Love is All You Need is so refreshing. It raises the bar for what romantic films can be.
Today’s host, Robyn Ferrari and our panelist, Justine Harrison, share a slice at Two Boots Pizza at their location in the East Village, in New York City and discuss the intelligent romantic film, Love Is All You Need.
Written by Anders Thomas Jensen and the Oscar award winning Swedish director, Suzanne Bier (who also directed), the film Love is All You Need, will leave you with much to relish. It is a smart, poignant and often funny celebration of one woman’s journey. Lead by a predominantly Swedish cast, It stars actress Trine Dynholm, who is magnificent as our female protagonist and British actor, Pierce Brosnan, gives a solid performance as the male lead.
Learn more about why we highly recommend this unparelleled film in our review above. If it whizzed by in a theater near you, have no fear. You can add it to your Netflix or VOD (Video-on-Demand) must-see lists. You won’t regret it! And speaking of VOD (Video-On-Demand), also featured in this episode is the premiere of our new segment, Video-On-Demand (VOD) Picks of the Week recommended by our correspondent, Mimi Spillane.
Our video film review finds today’s host, Marie Juliette Steinsvold, a French filmmaker and writer; and our panelist, Valerie Peterson, an author and writer; chatting it up at the iconic soul food restaurant, The Pink Teacup in Chelsea about the insightful online documentary, Woman to Woman.
Veronique Doumbe and Malika Franklin, are the mother and daughter team who come together to direct the online documentary, Woman to Woman. With their unique concept, they take the topic of raising teenage daughters in New York City to enlightening heights. Completely multicultural, we are introduced to a beautiful cast of eclectic New Yorkers who also happen to be mothers and daughters. They are outspoken and individualistic in their opinions and approaches to living and growing up in a city with much to offer and much to consider each and every day.
The evolution of conversation between the women and women-to-be provides a nice arc. Since there is little narrative, the razor sharp editing creates a strong and often funny dialogue. Shot in the spring and summer, New York City is visually stunning as a backdrop and becomes a character all of its own. This is an admirable film that is handmade to become a vehicle for great discussions and dialogue as well as a support resource on the subject matter. It also fosters the understanding that in spite all of our differences, our concerns for those we love and care for are one in the same.
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“Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman’s weapon is her tongue.” – Hermione Gingold
It’s March, which means it’s officially Women’s History Month and a little over a week since the Academy Awards were broadcast. The post-Oscar chatter has been staggering. Sure, there was the usual on the merits of the winners and losers, as well as on this year’s host and his misogynist antics. But, we have somehow managed to step it up a notch (or down, depending on how you look at it) and added something you probably already know too well as the “Why We Love to Hate Anne Hathaway” debacle. It’s the fabricated spin that just keeps on giving.
I didn’t get the depth of this saga until I recently posted an article with reference to this on Facebook. The comments were almost immediate. And they were either strongly for or against. There was no sitting on the fence. I, personally, couldn’t believe how quickly people had become vested into this web of absurdity. Do we all need to get a life? I was so sure that many of you already had one…until now.
Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway
My fascination forced me to take this one step further. So, I got on Google and searched for “hating Anne Hathaway,” and you know what?? I found over 20 web pages of news listings with regards to this. It seems everyone has a point of view about the snarky, but lovable Jennifer Lawrence vs. the contrived, hate-worthy Anne Hathaway debate. These are two talented actresses whom the Academy deemed worthy of their awards. They each gave the performance of their career thus far. Yet, we, as women (and some men as well) choose to discuss and write in depth about how one must be more appreciated than the other.
In this day and age of reality overkill with sensationalized “stars” (wanna-be-somebodies in designer wear with good skin, high cheekbones and great hair dressers) on every channel, almost every day–have we become void of integrity? We have too easily become conditioned to believe that if it doesn’t end with a winner, a loser, a million likes and/or follows, it lacks significance.
Take it one step further and consider the quandary of our youngest ever Oscar nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis. During the broadcast of the Oscars, she was called a derogatory name on Twitter. A term that she probably didn’t even know existed, let alone what it means (rhymes with hunt and begins with a “C”…yes that one). Even this fiasco, which begged to be discussed for so many reasons on so many levels, didn’t get that many web news pages. (Imagine for a second, being her mother and having to explain to a nine-year-old how she should respond to this should the question pop up during press Q and A sessions.) Welcome to the real world in America, Quvenzhané. Your days of innocence have officially come to an abrupt end. In retrospect, the Bathtub might not have been such a bad place for a kid after all.
What these incidents suggest to me is that the time has come for us to stop acquiescing to the propaganda and to use our collective power to put a stop to the media minimizing our achievements. With all of the great strides women made this past film season, engaging in the conquering and dividing within our own ranks is downright despicable. Instead, let us take pride in our triumphs of the year. Here are just a few of the issues that are more deserving of our focus and support:
– The increased visibility and participation of women directors in international film festivals, ceremonies and award shows
– The diverse pool of female award nominees and winners (often first time) both nationally and internationally
– The ongoing discussion on the status (and lack thereof) of women in Hollywood
– Strategies for shattering the perennial glass ceiling…once and for all
Some are old issues and some are new. But they all warrant our full attention. So, c’mon, ladies, let’s take a pledge, old-school-Girl-Scout-style and make a promise not to find ourselves sitting at this same table with the same whine and cheese (yeah…I went there) this time, next year. It’s the beginning of a new film season! A time that should be full of hope and promise for new highs, less hurdles and even fewer defeats. I’m rooting for us in 2013….poms-poms and all.