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.
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.
As joyful as ever.
Viewed: HD. 1080p. Blu-ray.
Romantic, heart-warming and smile-inducing, "The Holiday" is one of my favorite romantic comedies ever.
I've always been able to relate to the unrequited love aspect that Kate Winslet's character, Iris, endures. Plus, I love her interactions with screenwriter Eli Wallach and soundtrack composer Jack Black, who actually makes a good romantic lead here. My favorite line of Black's is, "I used only the good notes." :-)
I love the Hollywood history lessons and how Wallach's character encourages Iris to be the "leading lady" of her own life.
Admittedly, I do prefer the Iris story over that of Cameron Diaz's character, Amanda. But I also really enjoy the chemistry between Diaz and Jude Law. The "Three Musketeers" moment gets me every,…
Could not enjoy the Jude/Cameron story line but the rest of it was lovely
Nancy Myers makes painfully un-selfaware fantasies for white upper-middle-class women. That's not a crime exactly (at least it doesn't hate women the way most romcoms seem to), but it does make for a not that interesting film. The glee with which Kate Winslet's character celebrates how big Cameron Diaz's character's house is really is kind of revolting. Literally half of the main characters work in the film industry, it lampshades all of its tropes which is just lazy writing and there's all this shitty nostalgia for old Hollywood. It's a great cast and they almost salvage it but not quite.
Also Kate Winslet watches His Girl Friday in the wrong aspect ratio.
It falls flat with predictability and corny-ness, but more fool me for rewatching this in August.
The four leads are likeable and charming, which makes this film endurable. That helps.
It's not perfect by any means, but that's okay sometimes.
A list of films about filmmaking. Suggestions are more than welcome.
Documentaries (and batteries) not included.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…