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Cocoa's Column #7
 
Well its that time again - another week, another trio of fantatic films that you can watch without leaving your house.

This week all the films are F-rated. An initiative started by Bath Film Society, F-rated films are written and/or directed by women. If they also include women in significant roles, they are tripled F-rated!

You can find out more about the F-rated project here http://f-rated.org/about/

And so to this weeks selection - happy watching!

Cocoa x
Free to View Film of the Week
 Channel 4, Thursday, 1.25 am 
 ‘Ruby Sparks’
 Written by, and starring Zoe Kazan
 
This impressive fantasy romance, about a lonely novelist who magics a gorgeous female character into life, is weirdly plausible. 
 
The tormented creator is Calvin, a young novelist who had a cult hit with his first book, making him rich enough to live in a huge house in Los Angeles, where he now stares at a blank sheet of paper in his old-fashioned typewriter. Depressed by the imagined lifetime of loneliness and career disappointment stretching ahead, Calvin starts having vivid dreams about a beautiful young woman called Ruby Sparks (played by Kazan): vivacious, artistic, but not a writer, not a success, and therefore not a threat. The dreams become more vivid as Calvin starts writing about this fantasy-woman, until the fantasy becomes a reality.
 
The real trick here is in the screenplay. A male writer might ask: what might it be like to create an ideal woman? This female writer asks: what is it like, having to be some man's idea of an ideal woman?

Definitely one to stay up for!
 
The Guardian ****
 

Streaming Film of the Week
Netflix
 'Lost in Translation'
 

Written and Directed by Sophia Coppola
 
Academy Award: Best Screenplay, 2004
 
What hasn’t been said about this film? So good you will want to watch it again!
 
Sofia Coppola's second movie as a director was more than a breakthrough: it's an insouciant triumph. She conjures a terrifically funny, heartbreakingly sad and swooningly romantic movie from almost nowhere, and just makes it look very easy. It is a ‘Brief Encounter’ for the new century. 
 
‘Let’s never come here again, because it will never be as good’. 
The Guardian ****
Rental of the Week
 'Misbehaviour'
 Amazon Rental £9.99
 
Written by Rebecca Frayce & Gaby Chiappe; Directed by Phillipa Lowthorpe
Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Kiera Knightly
 
Snatched from the jaws of general release at the last minute by the pandemic, 'Misbehaviour' now comes to the small screen. 
 
A bizarre and farcical true story from the annals of pop culture, told here with charm and fun. It’s the 1970 Miss World contest, which erupted in controversy and feminist protest, winding up with host Bob Hope covered in flour, the BBC covered in embarrassment and the fledgling women’s liberation movement covered in glory. 50 years on, the movie nicely conveys how this incident was both deadly serious and fairly bizarre all at the same time.
 
The objectification of women’s bodies is hardly a thing of the past, but this film brings us back to the bizarre way in which this contest turned it into a quasi-polite ritual, with rosettes on the hips and even – unbelievably – numbered discs on the wrists, a horrible touch that really did make it look like a cattle market. It might be a film about days gone by, but perhaps things have not changed as much as we might (like) to think.
The Guardian ****
That's all folks!
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