Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Take This Waltz
Twenty-eight-year-old Margot is happily married to Lou, a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel, a handsome artist who lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable.
”I’m afraid of connections.”
This line of dialogue is spoken by the film’s protagonist, Margot, a pretty tomboyish journalist and the type of person who only ever exists within the world of films. She is in fact talking about the connections made at airports but the line is obviously smothered in laughably unsubtle subtext just in case the audience misses writer-director, Sarah Polley’s intent. Frustratingly it is representative of a film that is so on-the-nose and contrived that it is impossible to invest in this young woman’s dilemma. That dilemma comes in the form of a tentative affair with her neighbour whilst the romance in her marriage has long since subsided into passion-free contentment.
Polley’s debut feature, Away from Her,…
I have now been thinking about this film for a good 24 hours, and I can't decide what to write. I give up. Here's a few random thoughts:
1. Michelle Williams is amazing. Absolutely astonishing. Her character is both attractive and annoying as all get out. I don't know how she manages to give such a layered performance. She's wonderful.
2. The colors and use of light are stunning.
3. Sarah Silverman needs to do more dramatic work. She's terrific here. I tweeted her so, and thus I am sure we'll see some more drama soon. She always does what I tweet her. She trusts my judgment.
4. This movie is painful and beautiful. It's not what you expect from Hollywood -- it's about how things really work out.
5. There are flaws, but the overall emotional force and Williams's performance overshadow them.
See it. It's like, good, and stuff.
If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might want to hug the guy for articulating exactly what music can really mean in a way that you’ve been trying to express yourself. I certainly didn’t always agree with Bangs, but I always identified with how insanely wonderful the experience…
Straight up, this movie looks absolutely gorgeous. Some dude named Luc Montpellier is the cinematographer and I think that the Canadian government should pay this guy a salary of fifty thousand dollars a year, for the rest of his life, just because of how gorgeous this movie looks. I guarantee that Toronto has never, and will never, look better in a film. All the colors are rich & vibrant, and the camera movement is out of sight. See this movie just to see how gorgeous it looks. Now, on to the film itself.
I see the film as the idea of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl put into a real world person and how terrible that idea actually is. The character…
🚨WHEN WILL MICHELLE WILLIAMS STOP MAKING SAD MOVIES🚨
Review In A Nutshell:
Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz is a frustrating experience, it provides audiences with a look at the difficulties of marriage, how there will be days where one would lost that sense of spark, and everyday becomes mundane and uneventful; protagonist Margot is finding herself slowly frustrated with her position, craving for something more, which an offer does arise with her across the street neighbour, Daniel.
Polley simply didn’t want the film to be your run of the mill take on marriage, friendships, and temptations; it attempts to become something much more, by attempting to flesh out the protagonist, provide her with complexities that make her feel like a real character, rather than a tool to push…
Loved everything else about this film except the characters so hmm
Michelle Williams is fuckin so good m8.
You know it's always sunny in Philadelphia, the ski episode where there's a montage of Charlie shaggin a prostetute? Well the 'take this waltz' scene reminded me of that and I was pissing myself.
Quiet, character relationship drama that's a bit predictable in its contemplation of love and fidelity but engaging enough for its strong performances.
Such a beautiful little movie!
why did the white michelle williams act like a 6 year old throughout half of the movie?
i'm obsessed with her studio flat though like 10/10 for interior design and color palette.
That was An Ending™.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
i am giving this 2.5 stars solely because of seth rogen. i fucking hate this. why would she leave him? huh? WHY THE FUCK WOULD SHE LEAVE HIM? she's SO unlikable. they have NO chemistry. the only reason this movie is good is the soundtrack, the cinematography, SETH ROGEN (which i usually wouldn't say) , and that's it. michelle williams character is so annoying and he fact that two men like her is weird to me. i can't stand this movie.
The defiant counter to Rick Astley's claim that there ain't no mistaking the true love we're making is something to last for all time, as well as an ode to the age-old wisdom that says learning to be comfortable with yourself is a key success factor in building healthy relationship.
There is a disconnect I felt between the chemistry being required and chemistry being displayed resulting in a dull experience, and I was resistant to this movie's rhythms up until the last, spectacular 20 minutes.
Here are some #DirectedbyWomen Film Viewing Possibilities... Will add MANY more soon...
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movies directed by women,
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