A list of films directed by women, in alphabetical order by director. To make the list manageable, I'm adding 1…
It's Christmas Eve and we are going to go celebrate being young and being alive.
Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man (Jude Law, Jack Black) but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship.
Another of the wife's picks. Oh fuck me it's awful. At least Kate Winslet kept her baps away this time. And Jack Black as a love interest,give me a fucking break.
Is it pathetic that this is my favorite Christmas movie?
Also one of my favorite scores. Just lovely.
I've never been able to extricate "myself" from writing or watching movies. This might be why I have bad taste; it is definitely why I never really wanted to be a critic. The context of all art is colored by experience - your age, your life, your wants and needs and emotional state - and rationalizations about the multitude of things that go into a movie, and into what "type" of movie, can only go so far.
Two examples: the last movie I watched was one of the best I've seen in months, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's CURE. I am writing here about Nancy Meyers' THE HOLIDAY. I am not critical of THE HOLIDAY for lacking the complex deep-focus staging of CURE,…
I wanted very much to like this, and in some aspects, it's commendable. It clearly has a very big heart, and the scope of its ambitions is impressive. The four lead performances, too, are strong.
But is there a single reason this had to be nearly 140 minutes long? There is not. The movie is a sprawling mess from start to finish. Instead of telling two small stories, Nancy Meyer's tries to tell two very big stories. Even with the bloated running time she spreads her attentions too thin, and nothing really lands. One of the major problems is that the movie constantly has two feet (one foot from each love story) planted firmly in Hollywood. Cameron Diaz's character is…
A lovely Christmas film that manages to warm your heart without being too over the top. With an excellent cast that give fairly decent performances yet with incredible chemistries, and a beautiful soundtrack consisting of Regina Spektor, this is one of the better Christmas films around, and definitely one I look forward to watching every year.
Standard chick flick that was tolerable only because of the late Eli Wallach and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo by Dustin Hoffman. Of course, the main cast was as good as we expect them to be too, but there's nothing about the plot we haven't seen or heard before.
Every Nancy Meyers movie is the exact same thing entirely. I wouldn't have like it if Kate Winslet wasn't so cute and if it didn't have christmas music.
A passable rom-com that takes place during the Christmas season, The Holiday may not be the first film that anyone reaches for when they want something full of tinsel and cheer but it’s enjoyable enough, buoyed by a great cast working well with each other.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for many people but it’s worth remembering that it can also be the worst time of the year, especially for those suffering heartache or keenly feeling a loss that they never think they will recover from. The Holiday covers both ends of the spectrum and does so with a light, sweet touch that belies some of the material it contains (infidelity, unrequited love, the death of…
Although this movie's incredibly over-written with some intensely cheesy moments, I still find everything so charming. Eli Wallach's arc is quite touching and the four central actors (with the exception of most of Cameron Diaz's performance) all give this a really fun go.
I bring this on myself. I keep wanting to find good romantic comedies, but I find only movies like this: cliche-ridden, treacly, unromantic experiences starring gorgeous people in pretty locations.
It's not the worst premise in the world: two women, fed up with their circumstances, swap locations and find love and learn new things about themselves. It's the execution that stinks. Jude Law gives us the unintentionally creepiest meet-cute of all time and later reveals his big secret that he's a rich widower with the most absurdly perfect family life imaginable? Gimme a break. Can't any of these people have real damage or flaws?
Winslet's character is the most believable thanks entirely to Winslet being the one actor who really…
Predictable, manipulative cliche. But it's the little things that make it work - the cross-cultural reactions (esp to the tiny English living quarters), the movie music, the kids, the Wallach storyline. And Law's weeping. I can relate.
One of the best feel good movies :)
The Holiday (Nancy Meyers, 2006) 6/10
Cute chick flick but it's all very old hat with obvious by the number moments. The cast is game though with Jude Law very charming. I spent the whole movie admiring the two houses - the lavish L.A. home with obligatory pool and the "idyllic" English country cottage. I could easily holiday at both places. And why is poor Kate Winslet paired opposite Jack Black when Cameron Diaz gets Jude Law? Winslet should have sued!!
Jack Black plays a man that is slightly less like Jack Black than the rest of his films. Cameron Diaz has sexual tension with Jude Law.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
A list of films about filmmaking. Suggestions are more than welcome.
Documentaries (and batteries) not included.