3 items from 2016
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.
IndieWire recently published a pair of lists that singled out 25 working female filmmakers that we deemed “ready” to make a blockbuster. From many readers, we got this response: “But do they even want to?”
It seemed like a strange question: Has anyone ever wondered, much less asked, if male directors were interested in big-budget movies? Nevertheless, we reached out to the filmmakers on our lists, and the response was nearly unanimous: Yes, of course they do.
That said, it wasn’t the first time they’d been asked. And, as it turns out, there are a number of reasons that might make them decide to steer clear.
“That Dream Is Not Gendered”
“Most filmmakers dream of breaking into Hollywood with a short film or indie feature and then getting recruited by the studios to make bigger movies, »
- Kate Erbland
In the year 2015, the Angels, huge, tremendously powerful, alien war machines, appear in Tokyo for the second time. The only hope for mankind’s survival lies in the Evangelion, a humanoid fighting machine developed by Nerv, a special United Nations agency. Capable of withstanding anything the Angels can dish out, the Evangelions’ one drawback lies in the limited number of people able to pilot them. Only a handful of teenagers, all born fourteen years ago, nine months after the Angels first appeared, are able to interface with an Evangelion.
One such teenager is Ikari Shinji, whose father heads the Nerv team that developed and maintains the Evangelions. Thrust into a maelstrom of battles and events that he does not understand, Shinji is forced to plumb the depths of his own inner resources for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive, or risk losing everything. »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
David Opie chats with the creator of Man: Plus, André Lima Araújo…
Marvel artist André Lima Araújo has branched out from his usual superhero fare to create a new futuristic thriller that presents a unique take on the cyberpunk genre, drawing influences from both Eastern and Western landmarks, including Blade Runner and Ghost In The Shell. David Opie sits down with creator André Lima Araújo to discuss the fantastic debut issue of Man: Plus. Make sure you also check out our review of Man: Plus #1, which is available to read here.
David Opie: Man: Plus has gripped me from the very first issue and I can’t wait to read the next one. Can you tell us more about the world in which the story is set?
André Lima Araújo: Thanks, I’m glad the first issue left an impression. Man: Plus is a cyberpunk thriller, so that’s reflected in the setting. »
- David Opie
3 items from 2016
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