Horror Movies and Kids: A Scary Combination — Betsy Bozdech, Liz Whittemore, Nell Minow, Brandy McDonnell and Jennifer Merin comment

scary movies 4A new CableTV survey about horror movies that’s making the rounds this pre-Halloween week reveals, among other things, that the average age at which the (presumably adult) respondents saw their first horror movie was 7.2 years old. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that today’s kids are in the same boat, we’ve all noticed members of the PG crowd at decidedly R-rated movies — in fact, my 7-year-old daughter’s second-grade classmate recently told her that he’d seen “It.” Continue reading…

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Oscars 2017: A Compendium of AWFJ Members’ Views — Jennifer Merin reports

oscar trophyOur goal is to present a compendium of AWFJ members’ perspectives on Oscars 2017. Not surprisingly, the views vary widely from utter enthusiasm to complete dismay, with mix of meh in between. Quite a few of our members opted out of the project, claiming awards burn out, indicating frustrations with the Academy’s new press procedures and/or stating that this year’s entire awards campaign and media buildup was either too political or not political enough. Read what Jeanne Wolf, Susan Wloszczyna, Moira Sullivan, Diana Saenger, Sheila Roberts, Nell Minow, Brandy McDonnell, Michelle McCue, Karen Martin, Kimberly Lindbergs, Leba Hertz, Candice Frederick, Marilyn Ferdinand, Chaz Ebert, Katherine Brodsky, Liz Braun, Betsy Bozdech and Erica Abeel have to say about Oscar 2017 on AWARDS INTELLIGENCER…

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It’s a Wrap: AWFJ Looks Back at 2016

AWFJ is completing our tenth anniversary year, and it’s time to take stock and evolve. What has our organization accomplished during 2016, and what are our goals for 2017. But as we look back to evaluate our accomplishments and before we set forth plans for a new year filled with worthwhile projects, let’s pause for a moment to give due credit to the AWFJ members who’ve contributed their ideas, time and energy to make our 2016 programs and enterprises so successful. Well done! And here’s round of applause and a virtual pat on the back to each of you in recognition of your collegiality and activism. Now on to the nitty gritty about what AWFJ has done curing 2016, with shout outs to individual members who helmed projects and made them happen. Read on…

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AWFJ Women On Film – Is ‘Ex-Wife’ Part of Kathryn Bigelow’s Job Description? – Brandy McDonnell comments

If Bigelow’s low-budget but excellent independent film has to play the proverbial second fiddle to a mega-blockbuster that has become the top-grossing movie of all time, that’s one thing. That’s life. That’s just the way it is. Money equals power.

But please, for the love of the 19th Amendment, tell me that we’re not going to spend the rest of awards season hearing about the big showdown between Cameron and his ex-wife. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – Brandy McDonnell’s Top Ten of 2009

1. “Inglourious Basterds.”

2. “The Hurt Locker.”

3. “Up in the Air.”

4. “(500) Days of Summer.”

5. “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

6. “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

7. “Up.”

8. “District 9.”

9. “Invictus.”

10. “The Brothers Bloom.”

And, for the annotated version: Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Hurt Locker” – Brandy McDonnell reviews

Finally, the battle to bring an effective and engaging Iraq war movie to the screen has been won. read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Pixar Picture – Brandy McDonnell comments

As thousands of balloons lift Carl Fredricksen’s house in the new film “Up,” the sky seems to be the limit for Pixar Animation Studios, the still-young Hollywood powerhouse behind the 3-D animated adventure.