Posts Tagged Rachel Weisz
What’s on my radar this month
books I’ve read or am currently reading:
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Oz The Great and Powerful
It’s imaginative. Excellent acting by Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, James Franco and Zach Braff. Three strong, talented feminist women waiting for a man to save them is a weak message to send our youth. But in the end it’s as much about powerful women as it is about the wizard.
plan to see:
The Place Beyond the Pines
I highly recommend:
–smart, intense thriller based on actual events. completely unsettling.
The Sound of My Voice
–Brit Marling stars in this creepy indie about a Cult
In heavy rotation on iTunes:
Hundred Thousand Pieces
[I'll have an interview up soon]
Super Water Sympathy
new Suede– Bloodsports– listen at NPR
on my DVR:
Body of Proof
Rachel Weisz stars in Oz the Great and Powerful [in theaters March 8]
on her more indie roles: “Some of the material I’m attracted to is not… it’s just not commercial. Which means it’s really f**king interesting, you know? It’s off-centre. It doesn’t fit in a genre.”
“Jack White is how I’d like to act,” says Weisz. “You can tell he isn’t faking it and that the band really don’t know what they’re going to play next. It’s abandon. He just lets himself go. Abandon plus skill plus technique. That’s a great cocktail.”
She’s one of my favorite actresses.
also see her in:
The Deep Blue Sea 
The Brothers Bloom 
The Constant Gardener
The Fountain 
The Shape of Things 
Erin Brockovich 
starring: Julia Roberts, Aaron
directed by: Steven Soderbergh
–Brockovich fought against the US West Coast energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) which knew it had been contaminating a small town’s water supply with with hexavalent chromium leading to cancer
The Whistleblower 
starring: Rachel Weisz
directed by: Larysa Kondracki
–a Nebraska cop, serving as a U.N. peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia, outs the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.
Dangerous Minds 
starring: Michelle Pfeiffer
–an ex-Marine starts teaching at at an inner-city school and ends up changing her students’ lives forever
starring: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver
director: Tony Goldwyn
writer: Pamela Gray
–a single mom puts herself through law school in order to represent her brother who’s been wrongfully convicted of murder
Gorillas in the Mist 
starring: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris
director: Michael Apted
–story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them
Silver Linings Playbook
–brilliant film about mental illness. darkly engrossing and stirring.
Directed by: David O. Russell
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro
Screenplay by: Chris Terrio
–young love/ first love. so sweet. this film is absolutely charming.
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman
Screenplay by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
–gorgeous adaptation of Anna Karenina.
Directed by: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald,
Screenplay by: Tom Stoppard
The Deep Blue Sea
–how could I not like a film about unrequited love and depression and suicide? intense and lovely.
Directed by: Terence Davies
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
Screenplay by: Terence Davies
Beasts of the Southern Wild
– poignant and magical film.
Directed by: Benh Zeitlin
Starring: Quevenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Gina Montana
Screenplay by: Benh Zeitlin & Lucy Alibar
Take this Waltz
–beautiful film about love and the choices we make.
Directed by: Sarah Polley
Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby
Screenplay by: Sarah Polley
–intense. based on outrageous true-story.
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
Screenplay by: Chris Terrio
Damsels in Distress
–witty, brutal, intelligent, dark and amusing.
Directed by: Whit Stillman
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Analeigh Tipton
Screenplay by: Whit Stillman
Friends with Kids
–sharply observant and funny.
Directed by: Jennifer Westfeldt
Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Kristen Wiig
Screenplay by: Jennifer Westfeldt
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
–fantastic film about fitting in and coming to terms with ones quirkiness.
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh
Screenplay by: Stephen Chbosky
Your Sister’s Sister
–thoughtful and perceptive.
Directed by: Lynn Shelton
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass
Screenplay by: Lynn Shelton
–clever and whimsical.
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Starring: Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Annette Bening
Screenplay by: Zoe Kazan
–heart-warming true story. amusing and extremely inspiring.
Directed by: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Screenplay by: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
–one of the best films EVER about being a single woman. honest, strong and poignant.
Directed by: Daryl Wein
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister Jones, Hamish Linklater
Written by: Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
–something charming and sweet. and Yemen without terrorism–refreshing.
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked
Screenplay by: Simon Beaufoy
Total Shutter Island moment. Too bad really because the Jim Sheridan [In America] film stars Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig may have potential but the trailer had to give it away. So frustrating. I’m always looking for a good thriller too. I’m sure I’ll still see it as I like the cast.
Since I’m turning 41 on August 5, I thought I’d round up some female celebs I like who are in their 40s.
– Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Whole Wide World
– Grace of My Heart, Wedding Bell Blues
– Monster’s Ball, Things We Lost in the Fire
– Breaking and Entering, The English Patient
– Party Girl, Best in Show, Broken English
– The Good Wife
– The Painted Veil, Eastern Promises
– Frida, Ugly Betty
– The Brothers Bloom, The Fountain, The Constant Gardner
– Little Children, Blood Diamond, The House of Sand and Fog
Taraji P. Henson
– Karate Kid, I Can Do Wrong All By Myself, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
– Cyrus, The Wrestler
– Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill Vol. 1
Portia de Rossi
– Arrested Development, Ally McBeal
Vivica A. Fox
– Curb Your Enthusiasm, Kill Bill Vol. 1
– Melrose Place, Sex & the City
– Alice in Wonderland, A Room with a View
– Love & Sex, Nip/Tuck
– Double Whammy, The Weight of Water
Audrey Tautou in Coco Avant Chanel
Abbie Cornish in Bright Star
Eli Roth in Inglourious Basterds
Hilary Swank in Amelia
Ellen Page and Kristen Wiig in Whip It!
Melanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds
Taraji P. Henson in I Can Do Bad All by Myself
Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia
Sharlto Copley in District 9
Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
Hugh Dancy in Adam
Sasha Gray in The Girlfriend Experience
Alison Lohman in Drag Me to Hell
Jessica Biel and Colin Firth in Easy Virtue
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days of Summer
Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz and Adrien Brody in The Brothers Bloom
Russell Crowe in State of Play
Mo’Nique in Precious
Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria
George Clooney in Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air