and involuntarily (but loudly) exclaiming obscenities in the movie theatre. Set in 1921 England after the loss and grief of WWI, the film follows ghost hunter and skeptic Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) as she takes on her most difficult case yet. Author of the popular book ... Read More
Have you ever heard anyone sneer the annoying phrase “Take a picture, it’ll last longer?" Well, we’re pretty glad the ladies in the films featured in the exhibition “Women and Their Cameras” listened! Starting tomorrow, August 3rd, the Rubin Museum of Art in New York will be screening a series of iconic films that all feature various cool gals taking snapshots. The series kicks off with the 1978 thriller Eyes of Laura Mars, starring ... Read More
Alison Klayman is 27 years old. She's graduated from Brown University, written for NPR, moved to China and made a feature length documentary. Oh, and she won the Sundance Special Jury Prize this past January. I, for one, feel like a slacker compared to the multi-hyphenated journalist.  Klayman's award winning film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry hit theaters last week on July 27 via IFC Films. The 27-year-old spent years with her subject  Weiwei, 54, trying to ... Read More
It's the summer for international sports, but how about international filmmaking? I had the pleasure of attending this year's Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, an international genre film experience that is now in its sixteenth year, running from July 19 to August 9th. While the festival screens 160 films, ranging from anime to horror to exploitation, and more, I still had to sift through the collection to find my lady directors. There were only a ... Read More
When it comes to werewolves, there are a few words you can usually expect to hear. 'Taylor Lautner,' 'teen wolf' and 'chiseled abs' are a few of the usual suspects. 'Lesbians' and--hell--even 'girls' are far more rare. The most high profile werechick on TV right now is Rikki (Kelly Overton) on True Blood, the girl Alcide is trying to sexercise with while practicing for his impending pack leader battle.  But, that’s about to change with June ... Read More
Scarlett Johansson has officially entered the Hollywood big leagues. Although she’s won BAFTAs and been nominated for a number of Golden Globes in the past, it looks like 2012 is really Scarlett’s year. After starring in The Avengers, the third biggest box office hit ever, she’s set up for a huge payday.  Disney and Marvel studios are reportedly offering the 27 year-old actress $20 million to reprise her role as super-spy Black Widow for ... Read More
50 Shades of Grey. It’s everywhere, including (probably) on your mom's bedside table. And while everyone is talking about the series and hungrily flipping through its pages, they’re usually trying to figure one thing out: what does hunky perv Christian Grey look like? Well, apparently UK scientists have a lot of time on their hands and love BDSM, because they’re plagued by the same question. And one scientist has come up with the answer. ... Read More
  It’s not exactly the popcorn action flick you think of when you hear the phrase “summer movie,” but Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom may be one of the most evocative portrayals of that season that I’ve seen. It takes place in summer 1965 on a craggy New England island, and you can practically smell the salty sea air through the screen. The film centers on two unlikely lovebirds: preteens Sam Shakusky (an orphan and a dedicated ... Read More
If you are a human with access to the internet, you are probably aware that Magic Mike premiered this weekend. You are probably also aware that it involved mostly naked men, several of whom are very, very good-looking, and one of whom is a very excellent dancer. But here's the thing--did you also know that there's a thing called pornography? Because that exists, too, and if you're into naked dudes, you should probably just watch that instead.  Never in my ... Read More
You may already know that beloved essayist, author, journalist and filmmaker Nora Ephron died Tuesday night of leukemia. She was 71 years old. Ephron died a three-time Academy Award nominee for the films "Silkwood," ''When Harry Met Sally ..." and "Sleepless in Seattle." She was the boss in two very male dominated fields of her time: journalism and film. A graduate of Wellsley College, she was determined to become a journalist, and caught her big break ... Read More
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