Women to Watch: August New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | See the whole list on onecriticalbitch.com

Women to Watch: August New Releases in Film + Television

When I think August, I think END OF SUMMER. That’s a frightening thought. So let’s think AUGUST NEW RELEASES instead, shall we?

What’s The Women to Watch List?

I started this project all the way back in May. Three months later and I’m both surprised and not surprised. Surprised, because there are SO MANY movies and television shows I would not have thought to watch (or even known were premiering), that are the product of women in the film industry. Not surprised, because (as you’ll see with these August new releases) there just aren’t enough.

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Stranger Things: A review and conversation on the new Netflix series and its very strange women | onecriticalbitch.com

Stranger Things, Stranger Women: A Conversation on the Netflix Original Series

The true story of three (sort-of) strangers, who’ve sat through all eight episodes of Netflix’s Stranger Things, talked about it, wrote about it, and found out what happens when bitches stop being polite, and start getting…

Nope, that’s the Real World.

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Film School: The Best Skillshare Classes for Aspiring Filmmakers, Creatives, + Movie Lovers | onecriticalbitch.com

Film School: The Best Film-Inspired Classes on Skillshare

I’ve shared a little bit of “film school” with you before (see How to Actively Watch a Film, Reading the Shot). Today, I want to continue that series with some lessons from other filmmakers/students of film.

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Quick crit and review of Karyn Kusama's long-awaited horror/thriller "The Invitation" | onecriticalbitch.com

The Invitation is Haunted, Cultish, Creepy L.A. Horror at its Best

It took seven years for Karyn Kusama to follow-up her last feature film with The Invitation. It was worth the wait.

The Invitation (2016)

You look different, Edie.

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Women to Watch: July New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | Only on onecriticalbitch.com

Women to Watch: July New Releases

Summer blockbusters are here!

And with those July new releases come a good number of women written, directed, and produced projects. Yes, that Ghostbusters reboot is one of them. But so is Ab-Fab, and that’s a DAMN BLESSING.

via GIPHY

First time readers, here’s the deal:

I premiered this monthly series back in May as a means to an end. An end to not knowing how few feature films are written and directed by women each year; to missing some of the best female created series on television; to just not knowing what the hell to watch.

Why not get all the work in one place and help support these women filmmakers, writers, and show-runners?

And so here we are. June’s list was heavy on the television. July is nicely balanced, with more to offer on the theatrical front. I’m very pleased to see two major studio productions (Absolutely Fabulous and Ghostbusters) with huge female influences.

Now, without further ado…

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Quick crit and review of Yorgos Lanthimos' dark comedy "The Lobster" | onecriticalbitch.com

The Lobster: Greek Myths and Lonely Men

The Lobster is the kind of movie you’re going to need to see twice.

The Lobster (2016)

Because lobsters live for over one hundred years, are blue-blooded like aristocrats, and stay fertile all their lives. I also like the sea very much.

Three times. Possibly four. You’re going to need the appropriate amount of viewings to sort it all out. One, to feel uncomfortable. Two, to understand why you feel that way. Repeat ad nauseam until some sort of cathartic experience is had (*note – it may never come).

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Celebrating the life of actor Anton Yelchin - Here are 5 of his best films | onecriticalbitch.com

The Best Films of Anton Yelchin

I’m struck by the loss of Anton Yelchin. A week ago I was writing about his fantastic turn in Green Room. Today, I’m writing this.

Yelchin passed away Sunday morning in Los Angeles.

Taking a look today, I’m struck even more that at only 27 he has left us with such a large reel of film.

If you recognize only his face, it’s probably from the latest Star Trek franchise. Yelchin was funny and bright in that part. A scene stealer to be sure. You can see him play Chekov one last time in Star Trek Beyond, in theaters next month.

If you’ve been following Yelchin’s career (and it has been a career’s worth of work), you know he’s been around a very long time.

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Women to Watch: June Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | Only on onecriticalbitch.com

Women to Watch: June Television and Film

In need of a visual refresh to start your summer right?

New movies? Fresh June television? Just a little something… different?

Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered.

If you didn’t catch the premiere of this monthly series in May, I’m DONE ignoring the lack of women voices in film and television.

Join me every month as I compile a list of every theatrical release and television premiere that’s written, directed, or created by women. 

Hopefully it’s convenient enough to give you one less excuse to not be seeing what women are making – and get thee to a movie theater (Or the comfort of your own cozy couch)!

This month is quite thin on the women in film front. But the June television schedule is full of lady-created work to wrap your brain around. Enjoy!

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War Babies: Apocalypse Now and Green Room

Let’s talk about war, shall we?

“You have to have men that are moral, and at the same time able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill; without feeling, without passion, without judgement. Because it’s judgement that defeats us.”

– Colonel Kurtz, Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Drop the bomb! Exterminate them all!

When I think about Apocalypse Now, I think about where it ends – in a green, foggy haze. Marlon Brando mumbling a mantra equal parts survivalist and absurdist. Crazy-eyed Martin Sheen wielding a machete under orange lights, while Vietnamese men perform a ritual ax murder of a (literal) golden calf. This is a surrealist film, right?

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Women to Watch: The Film + TV projects women are writing and directing this month. May 2016 Edition. Only on onecriticalbitch.com

Women Filmmakers + Showrunners: What to Watch in May

We have a problem.

A systemic, deep-set, unacceptable, not-so-small problem. Women filmmakers – where are they? Do they exist? Are they all on some secret retreat writing, planning, getting ready to release their work into the world on a historic day called THE DAY WOMEN FINALLY TAKE OVER THE WORLD?

Probably not (but I’ve still got my fingers crossed).

I read some sad statistics earlier in the week that unfortunately only fueled my frustration.

Out of every big studio film released in Hollywood in 2015, only 9% were directed by women filmmakers.

9%! 9. fucking. percent.

Independent film doesn’t fare much better considering it has “independent,” and therefore the illusion of freedom in the title – documentary filmmakers are 35% female, and only 19% working on narrative film (stats from Number of Women Indie Filmmakers Stagnant – by Brent Lang, Variety).

So this got me to a place. And I decided,

I don’t want to just do favorites each month.

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