At the beginning of 2018, Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig became only the fifth woman in history to be nominated for a Best Director award at the Oscars. “That’s one hand!” she enumerated to USA Today following her indoctrination into the sadly small mile-high club. It’s a club that unfortunately looks to remain small as most female directors remain out of the awards conversation and new reports emerge that female filmmakers saw their numbers shrink in 2018.
But before you write off 2018 as a bad year for women — or at least a step backwards after 2017’s industry-shattering breakthrough success with Gerwig, Patty Jenkins, and more — I implore you to take a closer look. Last year saw Anna Boden, along with Ryan Fleck, taking the helm for Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel, and the announcement of Cathy Yan directing Birds of Prey for DC and Warner Bros. And the slate of Sundance darlings were overwhelmingly female-fronted — from Sarah Colangelo‘s unnerving The Kindergarten Teacher, to Desiree Akhavan‘s ebullient The Miseducation of Cameron Post, to Jennifer Fox‘s harrowing abuse drama The Tale. Lynne Ramsay, Josephine Drecker, and Chloe Zhao achieved some of the highest critical acclaim of the year for their films You Were Never Really Here, Madeline’s Madeline, and The Rider, respectively. Hell, there were two movies about Ruth Bader Ginsburg directed by women in 2018.
The numbers may not be speaking, but the quality remains unquestionable. Female directors are slowly making inroads in Hollywood, and while they may not be breaking the Top 100 — or may get unjustly snubbed by the Oscars yet again — don’t believe anyone when they say there are no female directors. Here 18 movies directed by women in 2018 that you should watch.
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This year’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor brought tears to the eyes of many movie goers who were lucky enough to catch the movie about Fred Rogers and his children’s program Mr. Rogers Neighborhood in theaters. You can now catch it on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD, but soon enough Mr. Rogers will return to the big screen in a different way.
Next fall, Sony Pictures will release You Are My Friend (which may not be the final title of the movie), a film that stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in the story of a real-life friendship that the pastor and television personality struck with a cynical reporter after he was begrudgingly given an assignment to write a profile on the creator of the land of make-believe. Now you can get a first look at Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers from the set. Read More »
“Who’s the master, the painter or the forger?” asked Christian Bale’s Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle as he looked at a fake Rembrandt hanging on the walls of a major museum. Director Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? asks the same question, albeit from a much less cynical perspective. The film tells the true-life tale of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a writer who began crafting forged letters from dead celebrities when her literary career plummeted. As Lee buries herself deeper into a pit of deception, Heller finds both entertainment and involving drama.
Find out more in our Can You Ever Forgive Me review below. Read More »
Earlier this morning, we wrote about the trailer for Won’t You Be My Neighbor, an upcoming documentary about the life of television host and inspirational figure Fred Rogers. But that’s not the only Mr. Rogers movie that’s on the way – Tom Hanks will be stepping into the role of the iconic TV personality in a drama called You Are My Friend. We already knew the movie wouldn’t be a traditional biopic, and in a new interview, director Marielle Heller reaffirms that notion and offers up some new plot details as well. Read More »
Another day, another Cloverfield rumor, this time about Cloverfield 5. We know that the upcoming Overlord will the fourth Cloverfield film. Now, there’s a rumor that Bad Robot’s upcoming Kolma could actually be Cloverfield 5. First announced back in 2016, Kolma is a fantasy thriller starring Daisy Ridley.
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The 2018 Sundance Film Festival just debuted an incredibly moving portrait of television personality Fred Rogers in the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (read our full review here). The buzz around the documentary was huge, and maybe it was enough to push another Mr. Rogers-centric project forward.
TriStar Pictures has picked up distribution rights to a biopic called You Are My Friend. But the big news is that national treasure Tom Hanks is attached to play the influential Presbyterian minister turned TV legend, Mr. Rogers.
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We’ve already started posting our own retrospective lists of the Top 10 Movies of 2016, each one different from the next (Jacob Hall and David Chen have posted their lists so far), and next week will bring our cumulative list of /Film’s Top 15 Movies of 2016. In the meantime, why not find out which movies some of the most buzzed about directors loved this year?
A batch of filmmakers like Paul Feig (Ghostbusters), Chris Kelly (Other People), David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon), Mike Birbiglia (Don’t Think Twice), The Daniels (Swiss Army Man), Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Jay Duplass (Cyrus), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) and many more each compiled a list of their favorite films from this year, and we’ve highlighted some of them to check out. Read More »
Since making her fantastic directorial debut with The Diary of a Teenage Girl, director Marielle Heller has been lining up some promising projects for herself, including the J.J. Abrams–produced Kolma and a gay rights drama based on the documentary The Case Against 8. She’s now added the Fox Searchlight comedy Can You Ever Forgive Me? to her busy schedule, which will star Melissa McCarthy (The Boss).
Below, learn more about the potential Marielle Heller film.
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Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
It is a great week to be Marielle Heller. Just days after we heard she’d be teaming up with J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley for Kolma, the Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer has added another promising project to her to-do list. She’ll write and direct a feature film adaptation of The Case Against 8, the HBO documentary about the legal battle to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban. 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are producing. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley first joined forces to explore a certain galaxy far, far way, but now they’re looking to extend their relationship beyond the Star Wars universe. The pair are reuniting on Kolma, a fantasy thriller to be produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot. But Abrams isn’t directing this time around. Instead, that job will go to Marielle Heller, who broke out last year with the superb coming-of-age story Diary of a Teenage Girl. Read More »