AWFJ Summer 2018 Movies Watch List

First compiled for Women’s History Month, the list of women-centric films we suggest for summer viewing celebrates women’s working in film. Ranging from mirth-filled comedies to truth-based stories of feminist activism, from gal pal road trip scenarios and inspiring biopics to exposes of the heinous evils of sexism and racism, these are films that illuminate, educate and entertain. Despite their diverse subjects and styles, these recommended films have one thing in common: they are all about women and they respectfully represent women’s perspectives on the social and political issues that we all face in daily life. Each film is a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come — and how much further we need to go. Make this a #MeToo summer of movie watching. Continue reading…

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AWFJ’s Women’s History Month Movies Watch List

Celebrate Women’s History Month by watching women-centric films that illuminate, educate and entertain. AWFJ’s curated list of films to watch during Women’s History Month ranges from mirth-filled comedies to truth-based stories of feminist activism, from gal pal road trip scenarios and inspiring biopics to exposes of the heinous evils of sexism and racism. The wide range of recommended films have one thing in common: they are all about women and they respectfully represent women’s perspectives on the social and political issues that we all face in daily life. Each film is a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come — and how much further we need to go. Women’s History Month has 31 days. We list 35 films, figuring that you might enjoy watching a feminist double bill on the weekend or your day off. Continue reading…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 1-7: LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

Last Days of VietnamOpening Aug. 29, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Last Days in Vietnam, a new documentary from Rory Kennedy that chronicles the final days of the Vietnam War. Focusing on the dramatic events around the 1975 evacuation of Saigon, the film combines present-day interviews and archival footage to recount what happened when the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon and military officials had to decide who they would help escape. Kennedy is the youngest of the eleven children of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. Her documentaries focus on various social issues and in 2007 she won an Emmy for Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 18-24: ABUSE OF WEAKNESS

Abuse of WeaknessOpening Aug. 22, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Abuse of Weakness, by French writer-director Catherine Breillat. The film was inspired by Breillat’s own experiences after she suffered a debilitating stroke and fell prey to a notorious con man. Isabelle Huppert stars opposite French rapper Kool Shen. Strong-willed filmmaker Maud (Huppert) suffers a stroke that leaves her paralyzed on her left side. Determined to pursue her latest film project she sees Vilko (Shen), a con man who swindles celebrities, on a talk show and proceeds to offer him a role in her next movie. Soon Vilko is using the same manipulative charm that he used to con celebrities to get thousands from Maud. While she sees what he’d doing she also feels powerless to do anything about it. Read on.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 14-20: MOOD INDIGO

Mood IndigoOpening July 11, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Mood Indigo, another unusual romance from director Michel Gondry, who is known for unique interpretations of love stories that incorporate fantastical, surreal elements. This time Gondry creates a stylishly quirky fantasy world that includes a piano that makes cocktails, a dining room on rollerskates and a cloud-shaped vehicle. French novelist Boris Vian’s cult novel provides the inspiration for the film, which stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris who embark on a whirlwind romance that is threatened when an unusual illness plagues Tautou’s character; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. It’s the kind of twist that fits perfectly well with Gondry’s inventive imagination. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 16-22: JERSEY BOYS

Jersey BoysOpening June 20, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Jersey Boys, the film adaptation of the Tony-award winning musical from director Clint Eastwood. The musical chronicles the rise and fall of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons, led by Frankie Valli. While best known for tough guy films, Eastwood is also a musician and composer, which makes his involvement in bringing this popular musical from stage to screen even more interesting. Not to mention that Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who wrote the book for the musical, have written the script, making for a smooth transition to the screen. Of course the film’s impressive pedigree doesn’t matter much if the music isn’t right and from the sound of things, the songs still pack a punch. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 28 to May 4: IDA

ida_2764x4096Opening May 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Ida, a stunning black-and-white film from British filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski. This is his third feature, but the first to be set in his native Poland. Set in the 1960s, Ida takes a fascinating look at that country’s post-World War II legacy and its Communist era. It is also an entertaining road movie as a young nun about to take her final vows discovers that she is Jewish, sending her on a journey with her ex-Party aunt to discover what became of her parents during the war. AWFJ panelists were impressed by the performances from newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska, the stunning cinematography and the surprising sparks of humor in the film. Don’t miss this one.  Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 31 to April 4: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN

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Directed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris, The Unknown Known focuses on former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, one of the leading architects of the Iraq War. In the guise of a friendly, almost casual conversation, Morris conducts a hard core interrogation of Rumsfeld, asking what he and other power players knew, and when, and how they decided to send Americans to war. The result is a revealing unraveling of bureaucratic knots and double-speak that characterized the Bush administration. AWFJ Movie of the Week panelists felt that The Unknown Known is one of this year’s scariest horror films to date. To see what AWFJ members have to say about the film, read on…

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