Tag Archives : women in Hollywood

Film & Television

Live-Blogging the Oscars! Join Us!

By Women's Voices For Change
It’s time for THE red carpet of the award season, competing predictions, and some good laughter. We’ve made a tradition, at WVFC, of live-blogging the awards ceremonies as they happen, to cheer on our favorites and dish about the absurdities.
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Film & Television

The ‘Real’ Women of Independent Films

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The lives dramatized in these films aren’t always easy to look at but we will all recognize parts of ourselves in them and be glad that these talented actresses and filmmakers have the courage to look honestly at these women. Quirky, ambiguous, contradictory, idiosyncratic, independent films are like real women themselves, always surprising, and in a class by themselves.

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Film & Television

Oscar’s Women: This Year’s Best of the Best

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

When the Academy Award nominations are announced, we bemoan the lack of women recognized by the industry itself, not to mention, the virtual absence of any diversity this year. However, there are two categories that by their very nature cannot exclude women. This silver screen velvet ghetto includes Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. And this year, there are many fine contenders in each.

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Film & Television

‘Downton Abbey,’ Season 6: Time to Say Goodbye — on Both Sides of the Pond

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

Whether you’re looking forward to the characters we’ve come to love (and in some cases hate), the human drama unfolding upstairs and down, a happy ending for the Bateses (we can only hope), Dame Maggie’s clever quips, or everything that 'Downton Abbey' has served up over the past five years, be sure to watch the final season premiere on Sunday January 3rd on your local PBS station.

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Emotional Health · Film & Television · Marriage & Life Partners

Movie Review: ‘Carol’ — A Love Story

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the remarkable things about the film is that the issue of homosexuality is almost “incidental.” The film is a love story first, and the details of the lovers are secondary. Within the story, many of the familiar but important themes are present: How much pain can the lovers endure? What will they be willing to risk to be together? Can their love endure after they have hurt each other and is real forgiveness possible?

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Film & Television

Movie Review: ‘Trumbo’ and the (Gossip) Queen of Hollywood

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

'Trumbo' tells the story of “The Hollywood Ten,” a group of screenwriters blacklisted by the studios in the late 1940s and through the 1950s for their alleged affiliation with the Communist Party. The film’s release is timely. At what point does freedom of speech or religion or political affiliation become a threat to national security? When does our collective fear of “others” intrude upon our nation’s promise of inclusion and asylum?

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Film & Television

Movie Review: ‘Brooklyn,’ One Girl’s Journey Home

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

It’s this fact that makes 'Brooklyn' so relevant. As our country debates whether to allow refugees in, we need to reflect upon our own histories and recognize so many common dreams and goals. . . If America is home, it’s because the country welcomed one of our ancestors and gave them a chance to build a new life. We have an opportunity — and I would argue an obligation — to pay it forward.

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Film & Television

Movie Review: ‘Suffragette’: Well Done, Sisters

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

Women’s rights are a complicated subject. They were in 1913; they are today. And, 'Suffragette' is a complicated, richly detailed period piece, but the struggle it dramatizes — and the very real danger its characters face — is always present. There isn’t much time for tea and crumpets when you have mailboxes (not to mention politicians’ country houses) to blow up.

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