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Films Directed by Women



As part of my own personal attempt to watch more films made by women, I’ve compiled a list of over 200 films directed by women. I’ve put letters after the films to indicate where they’re easily available to stream. Each film is also a link to an entry on the website Can I Stream It, which will show you how to easily stream, rent, or buy the film. All entries with film titles in bold are personal recommendations. The current plan is to periodically update this post and reblog it. This list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to reblog and add your own or send them to me. Either way, I will try to add them to the original.

Letter Guide:

N - Available for streaming on Netflix Instant
H - Available for streaming on Hulu Plus
A - Available for streaming on Amazon
B - Available for streaming on HitBliss
Film List:

This is a great list!

I would add anything from Mira Nair, as well as Suzaku and The Mourning Forest from Naomi Kawase.  If you really want to go looking for some squirrelly experimental sixties stuff, I recommend Maya Deren, Joyce Wieland and Shirley Clarke.

(It’s worth noting here that the only female filmmaker I studied in film school other than Maya Deren was Leni Riefenstahl, and I went to a school frequently lauded for it’s core curriculum’s insistence on diversity. You can’t really deny that despite being a Nazi, she did change the face of filmmaking in the 20th century; but you think they’d at least mandate a few other, you know, women who were not Nazi’s?  If you are at all considering going to film school please drop me a line in my ask box so I can talk you out of it.  Unless you want to teach film or something. They hire mostly MFAs to blog movie reviews now anyway, and you’ll learn more from watching Netflix and reading your Final Cut Pro manual than you will from an actual film school professor anymore.  Rant over.)

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2 months ago

Arturo Ripstein (via communicants)

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North American cinema is the only true weapon of mass destruction. It has achieved to convince the audience not only that it’s the best possible cinema, but that it is the only.
3 months ago



Leading Men Age, Leading Women Don’t | Vulture

There are more charts if you click through.

I’m so glad this info graphic is going around, because so many people don’t realize how ageism and misogyny play hand in hand and how the sexualization of young girls play into this.

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3 months ago

The Evil Dead - Sam Raimi’s low budget camera rigs

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4 months ago



86th academy awards best picture nominees

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.

The very earliest people who made film were magicians.

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4 months ago



Infographic: Movie Franchise Lexicon
Remake or reboot or reimagination or retcon? Empire sorts it out.

whomever made this

thank you

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5 months ago


an openly queer actor has never won an oscar 

only once has an openly queer actor been nominated for an oscar 

however, 22 straight actors have received oscar nominations for playing queer characters 

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5 months ago






this is the best filmed transformation scene in any werewolf movie and if you think otherwise i’ll sock you in the jaw

Hold up

Sit down

Abe gonna tell a story

This scene is not only icon it is HISTORY MAKING in film. This is the FIRST werewolf film to show not only a transformation as being a painful experience as opposed the the casual shift of previous werewolf films- it was also the very first to film a transformation sequence in full lighting. 

Rick Baker is the mastermind behind this scene, The mechanisms for the transformations were so complex it took Mr. Baker upwards of 4 months to simply work out the facial transformations. For a shot less than a few seconds long. 

This few seconds of footage took 6 days to film- including upwards of 10 hours of makeup and prosthetic application onto actor David Naughton, five hours of set work and three hours to remove the make up and prosthetics. For this reason, they could only set up once a day to film, Rick Baker estimated only about a half hour of actual filming took place in those days. 

BECAUSE OF THIS FILM MAKEUP AND INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY WERE RECOGNIZED BY THE ACADEMY AWARDS. Rick Baker was the first person to receive and award for his makeup on the film. This meant that not only were actors and directors getting recognized for their achievements, but now makeup artists and the like were getting attention as well. 

I could go on and on but I believe I made my point. 

I you do not think this is a groundbreaking scene in cinema history you can punch sand

[An American Werewolf in London, 1981]

I like it when this kind of stuff gets written on my gif sets :D 

Rick Baker’s work for the scene is phenomenal and I’m so glad I got to hear about this scene from John Landis in person when he visited Australia late last year.

just gonna throw out that time I interviewed Rick Baker about this scene and other things:

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5 months ago
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