Some nights, you’re in the mood for a movie but not something that’s heavy. But you don’t want to watch TV because you want something that ends. Preferably in two hours. Something that won’t insult your insult your intelligence, and might possibly cheer you up. Because it’s been a hard news week. (It’s always a hard news week.)
Enter Set It Up, a Netflix original movie that Netflix has probably already recommended to you if you watch sitcoms on its platform. I’m here to second that recommendation. It’s not a great movie, but it’s a fun, romantic comedy that is very happy to be one. The conventions are all in place: it takes place in New York City, and our star-crossed lovers work for vague, unnamed media companies. The girl, Harper, works as a Girl Friday for the editor of a sports news website. The guy, Charlie, also works as a personal secretary for, hmm, I can’t remember what his boss does. It doesn’t matter! This movie is not making any important observations about the modern day workplace and that’s okay. Continue reading “Set It Up”
In fairy tales, the forest is a dark, dangerous place, populated by wolves and other menacing creatures, but for Thomasin and her father, Will, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the forest is a respite, a place of quiet and calm. More than that, it’s their home. For several years, they’ve been camping in Forest Park, an enormous urban park on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. Although they have gone undetected all this time, they still do practice drills in case they should be discovered. In an early scene, Will critiques his daughter’s hiding place, telling her that her socks give her away. Actually, it’s Thom’s eyes that betray her: you can see her loneliness and her restlessness. As a younger kid, 24-7 camping may have appealed to her, but when we meet Thom, she is a young teen, full of curiosity about the outside world and eager to meet new people. The only thing that keeps her in the woods is her deep love and sympathy for her father.
Thom and Will are inevitably discovered, and Leave No Trace tells the story of what happens after: how they adjust to life in the world outside their forest. . .
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I often write for the literary website, The Millions, and today I posted a list of nine upcoming book-to-film adaptations, which happens to include films by several female directors, as well as films based on books written by women. Of the titles in this list, I think I’m most excited about the adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife:
Lots of women filmmakers at the BAM Cinemafest, upcoming from June 20 – July 1. I’m going to try to make a couple of screenings. I’m especially intrigued by Wild Nights With Emily (pictured above) which is a comedy about Emily Dickinson’s secret life. Tickets are on sale now!
Writer & Director: Bridey Elliott
LEAVE NO TRACE
Writer & Director Debra Granik
Writer & Director Josephine Decker
Writer & Director Sandi Tan
TWO PLAINS & A FANCY
Dirs. Whitney Horn and Lev Kalman
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
Writer & Director Madeline Olnek
There are several women-directed films narrative feature films at this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival. Here’s a list, with links to showtimes.
ARE YOU GLAD I’M HERE (film still above)
Director: Noor Fay Gharzeddine
BIRDS WITHOUT FEATHERS
Director: Wendy McColm
CAN HITLER HAPPEN HERE?
Director: Saskia Rifkin
Director: Saba Riazi
LIFE IS FARE
Director: Sephora Woldu
The four people who read this blog might be wondering what happened this month. I’ll tell you:
- My baby learned to flip onto her stomach but not her back, so she started waking up in the middle of sleep, lifting herself into push up position, and not knowing what to do next.
- Everyone in my household got sick, except me. I just got tired.
- I discovered the TV show Babylon Berlin, which is not written or directed by women but does a wonderful female lead, Charlotte, who is easily one of my favorite female characters of all time.
Okay, so back to movies. Continue reading “Review: I Feel Pretty”
Here’s a roundup of women-directed and/or -written movies that will be released next month: You Were Never Really Here (Lynn Ramsay), Tully (written by Diablo Cody), Zama (Lucrecia Martel), The Rider (Chloé Zhao), Kings (Deniz Gamze Ergüven), and Blockers (Kay Cannon).
Continue reading “April Trailers Roundup”