Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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.
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…
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…
Film #5 of 'Scavenger Hunt #3'
Task #20: A film featuring humans in love with something not human! Another species, AI, Robot, technology, inanimate object
This remake of The Stepford Wives is still a science-fiction thriller dressed up in frills and petticoats, but of a much pinker tone than the 1975 original. It is a more comic and playful adaptation of Ira Levin’s novella with many cheap laughs, an implausible pet dog and a patronising attempt to subvert stereotypes. With a remake it might have been nice to have seen the feminism ingrained in the original updated, but instead the addition of one gay couple seemed to have more than filled the inclusion quota, and no more need…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
1. This was made by Frank Oz- the same guy who gave us 1986's Little Shop of Horrors. The guy knows how to make a smart, subversive horror film with guts. No matter which ending you prefer. And I don't even like the original / director's cut / true-to-the-musical ending, but I can admit it honestly disturbed me. So, again this guy knows how to take a hard truth and set it loose to wreak thematic havoc. (For the record, the reason I didn't like it was because I thought it didn't fit the tone of the movie previous. 90% of the film before the "Don't Feed the Plants" ending was building up to a completely different, more hopeful ending.…
I know this isn't a very popular film, but I love it. Perhaps it's because I haven't seen the original so my experience hasn't been tempered by a better take on the concept, perhaps it's my love of Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler but I really find it fun, light and really enjoyable.
It's well paced, the performers are amusing and I like the humour in it.
I wouldn't recommend it for everyone because I know it's an acquired taste, but it's a film I'll happily watch every now and then.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What a terrible remake. I'm frankly amazed anyone thought this was a good idea. The thing is it isn't a film that makes you angry as you watch it, it has a kind of horrendously intriguing quality that you're happy to keep watching and see where they go with it. But boy was it an ill-conceived approach to doing a remake. The whole thing has a quirky offbeat tone which is trying to be like a Tim Burton movie but it doesn't have that spark of genius that makes the Tim Burton classics come to life. The creativity and the comedy isn't on the same level. In fact if you take out the aggressively bubbly score you might not even…
what the fuckkk
The rating should be taken with a grain of salt. It's mostly based on the fact that I laughed a lot at the witty bitchery while watching (though there's a great performance by Glenn Close, no doubt). The politics are somewhat malformed, but if you are watching this movie to have your politics reaffirmed, so are you. The energy level is kind of wobbly throughout, and the movie takes a dive at the start of the third act, but then it recovers somewhat for the ending. I really can't defend much of the stuff here (the reality TV show spoofs, the mini-movie describing the wife-making process), but it's a sprightly and fun 90 minutes of snide remarks.
I saw this movie first I'm not going to lie (uncultured swine that I am) and found it mediocre, but now that I've seen the original, I find this film so offensive and tacky that I can't help but facepalm.
What happened to Hollywood?
Not as bad as I expected. Average dark comedy with a few surprises. Held my interest and had a few laughs.
Frank Oz's remake of The Stepford Wives is a convoluted, misguided film, one that has a great idea but can't separate itself from it even at arm's length to show the audience why the idea is so great. It's a film that was ostensibly built off of the love for a premise but burdened by an inability to communicate that premise's ideas and thematic relevance to the audience. As a result, we get a ninety-three minute affair with unlikable characters, lackluster jokes, and a film that seems to be completely robbed of its social commentary.
We focus on Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman), a lanky, corporate woman who runs a successful Television network; we open on her pitching a series of…
An interesting remake that takes the same base story from the original, but glosses the more sinister elements with a comedic sheen that offers a completely new take, though strangely works just as well. Although it often plays on stereotypes too heavily, and the revised ending doesn't have the same impact as the original, its a fun ride that had me laughing out loud more than a few times. My only complaint is that it needed more Bette Midler!
Following a career setback, hotshot TV producer Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) goes to Stepford, Connecticut to recuperate. However, there's something a little...off about her new home and the people residing there.
One of the more peculiar 70s/80s horror remakes, as this one substitutes the original's eerie paranoia for biting humor. There are moments (such as the 'wind beneath your wings' speech) that hint at what could've been done with a modern variation of this story, but they get a little lost in the finished film (a much troubled production, as one might guess).
Also, while watching, one can't help but ponder a certain, could've-been-solved-with-a-rewrite-or-two plothole memorably picked over by Richard Roeper: if the new women are the result of mind…
If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…