Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Sometimes, an accident can be an unhappy woman's best friend.They were separated by a death...and reunited by a murder. .Sometimes you have to be a high-riding bitch to survive. Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto
Selena is a big-shot reporter in the city who has long distanced herself from her roots in a small town in Maine. She finds herself compelled to return, however, after her mother is accused of murdering the wealthy woman for whom she worked as a maid. Selena has a very bad relationship with her mother, and their visit is incredibly tense, particularly since she strongly suspects that her mother is guilty. As the days go by, however, Selena's investigative skills lead her to some surprising revelations about her own past and her mother's motivations. While Dolores may be a hard woman, she did not become so overnight. As she learns more about what has contributed to the make-up of her mother's armor, her own dissipates
Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on to….
A few weeks ago, I saw a small Dustin Hoffman movie called "Straight Time," which was released in 1978. In the film, there is an appearance by a young, slim Kathy Bates. She was the youngest I’d ever seen her, and though the role was brief, she had a very commanding presence. She had two pivotal scenes in the film, and she nailed the part. If I had seen "Straight Time" when it was released that year, I’d be proclaiming that this young up-and-comer named Kathy Bates was going to be a star.
And boy, what an incredible career this woman has had. She beautifully bared it…
With a killer cast, a generation-spanning murder mystery, complex themes, and a moving emotional core, Dolores Claiborne is easily amongst the best, at least dramatic, Stephen King adaptations. Not sure why it doesn't get mentioned in the same breath as things like The Green Mile .
In my opinion its one of the best King adaptations ever and sort of forgotten. Kathy Bates is just fantastic as Dolores. Between Misery, this one and her work in American Horror Story she's definitely a scream queen in my eyes. Jennifer Jason Leigh is equally good as the bitter daughter of Dolores, who comes back to her hometown to help her mother out, who's acussed of murdering her employer. Chris Plummer is the smug antagonist and David Straithairn is Dolores's disgusting husband. The present story and the flashback story blend perfectly together. Great script, direction and performances. What more could I want?
This doesn't get said often but Dolores Claiborne is a movie that is better than the book. Taylor Hackford and Tony Gilroy have taken the source material and turned it into a riveting film that will grab your attention even on multiple rewatches.
I remember seeing this for the first time in theatres and loving it. It was fantastic and exciting and even though I knew the ending (I had read the book) I was excited to see what would happen next. It's hard to pinpoint what makes this movie so good. It could be the great music, the terrific screenplay, the stellar acting by everyone involved, the excellent makeup, the taut script,the amazing way flashbacks are introduced, the beautiful…
Extraordinario montaje e interpretaciones portentosas para una adaptación casi más en la onda de Cadena Perpetua que de Cuenta Conmigo.
Lo digo por ser un King terrenal.
I would consider this one to be the best of Stephen King adaptations out there (yes, better than Shawshank Redemption, Misery, Green Mile, and Stand By Me - all fine movies in my book). This is a stark, beautifully crafted drama about sexual abuse and domestic violence. What stands out is that absolutely every performer is delivering a top notch performance. Taylor Hackford's artistry is evident in his ideal handling of flashbacks, and Danny Elfman score is there to nail the strong emotional tone of it all.
This one tends to get ignored when people consider the 'classic' Stephen King film adaptations (the first 20 years), but it's very subtle, nuanced, and is basically one of King's finest and more mature works. If it was even possible for Kathy Bates to out-do her Oscar-winning work in 'Misery', she still did so, and nailed it. I'm a huge fan of John C. Reilly, Eric Bogosian (why 'Talk Radio is my favourite Oliver Stone movie and 'Under Siege 2' my favourite Steven Seagal film), David Strathairn, Christopher Plummer and especially, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and the Tony Gilroy script serves them beautifully.
Unfairly, I tend to joke about director Taylor HACKford, but it just may be that he's a more contemporary model of such versatile directors from the past as Norman Jewison and Robert Wise. That's fairly esteemed company--and here, he abides himself quite nicely in some of his best work.
A very good movie about a woman named Dolores Claiborne. Dolores is a woman that was a maid for another woman, the elderly Vera Donovan. One day when the mailman came to deliver Vera her mail he found the maid Dolores standing over Vera with a marble rolling pin at the bottom of the stairs - this is how our movie begins. The question is: Dolores guilty of murder or was something else going on?
Dolores daughter, Selena, gets a fax about her mother - she goes rushing back to get the story. But this is no family reunion time - Selena has not been happy with her mother for years.
A wonderful chilling film! A great late night movie!
June Scavenger Hunt | Film #8, Task #20
A film based on a Stephen King novel
At first I had the feeling that this film was an attempt to make some more money off the success of Misery, by casting Kathy Bates in another Stephen King story. I found out soon, however, that the stories were completely different, and that the character of Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) had nothing in common with Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates).
Despite Kathy's outstanding performance, this film was nowhere near as good as Misery was, but if I would not compare them and judge Dolores Claiborne as a standalone film, it's not half bad either.
Very good thriller with Kathy Bates at her best. And other actors pleasure to watch. If not a compromise ending, this film could be even greater movie.
An adaptation of one of Steven King's straight melodramas from a time when contemporary reviews thought it necessary to mention the novelty of it containing no ghouls or goblins, this one stars Kathy Bates laying on the "I'm a hard-bitten woman who ain't no beauty queen" schtick thick. Of all of King's many, many characters who talk like no one in the world talks, Dolores Claiborne is the one who said "I didn't murder that bitch any more than I'm wearing a diamond tiara!"
The first, explosive demonstration of her husband's abuse comes on without a tell so far as I can see, and it's accompanied by intense, ice-cold horror-movie music of the kind you'd expect to hear while somebody's…
Great storytelling. Better on the re-watch. I very much enjoy Elfman's score. Definitely in the top 5 of my favorites from his work.
"The only thing you're gonna get is a long stretch at Shawshank prison!"
An excellent and powerful film that instantly become of my favourite Stephen King adaptations. Tremendous use of flashbacks to emphasise the omnipresent effect that the past has on the present.
Kathy Bates gives her best performance next to 'Misery' (another King adaptation) and JJL is one of my all time favourite actresses, so it was a joy to discover another excellent performance by her. Their chemistry as mother and daughter feels genuine with raw emotion.
I Loved this film. Excellent storytelling and filmmaking, with tremendous performances by the two leads.
Dolores Claiborne is an adaptation of a novel by Stephen King. Stephen King is known as one of the great masters of horror but from time to time makes something more somber and down-to-earth like Stand By Me and the Shawshank Redemption. Those usually translate better to film than his horror stories do and Dolores Claiborne has parts that I feel don't really work but a lot of it does.
The problem is that the story heavily relies on flashbacks to tell it's story. Now this easily works as a book but as a movie it just feels like the pacing stops dead in it's tracks and they happen so often. So after a while I couldn't decide what angle…
Every Stephen King adapted film I've seen has either been one of the best films I've ever seen, (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption) or one of the dumbest I've ever seen, (Maximum Overdrive, Tommy Knockers). I'm not really sure which category to put this in. It's definitely not bad, but it's no masterpiece either. I will say that it is downright depressing. Seriously, even the darkest King adaptations have SOME humor in it, this doesn't have much at all (I mean come on John C. Reilly plays the deputy for crying out loud). It stays completely straight faced in its themes, which i'm mostly okay with.
Kathy Bates, I thought, was very well cast as the raggedy old widow…
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Monstervision was the TNT cable network's Friday (and later Saturday) night block of horror and sci-fi flicks, hosted from 1995-2000…