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May 2019 in Films


May was a great month for cinema. It started with the New Beverly Cinema showcasing almost exclusively films directed by women. I guested on their podcast discussing the calendar (you can listen to it here) and went as often as I could (though I have been fighting off a bad cold and that impeding me seeing as much as I wanted). May was also filled with some great new rom-coms and I hope we keep seeing more! As always, you can see what I watched as well as some favorites after the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Dance, Girl, Dance, 1940 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Bubbles: I ain’t got an ounce of class, sugar, honest.

Movie Quote of the Day – Honor Among Lovers, 1931 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Jerry: You don’t think I’m serious, do you?
Julia: Yes. Yes, I think you’re serious every time you say these things.
Jerry: Well, this was the first time I said it just this way.
Julia: Oh.
Jerry: In fact, the difference is so remarkable it surprises even me.

A Year With Women: 103 Essential Films By Female Filmmakers


Find out more about A Year With Women here.

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.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Christopher Strong, 1933 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Lady Cynthia Darrington: If he loves you, he’ll need you no matter what you’ve done. If a man really loves you, he’ll need you and want you.

Movie Quote of the Day – Craig’s Wife, 1936 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Harriet Craig: Nobody can know another human being well enough to trust them.

A Year With Women: July 2015 in Films


Although I was gone for almost a whole week for San Diego Comic-Con (my third year in a row for work!), I managed to watch more new-to-me films in July than I have any other month this year. Most of those films, however, were short films (I will always go to bat for short films). I watched the films in the Twilight Storytellers competition (several of them were better than the films in the actual Twilight Saga film series), as well as all the films in Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales series. Both are available to watch for free online and both are well worth your time! That said, I also watched several films that have had a very large impact on cinema’s history, so I think the month balanced out. As always, the full list of what I watched is after the cut, as well as a few favorites.

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Wild Party, 1929 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Stella Ames: Why do you hate me so?
James ‘Gil’ Gilmore: Hate you? How could I hate when I would have killed for you!

Movie Quote of the Day – Merrily We Go To Hell, 1932 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Joan Prentice: You see, I’d rather go merrily to Hell with you than alone.
Jerry Corbett: I always said you were swell.
Joan Prentice: Perhaps you won’t think so much longer, because if being a modern husband gives you privileges, well then being a modern wife gives me privileges.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Bride Wore Red, 1937 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Anni: Ladies don’t ride in donkey carts.
Giulio: It would be unusual, but great ladies can do unusual things.