In this week's Reel Women, we shine a spotlight on the top women of 2012 -- the women who really stood out to us this year on film and television.
In its first 15 minutes or so, 'King Kelly' appears to be a grating portrait of an obnoxious cam girl, but stick with it long enough and you'll find an indictment of our current generation and the way modern young women are shaped by the social media that has raised them.
The new documentary 'Sexy Baby' tracks the lives of three different women and the way that our hyper-sexual media and culture has shaped, or is shaping, their lives. The film explores the digestive nature of media and what it is we leave behind to teach emerging generations of young women.
'The Sessions' -- out now in limited release -- is based on the true story of poet, journalist and cripple Marc O'Brien, a man confined to an iron lung for most of his life who seeks out the help of a sex surrogate to experience the act for the first time. But for all its talk of body comfort and its cavalier attitude toward nudity, 'The Sessions' spends a lot of time obscuring Marc's body while giving us full access to that of his surrogate.
Clearly, Deadline reporter Nikki Finke never received the memo that both humor and beauty are subjective, as she blogged this week that pretty actresses are incapable of being funny because they have no experience with "emotional pain and humiliation." We, um, politely disagree.
Impulse and senses collide in a tale of emotional propriety and nebulous boundaries in 'Nobody Walks,' the new film from director Ry Russo-Young. Co-written by Lena Dunham, the film follows Martine (Olivia Thirlby), a young artist who comes to stay with a liberal family and casually shakes their microcosm listlessly as if it were a snowglobe placed there for her amusement.
Based on the play of the same name, writer and director Leslye Headland's film 'Bachelorette' tells the story of three messy-headed bridesmaids on the day leading up to the wedding of a friend from high school they used to call "Pigface."
But beneath all the superficial cattiness, drugs, and booze there lies a harsh reality for each of these women.
It was easy to hate Skylar White, the wife of cancer-addled meth-cooker Walter on AMC's 'Breaking Bad.' In the beginning she felt like a nagging, controlling wife who emasculated her husband, but Skylar evolved as the series went on, giving us one of the most complex female characters on television.