I can’t believe it’s April already. I haven’t been able to watch many films this month, let alone films written or directed by women and I also didn’t have the best of luck, since there was only one woman-directed film (documentary, to be exact) that I really liked. Anyhow, here’s the list of all the films I’ve seen in March for my Year of Female Filmmakers:
Citizenfour (2014, directed by Laura Poitras) – a documentary about Edward Snowden. A must see!
Walking and Talking (1996, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener) – Holofcener’s debut film, and to be honest, probably my favourite one of hers ( I also liked Enough Said, but I found all her other work quite uninteresting, if not even a little pretentious).
All I Wanna Do (1998, written and directed by Sarah Kernochan) – an adorable, funny and completely underrated feminist coming-of-age film, set in the all-girls boarding school.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002, written and directed by Gurinder Chadha) – this was actually quite an enjoyable watch. A film about a female football team that’s trying to overthrow gender stereotypes and show that women too can be interested in sports. It also addresses the struggles of immigrant families in England, the crashing of two different cultures and the difficulties that the first and second generation of immigrants are facing when parents want to maintain their tradition and the children want to assimilate to the culture they’re living in.
Girlfight (2000, written and directed by Karyn Kusama)
Vamps (2012, written and directed by Amy Heckerling) – what exactly happened to Herckerling? She was once one of the best working female screenwriters/directors in the business, making brilliant and timeless teenage comedies such as Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. But Vamps was barely watchable. I couldn’t wait for the film to be over.
Fifty Shades of Grey (directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson) – one the worst films I’ve seen this year so far. Expect a longer review about it in the following month.