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film: 11 scary films directed by women

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American Psycho [2000]
directed by: Mary Harron

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In Her Skin [2009]
written and directed by: Simone North

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Jennifer’s Body [2009]
directed by: Karyn Kusama
written by: Diablo Cody

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Pet Sematary [1989]
directed by: Mary Lambert

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Office Killer [1997]
directed by: Cindy Sherman

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Mirror Mirror [1990]
directed by: Marina Sargenti

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night [2014]
directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour

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Carrie [2013]
directed by: Kimberly Peirce

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The Babadook [2014]
directed by: Jennifer Kent

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Soulmate [2013]
written and directed by: Axelle Carolyn

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The Countess [2009]
written and directed by: Julie Delpy

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Choice Quotes: Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset

in anticipation of Before Midnight, the third film from director Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy (Celine) and Ethan Hawke (Jesse), I re-watched Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.

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I kinda see love as this escape for two people who don’t want to be alone.
–Jesse

Isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more.
–Celine

Why do you think people think relationships are supposed to last forever?
–Jesse

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We have these innate set points and nothing much changes our disposition.
–Jesse

To truly communicate with people is really hard to do.
–Celine

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Julia Delpy says: Don’t Text in the movie theatre

Alamo Drafthouse PSA:

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film news: Before Midnight poster

much-anticipated film for me is Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. I adore Before Sunrise and Before Sunset— on my top 10 films list.

The film opens May 24.

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In Before Sunrise [1994], French student Celine [Julie Delpy] and American traveler Jesse [Ethan Hawke] meet on a train and spend a romantic evening in Vienna thinking it will be the last time they see each other. Nine years later Celine and Jesse meet in Paris when Jesse’s on a book tour in Before Sunset [2004]. Now Celine and Jesse are vacationing in Greece with their children in Before Midnight. Will the relationship last?

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Women’s History Month: some of my favorite films by women

Grace of My Heart [1996]
written and directed by Allison Anders
–Loosely based on the tumultuous rise of singer/songwriter Carole King, Grace of My Heart is a tour-de-force and one of my favorite films ever. 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.

Waitress [2007]
written and directed by Adrienne Shelly
–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.

Monsoon Wedding [2001]
directed by Mira Nair

Away from Her [2006]
written and directed by Sarah Polley
–a graceful love story about a woman with Alzheimer’s

Searching for Debra Winger [2002]
directed by Rosanna Arquette
–documentary on women in film, which includes amazing and very honest commentary from stars from Gwyneth Paltrow to Whoopi to Vanessa Redgrave to Salma Hayek to Charlotte Rampling to of course Debra Winger. It’s great that these women feel comfortable with age but sad to see the frustration and that there still is the issue of great roles for women over 30.

Broken English [2007]
Written and directed by Zoe Cassavetes
— story of Nora [formidable, immensely talented Parker Posey], a 35-year-old who seems stuck in a rut—both personally and professionally. Nora has become complacent and settled at her hotel job. She is beginning to delve into the Bell Jar after years of seeming to know what she wanted and now being at the age where she feels she should already be there.

The Namesake [2006]
directed by Mira Nair
–the story revolves around Gogol [Kal Penn], a mid-twenties architect who has been fighting against his traditional Indian family and heritage. He gets pulled back in by an unforeseen family crisis and it changes his outlook and future forever.

Bright Star [2009]
written and directed by Jane Campion
–wondrously languid, romantic and exquisitely filmed. It tells the story of the tender and tragic love affair between poet John Keats [Ben Whishaw] and his muse and love Fanny Brawne [Abbie Cornish] as told through her eyes.

Come Early Morning [2006]
written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams
–a woman [Ashley Judd] who struggles with alcoholism tries to get her life on track

Fire [1996]
Earth [1998]
Water [2005]
written and directed by Deepa Mehta

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2 Days in Paris [2006]
written and directed by Julie Delpy
–an American and a Parisian talk a lot, fight a lot

Girlfight [2000]
written and directed by Karyn Kusama
–focus on female boxers

Somewhere [2010]
written and directed by Sofia Coppola
–a wayward actor [Stephen Dorff] and his heartfelt relationship with his daughter [Elle Fanning]

The Parking Lot Movie [2010]
directed by Meghan Eckman
–three years following the ins and outs of the attendants at a parking lot in Virginia. truly riveting. really.

SherryBaby [2006]
written and directed by Laurie Collyer
–after serving a three-year prison sentence, Sherry [Maggie Gyllenhaal] returns to New Jersey to try to re-establish family ties, including one with her daughter

The Hurt Locker [2009]
directed by Kathryn Bigelow
–heart-pounding thriller about the guys who diffuse IEDs in Iraq

The Kids Are All Right [2010]
co-written and directed by Lisa Chodolenko
–the teenage children of lesbian parents decide to contact the sperm donor and meeting him has implications on the entire family

Please Give [2010]
written and directed by Nicole Holofcener

Winter’s Bone [2010]
written by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
directed by Debra Granik
–a teenager [Jennifer Lawrence] searches for her father in dangerous, bleak meth-country

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some favorite films about love [not always happy] for Valentine’s Day

Though I rarely have a valentine on Valentine’s Day and am not a particular fan of the holiday, I’m hopeful to find LOVE someday. Here are some of my favorite love stories on film.

Brokeback Mountain
“I can’t quit you.” That just says it all. Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger show what unconditional love is all about.

Love & Sex
Kate [Famke Janssen] is a magazine writer given the assignment to write about love and sex: a guide for single women. She hasn’t dated since she broke up with Adam [Jon Favreau]. In writing the article she recalls past romances and Adam keeps coming back. It’s hysterical and Janssen and Favreau are great together.

Romeo & Juliet
Shakepeare’s classic story of star-crossed lovers gets the updated treatment with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When a romance goes awry, would you want to erase all memories of it and that person you loved? That is the unique concept behind writer Charlie Kaufman’s script. Under the astute direction of Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, ranks as one of my favorite films. It is a fabulous and romantic film. It’s amazing and thoughtful and the performances are brilliant all around [Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood].

The Apartment
Love Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon together here. Such a romantic classic and it won Best Picture in 1960. Fran [MacLaine] is an elevator operator in CC. “Bud” [Lemmon] Baxter’s office building. She keeps having affairs with married men. Bud falls for Fran and wants to protect her at all costs.
“That’s the way it crumbles . . . cookie-wise.”

Roman Holiday
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn together. I need not say much more. Audrey won an Oscar for her performance as a rebellious princess who sets off to explore Rome on her own. She meets an American newspaper reporter who wants a real scoop. He pretends he doesn’t know who she is to get the story but then they fall in love. Oh so romantic!

Love and Basketball
Friends since they were children, both Monica [Sanaa Lathan] and Quincy [Omar Epps] are ace basketball players. Both make very different decisions about their relationship, the sport and their academic careers. It’s a fantastic sports film and feminist love story [written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood].
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Kate & Leopold
Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman make time travel so appealing. Do you ever wonder if you were born at the wrong time or in the wrong place? I’ve thought about it. This is a fun and sweet film.

Pride & Prejudice
Keira Knightley stars as Lizzie Bennet in this Jane Austen classic. This is probably my favorite adaptation [excluding the miniseries with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth].

Possession
Two literary scholars are studying Victorian poets who had an affair. This brings together Maud [Gwyneth Paltrow] and Roland [Aaron Eckhart] as they attempt to uncover the mystery of the Victorian affair. Based on the wonderful novel by A.S. Byatt.

The Whole Wide World
Writer Robert Howard [Vincent D’Onofrio] created the Conan the Barbarian series. This is the true story of his love affair with a small town school teacher Novalyne Price [Renee Zellweger].

Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset
It’s imperative that you do a double feature of these Richard Linklater romantic films starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

Once
A brokenhearted street musician [Glen Hansard] meets a keyboardist [Marketa Irglova] and for a week they make music together and fall in love. The soundtrack is spectacular too.

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Women’s History Month: focus on favorite films directed by women

THE LIST:


Grace of My Heart [1996]
written and directed by Allison Anders


Waitress [2007]
written and directed by Adrienne Shelly


Monsoon Wedding [2001]
directed by Mira Nair


Away from Her [2006]
written and directed by Sarah Polley


The Namesake [2006]
directed by Mira Nair


Bright Star [2009]
written and directed by Jane Campion


Come Early Morning [2006]
written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams

scene from Water by Deepa Mehta


Fire [1996]
Earth [1998]
Water [2005]
written and directed by Deepa Mehta


2 Days in Paris [2006]
written and directed by Julie Delpy


Girlfight [2000]
written and directed by Karyn Kusama


Lost in Translation [2003]
written and directed by Sofia Coppola


SherryBaby [2006]
written and directed by Laurie Collyer


Love & Basketball [2000]
written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

[I didn’t include The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, as I have covered it quite a bit on my site already.]

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