BY Emily Rems in Movies on Jul 26, 2014 |
Even before the harrowing details of his daughter’s sexual-abuse allegations against him were published in The New York Times last February, Woody Allen’s work was getting tough to take. His annual offerings more often than not obsessively orbit around not-quite-appropriate relationships between fresh young ingénues and much older men. Infidelity runs riot through his narratives, as does an uncomfortable undercurrent of lady-bashing. In each ... Read More
BY Emily Rems in Movies on Jul 02, 2014 |
Co-written by Hollywood power couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, directed by Falcone, and starring McCarthy as the titular Tammy, this rowdy road-trip flick is everything female fans hoped it would be. Most scenes pass the “Bechdel Test” with flying colors (meaning they involve at least two women talking to each other about something other than men). The script maximizes McCarthy’s supernatural physical comedy abilities while minimizing the ... Read More
BY Emily Rems in Feminizzle on May 04, 2014 |
The search for the 234 teenage girls who were kidnapped from their school in the Nigerian city of Bornu while taking their exams on April 14 is still dragging on. At this time, it is assumed that they were taken by the Boko Haram—a local Islamic extremist group whose name means “Western education is forbidden”—sold into marriage, and some moved to the nearby countries of Cameroon and Chad.
In the face of such an extreme act of violence, it ... Read More
BY Emily Rems in Artsy on May 02, 2014 |
One of the most beloved holidays on the planet, Holi is a festival in the Hindu tradition that celebrates the transition from the darkness of winter to the brightness of spring with a huge dance party! Revelers get down to bangin’ Bhangra beats, nosh on savory Indian snacks, and most amazing of all, decorate each other with brightly colored powders that represent the virtues of happiness, love, and vitality.
Here in New York City, NYC Bhangra and India.com ... Read More
BY Emily Rems in Movies on Apr 10, 2014 |
Some films are so deeply cool, you feel cool by association just basking in their flickering glow. Writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s latest art house happening, Only Lovers Left Alive, is definitely this rare sort of cinematic experience. A languorous, gorgeously detailed meditation on endless love, the film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as a vampire couple with impeccable taste. Hiddleston sets the tone in the film’s opening scenes as Adam, an ... Read More
BY Emily Rems in Artsy on Mar 25, 2014 |
This week, the hottest theater ticket in N.Y.C. isn’t a big-budget Broadway extravaganza, but rather, a wildly imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast making waves on the Lower East Side and earning rave reviews, most notably from The New York Times. Starring feminist burlesque “It” girl Julie Atlas Muz and her disabled British actor/writer hubby Mat Fraser, the tale is really two stories in one. The first is a visually stunning rendition ... Read More
BY Emily Rems in Feminizzle on Mar 25, 2014 |
Get ready for a dose of springtime magic! It’s BUST’s April/May Spring Fashion Issue, featuring one of the funniest women working in comedy today, our cover gal Amy Schumer!
Inside, we’ll be treating readers to out-of-the-box style coverage, including sweet spring dresses; DIY bracelets; flower power beauty products; thrifting tips from the pros; great “glamping” gear (glam+camping=glamping!); inspiring indie designers; a surprising ... Read More
BY Emily Rems in Movies on Mar 21, 2014 |
Danish writer/director Lars von Trier has seemingly always been obsessed with women and their oppression. In his most well-known films—Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Antichrist, and most recently, Melancholia—his storylines invariably revolve around a tortured heroine whose alienation escalates to unbearable heights. And his latest release (which is actually two releases—Nymphomaniac: Volume I, out March 21, and Volume II, out April 4) ... Read More
BY Emily Rems in Eat Me on Jan 15, 2014 |
I don’t really put too much stock in New Year’s resolutions. But there’s something about January that makes me wanna clean up my act and brush up on some life skills. This year, my thoughts went to takeout. The truth is, I order too much of it. When I’m tired and stressed and hungry and yes (sometimes) lazy, the siren song of Seamless feels almost irresistible. But asking someone else to cook my food all the time isn’t an ideal ... Read More
BY Emily Rems in Artsy on Dec 04, 2013 |
When it comes to Santa, I can take him or leave him. Instead, the guy who REALLY gets me in the holiday spirit is John Waters. Widely considered “The Pope of Trash,” the cult filmmaker, writer, and raconteur extraordinaire has made his acclaimed one-man show A John Waters Christmas his trademark live event for years. And this time around, his smutty sleigh is pulling up to a new Hell’s Kitchen N.Y.C. venue, Stage48, on December 13th and 14th, for ... Read More