Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Breakfast TV just got interesting.
When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at "Daybreak" (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy. Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck, a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning "news." As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky's blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett begins to unravel – and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.
I dislike the term 'guilty pleasure'. That may surprise some people as I've used it before, but I think I may retire it. I think that if something is pleasurable, then you shouldn't feel guilty for it (unless that pleasure is some kind of sex crime, in which case, you probably should).
People define a guilty pleasure as something you know is bad, but you still love it despite those obvious flaws. This would be something like Transformers, Independence Day, Resident Evil etc. All films that have incredibly glaring flaws but are still fun to watch even though they are bad. As much as I get that, I still don't like the concept of feeling guilty for any piece of…
I am sympathetic to the stigma that morning ‘news’ programs have when compared to its primetime counterparts; their news carry a fluffier shape than the sharp edge that penetrates our perspective of our world and update our mindset of the world with information that is tragically significant rather than something almost artificially comfortable. Entertainment is the key word to describe the agenda of the morning news programs; it takes on a hybrid form in ensuring a more accessible audience. When I hear another individual shut down the integrity of its concept and those responsible in sustaining it, when appropriate, I defend their presence as it barely deserves the harsh criticisms that it receives.
Although I do not adore these programs…
If you enjoy hearing Harrison Ford say the word "frittata" then holy crap have I got a movie for you (he's actually really good, too).
I suspect Harrison Ford wasn't acting very much, but Rachel McAdams knocked it out of the park – she was quirky and honest and human. The story has a very regular structure, but the writers threw in enough tiny, unexpectedly human details that it really tugs at your heart strings. I found it inspiring.
Morning Glory has a certain energy that's often missing from comedies these days. Everything's snappy and zippy, and if perhaps it has its weak parts - the love story between McAdams and Wilson is just filler, for instance - it doesn't dwell on them for too long before moving on to the next thing on its agenda.
The story of a plucky young career woman having to prove herself at a new job is a familiar one, and when you take into consideration that she has to deal with cranky old people at her work, it's not surprising to find out that writer Aline Brosh McKenna also penned The Devil Wears Prada four years prior. The formula still works, though,…
I've caught a bit of a chill today which means all I wanted to do this evening was wrap myself up and watch something light and enjoyable that I was familiar with. I'm rather partial to those quickfire behind the scenes TV news based movies and series like HBO's excellent The Newsroom. Maybe it was discovering the snappy and legendary His Girl Friday when I was little that did it? Anyway, cast in the same mould is Morning Glory, a rather unfairly ignored comedy from 2010 starring the Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Patrick Wilson.
It really is a shame that this was largely ignored as it is bright, breezy and pleasant film which sees the delightful McAdams…
I'm a big fan of Rachel McAdams. And Harrison Ford.
I also like films like this, in general.
It was fine. The most shocking thing about the film is that it was produced by Bad Robot. Not sure why that shocked me, but it did.
A few too many stereotypes for me. Yet, it was stronger than other films I've seen that are similar (I'm looking at you, The Ugly Truth).
My main critique is that Harrison Ford seemed to be playing the character without really playing it. Like, the entire time they were filming, he was thinking, "I'm Han Solo. I'm Indiana Effing Jones. What is this?"
Maybe I'm wrong. He could have loved the role.
Or maybe he's Han Solo.
There is a lot of talent here and the concept should be ripe for comedy. There are some laughs to be had, but not quite enough.
Yeah, it's a bit of fluff. In fact, it's like the anti-"Broadcast News": it argues that mindless fluff has a place in the network news game and that curmudgeony anchors who insist on journalistic integrity should basically just lighten up and surrender to the world of "info-tainment".
All of that being said, this is a masterfully executed piece of fluff featuring Rachel McAdams at her most adorably winning, Harrison Ford at his most hilariously gruff and Patrick Wilson at his most utterly charming. If you don't smile watching Harrison Ford make fritattas, you may very well have no soul. It's a sweet trifle gamely performed by an expert cast, hilarious and sweet and surprisingly well written (it actually presents a…
Cute workplace comedy with an ace cast. They are all pretty big movie stars so they bring some razzle dazzle even when the movie is not bringing much.
Better than I remembered but still pretty fluffy and not as tight or as well developed as I wish it was.
Almost too many music cues.
Good time waster tho. Requires nothing to watch.
Igual la falta de expectativas ha ayudado, pero me ha parecido sorprendentemente entretenida. Con argumento previsible ad vomitum nauseabundum, pero salvado con solvencia por el buen hacer y carisma de su reparto.
I feel like the cast of this film was wasted on this script. With the three tremendous talents of Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams at the helm, Morning Glory should have been an unmitigated success but the writing really dragged it down. The romance aspect of the film felt extremely forced and the film would have been better if it had been omitted. McAdam's love interest had very few moments on screen and when he did appear, he didn't appear all that interested in her as anything more than a sexual plaything for the moment. Keaton's role was also a big flop - one second she was a high-strung diva and the next she ASKED to be made the butt of jokes.
None of the characters were given any dimensions or real personalities, but fell flat on screen, a great disappointment.
Movies can be thought-provoking, they can be surprisingly informative, they can be moving, they can be all of these things and more. And sometimes they can just be hugely entertaining, without being all that original or "important". Morning Glory falls in to that latter category. It's a great film, and the cast all do their bit to help. Rachel McAdams is a likeable lead, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum and Matt Malloy are all very good in their roles, and Harrison Ford gives the kind of performance that makes me remember why I love him so much when he's on top form. Because he's certainly on top form.
Watched in January 2011
Rachel Adams plays workaholic TV producer Becky who scores a great job on an unpopular morning news shows. With failing ratings the show needs something if it's not to be cancelled, so Becky manages to employ serious newscaster Mike Pomeroy to the helm, only to discover he's not so willing to do stories on fluffy animals and is well known for being grumpy. Along with a burgeoning romance, Becky has to manage a demanding job, work with egotistical stars and please those upstairs.
Adams is wonderful as Becky and there are nice performances from Diane Keaton and Patrick Wilson. It is perhaps Harrison Ford who really stands out, playing Pomeroy with grumpy arsehole brilliance. The film…
Ford ok. Rachel McAdams character is horribly, horribly annoying. Bad soundtrack.
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