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Female Directors

September 15, 2011

Do you know who Jennifer Yuh Nelson is? Well, if you love animated films you should because she is the director of Kung Fu Panda 2. She recently hit a milestone where she became the highest grossing female director when Kung Fu Panda 2 grossed $645 Million. She beat Phyllida Lloyd, the director of Mamma Mia, whose film grossed $609 Million.

I’m very happy when anyone, male or female, is successful. Still, the milestone Yuh Nelson hit is extra special because Kung Fu Panda 2 is an animated film and not only are there not many female directors, there aren’t many females in animation period. So, kudos to her and may this encourage others to try their hand at either animation or film directing.

Of course, that got me thinking. (Here we go again.) Yuh Nelson and Lloyd aren’t the only female directors out there. There have been others who have made their mark behind the camera. Who are they? Well, gentle reader, read on to learn about some notable female directors.

Kathryn Bigelow
While winning the Oscar for The Hurt Locker put Bigelow on the movie making map, she directed other films such as Point Break and K-19: The Widowmaker. What they all have in common is they are very much guy flicks. The Hurt Locker deals with defusing bombs in the Iraq War. Point Break is an action film about an FBI agent infiltrating bank robbing gang. K-19: The Widowmaker is about a Soviet nuclear submarine that malfunctions and how the crew must work against the clock to save themselves from disaster. So, the stereotype of women directors making rom-coms or period pieces doesn’t fit Bigelow.

Sofia Coppola
Yes, she’s the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola. Still, her work stands on its own. With films such as The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette and Somewhere, I’ll go out on a limb and say she’s on her way to becoming the type of director that university film professors will lecture about and show films to their students 20 years from now, if they aren’t already doing it now. Trust me, that’s a good thing, since Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg spent their university days watching films of the French New Wave.

Amy Heckerling
What films did she direct? How about Fast Times at Ridgemont High, with Sean Penn (which was his breakout role), Johnny Dangerously with Michael Keaton (before he went through his dark stage with Batman) and National Lampoon’s European Vacation, with Chevy Chase. Those are some real sensitive films, aren’t they?

Madonna
Madonna!? You must be saying now. Yes, her. Believe it or not Madge directed two films. Filth and Wisdom and her latest opus W.E. which deals with the relationship between Wallis Simspon, American divorcee and Edward Windsor, aka King Edward VIII who left the throne for her. My guess is that being married to director Guy Ritchie must have rubbed off on her and she decided to try making a movie. Movie critics felt she should stick to singing. Still, I wouldn’t count Madonna out yet. After all, sometimes it takes a few tries to get something right.

Penny Marshall
Here’s another female director that doesn’t do period pieces. She directed Big with Tom Hanks, Awakenings with Robin Williams and A League of Their Own with Madonna. In case you are wondering, yes, she was Laverne in the ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley, which ran from 1976 to 1984.

Barbra Streisand
Yes, not only does she sing and act, but she also directs films, as well. Her first take at directing was with the film Yentl, in which she also starred in. wrote the screenplay and produced. She also did The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces. Okay, those two are chick flicks. Still, somebody has to please that demographic. Yet, Babs isn’t finished yet because, reports are that she will produce, direct and star in an adaptation of the Broadway play Gypsy. She is expected to play Momma Rose and she has experience with that since her own mother was something of a Backstage Mom.

Of course, there are more female directors, but I decided to focus on some notable ones who have been working since the 1980’s to the current time. So, I will end with Streisand and to all a good night or day, depending on what time of the day you are reading this.

Sources:
http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/archives/2011/09/07/jennifer_yuh_nelson_becomes_the_top_grossing_female_director/

http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Life/Entertainment/10-Surprising-Movies-Directed-by-Women.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0267626/

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http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/01/05/barbra-streisand-to-produce-direct-and-star-in-movie-version-of-gypsy/

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2010 Summer Movies

May 4, 2010

Yippee! It’s May and for the Northern Hemisphere that means summer isn’t far behind. As a child, there were many things I loved about summer. No school was tops on the list, hot weather and summer movies were next. Now that I’m an adult, I don’t have long blocks of free time, and I can’t enjoy the weather as much as I did as a child, but I can still go the movies. A full list of 2010 summer movie releases is available at:

http://www.movie-moron.com/?p=10562

Speaking of which, I want to highlight a few films that will be coming out this summer.

Robin Hood (Expected Release Date May 14, 2010)
Yet another film about that guy from Ye Olde England who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. This time Russell Crowe is the Prince of Thieves. Expect Crowe as Robin Hood to fight the good fight and woo the Lady Marion, not necessarily in that order.

The A-Team (Expected Release Date June 11, 2010)
Based on the television show from the 1980’s of the same name, the movie deals with four Army veterans from the Iraq War who were framed by the government for a crime they didn’t commit. Expect a lot of car crashing, guns shooting and B.A. Baracas saying “I pity the fool.”  For what it is worth, I didn’t watch The A-Team when it was on television, because I thought it was a dumb show. I don’t have high hopes for the movie version.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Expected Release Date June 30, 2010)
Read my entry Vampires Aren’t Sexy (https://justmovieposters09.wordpress.com/ 2009/12/11/vampires-aren’t-sexy/) and you will find out how much I am looking forward to this film.

Inception (Expected Release Date July 16, 2010)
An original summer movie—what a concept! This film is directed by Christopher Nolan, he’s the person who gave us Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, so it should be good. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and the movie deals with being able to enter someone’s mind and steal information that exists only in that person’s memory. Cool.

The Other Guys (Expected Release Date August 6, 2010)
Yet another original summer movie. Two for two. Anyway, this film stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as New York City cops who work in the forensic accounting department. They always wanted the chance to leave their desks and catch the bad guys themselves. Well, one day they get their chance—with comedic results, of course.

Will these films be blockbusters or busts? Movies that critics will praise or pan? Who knows? Still, summer movies are fun. That’s why so many people see them.

Sources:
http://www.movie-moron.com/?p=10562

http://www.movie-moron.com/?p=10562&page=2

http://www.movie-moron.com/?p=10562&page=3