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CherryPicks In 2018, co-founders Miranda Bailey and Rebecca Odes decided enough was enough with very little to no representation of the female and non-binary critical voice.

So they started CherryPicks... and you can read more HERE: https://bit.ly/33ra8J0

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Today on #CherryChat! 🍒 ⁠⁠Sky Katz, star of Netflix's #SurvivingSummer, joins us at 10AM PT (1PM ET). ⁠⁠🌊 Tune in: insta...
06/01/2022

Today on #CherryChat! 🍒 ⁠

Sky Katz, star of Netflix's #SurvivingSummer, joins us at 10AM PT (1PM ET). ⁠

🌊 Tune in: instagram.com/thecherrypicks

We asked #StarTrek: #StrangeNewWorlds star Christina Chong to pick her top five films that resonate with her and that sh...
05/31/2022

We asked #StarTrek: #StrangeNewWorlds star Christina Chong to pick her top five films that resonate with her and that she thinks people should watch to wrap up #AAPIHeritageMonth. ⁠

🍒 Read more about her recs: https://bit.ly/38VNBuG

Did you see any of our #CherryPicksChoices over the long weekend? 🍒🎞  We're still thinking about #Emergency on Prime Vid...
05/31/2022

Did you see any of our #CherryPicksChoices over the long weekend? 🍒🎞 We're still thinking about #Emergency on Prime Video and the way it approached race, policing, and doing the right thing through a lens of both humor and biting social commentary.

Swipe to check out #CherryPicker Carla Renata (The Curvy Critic)'s review.

🚨 Read more reviews: https://bit.ly/3x5zeNG

Lionsgate just announced that Rachel Zegler is set to star as Lucy Gray Baird in The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of...
05/31/2022

Lionsgate just announced that Rachel Zegler is set to star as Lucy Gray Baird in The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes! 🕊 It's coming to theaters in November 2023, and we're already anxiously waiting 🍒

"When people ask me what time period I wish I lived in, my answer is typically something like, 'The one I was born in, b...
05/30/2022

"When people ask me what time period I wish I lived in, my answer is typically something like, 'The one I was born in, because I like my rights.'" - Sara Li

New shows like HBO Max's Our Flag Means Death and Netflix's Bridgerton are revising that perspective, though. They give marginalized groups representation that isn't all about their suffering by asking the question, "What would it have been like if [they] had been accepted for who they were instead?"

🏴‍☠️ Read the latest Still Not Over It from Sara Li: https://bit.ly/3t12vGH

Very few films that will make your jaw drop with their twists and surprises, and this is one of them.Welcome back to #Se...
05/28/2022

Very few films that will make your jaw drop with their twists and surprises, and this is one of them.

Welcome back to #SettlingTheScore. This week’s film is Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2017 historical drama #PhantomThread, which has an 84% #CherryScore, 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 90 on Metacritic.

Phantom Thread centers on haute-couture fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis). He is obsessive and controlling, living a life of strict routines and tortured by the memory of his mother, until he falls for waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps). While it initially seems Alma is just his muse, she has her own manipulations in play. The film was critically acclaimed, nominated for six Acadamy Awards and the performances of leads Day-Lewis, Krieps, and Lesley Manville (as Cyril Woodcock, Reynolds’s sister).

The most interesting critical conversations about Phantom Thread happen surrounding its depictions of abuse, agency, and consent. Without spoiling the film for those who have yet to watch, Alma and Reynolds relationship seems initially like a classic case of emotional abuse, with him ruthlessly controlling everything from how she eats to the strict routines they share. However, by the films conclusion the scales have tipped in favor of Alma, as the two realize a dynamic of his total weakness and willing submission to her gives them both what they want.

This dynamic was controversial among critics. Particularly at the height of 2017’s #MeToo revelations, questions of power dynamics in sexual relationships were at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Some critics questioned whether Phantom Thread’s central couple romanticized a (quite literally) toxic dynamic. However, in her review for BUST Magazine, Zoey Peresman broke down why this isn’t the case, both from her perspective as well as friends of hers who spoke about their feelings about the film as abuse survivors. Peresman (swipe to read) wrote, “the film’s fascination with the power dynamics it depicts is not the same as romanticization.”

Dana Stevens agreed in her review for Slate.com (swipe to read), offering that Anderson’s film can be seen as a parable about “fate and free will.” The film is actually about the question of agency and choice, so rather than romanticizing an unhealthy relationship, it examines why someone would remain in that dynamic or be drawn to it in the first place.

For better or worse, Phantom Thread is a bizarre, beautiful drama that necessitates an open-minded watch. Have you seen it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

🪡 Read more reviews: https://bit.ly/38pkU90

Audiences and critics are still abuzz over the top movies from this year's Festival de Cannes. Here are some of the most...
05/27/2022

Audiences and critics are still abuzz over the top movies from this year's Festival de Cannes. Here are some of the most talked-about picks (and what our critics have to say!).

🇫🇷 Read more: https://bit.ly/3MV31hf

Here are this week's #JustPicked #TVChoices: the new and notable series (and a new season of one of our favorites!) you ...
05/26/2022

Here are this week's #JustPicked #TVChoices: the new and notable series (and a new season of one of our favorites!) you need to check out!

01. Stranger Things (S4) | on Netflix
02. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds | on Paramount+
03. Night Sky | on Prime Video
04. Angelyne | on Peacock TV
05. Obi-Wan Kenobi | on Disney+

🍒 Learn more: https://bit.ly/33CL2ay

Camilla Luddington talked to #CherryPicks about her role in ABC's Grey's Anatomy, why the series has stood the test of t...
05/26/2022

Camilla Luddington talked to #CherryPicks about her role in ABC's Grey's Anatomy, why the series has stood the test of time, and the show's commitment to elevating female talent both in front of and behind the camera.

🩺 Read the conversation: https://bit.ly/3wJPuSM

Here are this week's #CherryPicksChoices #FilmChoices: our top picks for the new release films we can't wait to watch th...
05/25/2022

Here are this week's #CherryPicksChoices #FilmChoices: our top picks for the new release films we can't wait to watch this weekend. 🎬

01. Top Gun: Maverick
02. The Bob's Burgers Movie
03. Emergency
04. Fanny: The Right to Rock
05. Playlist
06. A Chiara
07. Look At Me: ###tentacion

🍒 CherryPicks highlights reviews from female & non-binary critics. See what scores your favorite movies got at thecherrypicks.com.

We're so excited about these new images from Mr. Malcolm's List! The new period drama film is based on Suzanne Allain's ...
05/25/2022

We're so excited about these new images from Mr. Malcolm's List! The new period drama film is based on Suzanne Allain's novel of the same name, and stars some of our faves, including Freida Pinto, @Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísú, Zawe, Ashley Park, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Theo James.

🎩 Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/Q8hRCVAZFTs

Happy #NationalWineDay. 🍷🥂 Pour a glass for us.
05/25/2022

Happy #NationalWineDay. 🍷🥂 Pour a glass for us.

This week on #CherryChat! 🍒TODAY 5/25 @ 11:30AM PT (2:30PM ET): Ashleigh Murray, star of The CW's Tom Swift.THURS 5/26 @...
05/25/2022

This week on #CherryChat! 🍒

TODAY 5/25 @ 11:30AM PT (2:30PM ET): Ashleigh Murray, star of The CW's Tom Swift.

THURS 5/26 @ 12:30PM PT (3:30PM ET): Emmy Raver-Lampman, star of Netflix's Umbrella Academy.

FRI 5/27 @ 10AM PT (1PM ET): Phillipa Soo, star of Apple TV+'s Shining Girls.

🔔 Make sure you're following us so you get notified when we go live!

🍒 Tune in: instagram.com/thecherrypicks

Feel like you can never get enough true crime content? Same. We've gathered some of our fave cringe-worthy docs and docu...
05/24/2022

Feel like you can never get enough true crime content? Same. We've gathered some of our fave cringe-worthy docs and docuseries with crazy-but-true stories about compelling crooks and slimy scam artists to get your fix!

🎥 Check out the full list: https://bit.ly/3yUAmEY

Actually sobbing! #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce
05/24/2022

Actually sobbing! #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce

Did you see any of our #CherryPicksChoices this weekend? 🍿 Lots of us checked out the Downton Abbey movie, and it gave u...
05/23/2022

Did you see any of our #CherryPicksChoices this weekend? 🍿 Lots of us checked out the Downton Abbey movie, and it gave us the idealistic fantasy of the past that we loved from the original series. But at what point does that narrative start to feel like it's reinforcing an overly cheery, whitewashed (literally and figuratively) version of the past? 🤔

Swipe to read MaryAnn Johanson's take on Downton Abbey: A New Era for FlickFilosopher.

👑 Read more reviews here: https://bit.ly/3wBWDWu

Today's #ClassicFilmChoices are all about music. 🎶 Let them inspire you to pick up an instrument and express yourself th...
05/22/2022

Today's #ClassicFilmChoices are all about music. 🎶 Let them inspire you to pick up an instrument and express yourself through song. 🎸

01. School of Rock
02. Band Aid
03. Whiplash
04. Hearts Beat Loud
05. The Rose

🎵 Read more: https://bit.ly/3nyBl7

Today on our Instagram Live series #CherryChat! 🍒Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, star of Netflix's My Little Pony: Make Your Mark...
05/22/2022

Today on our Instagram Live series #CherryChat! 🍒

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, star of Netflix's My Little Pony: Make Your Mark, joins us at 11:30AM PT (2:30PM ET)!

→ Tune in: instagram.com/thecherrypicks

Welcome to another edition of #SettlingTheScore, where we take a look at the female and non-binary critical perspective ...
05/21/2022

Welcome to another edition of #SettlingTheScore, where we take a look at the female and non-binary critical perspective on classic and new release films. 🍒 This week’s movie is Everything Everywhere All At Once, which came out this spring and quickly became *the* most talked-about film on the Internet.

#EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce was directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and stars Michelle Yeoh 楊紫瓊, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis, James Hong, Jenny Slate, and Harry Shum Jr.. The film, a wild, comedic multiverse thrill ride, follows Chinese-American immigrant Evelyn Wang (Yeoh), who is told she’s needed for a vital, world-saving mission. She becomes an unlikely hero, channeling her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

The film was widely critically acclaimed, receiving an 85% #CherryScore, 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 81 on Metacritic, with many critics across the board calling it the best film of 2022 so far. The film was applauded for its style, the way its absurd moments actually really work, and its performances, particularly that of Michelle Yeoh.

Additionally, many Asian-American critics and audience members called out the film as being particularly relevant to the Asian-American immigrant experience and the experience of being a child of immigrants, two experiences that are rarely discussed enough in popular film and television.

And our #CherryPickers agree. Writing for news.com.au, Weilei Ma (swipe to read) called it a “marvellous, vivid and potent film.” Laura Sirikul echoed that sentiment for Nerdist (swipe to read), saying the film is “reflective of how life really is: chaotic, complex, and cannot be fully explained, but felt. ... It [is] the most stunning and brilliant film so far this year."

Have you seen Everything Everywhere All At Once? What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments!

✨ Read more reviews: https://bit.ly/3wxFq0r

Welcome back to #CherryOnTop, where we tell you the top 5 biggest moments of the week in pop culture and entertainment t...
05/20/2022

Welcome back to #CherryOnTop, where we tell you the top 5 biggest moments of the week in pop culture and entertainment to put a cherry on top of your workweek. 🍒 This week is a special edition, in celebration of the first week of the 75th annual Festival de Cannes!

🎬 STARS HIT THE RED CARPET FOR THE TOP GUN: MAVERICK PREMIERE | Top Gun: Maverick had a big night at Cannes on Wednesday, as the stars of the film (including Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, and Monica Barbaro) walked the red carpet for the premiere of the sequel to the 1986 classic. Fighter jets flew overhead in their honor, and the film received raves from the audience, including a five-minute standing ovation. Tom Cruise also received a surprise Palme d’Or, saying, “I make all these movies for all of you and I’m very blessed to do what I do. Enjoy this evening. You all have made my life.”

🎬 VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY GIVES A VIRTUAL ADDRESS | President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine made a virtual appearance at the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony on Tuesday. He appeared via satellite, part of a months-long wide-ranging virtual diplomatic tour to keep attention on the war in Ukraine. In his speech, Zelensky celebrated the power of film, referencing Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and saying “Again, then as now, there is a dictator,” Zelensky said. “Again, then as now, there is a war for freedom. Again, then as now, cinema must not be silent.”

🎬 FOREST WHITAKER RECEIVES THE HONORARY PALME D'OR | Legendary actor Forest Whitaker was the recipient of one of the Cannes Film Festival’s biggest honors at its opening ceremony on Tuesday. The Academy Award winner received the honorary Palme d’Or from French journalist Pierre Lescure on stage. Whitaker first arrived in Cannes 34 years ago with the premiere of Clint Eastwood’s Charlie Parker biopic Bird. He said in a press conference on Tuesday that Cannes “changed the trajectory” of his career. Congratulations to him!

🎬 MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS'S FINAL CUT OPENS THE FESTIVAL | The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival opened with the premiere of Michel Hazanavicius’s zombie film Final Cut. A remake of a beloved Japanese horror film, the movie follows the cast and crew of a low-budget film as they are forced to fight off hordes of the living dead. Hazanavicius is best known for his film The Artist, which premiered at Cannes in 2011 and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

🎬 RUSSIAN DIRECTOR KIRILL SEREBRENNIKOV CALLS FOR LIFT ON SANCTIONS FOR OLIGARCH AND FILM FINANCIER ROMAN ABRAMOVICH | On Thursday, Kirill Serebrennikov, the director of Cannes title Tchaikovsky’s Wife and the only Russian director with a film in this year’s official festival, called for world governments to lift sanctions on Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch and film financier who has been reported to be helping the Ukraine war effort. Abramovich helped to finance Tchaikovsky’s Wife, as well as Serebrennikov’s prior film Petrov’s Flu and other Russian art-house films. Serebrennikov defended Abramovich’s work in a press conference, saying that the films he funds are not propaganda movies but are “rather the contrary. … Thanks to him, we have art-house cinema.”

We're absolutely dying over these reviews. 🤣 Our #CherryPickers bring wit, perspective, and thoughtful insight, EVEN to ...
05/20/2022

We're absolutely dying over these reviews. 🤣 Our #CherryPickers bring wit, perspective, and thoughtful insight, EVEN to films that missed the mark! Criticism itself can be an art.

✍️ What's your favorite "bad" movie?

🍒 Check out more review highlights here: https://bit.ly/38JGKUN

Today's #TVChoices #BingeWorthyChoices are in celebration of the legendary Tina Fey's birthday (yesterday!). Happy birth...
05/19/2022

Today's #TVChoices #BingeWorthyChoices are in celebration of the legendary Tina Fey's birthday (yesterday!). Happy birthday! Here are some shows that she starred in, and some others she created, wrote, and/or executive-produced. 🍒 Have a Tina Fey marathon tonight.

01. 30 Rock | on NBC
02. Girls5Eva | on Peacock TV
03. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt | on Netflix
04. Only Murders in the Building | on Hulu
05. Mr. Mayor | on NBC

📺 Learn more: https://bit.ly/343iNSG

We're continuing our #AAPIHeritageMonth celebration this week with this curated collection of some of our favorite Asian...
05/19/2022

We're continuing our #AAPIHeritageMonth celebration this week with this curated collection of some of our favorite Asian/Pacific American characters on TV. ❤️

Read more: https://bit.ly/3wtCv97

Today on #CherryChat! 🍒Bianca A. Santos, from ABC's Grey's Anatomy, joins us at 10:30AM PT (1:30PM ET). 💌 Tune in: insta...
05/19/2022

Today on #CherryChat! 🍒

Bianca A. Santos, from ABC's Grey's Anatomy, joins us at 10:30AM PT (1:30PM ET).

💌 Tune in: instagram.com/thecherrypicks

It's a great week for new movies! 🎬 Check out this week's #CherryPicksChoices below for all of our new release picks. 01...
05/18/2022

It's a great week for new movies! 🎬 Check out this week's #CherryPicksChoices below for all of our new release picks.

01. Men
02. Downton Abbey: A New Era
03. Fire In The Mountains
04. Torn Hearts
05. A Perfect Pairing

🍒 CherryPicks highlights reviews exclusively from female & non-binary critics. See what score your favorite film got at thecherrypicks.com.

In honor of the release of Downton Abbey: A New Era (and while we rewatch Bridgerton again and again), here are 12 perio...
05/18/2022

In honor of the release of Downton Abbey: A New Era (and while we rewatch Bridgerton again and again), here are 12 period piece dramas we love! From courtship to crowns, these series will whisk you away to a bygone era with style. 👗

👑 Read more: https://bit.ly/3wpSjJV

We have a very exciting #CherryChat for you today with some of #TheWilds fan faves! 🍒Mia Healey & Erana James, stars of ...
05/18/2022

We have a very exciting #CherryChat for you today with some of #TheWilds fan faves! 🍒

Mia Healey & Erana James, stars of Prime Video's The Wilds, join us TODAY at 3:00PM PT (6:00PM ET)!

💋 Tune in: instagram.com/thecherrypicks

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CherryPicks gives Young Plato an epic 96% rating!!! Soilsiú Films' Young Plato's impact keeps moving audiences and critics alike and the Irish Screen America presentation last Saturday at the Laemmle Monica Film Center Santa Monica (part of IrelandWeek 2022) did just that. "What would we do without teachers? Following the headmaster of a Belfast inner-city school, this documentary directed by @neasanichianain and Declan McGrath highlights the profound effect Kevin McArevey has on his students at Holy Cross. Considering the boys' daily struggles, from poverty and drugs to the lingering impact of sectarian violence, McArevey encourages conversation, respect, and critical thinking to help his students rise above the conditions and constraints of their community." More screenings are being planned in the U.S. Please visit www.youngplato.com to learn more. This presentation was made possible through grant funding from Screen Ireland and Culture Ireland. https://www.thecherrypicks.com/films/young-plato/
just saw "Petite Maman", film by writer director Céline Sciamma (at the Laemmle Pasadena. Absolutely brilliant film.
Introducing "Mijo", directed by mazdeysnob. You can see this film as part of Short Block 3. Watch the premiere screening on Friday, April 29 at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET. LIVE Q&A to follow, moderated by filmmaker and podcast host Dawn Borchardt (Faux Reel). Get your pass: https://cinemafemme.com/short-block-3-2022/ Mijo is a young dreamer, suddenly blessed with the gift of King Midas. However his ability has a unique twist: whatever and whoever he touches is stylishly pimped up. ⁠ Cinema Femme magazine, RogerEbert.com, and Noisefloor LTD.. present the 4th edition of #CinemaFemmeShortFilmFest, running virtually April 28 - May 1. Our media partners are Seed&Spark, The Light Leaks, Camera Ambassador, CherryPicks, and Mezcla Media Collective 💗
Introducing "Remora: A Modern Folktale" co-written and produced by Grace Palmer and Cassie Ahiers. Cassie directed and Grace starred in the short film. You can see this film as part of Short Block 4. Watch the premiere screening on Saturday April 30 at 9:30 AM PT / 12:30 PM ET. LIVE Q&A to follow, moderated by filmmaker Luchina Fisher (“Mama Gloria"). Get your pass: https://cinemafemme.com/short-block-4-2022/ ⁠ Cinema Femme magazine, RogerEbert.com, and Noisefloor LTD. present the 4th edition of #CinemaFemmeShortFilmFest, running virtually April 28 - May 1. Our media partners are Seed&Spark, The Light Leaks, Camera Ambassador, CherryPicks, and Mezcla Media Collective
MEET THE TEAM: PRODUCER LYNNAIRE MACDONALD Lynnaire hails from Otautahi. Working as a freelance film publicist and social media marketer for 8 years, she assisted independent filmmakers in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Aotearoa with securing media and growing an audience for their films. This included providing social media marketing for Alice the Film, winner of the CherryPicks Female First Feature Award and SXSW Grand Jury Award (Narrative Feature) at SXSW 2019, and social media marketing and publicity for AFK Season 2. During this time, she also worked as a crowdfunding campaign strategist and assisted filmmakers to secure thousands of dollars to create their films; including helping to secure funding for Likely Story's US AMONG THE STONES, which debuted at the BFI London Film Festival in 2019. She has also written for online websites like The Big Idea, and occasionally provides reviews for STG. Lynnaire’s interest in moving from film publicity into producing was sparked by taking on the role of Wellington Communications Assistant for the New Zealand International Film Festival. She was inspired by many of the female filmmakers whose films were selected for the 2019 Festival, including Claire Denis, Robin Greenberg, Mirrah Foulkes, Maya Newell, Jennifer Kent and the incomparable Agnés Varda. SAVE ME is her first producing role.
Thank you @CherryPicks for picking up on our review. The Power of the Dog Jane Campion
Thank you CherryPicks for picking up on our review! ☺️
“We wanted to give a platform to young Asian American women, to let their voices be heard...” — Producer Anita Gou in CherryPicks on the Netflix documentary "Found." On Monday, November 15, join our conversation with Gou and "Found" director Amanda Lipitz: https://bddy.me/2YLAE1q
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