Women’s History Month: Focus on films

Grace of My Heart
Loosely based on the tumultuous rise of singer/songwriter Carol King, Grace of My Heart is a tour-de-force and one of my favorite films ever. Written and directed by Alison Anders and starring Illeana Douglas, Grace of My Heart takes viewers through the music biz from the famed Brill Building to communes and the hip 60s and beyond as one woman strives to find her own voice in a male-dominated industry.

His Girl Friday
Hildy Johnson [Rosalind Russell] is a determined news reporter who will do anything to succeed. She constantly challenges editor Walter Burns [Cary Grant]. Plenty of chemistry and striving for the scoop makes this a funny, memorable film.

All About Eve
Broadway star Margo Channing [Bette Davis] has been i a powerhouse on stage and behind the scenes for years until a younger actress [Anne Baxter] threatens to steal her spotlight.

Love and Basketball
Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, this film serves as a potent testimonial to female athletes and Title IX. Sanaa Lathan is outstanding in this film that chronicles a determined young woman, Monica Wright, who ends up on a WNBA team. Her long-time friend and sometimes boyfriend Quincy McCall [Omar Epps] follows an easier path to the NBA.

Searching for Debra Winger
Rosanna Arquette’s fascinating and important documentary asks: “What happens to actresses once they hit 30?” She has candid interviews and discussions with extremely talented actresses about the challenges of being a woman in Hollywood. Some of the actresses include: Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Fonda, Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Lane, Samantha Mathis, Julia Ormond, Salma Hayek, Martha Plimpton and Alfre Woodard.

Kill Bill Vol. 1
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this is a kick-ass revenge film, with trademark witty QT dialogue, starring Uma Thurman as The Bride. Vivica A. Fox and Lucy Liu also bring the female-power and punch to this one-of-a-kind film about highly trained assassins.

Waitress
Written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly, this is a charming and heart-warming film about an independent, spirited small-town woman [Keri Russell] determined to leave her abusive husband and make it big on her own.

Enchanted April
In this lush and charming film, four rather disparate and lonely [for vastly different reasons] British women rent a villa in the Italian Riviera. The atmosphere instantly broadens their minds and lives.

Emma
From beloved author Jane Austen, Gwyneth Paltrow is winning and divine as Emma, a woman who tries to make everyone else around her happy while remaining oblivious to her own need and satisfaction.

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