Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Rachel Getting Married
A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
This film was the decades biggest surprise for me. Just proves that the smallest of films can do the biggest of impacts. And much of it is thanks to Anne Hathaway, who delivers the role of a lifetime.
Film # 10/30 of Scavenger Hunt # 3!
Task # 10 A Film About Or Featuring A Wedding!
Anne Hathaway stars as Kym, a girl with more issues than she knows what to do with. Kym is released from her latest stint in rehab to attend her sister Rachel's ( Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding and this film looks at the various strained relationships in this dysfunctional family.
This is a blackly comic drama that's well written and has some strong performances but the main problem I had with it was Hathaway's lead character is just so unlikeable, the kind of person who needs to be the centre of attention, the fact that her sister is getting married doesn't matter, she…
I was tweeting about this movie while watching it, and Starr said she was looking forward to my review, since it was clear I was enjoying the film.
Unfortunately, as I warned her, I have a hard time writing about movies that affect me deeply. It's a painful and beautiful movie, and Annie Hathaway acts it to pieces. She's astonishing. (And Dewitt is great, too.) I am not sure what else to say right now.
I am numb inside.
Rachel Getting Married takes a documentary style approach to a story of how drug addiction can affect a family and it features Anne Hathaway's best performance to date.
Far and away Hathaway's best performance. She is absolutely fantastic here. Demme's minimalist approach makes this far more interesting than what I was expecting. I'm not usually one for melodrama, but the performances really helped make it something. Occasionally, Demme goes a bit overboard with the melodrama. For the most part, it really works. The story was a tad bit formulaic, but the great performances really elevated it to something special.
I'm not normally a melodrama fan but "Rachel Getting Married" is an effective film about addiction, grief, and family. Anne Hathaway plays Kym, a recovering addict who attends her older sister's wedding. Rachel, the sister, doesn't understand Kym's narcissistic behavior despite working towards a degree in psychology. Their father is just trying to keep everyone happy and is trying to forget what Kym did several years earlier. Hathaway does a fine job in a very difficult and different role. Rosemarie DeWitt is also wonderful as Rachel.
Once we get into the wedding part of the film, I started rolling my eyes. My God, Questlove's wedding wouldn't be this ridiculous. There's a billion musicians playing a billion different genres. The reception…
The best compliment I can give Rachel Getting Married is that it avoids the easy pitfalls of having an addict for a protagonist. Regardless of its issues, the film deserves credit for that.
Detailing the story of an addict returning home for the week of her sister's wedding, Rachel Getting Married is a movie with a small scope, honing in on the underlying tension in a dysfunctional family. While the core story and its characterizations are good, there is an unrefined edge to the film, with many scenes going on far too long and the third act being rather sluggish. It's possible that this was intentional to try and make the film feel more realistic, but it comes across as…
A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend to attend her sister's wedding.
Tunde singing Unknown Legend is the highlight for me - was when I saw it 8 years ago or so and was again when I rewatched it now.
June 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task # 18: A film featuring a dysfunctional family
My List: letterboxd.com/strangah/list/june-2016-scavenger-hunt-15/
I loved Anne Hathaway in this! I'm so pleased she got an Oscan nomination for this role, because she's fantastic. And the dysfunction in her family was brilliantly orchestrated and directed. This is another quality piece from Jonathan Demme.
What sticks out most to me is that the dysfunctional family dynamic is used often in films to add to the drama of the main story. And in films where it IS the main drama, like an August: Osage County, they tend to ratchet up the drama to make it feel more urgent. But Rachel Getting Married seems to modify this approach and…
Although the camera work can seem sometimes a bit self-satisfied with just how low-fi it gets, almost everything else works. Awesome acting, powerful scenes, subtle characters (mostly). Really powerful.
Any movie that sticks with me gets a recommendation. I think it's kind of a cheap gag to reference an event in a characters past to provide the emotional weight; but it's simple and it works. And they don't dwell on it in this, the story moves on, and it's so well written and acted.
Rachel Getting Married tackles a tricky subject matter in a way that feels honest and unsentimental, and takes what could easily be a gimmicky or queasy cinematography style and makes it feel naturalistic and vital to the story. Both achievements are worth celebrating, along with the terrific acting by all involved, though only Anne Hathaway was Oscar-nominated at the time. In the eight years since this came out, screenwriter Jenny Lumet hasn't had a hand in any other films, which is too bad, given how promising her work is here; though if, in the alternative, she felt she had one great story in her, well, this is an excellent realization of that script.
This movie was a punch.
The way it was filmed truly made me feel as if i was really there, even with those long scenes where Anne Hathaway is barely present on the frame, I was part of that wedding.
i wish i had better words to describe it tho
Well acted throughout but I couldn't gel with any of the characters, all a bit irritating
Complete list. :-(
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!