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New Shows + Movies by Women — August 13, 2021

I was worried when I only found three projects combined over the last two weeks. Was the pandemic’s impact on productions finally being felt by streaming platforms? I hoped it was just an early August slowdown and that seems to be proving out. This week sees five new series by women (plus one I missed last month) and five new films by women making it to streaming services.

NEW SERIES

AlRawabi School for Girls (Netflix)
directed by Tima Shomali

Outcasts at an all-girls school in Jordan plot to get even with their bullies, but who the outcasts and bullies are is constantly shifting.

Tima Shomali directs the series. Shomali broke through as a writer and actress on YouTube series “Bath Bayakha”. It allowed her to circumvent an Arabic comedy world that (much like our own) can limit opportunities for women.

You can watch “AlRawabi School for Girls” on Netflix.

Brand New Cherry Flavor (Netflix)
co-showrunner Lenore Zion

Lisa Nova is an awesomely named director in 1990 Los Angeles. She wants revenge on a producer who wronged her. Enter Boro, played by Catherine Keener. She offers vengeance of the supernatural kind.

Lenore Zion showruns with Nick Antosca. Zion has written on “Ray Donovan” and written and produced on “Billions”.

You can watch “Brand New Cherry Flavor” on Netflix.

The Beast Must Die (AMC+)
showrunner Gaby Chiappe

A mother ingratiates herself with the family of the man responsible for her son’s death. Once accepted into his home, she plots her vengeance.

Writer and showrunner Gaby Chiappe was a co-writer of last year’s “Misbehaviour”. This is one I missed last month.

The trailer mentions BritBox, but that’s only in the UK. You can watch “The Beast Must Die” in the U.S. on AMC+.

The Crowned Clown (Netflix)
directed by Kim Hui-Won

Amid uprisings and assassination attempts, a king replaces himself with a performing clown who looks nearly identical. Now his replacement has to avoid murder attempts and giving away his real identity.

This is based on “Masquerade”, a Korean movie that is inspired by Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper”.

Director Kim Hui-won is one of South Korea’s best series directors. Fresh off the lauded “Vincenzo”, she’s currently attached to a Korean adaptation of “Little Women”. “The Crowned Clown” actually preceded “Vincenzo”, following her well regarded “Money Flower”.

You can watch “The Crowned Clown” on Netflix.

Fantasy Island (Fox)
showrunners Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain

The 70s drama returns in a new form. Rather than a reboot, it’s a soft continuation of the original, which features an island that grants people’s desires for a price.

Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain run the show. They first worked together on “The Shield”, and since have written and produced on “The 100” and “The Fix”.

You can watch “Fantasy Island” on Fox. New episodes air Tuesdays.

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated (Crunchyroll)
directed by Mirai Minato

A demon finds herself transported to the real world in this anime series. The only problem is that she arrives without any of her powers.

Mirai Minato has been prolific in the last two years, directing series like “Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense” and “Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World”.

“The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated” is simulcast in the U.S. on Crunchyroll. New episodes arrive Saturdays as they air in Japan.

NEW MOVIES

CODA (Apple TV)
directed by Sian Heder

Ruby is the only hearing member in her family. She helps them with their business, but wants to pursue music school.

The deaf characters are played by deaf actors. Actor Marlee Matlin threatened to drop out when financiers attempted to cast hearing actors in their roles. Early reviews have indicated that the film approaches cultural deafness inclusively.

Writer-director Sian Heder has a hell of a resume. She’s written on “Orange is the New Black” and “Men of a Certain Age”, and directed on “The Path” “Orange is the New Black”, and “GLOW”.

You can watch “CODA” on Apple TV.

Together Together (Hulu)
directed by Nicole Beckwith

A man in his 40s wants a child, but he doesn’t have a partner. A woman in her 20s becomes the gestational surrogate. The two become close friends. Ed Helms and Patti Harrison star. The supporting cast is also pretty strong, including Tig Notaro, Fred Melamed, and Rosalind Chao.

Writer-director Nikole Beckwith also wrote and helmed Saoirse Ronan-starrer “Stockholm, Pennsylvania”.

You can watch “Together Together” on Hulu, or see where to rent it.

The Cloud in Her Room (MUBI)
directed by Xinyuan Zheng Lu

A woman returns home for a spring festival. Her mother and father have both pursued new lives, separate from each other. Zhao Muzi feels both comfort and out of place in the town where she grew up. The different roles she plays are reflected in the fragmented nature of the film.

This is the first feature for writer-director Xinyuan Zheng Lu.

You can watch “The Cloud in Her Room” on MUBI.

Bleed with Me (Shudder)
directed by Amelia Moses

Two best friends get away to a secluded cabin in the dead of winter. One becomes convinced the other is stealing her blood.

This is the first feature for writer-director Amelia Moses.

You can watch “Bleed with Me” on Shudder.

Bloodthirsty (Shudder)
directed by Amelia Moses

And this is the second feature from Moses: Grey keeps having visions of being a wolf. She’s invited to work with a music producer at his secluded mansion in the woods. She brings a friend along for safety, but as she works, she begins to transform into a werewolf.

Amelia Moses has worked a variety of crew positions in horror – set designer, cinematographer, editor, writer, and now director.

You can watch “Bloodthirsty” on Shudder, or rent it on Google Play or Vudu.

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

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New Shows + Movies by Women — May 14, 2021

It’s worth diving into HBO Max’s approach to new movies for those who may not know. The return of “Wonder Woman 1984” to HBO brings up why it ever left. Why was it there in December, gone, and now back again?

HBO and Warner Bros. struck a deal where “Wonder Woman 1984” and their 2021 movies would have a day-and-date release in theaters and on HBO Max. This was in part a reaction to the COVID pandemic, but also something Warner Bros. has reportedly been interested in testing for a while now.

New Warner Bros. movies are available on HBO Max for 30 days, then become unavailable. This allows Warner Bros. to still have a rental/purchase release period where the film is unavailable on streaming services. It mirrors the rental-purchase period for a post-theatrical release.

Once that winds down, the movies become like any other and hit streaming services – as Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman 1984” is doing now.

It usually goes theatrical release, rental period, streaming acquisition over the course of several months. For 2021, that theatrical release for Warner Bros. movies will just be coupled with a 30-day HBO Max release as well. If you missed “Wonder Woman 1984”, it’s worth checking out. I thought it had a lot of beautiful ideas, and a few major issues.

NEW SERIES

Hacks (HBO Max)
showrunners Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky

“Hacks” follows a Vegas stand-up comic in her 70s who pairs with a 25 year-old writer to modernize her act. The two don’t get along, but do develop a grudging respect for each other.

Director and showrunner Lucia Aniello has produced and directed on “Broad City”, “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens”, and “The Baby-Sitter’s Club”.

Writer and showrunner Jen Statsky comes over as a writer from “Broad City” and “The Good Place”. (Aniello and Statsky are joined as showrunners by Paul W. Downs, who also acts in “Hacks”.)

You can watch “Hacks” on HBO Max. Two new episodes will premiere every Thursday, having started on May 13.

Intergalactic (Peacock)
showrunner Julie Gearey

“Intergalactic” follows Harper, who’s set up for a crime she didn’t commit. She’s placed on a transport to an off-planet prison, but the prisoners mutiny and force her to pilot their escape.

Julie Gearey was a writer on “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” and writer and producer on “Cuffs”.

You can watch “Intergalactic” on Peacock.

Mine (Netflix)
directed by Lee Na-jeong

Two women in a wealthy family are tired of the lies they put up with and secrets they hide. They plot to topple the family hierarchy that traps them.

Director Lee Na-jeong also helmed “Fight for My Way” and “Love Alarm”.

“Mine” is a simulcast. New episodes will become available weekly on Netflix as they premiere in South Korea.

The Upshaws (Netflix)
showrunners Regina Y. Hicks, Wanda Sykes

This new sitcom centers on an African-American family living in Indiana. Mike Epps, Kim Fields, and Wanda Sykes star.

Co-showrunner Regina Y. Hicks has been a writer and producer on “Sister, Sister”, “Girlfriends”, and “Insecure”.

Co-showrunner Wanda Sykes has written and produced on “The Chris Rock Show”, and “Wanda at Large”, as well as acting in “Black-ish”, “Broad City”, and delivering a number of stand-up comedy specials.

You can watch “The Upshaws” on Netflix.

Use for My Talent (Netflix)
directed by Cai Cong

Forgive the trailer quality. Netflix has a habit of making English trailers or clips, but not posting them. They’re great at acquiring East Asian series, but rarely attempt to attract new audiences for them. This was recorded by a user instead.

Gu Ren Qi owns a cleaning company, but is germophobic. Shuang Jiao is an employee who can’t seem to clean anything in her own life. Despite their differences, they begin a romance that helps each deal with wounds from their past.

Many sources list this as a Korean series, but that’s incorrect. It’s a Chinese adaptation of a Korean series that was called “Clean with Passion for Now”.

The Chinese adaptation “Use for My Talent” is directed by Cai Cong. I wish I could tell you more about her, but the information that’s out there in English seems to disagree or be incomplete.

“Use for My Talent” is a simulcast with new episodes premiering weekly on Netflix as they air in China.

NEW MOVIES

Saint Maud (Hulu, Amazon)
directed by Rose Glass

A Catholic nurse becomes obsessed with saving the soul of an atheist patient in palliative care. She increasingly interferes with her patient’s life, believing it’s a holy duty tasked to her by God.

Super film nerds chew their fingers off at the anticipation of every new A24 horror movie (I say this from experience). This was no different for Welsh horror film “Saint Maud”. Scheduled to come out last April in the U.S., it got delayed due to COVID. I usually hate review aggregating sites, but “Saint Maud” doesn’t have the platforming now it had a year ago, and it’s worth mentioning when something has overwhelmingly positive scores on Rotten Tomatoes (93%) and Metacritic (83).

You can watch “Saint Maud” on Hulu or Amazon.

Together Together (VOD)
directed by Nicole Beckwith

A man in his 40s wants a child, but he doesn’t have a partner. A woman in her 20s becomes the gestational surrogate. The two become close friends. Ed Helms and Patti Harrison star. The supporting cast is also pretty strong, including Tig Notaro, Fred Melamed, and Rosalind Chao.

Writer-director Nikole Beckwith also wrote and helmed Saoirse Ronan-starrer “Stockholm, Pennsylvania”.

See where to rent “Together Together”.

Wander Darkly (Hulu)
directed by Tara Miele

New parents struggle with both their relationship and a fresh trauma amid shifting realities. Sienna Miller and Diego Luna star.

Writer-director Tara Miele is known for compelling work in low-budget films such as thinspiration drama “Starving in Suburbia”. She’s also directed episodes of “Hawaii Five-0” and “Arrow”.

You can watch “Wander Darkly” on Hulu.

What Lies West (VOD)
directed by Jessica Ellis

Nicolette takes a job as a nanny to make some extra money, but her ward Chloe has a plan to make a four-day hike out to the Pacific Ocean. Instead of stopping Chloe, Nicolette is soon scheming with her.

This is the first feature from writer-director Jessica Ellis.

You can rent “What Lies West” from Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, or YouTube.

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

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