A new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, as reported in Variety
(Feb. 9), highlights the disparity between perception and reality in
respect to women’s onscreen roles in Hollywood.
Audiences outside the scope of the mainstream studio system are sometimes forced to wander along the margins in search of familiar reflections of themselves, honing in on specific stories conceived and produced by members of their communities of origin.
Once again, the Mayerson JCC Jewish &
Israeli Film Festival presents award-winning films born within the
independent film scene and features appearances by filmmakers as well as
special Q&A events with leading scholars in the region.
Seemingly spent from months of pimping
dozens of Oscar-season hopefuls, the big studios often try to hide their
creatively challenged or otherwise flawed releases in the annual
cinematic wasteland known as February.
As a critic or cultural commentator, you
are required to turn the page, flip the switch, or do whatever you have
to do as quickly (and as smoothly) as possible when it comes to year
end/new year coverage.
Wild, at times, approximates a
fever dream as Strayed wanders along, stumbling (sometimes on the verge
of a catastrophic breakdown) into recollections of her past, instances
just as wild and dangerous as the moment she finds herself in.