“American Hustle” by David Russell (USA, 2013)

American Hustle

Excellent acting, fantastic camera, great dynamics in dialogues and music…

Cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Michael Pena, Elisabeth Röhm
Director: David O. Russell
Screenplay by Eric Singer
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography by Linus Sandgren
Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers


“Equity” by Meera Menon (USA, 2016)


Intricate script shows how women can be as ruthless as men, and much meaner at the same time, eating each other alive while smiling! If ‘sharks’ describe guys, then what could be applied to a woman? Is “tigress”not to noble in this case?
But of course, we all know that it’s the context that transforms us into what we are: “The environment is not separate from ourselves. We are inside it and it is inside us. We make it, and it makes us.” (Yanomami, Brazil)

Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Carrie Preston, Michael Izquierdo, Craig Bierko, Margaret Colin
Director: Meera Menon
Writer (story by): Sarah Megan Thomas
Writer: Amy Fox
Cinematographer: Eric Lin
Editor: Andrew Hafitz
Composer: Samuel Jones, Alexis Marsh

“Money Monster” by Jodie Foster (USA, 2016)

Money Monster by Jodie Foster (2016)

Cast: George Clooney, Caitriona Balfe, Jack O’Connell, Julia Roberts, Olivia Luccardi
Director: Jodie Foster
Writers (story): Alan DiFiore, Jim Kouf
Writers: Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore, Jim Kouf
Cinematographer: Matthew Libatique
Editor: Matt Chesse
Composer: Dominic Lewis

Paula Van Der Oest, director (3): “The Domino Effect” (U.K., 2012)

The Domino Effect

A plea against the global economy, showing how it particularly affects women and children. An ode to altruism, and to love as a safe haven. Great editing work and very sober dialogues, a hallmark of this director.

Actors: James D’Arcy, Theo James, Tiya Sircar
Director: Paula van der Oest
Writer: Paula van der Oest
Music by Adrian Corker
Cinematography by Guido van Gennep
Film Editing by Maurice Bedaux, Sander Vos

“Gimme The Loot” (Adam Leon, USA 2012)

Gimme The Loot

Good dialogues. The gospels are annoying.

Cast: Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Meeko, Zoe Lescaze, Sam Soghor, Joshua Rivera
Written and directed by Adam Leon
Music: Nicholas Britell
Cinematography: Jonathan Miller
Editing: Morgan Faust

“Divines” (Houda Benyamina, France 2016)


In a Parisian ‘hot’ suburb, drug distribution, blackmail, and violence are controlled by women. Strong performances.

Cast: Oulaya Amamra, Déborah Lukumuena, Kevin Mischel
Director: Houda Benyamina
Writer: Houda Benyamina
Music: Demusmaker
Cinematography: Julien Poupard
Editing: Loïc Lallemand , Vincent Tricon

“American Honey” (Andrea Arnold, USA 2016)


“There is no yesterday, there is no today, there is only moving forward to tomorrow.” [Brian Tallerico. http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/american-honey-2016%5D

Cast: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes
Director: Andrea Arnold
Writer: Andrea Arnold
Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan
Editor: Joe Bini