Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Co-writer(s): Noah Baumbach
Gerwig’s Frances Ha is genuine, awkward, true to life and charming. Gerwig captures the complexities of friendships and the struggles I’m sure we’ve all had at times with being adult-y.
Lake Bell, In a World….
I foresee a lot of exciting things coming from Lake Bell in the future. She’s ballsy with her writing, not afraid to write real shit and weird shit that still kind of go well together. I’m also happy to see writing unapologetically about women and about women-specific issues. [Ed’s note: in case you haven’t seen it, In a World… follows one woman’s struggle to break into the male-oriented world of voiceovers.]
Brit Marling, The East
Co-writer(s): Zal Batmanglij
Young Brit Marling has impressed me so much with her work so far, writing herself strong and complex lead characters because she simply couldn’t find them in traditional Hollywood scripts. I love her entrepreneurial and creative spirit, and I also think she just happens to be a pretty talented storyteller. Her penchant for a good twist is very dear to my heart.
Jennifer Lee, Frozen
What I loved about Frozen was that it was the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. Take the opening for example: Lion King visuals in a Snow White moment lead into a story of two adventurous sisters. Or take the humour: a sprinkling of traditional, silly physical comedy but contemporary, sarcastic and ironic one-liners throughout. Watching as an adult, I felt nostalgic, but not like I was being spoken down to.