Obvious Child and Five More Summer Movies Made by Women
In a movie industry shamefully dominated by men, it's tough to find films made by women, primarily for women. Sure, some men make films for women, but it's tiresome to never see female directors or screenwriters working on cool, well-advertised projects - especially projects outside the genres of romance and comedy.
But there are so many films made by female filmmakers out there ready to be seen. Whether you dig them or not, this year alone we've had films like Belle (directed by Amma Asante and written by Misan Sagay), Maleficent (written by Linda Woolverton), Endless Love (directed by Shana Feste), Veronica Mars (co-written by Diane Ruggiero), and The Other Woman (written by Melissa Stack) among others. Some, like Kelly Reichardt'sNight Moves and Gia Coppola's Palo Alto, were barely around for a week before Regal South Beach tossed them out. Far off in the distance are Angelina Jolie's direction for Unbroken, Gillian Flynn's screenplay for Gone Girl, and the Wachowski sibling film Jupiter Ascending, which has been pushed to 2015.
Writer-director Gillian Robespierre's delightful Obvious Child finally hits Miami theaters this weekend, and it's just one of many films directed or written by women (many of which are made for women) that are coming out this summer.
5. Step Up: All In
Even though the first film in the Step Up series was directed by Anne Fletcher (who went on to direct 27 Dresses, The Proposal, and The Guilt Trip), and all of the following were still written by women, men have directed each entry after. Weirdly enough, the roles have been switched for this fifth entry; a man writing and a woman named Trish Sie making her feature directorial debut. Whatever flaws the Step Up series might have, the trailer for this one has shown off some ridiculously sized dance pieces. Don't hate; that kind of massive choreography is pretty cool.
4. Lucky Them
It's hard to go wrong with a duo as talented as Toni Collete and Thomas Haden Church, both with some great films under their belts. Teaming up with writer-director Megan Griffiths -- who some may know from her past films Eden and The Off Hours -- they're around to tell the story of a woman on the hunt for her ex-boyfriend for the sake of a magazine article.