AIR – Review by Nell Minow

2023 will be remembered as the year of the movies that are consumer product origin stories. We’re used to seeing heroic stories of military figures, musicians, political leaders and activists, and, because movies are written by writers — writers. But in 2023 we had a remarkable number of movies with heroes or anti-heroes who were, well, capitalists. We saw the origin stories of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Blackberrys, Beanie Babies, and the proto-computer game Tetris, By far the best of the group, though, was the story of a sneaker, a shoe that would become so popular it would have, well, a massive cultural footprint.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Lagueria Davis hopes BARBIE boosts BLACK BARBIE: A DOCUMENTARY – Brandy McDonnell reports

“If we can get a little of that Barbie love sprinkled onto Black Barbie … and get some people out to see it, they can have a little fun with that movie and then come out and be like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know Black Barbie had a story.’ I didn’t know when I first started the project, so you can be in the know on all things not only ‘Barbie,’ but ‘Black Barbie’ as well,” Davis said during an interview in June.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Greta Gerwig’s BARBIE sets Box Office Records – Brandy McDonnell reports

Greta Gerwig’s eagerly awaited Barbie movie set multiple records in its July 21 opening weekend, and the pinktastic film is sitting pretty heading into its second weekend. The blockbuster based on Mattel’s iconic doll opened with a dazzling $162 million at the North American box office over the July 21-23 weekend, giving Gerwig the record for the largest opening weekend ever for a female director.

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AIR – Review by T.J. Callahan

Air: A shoe is just a shoe until someone steps into it. It was 1984. Americans were doing the Jane Fonda workout. Prince Charles and Lady Diana became parents to a future king, Mr. T pitied the fools, Clara Peller asked “Where’s the Beef?” and Converse ruled the athletic shoe world. A little ol sneaker company in Oregon was out to change that.

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AIR – Review by Susan Kamyab

I am so happy to say that this movie is not only a slam dunk, but it’s one of the best films of the year so far. I know it’s early to say that, but this particular A-list film is going to stick with audiences all year long. Directed by Ben Affleck, the film is about a sports marketing executive, played by Matt Damon, and how he led Nike in its pursuit of the greatest athlete in the history of basketball: Michael Jordan.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: WarnerMedia Launches Inclusion Initiative – Brandy McDonnell reports

Six months after best actress winner Frances McDormand delivered a figurative mic drop at the Oscars by championing the idea of inclusion riders, WarnerMedia – including Warner Bros., HBO and Turner — has announced a company-wide policy outlining its commitment to diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Martha Coolidge’s REAL GENIUS Anni Spotlights Static Stats, plus Emma Thompson, Thelma Schoonmaker and 25 Top Female Directors – Brandy McDonnell comments

Thirty years after Martha Coolidge released Real Genius, she’s still a rarity in Hollywood: A female director. After advances in the 1980s and ’90s, women have lost ground in the entertainment industry during the past 20 years. This week, Decider.com lists 25 female directors you should know, Emma Thompson speaks out against Hollywood agism and sexism, the DGA honors Thelma Schoonmaker and Sue Kroll at Warner Bros. Read more>>

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