“Edge Of Tomorrow” by Doug Liman (USA, 2014)

Edge of Tomorrow

A movie that has an interesting time-loop story and nice humor during the first half, but lacks of brains and humor in the end  / Obvious gender roles for Tom Cruise

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor
Director: Doug Liman
Novel: Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Music: Christophe Beck
Cinematography: Dion Beebe
Editing: James Herbert


“Sworn Virgin” by Laura Bispuri (Italy, 2015)


Sworn Virgin

Interesting debut feature that tells the story of two women who escape “the gender-imposed hardships of their native culture,” [Godfrey Cheshire] one by fleeing an imposed marriage, the other by becoming a ‘sworn virgin,’ status that allows her to live her life like if she was a man, except for the fact that she may not have sex.

Cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Emily Ferratello, Lars Eidinger, Flonja Kodheli, Luan Jaha, Bruno Shllaku, Ilire Vinca Celaj
Director: Laura Bispuri
Writer: Elvira Dones
Writer: Laura Bispuri, Francesca Manieri
Cinematographer: Vladan Radovic
Editor: Carlotta Cristiani, Jacopo Quadri

“A Fantastic Woman” by Sebastian Lelio (Chile, 2017)


A fantastic woman

Strong message and gender/minorities representation, but static direction

Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Writer: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Cinematographer: Benjamín Echazarreta
Editor: Soledad Salfate
Composer: Nani Garcia, Matthew Herbert

“Disorder” (Maryland) by Alice Winocour (France, 2015)


Good thriller, good acting, excellent sound/score, but little content

Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger, Percy Kemp, Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant, Paul Hamy, Victor Pontecorvo
Director: Alice Winocour
Writer: Alice Winocour, Jean-Stéphane Bron
Cinematographer: Georges Lechaptois
Editor: Julian Lacheray
Composer: Mike Lévy

“Just Wright” by Sanaa Hamri (USA, 2010)

Just Wright

Just like her first feature, Hamri’s third movie uses romance to break prejudices – this time against non-canon forms of beauty / More formulaic than her first feature / Good performance by Queen Latifah / Same fatherly figure as in her previous two movies 🙂

Cast: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, James Pickens Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier
Directed by Sanaa Hamri
Written by Michael Elliot
Music by Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin
Cinematography by Terry Stacey
Film Editing by Melissa Kent

“The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2” by Sanaa Hamri (USA, 2008)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Weak scenario and messy direction
It’s not easy to understand why Metascore, Rotten Tomatoes, and Slant rate this movie and Something New similarly!!!

Cast: Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrara, Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively, Blythe Danner
Directed by Sanaa Hamri
Written by Elizabeth Chandler
Music by Rachel Portman
Cinematography by Jim Denault
Film Editing by Melissa Kent

“Despite The Falling Snow” by Shamim Sarif (UK, 2016)

Despite the falling snow

Ambitious but never really takes off

Cast: Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Antje Traue
Director: Shamim Sarif
Writer: Shamim Sarif
Music by Rachel Portman
Cinematography by David Johnson
Film Editing by Masahiro Hirakubo