Lisa Cholodenko

The ‘Hollywood Reporter’ Director Roundtable Is Everything That’s Wrong With Awards Season (and Hollywood)

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The full, hour-plus video of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual director roundtable went up yesterday, a bit later than usual, but you’ve basically seen it before. It’s not just that the panel of “the year’s most notable directors” (their words, not ours) was so homogenous – entirely male, and almost entirely white – though we’ll get to that. It’s the sheer sense of déjà vu in the group, a monotonous return of the same damn voices saying the same damn things. But it’s appropriate, as a symbol of both Hollywood in general and awards season in particular.
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A Maine Native Judges the Accents in HBO’s Masterful ‘Olive Kitteridge’

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Watching Lisa Cholodenko’s magnificent HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, adapted from the wonderful Pulitzer Prize-winning novel-in-stories by Elizabeth Strout, I was full of glee: “They went full New England!” I said out loud. Because flinty Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, playing Olive and her husband Henry, really sounded like they sort of, kind of came from Maine.
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25 Movies by Female Directors Every Aspiring Filmmaker Should See

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Spike Lee has allowed a few more women-directed films to grace the list of essential films he gives to his class at NYU, bringing the total women-films he deems worth watching up to a grand total of eight, four of which are by the same filmmaker, Lina Wertmuller. (The others deemed admissible to the list are Jane Campion, Kathryn Bigelow, and Julie Dash.) Indiewire points out that even with these new inclusions on Lee’s previously all-male-except-Katia-Lund list, overall women still make up proportionally less of Lee’s list than they do in filmmaking as a whole.

So, in an effort to supplement this list we offer our own, of 25 films by women directors that all film students should see.
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