Directed &/or written by women, September 2016

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Films directed/co-directed by a woman opening in September 2016:

Girl Asleep directed by Rosemary Myers, release date 8th of September (via Wallis Cinemas)

Bridget Jones’s Baby directed by Sharon Maguire, release date 15th of September (via Palace Cinemas)

There are some films directed by women screening at Lavazza Italian Film Festival in September and October: The Space Between, Me, Myself & Her, Solo, and Once in Summer.

 

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Films written/co-written by a woman opening in September 2016:

Blood Father co-written by Andrea Berloff (directed by Jean-Francois Richet), release date 1st of September 2016 (via Palace Cinemas)

The Infiltrator written by Ellen Sue Brown (directed by Brad Furman), release date 1st of September 2016 (via Palace Cinemas)

Nerve written by Jessica Sharzer (directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman), release date 1st of September (via Wallis Cinemas)

Spin Out co-written by Edwina Exton (directed by Tim Ferguson and Marc Gracie), release date 15th of September (via Hoyts)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children written by Jane Goldman (directed by Tim Burton), release date 29th of September 2016 (via Palace Cinemas)

Check below for where the films are screening:

Palace Nova; Hoyts; Wallis; Greater Union; Capri Theatre; Odeon Star; The Regal Theatre/Trak Cinemas.

Mercury Cinema, while not like the other cinemas, sometimes has a couple of sessions of current releases. As always, I’m just one (forgetful and easily overwhelmed) person and can sometimes miss things so, please let me know if I have! I think doing these once a month means I sometimes miss films that pop up unexpectedly but I don’t think I could manage doing them more frequently, just yet.

Full list of films directed &/or written by women released in Australia 2016 | Full list of just the films directed by women

Note: information correct at time of publishing.

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60 from the 60s

Although I’ve seen more 60s movies than I have films from most other decades, I recently decided I needed to see more of them. So I made myself a challenge list over on letterboxd for 60 films from the 60s I hadn’t seen. I compiled it by browsing the films page for each year of the 60s and picking the top 6 most popular from each year, from 1960 to 1969, I hadn’t seen. I don’t know that I’ll write about each of them on here but, like my 52 Films by Women challenge, I will attempt to write at least a sentence or two over on letterboxd. I might include my progress in my monthly roundups, too.

I did have some caveats for my challenge. No films longer than 120 minutes (or thereabouts) unless I already had a copy or desperately wanted to see the film. This is because my attention span these days is…well, it’s not great and I knew I’d likely never get around to anything longer. Another was no more than one film per director in a year.

I’ve started lists for other decades, too, but I’ll wait until I get through a fair chunk of this before I start publishing them.

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So far, I’ve only watched The Magnificent Seven (pictured above) from the list (and Sebastian, from my own watchlist of movies I have but haven’t yet watched). I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would – I’m still in the process of writing up my review for letterboxd, and I may do a post on it here, if I get around to polishing it up.

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The movies I’m looking forward to the most in the challenge are probably: Eyes Without a Face; Cleo from 5 to 7; Doctor Zhivago (pictured above); Belle de Jour and The Odd Couple (pictured below).

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I’m thinking of making this September, Sixties September which will mean, aside from new releases or festival screenings, only watching and re-watching sixties films for the month, using the challenge list as a guideline. Does anyone else like setting challenges like this for themselves? Does it make the film viewing experience better, harder or doesn’t affect it for you at all?

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, 2016

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, directed by Mandie Fletcher, is based on the TV show Absolutely Fabulous, created by Jennifer Saunders. I grew up on Ab Fab and various other British sitcoms, whether or not they were ‘appropriate’ for my age. (Many, such as this, likely weren’t, but I enjoyed them). I have a huge soft spot for Eddy (Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and everyone else in their world, so I was tentatively looking forward to this film.

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I had a feeling this wouldn’t blow me away, and it didn’t, but it was fun enough and not as terrible as many have found it to be.

When the jokes fall flat they fall right on their face, much as Eddy herself is prone to do. Some of the ‘jokes’ were just outright offensive (which isn’t surprising), and obviously trying to keep the humour ‘up to date’, but there were a lot of good laughs, too. Ab Fab is really better in the format of a TV show – the humour doesn’t stretch well enough over a feature – but the slapstick and parody that I love kept me interested.

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It was fun to see all the old familiar faces, including my favourite Bubble (played brilliantly by Jane Horrocks) and Magda, Fleur and Catriona are always good for a laugh, as is Mrs Monsoon. Julia Sawalha returns as Eddy’s long-suffering daughter, Saffy, still as square as ever, the perfect foil to Eddy.

My favourite thing about Eddy is that she’ll have these revelatory moments (usually brought about by Saffy, who is her voice of reason and conscience, the angel on her shoulder, with Patsy being the devil on her other shoulder) but she never really changes or learns.

I don’t know why I love that about her. In another kind of show, it could be frustrating – that there’s no character growth (though we see she isn’t as shallow as she seems and she does love Saffy), but in a sitcom, it feels welcome.

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And I know I’m meant to laugh at Eddy’s over-the-top outfits but, honestly, I would definitely wear some of her ensembles. (Or if I were brave enough, I would).

I’ll always love Patsy and Eddy and I definitely enjoyed the film but, I will say, I do hope it’s their last hurrah.

Originally posted on letterboxd.

July 2016 Roundup

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Bits and bobs or things that made me happy:

-I‘ve mentioned numerous times that I’m looking forward to the Wonder Woman movie, next year, but the trailer has got me more excited than I ever thought I could be.

-The Justice League footage is really promising, too. The shots of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman are mesmerising and, though we only meet him briefly, I think I’m going to love Ezra Miller as Barry Allen. I loved his mannerisms.

-And, of course, there’s the teaser for T2, the Trainspotting sequel. Trainspotting was one of my favourite movies as a teenager, so I’m really looking foward to the sequel.

-The NFSA raised enough money to restore Proof! I donated and was watching the progress closely and I’m really happy they surpassed their goal.

Favourite July watches:

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My favourite film from my July watches (16 new in total) was undoubtedly the new Ghostbusters (pictured above). It was so much fun and I left the cinema feeling so good. There’s a lot of value in a film that can do that. Hot Fuzz (pictured below) runs a close second for July’s favourite. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to watch the Cornetto trilogy. Actually, Hot Fuzz is tied with Good Will Hunting for second (another film I can’t believe it took me so long to watch).

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Sapphire, 1959, (pictured below) was a very interesting little film, too, that I highly recommend to anyone interested in crime dramas.

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At the movies

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I got to the cinema three times during July and saw: Everybody Wants Some (pictured above), Ghostbusters and Sing Street (pictured below).

Ghostbusters was my favourite but I really enjoyed all three films. I’m still struggling with how much (and why) I liked Everybody Wants Some but Ghostbusters and Sing Street were very easy to enjoy.

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Resolutions updates:
Watch more movies made by women.

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I watched six movies directed by women in July. Not a bad effort but not my best, either. My favourite was probably It’s Complicated (pictured above), because it made me laugh, but none of the films were particularly outstanding for me. My least favourite was the 2009 animated Wonder Woman because I found it hugely disappointing (as I outlined here).

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First time watches: The Red Hood; Mythica: A Quest for Heroes (pictured above); Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging; It’s Complicated; Breaking the Girls and Wonder Woman (2009).

Re-watches: none

Watch more Australian films.

I didn’t watch any Australian films in July. Poor show!

Write more!

I’ve been in a fiction writing mode, so writing about movies has been particularly difficult for me (my brain can’t seem to switch between them, properly). I wrote a few off-the-cuff reviews on letterboxd but only got one post up on here.

July reading recommendations:

Is Chris Hemsworth the New Marilyn Monroe? at Yahoo! Movies

Ghostbusters is a Movie About Women Fighting to be Heard at Fashionable Tinfoil accessories

The growing gender divide over “Ghostbusters”: Why movies starring women get slimed by male critics at Salon

The best feminist punk films of the last 50 years at Dazed

Tutus and fake boobs at NFSA

Renee Zellweger, Margot Robbie, and Blake Lively Exposed to Hollywood’s Insidious Male Gaze at The Daily Beast

For The Record (by Jennifer Aniston) at The Huffington Post

Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot on why only a woman could direct her new film at Entertainment Weekly

Rose McGowan Pens Response to Critic of Renee Zellweger’s Face: “Vile, Damaging, Stupid and Cruel” (Guest Post) at THR

 

 

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Directed &/or written by women, August 2016

Australian release dates.

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Films directed/co-directed by a woman opening in August 2016:

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie directed by Mandie Fletcher, release date 4th of August (via Palace Cinemas)
Embrace directed by Tamyn Brumfitt, release date 4th of August (via Palace Cinemas)

There are also some films directed by women screening at Cine Latino Film Festival in August: Amor Etc., Hotel Nueva Isla, Solos.

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Films written/co-written by a woman opening in August 2016:

High-Rise written by Amy Jump (directed by Ben Wheatley), release date 18th of August (via Palace Cinemas)

Blood Father co-written by Andrea Berloff (directed by Jean-François Richet), release date 25th of August (via Palace Cinemas)

Nerve written by Jessica Sharzer (directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman), release date 27th of August (via Wallis Cinemas)

Check below for where the films are screening:

Palace Nova; Hoyts; Wallis; Greater Union; Capri Theatre; Odeon Star; The Regal Theatre/Trak Cinemas.

Mercury Cinema, while not like the other cinemas, sometimes has a couple of sessions of current releases. As always, I’m just one (forgetful and easily overwhelmed) person and can sometimes miss things so, please let me know if I have! I think doing these once a month means I sometimes miss films that pop up unexpectedly but I don’t think I could manage doing them more frequently, just yet.

Full list of films directed &/or written by women released in Australia 2016 | Full list of just the films directed by women

Note: information correct at time of publishing.