Film PSA: International Women’s Day

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll see that this is a post we make every other week or so whenever we have new film releases that we can support. Today marks a very crucial day, so we’re going to start celebrating this way, we’re here to talk about some of our favourite films by and about women.

Today also marks the day that Captain Marvel is released, so there’s that too.

Captain Marvel,
Arianne and I went to see this last night and personally, I think you’re in for a real treat with this film. Don’t take my word, their review is coming real soon. We all want more female superhero films, and this is step one to ensuring that we get more.

If you’re in a horror mood:

The Babadook, Raw, The Invitation, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Near Dark (if you can find it, I’ve been on the search for years).

If horror isn’t your thing, I’d also recommend:

The Virgin Suicides, Somewhere, Point Break, Selma, A Wrinkle in Time, Wonder Woman, The Matrix, Speed Racer, The Edge of Seventeen, American Honey, Fish Tank, We Need To Talk About Kevin, You Were Never Really Here, Mudbound, Now and Then, and of course, Lady Bird.

Arianne wanted to mention a few films as well, such as:

Belle, Beyond The Lights, Girl Fight, The Kids Are Alright, Queen of Katwe, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Pariah, Marie-Antoinette, But I’m A Cheerleader, Zero Dark Thirty, Frida and Clueless.

Those are just films directed by women, now let’s talk about the films with a strong female lead(s):

The Favourite, Carol, Pitch Perfect series, Annihilation, Scream series, Halloween, Blockers, Tully, Young Adult, Juno,  Book Club, Hearts Beat Loud, Assassination Nation, Colette, Teen Spirit, Vox Lux, Widows, What They Had, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Hate U Give, High Life, Gloria Bell, Eighth Grade, Mistress America, Frances Ha, 20th Century Women, Hush, Thelma and Louise, Room, Short Term 12, Dear White People, Red Sparrow, Ocean’s 8, Girls Trip, Hidden Figures and of course, A Simple Favor.

Let’s appreciate the women behind the scenes and cameras as well, let’s talk cinematographers.

Rachel Morrison (Black Panther, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station)
Maryse Alberti (Creed, The Wrestler, Velvet Goldmine)
Natasha Braier (The Neon Demon, The Rover, The Milk of Sorror)
Agnes Godard (Let The Sunshine In, Trouble Every Day, Beau Traveau)
Ellen Kuras (Blow, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind)
Reed Morano (Kill Your Darlings, Looking, I think We’re Alone Now, and The Handmaid’s Tale which she had directed a few episodes)

The point here is the films are out there. Sometimes it’s a bit tougher to wade through the rest of the films playing at multiplexes and such, but I guarantee that you can find good films by and about women. With everyone having access to Netflix and others at their fingertips, look for these films.

Be thankful and praise the strong women that paved the way to have cinema be as diverse as it is now. And your mother, and their mothers to pave the way for you, always.