Posts tagged "female filmmaking"

“Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” Delivers mindless silliness on a silver platter

February 12th, 2021 Posted by Review 0 thoughts on ““Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” Delivers mindless silliness on a silver platter”

Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time – ever.

Not every movie is supposed to be an intellectual, thought-provoking masterpiece. Sometimes you just need some goofy escapism which is why movies like “Stepbrothers,” “Austin Powers,” and the like. “Barb and Star” is exactly that as it hones in on the intricacies that make female relationships different than guy friendships. And as it hones in those little details, it makes fun of and cherishes them. Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristen Wiig) finish each other’s sentences, talk in rapid-fire succession as if someone turned up the speed on the turntable and remind us that (most) women, while we look to make ourselves happy, are always concerned about how that will effect others; particularly our besties.

“Barb and Star” bounces all over the place as it adds a sprinkle of raunchy but comedic romance, action thriller, spy caper, and even a musical as Edgar (Jamie Dornan) belts out a little song reminiscent of something out of “Mama Mia.” There are laugh out loud jokes that truly made me belly laugh at the sheer ridiculousness of it all. And with cameos from multiple stars such as Phyllis Smith who gets punished at a strict “talk club” and Damon Wayans Jr. as a thug for the evil Lady Doctor who spills too much information at every possible turn, these actors provide even more levity.

This is a girlfriends’ movie and would make a great girls’ night Galentine gathering with a few cocktails in hand. No, this isn’t going to win any awards, but what it might do is make you laugh. And for me, that’s exactly what I needed.

2 1/2 Stars (and Barb)

An Interview with writer and director Josephine Mackerras, SXSW Feature ALICE

March 10th, 2019 Posted by Film Festivals, Interviews, Review 0 thoughts on “An Interview with writer and director Josephine Mackerras, SXSW Feature ALICE”

(Published in FF2 Media, Sunday, March 10, 2019)

Award-winning writer and director Josephine Mackerras’ first feature film, “Alice,” premiered at the SXSW Film Festival recently. Living around the world, this NYU educated filmmaker delves deeply into how one woman, a wife and mother, reacts to her husband’s double life, leaving them in debt and on the brink of eviction. Filled with extraordinary performances from this ensemble cast, Mackerras turns the psychological tables on acceptance and understanding of one of the oldest trades known to women. Mackerras shared her insights on the making of “Alice” and the complexities of creating a story that questions the concepts of marriage, dependency and motherhood.
To read the interview in its entirety, go to FF2 Media


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