Reviews, News, & Interviews

Women Rocking Hollywood SDCC 2017 panel with Cinema Siren ROCKED HARD!

By Leslie Combemale | July 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Women Rocking Hollywood 2017 was Victoria Mahoney, Aurora Guerrero, Tina Mabry, Rosemary Rodriguez, Angela Robinson, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Kirsten Schaffer. All Hollywood Powerhouses!  Such graciousness and talent. It’s incredible to me that at SDCC, in an environment full of famous people and A-listers, I would not trade for anyone within a 5 mile radius, the female directors I spent a day with …

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WOMEN ROCKING HOLLYWOOD San Diego Comic-Con 2017 panel announced!

By Leslie Combemale | July 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are pleased and so excited to announce our panel, date, and time of the 2nd annual Women Rocking Hollywood panel at SDCC!  We were thrilled to once again partner with Women in Film: LA, with executive director Kirsten Schaffer once again on the panel, OWN and the folks producing Queen Sugar to bring 2 …

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“Maudie” film review and interview with director Aisling Walsh

By Leslie Combemale | July 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you are Canadian, and you love art, you’ve heard of Maude Lewis.  If you love a story of determination, creativity, and fearlessness, you’ll love “Maudie”, the story of her artistic life that has been brought to the big screen.  Helmed by longtime director Aisling Walsh, and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke as Maud and Everett …

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CINEMA SIREN INTERVIEW: Director of Megan Leavey Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about female directors, female soldiers, the freedom of documentaries, and the gift of animal loyalty.

By Leslie Combemale | June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

CINEMA SIREN INTERVIEW: Director of Megan Leavey Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about female directors, female soldiers,  the freedom of documentaries, and the gift of animal loyalty. Coming this weekend is a film based on the real-life experience of a female marine and her canine companion. Review is HERE.  I spoke to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite about her experience: Leslie Combemale …

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Megan Leavey: A true-life story of love and heroism brought to film, directed by a woman

By Leslie Combemale | June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

A powerful love story opens Friday, but it’s not a traditional romance or the usual Rom-Com fare. It’s the story of the love between a woman and her dog.  To be more specific, it’s the story of two war heroes who find the kind of love with each other that saves them both.  Megan Leavey is directed …

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Film Review: You’re A Wonder, Wonder Woman

By Leslie Combemale | June 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

I just got back from seeing Wonder Woman, a movie that for me was by far the most anticipated of the year.  It isn’t because there aren’t some wonderful, highbrow, meaningful stories being released at Oscar season in October and November.  It’s because Wonder Woman is only the 4th live-action film with a budget of $100 million dollars ever directed …

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SEEING WONDER WOMAN? See it Early and Support Women in Film!

By Leslie Combemale | June 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

How excited are you about seeing a Hollywood film featuring the most popular and beloved female superhero? Maybe you think you’ll go soonish, or certainly, of course, see it while it’s in theaters.  Have you bought your tickets yet?  What are you waiting for, an invitation from Diana herself?  Let me suggest you go as soon as possible. …

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The Wedding Plan Review: The little Hebrew-language Rom-Com that could

By Leslie Combemale | May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

You may not imagine that you’d be hankering to see a romantic comedy in Hebrew this weekend.  I’m here to tell you, this new indie, directed by Israeli-American director Rama Burshtein, and starring luminous stage actress Noa Koler as well as Israeli heartthrobs Amos Tamam and Oz Zehavi, will win you completely, and put a …

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WAKEFIELD Review and Exclusive Interview with director Robin Swicord

By Leslie Combemale | May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

This weekend the new independent film Wakefield opens, starring the unstoppable acting juggernaut, Bryan Cranston. It is a performance where he spends most of the movie by himself, and yet it’s tense, exciting, and represents the sort of character arc that keeps audiences connected and engaged.  Writer/director Robin Swicord is best known for adapting literary …

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Everything, Everything: Review and exclusive interview with director Stella Meghie

By Leslie Combemale | May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

An indie film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s vivid, enthusiastically received YA novel Everything, Everything is coming to theaters this weekend. Directed by Stella Meghie, who blazed onto the scene helming a screenplay she wrote with Jean of the Joneses, Everything, Everything is a both a coming of age romance, and a dark fairy tale superimposed …

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