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…
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…
Part of A Film A Day
"You think everything can be worked out if you just make the right move? That must be thrilling... Life has a gap in it. It just does. You don't go crazy trying to fill it like some lunatic."
Take This Waltz is a film I wanted to love so much, but I just couldn't bring myself to ignoring all the flaws the film had. Personally, I watched this because of Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, whom I absolutely love; in this film, and out of it. Williams gives a magnificent performance as Margot, an insecure, middle aged woman who's married to Rogen's character, Lou.
Now, I had a teacher once who said that Seth…
After I finished watching this, I texted Tim.
Me: Hey, Tim. I miss you.
Tim: I know.
Me: Hey, fuck you.
Tim: *sunglasses guy emoji*
Me: Are you sure you want to talk to me like that? I just watched Take This Waltz.
Tim: Oh, shit.
Exists in a world of sunny hues and bright pulchritude which conceals beneath a simmering layer of dysphoria. Though perhaps dysphoria or a word of similar ilk isn’t quite right, as what Polley captures here is the kind of emotions that are unexplainable. Margot hasn’t fallen out of love with her husband, and their relationship is never shown as anything sinister or any more out-of-sync as any other marriage of five years. And Margot’s feelings are deeper and more powerful than the “new things are shiny” conversation she has with other women. There’s a powerful connection between her and Daniel, almost on a spiritual level more than anything. It demonstrates that we never stop living life and discovering new things.…
This is a film and subject matter that I may never be adequately able to endure with any sort of levelheadedness. I appreciated how Polley treated her characters and this situation (although it’s nothing new, Polley’s depth of feeling and humanity is truly unique). I thought the acting (especially that of Seth Rogen) was outstanding. And I was utterly destroyed and heartbroken throughout.
A bold and oft-beautiful look at the complexities of love. The exploration of the gap that can and will exist. How over time new things do get old. And a certain fear can set in. The sound and the lighting point at standard-fare Hollywood, but this story defies convention as it pulls you further into the mind of the protagonist. Polley's framing and roving camera allows Williams to fill the emptiness - this is her carnival ride and to build empathy for the decisions made, there's plenty of space for development. Behind what we see and what we don't see, there hides brutal truths obscured by any number of words - desire, happiness, boredom. Rogen's character shows us this with…
Sarah Polley es mi mujer-cineasta favorita. No sabía que había hecho esta comedia romántica y da hasta gusto pensar que las historias de amor pueden tener este tonito trágico devastador sin perder LOLs. Básicamente la película se llama Take This Waltz por una secuencia bien bonita con esa canción de Leonard Cohen, durante la cual la protagonista cree que ahora sí encontró el amor duradero y pues con el tiempo descubre que puras habas.
Seth Rogen's laugh is so pure.
I don't know why I always end up watching this at 4am, or why I feel like I relate to it more each time. I don't care that each of the three main characters could never possibly afford their lifestyles from rickshawing, writing brochures, and making chicken. "Yeah, just chicken."
Sarah Polley really finds those nice tiny moments and sounds, doesn't she. The blueberry muffin baking, the bubbling sauce for the chicken, the fans and the wood hitting the window in Margo and Lou's room. I used to hate Daniel and couldn't see why Margo would ever leave Lou but that's pretty much done a 180. That might change the next time I watch though, who knows. Still relate to Margo way2much2handle.
The word "husband" is hilarious though, I agree.
Oh my, Sarah Polley has something.
And I'm all eyes and sound and gasp and pulse and fire and twirl and real.
...this film did things to me. Difficult and honest things.
Clunky, clever, and Canadian.
In the hands of a lesser director it could be a standard romantic comedy, but with Sarah Polley she brings a complexity and messiness to the film that elevates it. Filled with beautiful scenes and with outstanding performances, it's a look at complicated characters dealing with their feelings and figuring out relationships with no easy answers and no villains. A remarkable and challenging film.
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