Category Archives: male director

“Edge Of Tomorrow” by Doug Liman (USA, 2014)

Edge of Tomorrow

A movie that has an interesting time-loop story and nice humor during the first half, but lacks of brains and humor in the end  / Obvious gender roles for Tom Cruise

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor
Director: Doug Liman
Novel: Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Music: Christophe Beck
Cinematography: Dion Beebe
Editing: James Herbert

“A Fantastic Woman” by Sebastian Lelio (Chile, 2017)


A fantastic woman

Strong message and gender/minorities representation, but static direction

Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Writer: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Cinematographer: Benjamín Echazarreta
Editor: Soledad Salfate
Composer: Nani Garcia, Matthew Herbert

“Princess Cyd” by Stephen Cone (USA, 2017)

Lesbian love seen through the eyes of male directors

Princess Cyd

Sex and relationships in the eyes of a teenage girl and a woman in her late 40’s.
Stages 3 women in a finely-tuned coming-of-age and out-of-the-closet story, with balanced personages, multi-faceted sexual identities, and an healthy racial distribution.
“You may look at Miranda, and think immediately, ‘Oh, okay, I know who that woman is’. You would be wrong. The same for Cyd. ‘Oh, okay. Bored teenager sunbathing in a bikini. I know who that is’. Again, you would be wrong.” writes Sheila O’Malley.

Cast: Rebecca Spence, Jessie Pinnick, Malic White, James Vincent Meredith, Tyler Ross, Matthew Quattrocki
Director: Stephen Cone
Writer: Stephen Cone
Editor: Christopher Gotschall
Director of Photography: Zoe White
Original Music Composer: Heather McIntosh

“Thelma” by Joachim Trier (Norway, 2017)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors


A girl succeeds at accepting her sexual identity by resisting the religious constraints imposed on her

Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen. Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Grethe Eltervåg
Director: Joachim Trier
Writer: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Cinematographer: Jakob Ihre
Editor: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Composer: Ola Fløttum

“Blue Is The Warmest Color” (La Vie d’Adèle) by Abdellatif Kechiche (France, 2013)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors

Blue Is The Warmest Color

Heavily sexualized approach, missing intimacy / Great lead personage / Could have been 60 min. shorter

Cast: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Catherine Salée, Jeremie Laheurte, Aurélien Recoing, Sandor Funtek, Salim Kechiouche, Mona Walravens
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Screenplay: Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix
Cinematography by Sofian El Fani
Film Editing by Sophie Brunet, Ghalia Lacroix, Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle, Camille Toubkis

“Room In Rome” by Julio Medem (Spain, 2010)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors

Room in Rome

Fantasy over two women who fall in love for one night / physical without much intimacy / beautiful images mired in superficiality

Cast: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso
Director: Julio Medem
Writers: Julio Rojas, Julio Medem
Music by Jocelyn Pook
Cinematography by Alex Catalán
Film Editing by Julio Medem

“Project Eden vol.1” by Ashlee Jensen & Terrance Young (USA, 2017)

Project Eden I

Very foreseeable developments, many cliches (the mafia speaks Russian, to make sure we know it is the mafia), enormous mistakes in the continuity (after she has been running hard for a few hundred meters, he asks her if she can walk), and a dystopian setting that is not even necessary to the plot… The few twists after an hour or so don’t make it better. One of the worse movies I’ve ever seen!

Actors: Erick Avari, Mike Dopud, Anna McGahan
Directors: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance M. Young
Writers: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance M. Young | 1 more credit »
Music by Jamie Murgatroyd
Cinematography by Christopher Lange
Film Editing by Terrance M. Young

“Red Sparrow” by Francis Lawrence (USA, 2018)

Red Sparrow

Inspired opening, tedious follow-up

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Ciarán Hinds, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joely Richardson, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling
Director: Francis Lawrence
Based upon the book by Jason Matthews
Writer: Justin Haythe
Cinematographer: Jo Willems
Editor: Alan Edward Bell
Composer: James Newton Howard