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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
J.K. Rowling writes this fantasy adventure about a (male) wizard who hunts magical beasts and a rogue wizard. (male director)
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3 Days in Quiberon
Emily Atef writes and directs this historical drama about mid-20th-century European film star Romy Schneider (Marie Bäumer).
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Waru
Directors Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Chelsea Cohen, and Katie Wolfe tell interconnected stories — written by Gardiner, Kaa, Maihi, Smith, Jones, Wolfe, and Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu — about a Maori community impacted by a child’s death.
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Hell Fest
Akela Cooper and Blair Butler cowrite this horror movie about a serial killer who targets patrons of an amusement park. Costarring Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, and Amy Forsyth. (male director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
Suspiria [pictured]
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Mia Goth star in this fantasy horror about a dance company enduring a nightmare. (male writer and director)
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Cassandra Dominique
Cassandra Dominique
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 6:58am

You will love Suspiria! Every single woman who has reviewed it is praising it for its feminism. Emily Yoshida said it was so good, she wishes a woman had directed it! Other critics, like Jessica Kiang and Christy Lemire have praised it as well. I’ve seen you posting about how there are barely any good films that represent powerful women so I am glad you will finally be getting to see one. Peace! :-)

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Cassandra Dominique
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 1:07pm

You will love Suspiria!

I fucking hated it. It’s my worst movie of the year at the moment. Review soon.

Every single woman who has reviewed it is praising it for its feminism.

Citations needed. From every single woman who has reviewed it, please.

Cassandra Dominique
Cassandra Dominique
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 1:54pm

“I fucking hated it. It’s my worst movie of the year at the moment. Review soon.”

Sorry to hear that. Seeing as there wasn’t any review, and your statement above only has the cast and a logline, I just assumed that you hadn’t seen it yet.

“Citations needed. From every single woman who has reviewed it, please.”

Lol. I’m not going to produce an APA paper citing every single woman (out of the 200+ critics) who have reviewed it. If you scroll through RottenTomatoes, more often than not, female critics have praised the film. With this, I really think you should post a review. Your take on the film will be different, I can tell — which is good. I can’t wait to read it. Was Dakota Johnson okay at least? She needs to redeem herself…

Cassandra Dominique
Cassandra Dominique
reply to  Cassandra Dominique
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 2:02pm

Follow up: I really hope you don’t mind my asking… was it worse than “mother!”

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Cassandra Dominique
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 4:31pm

It’s a dead heat.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Cassandra Dominique
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 4:31pm

more often than not, female critics have praised the film.

So, you admit that not every single woman who has reviewed it has praised it for its feminism.

‘m not going to produce an APA paper citing every single woman (out of the 200+ critics) who have reviewed it.

Perhaps don’t make such sweeping claims if you cannot support them.

I just assumed that you hadn’t seen it yet.

It’s easy enough to see if I’ve seen a film. There are the “in cinemas” pages, the yearly ranking, and my Letterboxd account. I make no secret of whether I’ve seen a film or not. But you can also clearly see that that films for which I have already posted a review are described on these “movies by/about women” posts in purely descriptive, not critical, terms.

Cassandra Dominique
Cassandra Dominique
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 4:31pm

“Perhaps don’t make such sweeping claims if you cannot support them.”

Alright then. I see that you are very strict on this website — won’t happen again. I will be more specific with my wording. Hope to see your take on the film soon.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Cassandra Dominique
Wed, Nov 21, 2018 11:18am

Asking that discussions take place in good faith is not “strict.” This is not a place for talking shit.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Cassandra Dominique
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 4:41pm

Wait: Have YOU seen the film?

Cassandra Dominique
Cassandra Dominique
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 4:28pm

I just saw it; I can’t talk to you about it in-depth until your review is up. Until then, I won’t know which points we disagree on. *SPOILER* I sort-of liked it.. I am biased because I am a dancer and Dakota is my girl-crush… :-)

Sorry.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  Cassandra Dominique
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 4:57am

Emily Yoshida said it was so good, she wishes a woman had directed it!

It’s a pity that Dario Argento, director of the original Suspiria, does not have a daughter who is a director.

Oh, wait! He does. Asia Argento.

I suppose I should be curious why she wasn’t involved in the recent remake but then again my memories of the original aren’t all that good.

SPOILERS

Apart from Jessica Harper’s arrival at the beginning of the movie and her departure at the end, I can’t think of a single scene in that movie that I would like to see again.

And it would be nice to think that the remake was an improvement despite what MaryAnn says but the track record on recent horror remakes is not a good one. Fright Night was the last horror remake that I remember being as good as or better than the original and that’s not just my bias in favor of Dave Tennant and Toni Collette speaking.

Cassandra Dominique
Cassandra Dominique
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 4:25pm

I personally trust Luca Guadagnino more than Asia Argento in terms of delivering quality cinema. MaryAnn has just stated that she ranks her films yearly; I’ve viewed that ranking and it appears that she has given two of his films (A Bigger Splash, CMBYN) 5-star ratings, conversely, she has given I Am Love and Suspiria 0-star ratings. Her review of I Am Love was fun to read, so I can only hope that she gets around to reviewing Suspiria because her take on the film will be *very* different from the other women who have reviewed it.

BUT, due to demand and popularity, I think Fantastic Beasts’ review will be prioritized. I’m not sure if MJ’s Suspiria (or Mandy) review will ever see the light of day. I can hope, though.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  Cassandra Dominique
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 12:11am

I look forward to MJ’s review too.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 5:50pm

*Head explodes*

I’ve been going back and forth on whether to post a response. Asia Argento has been…a little busy lately. Her personal life may have distracted her from remaking a film that really didn’t need to be made again.

Also, my spellcheck keeps trying to correct Argento, no matter how many times I type it.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  Danielm80
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 12:05am

I’ve been going back and forth on whether to post a response. Asia Argento has been…a little busy lately. Her personal life may have distracted her from remaking a film that really didn’t need to be made again.

True.

But it’s not like the original Suspiria came out last year or even last decade.

A more likely explanation is that Argento was never really interested in such a project to begin with — any more than Sophia Coppola is interested in directing another Godfather movie. But none of that really matters now.

The only reason I mentioned her in spite of all the recent controversy in her life was that she seemed the most logical female candidate to direct such a remake.

Sorry for making your head explode. It wasn’t intentional. :-(

Cassandra Dominique
Cassandra Dominique
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 5:59am

“Asia Argento’s Suspiria” really does NOT sound more enticing than “[Academy Award Nominee] Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria”. To each his own, I suppose.