Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
I knew I didn't like going to weddings.
Anne Hathaway does a great performance as a person who is fighting addicting and certain mental challenges. There is a lot of drama that works for the most part between characters and internal struggles. First time I learned of the Dogme 95 style of filmmaking which intrigued me, a step above the shaky cam found footage in my opinion. This may be among my favorite performances from her other than Selina Kyle.
A brilliant small family drama, with standout performances all around but anchored by a mesmerizing Anne Hathaway. Demme's camera seamlessly captures every nuance of each actor's performance and their relationships to each other. Great to see Debra Winger back on screen.
Als Shiva, die Zerstörerin, stellt sich Kym (Anne Hathaway) vor – auf der Hochzeit ihrer Schwester Rachel (sehr beeindruckend: Rosemarie Dewitt). Sie hat mehr als nur ein seriöses Drogenproblem, sie ist der instabile Teil der düsteren Familienvergangenheit. Auf der politisch-korrekten, multikulturellen, ungewöhnlich musikalischen Hochzeitsfeier ist sie der Auslöser für die Auseinandersetzung mit den sorgsam verschwiegenen Konflikten. Jonathan Demme hat den Film mit der digitalen Handkamera gedreht, ganz einfach, weil es dem Stoff angemessen ist. Die Intimität der Bilder ist beeindruckend. Einige Zuschauer hatten das Gefühl die Hochzeit aus der Perspektive eines unsichtbaren Beobachters direkt mitzuerleben. Nach dem Film hat man eine Ahnung, wer dieser Beobachter sein könnte. Übrigens das Drehbuch-Debüt von Jenny Lumet (ja genau, der Tochter von Sidney Lumet). schoener-denken.de/blog/rachels-hochzeit/
Desperately needed an editor and boy was it cloying.
Anne Hathaway was great, though.
I want to get Alzheimer's so I could watch it and enjoy it again.
Felt like Demme kind of reinvented himself with this movie, shooting in a very Altmanesque style. It really feels like you're at the wedding, watching the toasts, and some of those scenes are surprisingly moving. There is about a ten or fifteen minute stretch of this movie after the hair salon scene that gets a little too melodramatic for my tastes, but overall this is a really good movie with terrific performances.
"I am Shiva the destroyer, your harbinger of doom this evening."
This might be Jonathan Demme last great movie. He hasn't made a whole lot of them in his career, but the ones that are good are fucking great. Stop Making Sense, The Silence of The Lambs, Something Wild. Rachel Getting Married again shows us a movie which is stylistically and thematically incomparable to anything else in his oeuvre. It's melancholy and introverted. It has moments of genuine lament and human despair that are hard to watch. Scenes which are intentionally imperfect in how they're blocked and performed which add spontaneity and the viewer's own concern. But it also has just enough quirky comedy beats to make it worth the agony and suffering which Anne Hathaway perfectly emotes through what is, in truth, the performance she will ever give. Rachel getting Married is a movie everybody should see.
I liked this film. I like Anne Hathaway. I liked the music sequences, I liked the Altman-esque flourishes, I felt for Kim and Rachel both. Although I'll never watch it again, and it was a little much to take in all in one viewing, I still appreciate the work that obviously went into making such an impressively tight drama.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
My favorite films of this century. Only 84 more years to go!(I will be long, and gratefully, dead).