Posts Tagged Emily Blunt
I’m not a film critic although when I worked at Harvard Business School I was the film critic for The Harbus and it was great fun going to screenings and interviewing actors such as Claire Danes, Rose Byrne, Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan, Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell and David Cronenberg.
I’m a music critic and a book critic. That’s my focus. I can’t do everything. Yes, I cover the occasional television program.
I love film. I love indie film. I try to see a new film in the theater each week and my Netflix account [both streaming and DVD] remains quite active. I saw about 200 films this year. I don’t always pick the award winners but I pick what truly moved me. 5/20 of these films directed by women. 9/20 written or co-written by women. Many strong, intriguing female protagonists in these films.
Far from the Madding Crowd
directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
screenplay by: David Nicholls
starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen
directed by: John Crowley
screenplay by: Nick Hornby
starring: Saorsie Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson
directed by: Todd Haynes
screenplay by: Phyllis Nagy
starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
directed by: Marielle Heller
screenplay by: Marielle Heller
starring: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgaard
directed by: Tom McCarthy
screenplay by: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
starring: Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton
directed by: Sean Baker
screenplay by: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian
directed by: Sarah Gavron
screenplay by: Abi Morgan
starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep
directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
written by: Emma Donoghue
starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers
While We’re Young
directed by: Noah Baumbach
screenplay by: Noah Baumbach
starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver
Love and Mercy
directed by: Bill Pohlad
screenplay by: Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner
starring: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks
directed by: Paul Weitz
screenplay by: Paul Weitz
starring: Lily Tomlin, Sam Shepard, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden
directed by: Denis Villeneuve
screenplay by: Taylor Sheridan
starring: Emily Blunt, Benecio Del Toro, Josh Brolin
directed by: Noah Baumbach
screenplay by: Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach
starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke
directed by: Danny Boyle
screenplay by: Aaron Sorkin
starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen
Infinitely Polar Bear
directed by: Maya Forbes
written by: Maya Forbes
starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky
directed by: Niki Caro
screenplay by: Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, Grant Thompson
starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Ramiro Rodriguez, Carlos Pratts , Johnny Ortiz
The Age of Adaline
directed by: Lee Toland Krieger
screenplay by: J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz
starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford
directed by: Jennifer Phang
screenplay by: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang
starring: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams
Digging for Fire
directed by: Joe Swanberg
written by: Jake Johnson, Joe Swanberg
starring: Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell, Orlando Bloom
I Smile Back
directed by: Adam Salky
written by: Paige Dylan
starring: Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles
directed by: Spike Lee
written by: Spike Lee
starring: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack
notable performances: Bryan Cranston in Trumbo; Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road; Will Smith in Concussion; Amy Schumer in Trainwreck
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
The two Lorkowski sisters have a traumatic past and cope in their own ways: Rose [Amy Adams] is a workaholic; and Norah [Emily Blunt] is an unreliable slacker. Once a popular high school cheerleader (cannot believe that this still holds so much cache even today), Rose struggles to stay above water as a single mom with dreams of better things for her son and herself. In reality, someone as cheery and energetic as Rose [particularly as vibrantly played by Adams] should and would be running the entire cleaning company or have her real estate license by now. Norah is moody and brooding and kinda punk with the obligatory smudged eyeliner and funky second-hand wardrobe. She sleeps too late to get into work on time and half-asses her shifts as a waitress. The sisters fight but of course truly care for each other.
On somewhat of a whim and a lot of frustration, the sisters embark on an unusual enterprise: biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up. This forces them to handle the aftermath of suicide, body decomposition, as well as bodily fluids and other unexpected messes for which they are completely untrained and unprepared for but face with that little bit of hope and can-do spirit to potentially get them out of the slump that is their life. It is fairly predictable [and borrow elements from many other well-loved indie films] but the cast is great [including Alan Arkin as the girl’s eccentric, cranky father]. Sunshine Cleaning is that typical indie film that combines just the right amount of quirkiness with darkness, laughs and touching moments. What makes it worth the trip to the theater? Amy Adams and Emily Blunt make a fabulous acting pair.
STEELE SAYS: SEE IT IN THE THEATRE