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New Shows + Movies by Women — August 14, 2020

Streaming services continue drawing from other countries to bolster their content during COVID-19. It’s still difficult for series to go into production in many places. I’m sure some of these agreements were in place before the pandemic shut things down in the U.S., but I think we’re going to see subscription services dive more deeply into content from other countries. They don’t want a slowdown in content, and this is the easiest way to work around production limitations.

SERIES

Five Bedrooms (Peacock)
co-showrunner Christine Bartlett

This Australian comedy is seeing its U.S. debut on NBC’s nascent streaming service Peacock. A success in Australia, it’s already been renewed for a second season. “Five Bedrooms” follows five different protagonists of different ages. They meet at a wedding, where they all find themselves seated at the table for singles (this is a thing?) They drunkenly decide to buy a house together.

The show is co-showrun by Christine Bartlett with Michael Lucas. The two also write 7 of the 8 episodes. Half the episodes are directed by Corrie Chen and Fiona Banks.

You can watch “Five Bedrooms” with a Peacock subscription. Remember, Peacock is currently being offered free through a variety of other services.

Mapleworth Murders (Quibi)
directed by Claire Scanlon

“Mapleworth Murders” is a broad satire that takes shots at shows like “Murder She Wrote” and “Miss Marple”. A number of “Saturday Night Live” alum look to be passing through as recurring and guest stars.

Every episode is directed by Claire Scanlon. She’s a veteran director whose credits include “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “GLOW”, and “Fresh Off the Boat”. Scanlon started as a documentary editor before shifting into comedies. She ended up being one of the mainstay editors on the U.S. version of “The Office”, editing 28 episodes.

You can watch “Mapleworth Murders” with a Quibi subscription.

MOVIES

Carmen Y Lola (HBO)
directed by Arantxa Echevarria

Carmen is a Roma girl who lives in Madrid. On the cusp of adulthood, she’s expected to get married quickly and start raising a family. She meets Lola, a girl who wants to leave their community. The two connect and become increasingly romantically involved – inviting harsh responses from their families.

Director Arantxa Echevarria started in Spanish filmmaking as an animator, production assistant, and assistant directing trainee in the 1990s. She’s steadily worked her way up through camera operations, assistant directing, and production management. She made her first feature in 2010 – a documentary arguing for women to play football (soccer in the U.S.) professionally. She’s made several short films since then. “Carmen Y Lola” is her first narrative feature.

You can watch “Carmen Y Lola” with an HBO subscription.

An Easy Girl (Netflix)
directed by Rebecca Zlotowski

“An Easy Girl” follows a girl named Naima living in Cannes, France. Her older cousin Sofia arrives for a holiday and introduces her to a more capricious lifestyle. The two connect as the introverted Naima begins taking after Sofia’s more relaxed approach to life.

If you follow French Film, you may be familiar with director Rebecca Zlotowski as an up-and-coming voice. Her “Grand Central” in 2014 saw a spate of awards both for her direction and the film’s performances.

You can watch “An Easy Girl” with a Netflix subscription.

The Lost Husband (Netflix)
directed by Vicky Wight

I shared this back in April when it came to VOD. Given this COVID-19 era, I always like to share something again when it hits a subscription service for the first time.

“The Lost Husband” is about a woman going through a process of self-discovery and being rewarded with hot farmer Josh Duhamel. It looks like an entirely predictable, Hallmark-style romance, but there’s a place for that in our lives. There’s something to be said for a romance amid relaxing scenery.

This is writer-director Vicky Wight’s second film as director, after 2013’s well-received “The Volunteer”. She also works as a producer.

You can watch “The Lost Husband” with a Netflix subscription, or see where to rent it right here.

DOCUMENTARIES

Boys State (Apple TV)
co-directed by Amanda McBaine

1,100 boys gather in Austin every year to play at politics and elect a governor. A24 as a studio/distributor is famous for genre-changing horror films. This is a documentary, and I think this trailer makes me about as horrified as anything I’ve seen from them.

Amanda McBaine co-directs with Jesse Moss. McBaine is a documentary producer who has occasionally directed.

You can watch “Boys State” with an Apple TV subscription.

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New Movies + Shows by Women — April 10, 2020

The big hitters are coming up dry this week. New originals on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are pretty spare. Only biohorror movie “Little Joe” arrives as part of an already-paid subscription. That said, there are some interesting films when it comes to low- and mid-budget arrivals for digital rental. I want to start by featuring a film I’ve already championed pretty strongly on this site.

Birds of Prey (digital rental)
directed by Cathy Yan

The Harley Quinn supervillain movie was rentable two weeks ago if you were willing to pay $20. Now it’s a much more affordable $6 to digitally rent. I’ve hailed the movie as a film I expect to still be talking about at the end of the year. It’s bluntly subversive, funny, and phenomenally well told as both a traditional narrative and a meta-version. The fight choreography is exceptional, the set design is superb, and Margot Robbie’s Quinn stands out as a generationally good action-comedy performance.

Check out my spoiler-free review. If you’re interested in why “Birds of Prey” was described as a box office failure while similarly budgeted and performing films directed by men were described as successes, I wrote about that here (I mean, the answer’s in the sentence, it’s because they were directed by men, but the link has stats and stats are fun!) If you’ve seen “Birds of Prey” and want to read criticism by women about the film’s meaning and production, I compiled a few articles right here.

“Birds of Prey” is rentable for $6 through Amazon, Fandango Now, GooglePlay, iTunes, and Vudu. I highly recommend it, especially if you need something to escape into for 2 hours that’s still going to respect your anger at the state of the world.

Little Joe (Hulu)
directed by Jessica Hausner

Australian writer-director Jessica Hausner has directed a number of off-kilter films about personal obsessions and emotional compulsions. “Little Joe” is a film built around a houseplant engineered to make you happy…but it might not be doing that right. The concept is simple, but plays to all of Hausner’s strengths.

I appreciate that more films are moving into brightly lit horror. It feels more reflective and applicable for modern sensibilities. We’re still scared by what could jump out of the shadows, but we also live with overwhelming and obvious fears that threaten to become normalized every day. It feels like a needed trend in horror.

You can see this free with a Hulu subscription, rent it for $4 from Amazon or Vudu, or for $5 from GooglePlay or YouTube.

Stray Dolls (digital rental)
directed by Sonejuhi Sinha

Writer-director Sonejuhi Sinha is a relatively new voice. “Stray Dolls” fuses immigrant experience to crime thriller, with a protagonist who leaves India only to find abuse and corruption in the U.S. What follows is a story about two women trying to break free of a cycle of escalating violence.

You can rent it for $4 through Redbox on Demand, or $5 through Amazon or FandangoNow.

Sea Fever (digital rental)
directed by Neasa Hardiman

Escape from feeling trapped by quarantines with this horror movie about a group of people trapped on a boat and having to quarantine themselves. It’s strange the way that horror reflective of a horror we’re going through is appealing. There’s probably a German word for that, but I’ve got to say Neasa Hardiman’s “Sea Fever” looks pretty good.

The Irish writer-director has a long history in TV, with her most recent work as a director on Netflix’s sadly defunct “Jessica Jones”. While the trailer for “Sea Fever” looks action packed, it’s been described as more of a slow burn exercise in building tension.

You can rent this from Amazon, Fandango Now, Redbox on Demand, or Vudu for $7.

The Lost Husband (digital rental)
directed by Vicky Wight

Then again, maybe quarantine at sea isn’t your thing. Maybe a woman going through a process of self-discovery and being rewarded with Josh Duhamel as a hot farmer (there’s probably a German word for that, too) – maybe that’s your thing.

Yes, this looks like a totally predictable Hallmark-style movie, but there’s a place for the things that are predictable and enjoyable in all our lives. For me, it’s Irish sea quarantine movies with glowy infecto-tentacles. For someone else, it’s two attractive people with completely opposite backgrounds gradually falling in love amidst relaxing scenery. Neither’s better nor worse as a form of escapism, and these days…the relaxing scenery’s sounding better and better.

You can rent “The Lost Husband” from Amazon or Redbox on Demand for $6.

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

If you enjoy what you read on this site, consider subscribing to Gabriel Valdez’s Patreon. It helps with the time and resources to continue writing articles like this one.