AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: The Snubs Heard Round the BARBIE Dreamhouse Bubble – Thelma Adams Reports

I empathize with the director’s need to come from her heart. I honor the genuine disappointment that Gerwig and her star Robbie might have experienced after riding their wave of hype and success. Still, let’s insert a little context here. Barbie, despite its eight Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Actress (America Ferrara), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and two Best Songs, is not your typical Oscar-winner.

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BELLA! – Review by Loren King

Enlightening, passionate, nostalgic and endlessly riveting, Bella!, a documentary about feminist trailblazer and force of nature Bella Abzug, is all these things and more. One thing I didn’t expect is that the film is also sad. That moment happens when Abzug’s friend and fellow activist, the writer Letty Cottin Pogrebin says that Abzug, who died in 1998, is all but forgotten now because she’s not being taught in schools and Pogrebin’s own grandchild had no idea who she was. All the more reason that “Bella!” needs a release as wide as the whole world.

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BELLA! – Review by Jennifer Merin

Bella! And, yes, be sure to include the exclamation point in the film’s title because the subject of Jeff L. Leiberman’s well researched and beautifully crafted documentary deserves emphatic punctuation.  Bella Abzug (1920-1998) was a champion of civil rights for women in every aspect of our lives. She was the feminist activist politician who fought fiercely to enact laws to establish and protect equity in the workplace, in government representation, in family matters — all of the women’s civil rights that we are now at such high risk of losing in our nation’s current regressive climate. 

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Women At Sundance 2020: Cause for Celebration – Leslie Combemale reports

The Women at Sundance Celebration will be one of the highlights of my festival. I’m sure that’s true for many of those who attended it. It highlighted not only the work of two American icons, it celebrated new voices of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures, and it did so in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation. That is the essence of the female gaze.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 3, 2017: 11/8/16

motw logo 1-35Whether your Democrat or Republican, left or right wing, this election day documentary challenge you to think about how we make political decisions and the consequences of decisions we make. Beautifully edited, shot by a consortium of documentary filmmakers working simultaneously across the nation, 11/8/16 is a compelling, patchwork overview of our cultural landscape and political process. A must see. Continue reading…

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