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…
there is not one right person and there is always going to be a hole. something will be missing. the inevitable human condition of sadness.
looking for thrills. trying to be happier makes you unhappy. happiness is temporary.
I like Sarah Polley as a filmmaker — having now seen all of her feature films, I appreciate how she's imaginative and whimsical with form and plot but also focuses on the routine and everyday moments in the lives of her characters.
There's a lot to like here. She makes great use of location, highlighting the beauty of Nova Scotia and Toronto in this film. The performances are really heartfelt. I love seeing Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen doing more dramatic work, and I think they're underrated for that. Michelle Williams is divine and luminous as always, and through her great performance, I really related to Margot. On the surface, one's life can seem totally fine, but depression and restlessness…
An alright film that could be great. Feels like a lot of 'off' story telling choices, and if corrected it could be wonderful. Main one being, I couldn't buy the relationship between her and the Neighbour and considering that's the main premise, it didn't work for me
I've been on a bit of a Michelle Williams high since seeing her perform in Blackbird twice in the past few months. I've been fond of her for a while now and had seen her perform a couple years back in Cabaret, but this time was different. Maybe it was the content of Blackbird which made me see her differently, but her performance was so captivating, so moving; I still find myself lost in the memories of that particular show and her performance, specifically. I have been wanting to see more of her filmography for a bit now and came across this film while scrolling through Netflix last night. After seeing Michelle was the star of the film, I didn't…
There's no denying Sarah Polley's skill at the nuances of human interaction, but some stylistic choices jar considerably, and whilst Michelle Williams is terrific, it's a shame that her character is just so damn annoying.
"I thought you were going to be there when I died."
Grass Isn't Greener: The Movie
Sweet, romantic, goofy, painful, hot and steamy, funny, intense, sad. All at once. A lot of emotion and what ifs and a lot of .... chicken. Sadly all through it I just saw the 40-year old virgin or knocked up-dork in my head when watching the husband.......
Sarah Polley directs a subtle masterpiece about love, the complexity of personalities and how they interact, and being in sync with the "wrong" person and out of sync with the "right" one (or is it really the other way around?). It isn't a surprise that Michelle Williams is amazing, but Luke Kirby, who plays the love interest, is pretty amazing, and Seth Rogen, who plays the husband of Williams' Margot, is surprisingly good in an almost completely dramatic role.
movies directed by women,
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The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…