To help people with their 52 Films By Women challenge this year I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite films directed by women that are easily accessible on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Keep in mind that this is in no way all of the films directed by women available on these services, but rather a selection of films I have seen and enjoy. There are also many more films available to rent on Amazon Video as well. Think of this as a jumping off point! Also if you have not taken the 52 Films By Women pledge yet you can do so here.
Chris: Well, yeah. I’m the roadie, but I. . .I do a lot more than that. I, uh. . .I mean, I. . .I do a lot more than just set up equipment and stuff. I’m like a. . .Well, I’m more what you call a hands-on roadie. I’m basically Jeff’s right-hand man. And when he needs advice or somethin’, he comes to me. And. . .You know, like when he has trouble with Dean or something like that. Yeah, when Jeff’s up there onstage, it’s like a. . .It’s like a part of me is up there with him.
Man: Do you get paid?
Chris: Nah, I do it for rock. Rock’s much more important than money. It’s like a statement.
Man: A statement of what?
Chris: Well, it’s. . .Uh. . .I don’t know. It’s. . .It’s, uh. . .Well, it’s like when guys are rockin’ out onstage, you know. . .and they’re. . .they’re doin’ what they want and bein’ cool. That’s a statement.
Man: Well, how do you support yourself?
Chris: Well, that’s extraneous information.
Lately I’ve become more and more frustrated with the various “best ever” lists that have been released because they rarely feature films by women, or if they do it’s usually one or two films. I think this is more a reflection of those who are polled for these kinds of lists, as well as a compounding of history on itself. For so long films by men have made up the bulk of the film canon and I think people are afraid to add new films to these revered lists. I also think many people haven’t seen very many films by women, or if they have it’s always the same handful of films. In an attempt to create a better, more inclusive list of great films by women, I polled over 500 critics, filmmakers, bloggers, historians, professors and casual film viewers, asking them to tell me what films directed (or co-directed) by women are essential viewing. Some people only responded with as little as five votes, others submitted hundreds of films. In the end, I received over 7,000 votes for 1,100+ different films. After tallying up this data, with ties factored in, I then had a list of 103 essential films directed by women.
So January was officially my first month in A Year With Women and boy was it a great start to the year! For the first time in the longest time I pretty much loved everything I watched. I got to a bunch of films I had been meaning to watch for ages and saw some things I probably would never has sought out ordinarily. You can watch my video reviews of everything I watched in January here on YouTube. As always, after the cut is a full list of what I watched in January and a little bit on my five favorite films from the month.
Darius: The way I see it, chicks are the ones that want to go to outer space. That’s why they push it so hard. It’s like Adam and Eve. He was fine grooving in Paradise, but Eve wanted something scary. She wanted the fucking edge. She wanted to jump off cliffs just so she could see what it was like to fall.