Historical dramas often stick to a tried-and-true formula: Important figures face struggles, then they triumph, becoming the great people we know today. We can usually count on a scene from their conflicted childhood, scenes showing their romantic troubles, any issues with drugs or alcohol, and how they persevered through it all to deliver whatever divine message or artistic gift they possessed.
Ava DuVernay’s new Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, Selma, avoids this formula—much to its benefit.
In the remake of Anniethat hit theaters this weekend, Quvenzhané Wallis stars in the title role. That itself is thrilling: The film not only tells the story of a feisty girl, but a feisty young girl of color.
Meryl Streep (and some fingernail extensions) play The Witch in new film Into the Woods.
It’s hard not to envy Meryl Streep. Her illustrious career aside, her staggering talent aside, and her ability to pull off both the frothiest camp roles and the most measured dramatic turns aside, she just seems to know how to have fun.
In all honesty, I needed several Wikipedia pages to fully understand Vice Films’ tagline for Ana Lily Amirpour’s film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It is presented as “the first Iranian Vampire Western” and has also been described as noir, spaghetti western, Iranian New Wave, pulp, and “feminist-romantic.” It’s clear that the first Iranian romantic-new-wave-vampire-pulp-spaghetti-western ultimately resists categorization.
A mysterious email. An invite for encrypted conversation. The pieces of director Laura Poitras’ new film fell into her lap, but she didn’t realize how significant these small messages would wind up being.
Thanksgiving is one of the biggest movie weekends of the year. Since lots of Bitch readers are probably looking for something to see this weekend with their friends or families, the Bitch staff decided to share our picks for the movies and old TV shows we're going to hunker down and watch.