WEEK IN WOMEN: NYWIFT celebrates 2023 Muse Awards — Brandy McDonnell Reports

New York Women in Film & Television hosted its 42nd Muse Awards at its annual gala lunch held on March 28 at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street. Celebrating women of vision and achievement, the lunchtime gala is New York Women in Film & Television’s flagship fundraising event, attended by leading executives from every major studio, broadcast and cable network and film production facility. This year’s Muse Awards honorees include actors Freida Pinto and Sharon Stone, IFC Films President Arianna Bocco, television personality Sandra Lee and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Janet Yang.

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RATCHED – Review by Diane Carson

Every frame of Ratched communicates the off-kilter nightmare realm. The art direction, including lighting, gives an expressionistic twist to its bizarre, hermetically sealed setting. The cinematography intensifies the garish greens, antiseptic whites, shimmering blues, and rainbow of psychedelic colors, complemented by red lipstick, so bright it all but jumps off the women’s lips that look more like wounds.

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RATCHED – Review by Susan Granger

Serving as an origin prequel for the tyrannical nurse in Ken Kesey’s novel/ Milos Forman’s film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, this new, eight-part Netflix series, set in 1947, introduces stern, sharp-tongued Mildred Ratched (Sarah Paulson), who oozes calculating, condescending control over those she encounters.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 14-20: FADING GIGOLO

Opening April 18, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Fading Gigolo, a quirky NY comedy written and directed by John Turturro, who stars as an unspectacular florist who’s need for cash causes him to take a turn at the world’s oldest profession– at which he’s surprisingly spectacularly successful. Costars Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Vanessa Paradis give seductive performances that bring engaging eccentricity, genuine warmth and subtle humor to the film. Turturro’s fifth feature is a winner! Read more…

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