today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…
The Stepford Wives
The wives of Stepford have a secret.
What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who've created this high-tech terrifying little town, in a very modern comedy-thriller.
A watchable but bland remake of the '70s science fiction staple, Frank Oz's "The Stepford Wives" struggles to find its identity despite its concept, cast, and director. Starring Nicole Kidman as a high-powered TV executive forced into a program of robotic redomestication, the film flounders but has enough going on to moderately engage. It is all rather mediocre, but it may not be a complete waste of time.
Based on the 1975 film of the same name, Oz's reimagining follows its lead character's trajectory after she loses her entertainment job and moves to suburbia with her husband played by Matthew Broderick. There, she finds a vanilla world of structure and domestic duty with nefarious technology-based secret.
Leaving some of the…
Part of **No ReWatch November 2012**.
The original novel by Ira Levin and the 1975 film are both dark, frightening thrillers. They have something to say about the shifting gender roles of the Women's Lib era. And the ending of the film will chill you to your core.
In this version, Frank Oz has decided to dispense with a direct remake. Instead, he's aiming for a Tim Burton-esque farce. By upping the silly and yet still making the gender politics the centerpiece, he robs the story of its impact on both a psychological and political level. He's going for weird and funny, and it doesn't really succeed.
I have to applaud the attempt, though. Some aspects do work. Bette Midler's…
Add it up. All the women around here are perfect sex-kitten bimbos. All the men are drooling nerds. Doesn't that seem strange?
My first time re-watching the remake since watching the original Stepford Wives. I thought maybe I would get more out of it, but instead it's flaws are just that much more apparent. The original had something to say about men being scared of women's lib in the 70s, this one doesn't really have anything to say at all.
At first I thought I had a revelation when we first see Nicole Kidman (I always feel like I have a revelation when I see Kidman). She's Joanna Eberhart, an independent powerful business woman who makes insecure men…
I'm classing this is a rewatch, but in actual fact the previous time I attempted to watch this I gave up before the end because I thought it eas shit.
Second time around, and I once again gave up before the end, because it is even shitter than I remembered.
Whoever thought it would be a good idea to remake Bryan Forbes original film adaptation of Ira Levin's chilling novel and dispense with all the horror aspects to make an allegedly satirical fantasy comedy needs shooting.
The original was far more satirical than this piece of crap, and even better it was done subtly. No one on this film has ever heard of the word 'subtle' and as such, they…
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One of the great tragedies of the last 15 years is the wasted potential of this. Look at the director (Frank Oz). Look at the cast, which includes Kidman, Broderick, Midler, Walken, Lovitz, Close...
How the fuck was this not a musical? The plot is as this as it has always been, but the idea is so perfect to be stretched out into a ridiculous Little Shop of Horrors/Sweeney Todd light romp. Someone needs to take up the mantle and make this happen.
I actually find its ambivalence of tone interesting. You laugh, because it's all so ridiculous and funny, but the movie stays serious. They were able to get me to watch with a comedy's sensibility but a drama/thriller's straight face Pretty cool.
I luv this plot-hole-ridden mess it is THE feminist text of our generation... thank you Living Legend Glenn Close for my life...
With no sarcasm whatsoever, I have to say this might be Matthew Broderick's most interesting performance. He's iconic as Ferris Bueller and Simba in The Lion King, but the way Frank Oz handles Walter Kresby is practically Shakespearean. For so much of the film Walter's allegiance is oddly, subtly ambiguous. He seems an innocent bystander to Nicole Kidman, who for so long has been in complete control of not just her own life but the lives of her employees and indirectly everyone around her, but who has been levelled and cannot handle it. Yet when Broderick finally confronts her you believe him, he is being completely honest and everything he says makes total sense. This is someone who cares about…
I had seen this before but somehow found it more entertaining this time around. Glenn Close is wonderfully perky and bette Midler her usual self. Good entertainment, even though I did doze off towards the end....
One of the most troubled films to emerge from the00s-- this remake still manages to work as as Sci-Fi comedy due to class act performances from Kidman, Midler and especially Close- who goes for broke during the film's climax. Obviously this could have been a much meatier film- but as it stands, it's not the worst thing ever.
"Are you ready for the final gender challenge?"
This is perhaps one of the most quotable satires I've ever watched.
"WE'RE THE GIRLS AND WE DON'T LIKE IT"
"Like a diorama at the Smithsonian in the Hall of Homemakers"
"Only high-powered, neurotic, castrating, Manhattan career bitches wear black. Is that who you wanna be?" "Ever since I was a little girl"
I could go on for hours (in fact I will in a 10 page paper).
Too bad this film is confused about it's gender politics or this would be a straight-up 5/5.
"The Stepford Wives" is as much a campy idea as, let's say, "Planet of the Apes", but that doesn't necessarily mean either should be camped up so much that the themes of the original stories are completely submerged in loud, busy nonsense. That was a sin in Burton's "Apes" remake, and that's the same sin in Oz's "The Stepford Wives".
Some say the first film adaptation was too dark, although I'd argue why wouldn't a film that represents the struggle between feminism and traditional patriarchy be dark? The original novel by Ira Levin ("Rosemary's Baby") about a woman who moves into a town of robot-like nuclear wives is a science fiction-horror, and it's played pretty straightforward. The brilliance in the…
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Another great Scavenger Hunt! This month hosted by Be_Lan.
Here is the Original list: letterboxd.com/be_lan/list/travel-the-world-scavenger-hunt-july-2016/
Task # 1: A…