Reviews, News, & Interviews

Tomb Raider & Flower Movie Reviews: Of Cinematic Daddy Issues and Self-destruction

By Leslie Combemale | March 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Opening in our area this and next weekend are two films that seem very unlike each other, given that one is a small indie film with an up-and-coming ingenue, and the other is led by an Oscar winner in the prime of her career.  Upon further inspection however, Flower, starring Zoey Deutch, and Tomb Raider, starring …

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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review: So Centered in Joy, Cynics Need Not Apply

By Leslie Combemale | March 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sparkle alert!  If you’ve seen any of the trailers for the highly-publicized cinematic rendering of Madeline L’Engle’s classic 1962 children’s novel A Wrinkle in Time, you know sparkle figures prominently. Director Ava DuVernay, who has the distinction of being the first women of color to direct of live action film with a budget over 100 million …

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Oh Lucy! Film Review: Messy Change Makes for Great Film

By Leslie Combemale | March 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

The new indie release Oh Lucy, from Japanese-American writer/director Atsuko Hirayanagi, examines the life of Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima), a lonely, chain-smoking woman of a certain age.  It’s the sort of film that captures well-crafted characters undergoing real change, with all the messiness, hilarity, and unpleasantness attached to it. After being confronted with mortality, Setsuko says yes …

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Shaping Black Panther: An interview with Costume Designer Ruth Carter

By Leslie Combemale | February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ruth Carter has been breaking barriers and building her reputation in the film industry for over 30 years. She is the first woman of color to be nominated for an Academy Award in best achievement in costume design, for Malcolm X, and has also been thus recognized for Amistad, She has worked with some of …

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A Fantastic Woman Film Review & Interviews: This Historic Oscar Nominee is a Gorgeous Study in Grief

By Leslie Combemale | February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

It is true the Academy Awards are not the ultimate arbiter of quality and longevity of a film.  You need but look to the history of winners and losers to confirm that.  However, the Best Foreign Language Films is one category where the Oscars gets closer.  Nearly all nominees are multiple award winners with buzz that has carried …

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In honor of being invited to join AWFJ, the Top 10 Movies of 2017, as directed by women!

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

In celebration of this wonderful honor, this first post by Cinema Siren in 2018 will be the Best Films of 2017, but ONLY include films directed by women.  It’s thrilling to say most of these would already be on my top ten, and that is definitely a sign of the times.  There are several films that were …

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The real-life Heroines of the Netflix Short Documentary Heroin(e)

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sometimes it just takes seeing people actively making a difference, approaching what they do with a balance of realism and tenaciously optimism, to remind us we really can change the world, even if it’s in some small way.  The women of the documentary short Heroin(e) are saving lives and helping people change their circumstances every day.  Watching them is …

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Greta Gerwig Talks Lady Bird, the Great New Coming-of-Age Film: Film Review and Interview

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

If I were making a movie with two women playing mother and daughter, Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan of Atonement, and Brooklyn,  and Emmy and Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf of Toy Story, Roseanne, the Steppenwolf Theater and at least 14 Broadway and off-Broadway plays, would be on my dream list.  Apparently Greta Gerwig agrees. Before the beloved Indie actress, writer …

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Animation Insiders Demand an End to Sexism and Harassment in the Animation Industry Today

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

A letter was sent today by 217 women and non-gender conforming folk to over a dozen studios demanding change and an end to sexual harassment and sexism in the animation industry.  Included on the list of recipients are executives at Disney, Sony Pictures Animation, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Animation, and Warner Bros. Signatures are from people …

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The Glorious Labor of LOVING VINCENT; film review and interview with the co-directors

By Leslie Combemale | February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Loving Vincent is the first fully oil painted feature film.  The brainchild of two filmmakers who have worked in animation, special effects, and live action, the film breaks new ground, while being visually stunning and driving a story about the last few weeks in the life an artist who died penniless but is now one of …

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