Every month LIH’s staff will put in our vote for a “must see” film. As an exercise to hone our cinephile senses we will review films with positive buzz by word of mouth. Today our focus and discussion will be on “must see” Science Fiction and or Fantasy movies. We hope you enjoy!
The last Article in our series “ The Next Generation of Films for Women.”
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival finally opened this week and despite my excitement I still can’t get over the lack of female filmmakers in the festival. Now granted this year they did manage to squeeze in one female director; her name is Valeria Bruni-Tedeschis and the film in competition is A Villa in Italy. Can this lack of diversity in festivals like Cannes and others be due to other mitigating factors? What’s causing women to get passed over? Are female moviegoers really to blame for female filmmakers not advancing?
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby will have the honour of opening this year’s Cannes Film festival on the 15th of May. Apart from the state of New York the film couldn’t have a more perfect setting for a premiere, as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote parts of the book while vacationing not far from Cannes. The story follows Nick Carraway (played by Toby Maguire), a bond salesman who has just moved to New York. There he meets Jay Gatsby (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), an enigmatic millionaire, who has been secretly in love with Nick’s cousin Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan) since a brief romantic encounter with her five years ago. Daisy however has since gotten married and had a child but Gatsby never gives up hope that he may meet her again. When Daisy and Gatsby finally reunite, Nick starts seeing the glittering façade of the rich world he has come to live in crumble before him and realises that having money and fame isn’t everything they appear to be. Continue reading
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Tom Cruise’s latest film, Oblivion, has earned over $64M since it’s release April 19th. On rottentomatoes, critics gave it 56% “like”. Consumers were a bit kinder and gave it a 67% “like”. The story seems great and it even has Morgan Freeman in it as a bad guy! Ever since his Oprah couch jumping days, it seems his films have not done very well, even though the storyline may be excellent. Have we as audiences just been over-saturated with Tom or is it the characters he plays all seem to be the same?
* This weeks schedule *
Monday–Searching for Authenticity in Hollywood by Openbook
Wednesday–follow up discussion and What Women Want in Films by Ozzie
Friday--follow up discussion
LIH is very supportive of getting women actors and directors quality roles and scripts. We are tired of seeing the same stereotypical, sexist roles over and over. We want audiences to help empower women in the mass media by supporting films that feature strong leading and supporting actresses. First let’s define empower. Continue reading