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Jordan Peele’s “Us” (2019)

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Lupita Nyong’o is superb in this.

Director: Jordan Peele

Writer: Jordan Peele

 

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 3

3) Strength of the directing: 5

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 4

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Total scores out of 50: 47

Starz’s “Outlander” Season 4 (2018)

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Creator: Ronald D. Moore

 

I’m literally the demographic for this show.

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 5

3) Strength of the directing: 5

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 5

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Score: 50/50

 

 

Hulu’s “Shrill” (2019)

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Binged this one. Totally worth it.

 

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 5

3) Strength of the directing: 5

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 5

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Total scores out of 50: 50

Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” (2019)

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It got me at Annette Bening.

Writers: Anna Boden (screenplay by), Ryan Fleck (screenplay by)

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 4

3) Strength of the directing: 4

4) Strength of the acting: 4

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 4

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Total scores out of 50: 46

Panahi’s “Offside” (2006)

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Director: Jafar Panahi

Powerful feminist piece reminiscent of Italian Neorealism. A “behind-the-scenes” film of several women who want to attend a soccer game in Iran but only men are allowed to attend. The women, many of which are disguised as men, are put into a holding pen for the game and this story is about them during the qualifying match.

I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that the women are not named. It’s Panahi’s nod to the culture not allowing women to have their own identity.

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 5

3) Strength of the directing: 5

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 5

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Score: 50/50