Ellie Kemper and Daniel Radcliffe in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt special

New Movies + Shows by Women — May 15, 2020

What I’m most excited for this week is the final season of “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”. Showrunner and creator Noelle Stevenson has helmed one of the most complex and accomplished animated shows I’ve ever seen. I even named the show the best series of the 2010s. Its storytelling translates concepts of childhood trauma and recovery in astonishing ways while being something in which both kids and adults can invest themselves.

For those who still like physically possessing their favorite films, “Birds of Prey” was released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 12. I highly recommend the film in whatever form you’d like to watch it. In terms of new releases, the week’s pretty thin across the board. That includes new movies and shows by women, with fewer than we’ve been seeing.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend (Netflix)
directed by Claire Scanlon

Netflix has dabbled in Choose-Your-Own-Adventure viewing, and the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” special is the latest experiment. I haven’t tried out their interactive viewing experiments yet, but they’ve done similar CYOA movies for “Black Mirror” and “Carmen Sandiego”. Frankly, it’s something I wouldn’t mind seeing more of.

Of course, the series was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Claire Scanlon directed 4 episodes of the original run, and has since directed on “Fresh Off the Boat”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, and “GLOW”, among other shows.

Becoming (Netflix)
directed by Nadia Hallgren

The Michelle Obama documentary by Nadia Hallgren is actually something I missed last week. It came out on May 6. Director Nadia Hallgren filmed Obama on the trail for her new book tour.

Hallgren has a long history in documentary filmmaking as a cinematographer, but “Becoming” is the first feature-length documentary she’s directed. If you’re looking for something similar, she did direct a series called “She’s the Ticket”. It came out in 2017 and profiled five different women running for office: Stacey Abrams, Laura Moser, Jennifer Carroll Foy, Christine Lui Chen, and Crystal Murillo.

I Love You, Stupid (Netflix)
directed by Laura Mana

There’s not a ton of information out about this one. In fact, I can’t track down a trailer with English subtitles or dubbing. It’s a Spanish romantic comedy about a man trying to re-invent himself to be more appealing to women. Along the way, he meets someone who may like him for who he already is.

Take a look at new movies + shows by women from past weeks.

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