Posts Tagged Michelle Pfeiffer


perks of being a wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
–two seniors (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller) welcome an introverted freshman (Logan Lerman) into their group in this touching, brilliant film

oct sky

October Sky (1999)
–true story of a coal miner’s son Homer Hickman (Jake Gyllenhaal )–a coal miner’s son inspired by the first Sputnik launch and his high school science teacher (Laura Dern) to take up rocketry. His strict father (Chris Cooper) disapproves. He later works for NASA.

freedom writers

Freedom Writers (2007)
–in her first teaching job, an English teacher (Hilary Swank) inspires her at-risk students to express themselves by keeping journals


Precious (2009)
–in Harlem in the late 80s, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen (Gabourey Sidibe), pregnant with her second child, is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

dangerous minds

Dangerous Minds (1995)
–an ex-Marine (Michelle Pfeiffer) takes a teaching job and struggles to connect with her students at an inner-city school

Easy A

Easy A
–after telling a white lie to her best friend about having sex with a college freshman, high school student Olive Penderghast (sparkling Emma Stone) decides its best to use her school’s rumor mill to her advantage in this smart comedy.

dead poets society

Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
–prep school. Poetry. Robert Sean Leonard. Ethan Hawke. Robin Williams. Seize the day.

breakfast club

The Breakfast Club (1985)
–“To the outside world they were simply a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, and a Criminal, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.”

school of rock

The School of Rock (2003)
–substitute teacher (Jack Black) attempts to turn his prep school class into a rock band

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Celebrate Women’s History Month: biopics about kick-ass, inspirational women


Erin Brockovich [2000]
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

The Whistleblower [2010]
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

Dangerous Minds [1995]
starring: Michelle Pfeiffer
–an ex-Marine starts teaching at at an inner-city school and ends up changing her students’ lives forever


Conviction [2010]
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 [1988]
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

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HAPPY WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY: Celebrity Vegans and Vegetarians [a select list]

Alanis Morissette

Alan Cumming

Alicia Silverstone, vegan

Alison Lohman

Amber Valletta

Angela Bassett

Anna Paquin

Anne Hathaway

Rosario Dawson

Betty White

Bryce Dallas Howard, vegan


Carrie Underwood, vegan

Casey Affleck, vegan

Christian Bale

Sarah Cracknell (St Etienne)

David Duchovny

Kate Moss

Chris Walla, guitarist, Death Cab for Cutie

Daman Albarn

Christina Applegate

Daryl Hannah, vegan

Tobey Maguire, vegan

Natalie Portman, vegan

Dianna Agron

Olivia Wilde, vegan

Conor Oberst (Bright eyes)

Phylicia Rashad

Jared Leto, vegan

Mayim Bialik, vegan

Usher, vegan

Morrissey, vegan

Fran Drescher, vegan

Eddie Vedder

Erykah Badu, vegan

Ellen DeGeneres, vegan

Julianna Margulies

Kal Penn

Fiona Apple, vegan

Gillian Anderson

Kevin Nealon, vegan

Emily Deschanel, vegan

Michelle Pfieffer, vegan

Woody Harrelson, vegan

Michael Imperioli, vegan

Moby, vegan

Jessica Chastain, vegan

Johnny Marr, guitarist, vegan

Juliana Hatfield, vegan

Kristen Bell, vegan

Lisa Edelstein, vegan

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FILM: my summer must-see list

Magic Mike
release date: June 29
written by: Reid Carolin
directed by: Steven Soderbergh
starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez

–Channing Tatum’s abs and hot male strippers. Bingo. Perfect for summer.

Take This Waltz
release date: June 29
written and directed by: Sarah Polley
directed by: Steven Soderbergh
starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman

–Sarah Polley. Extremely talented.

People Like Us
release date: June 29
written by: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
directed by: Alex Kurtzman
starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde

release date: July 5
written by: Shane Salerno and Don Winslow
directed by: Oliver Stone
starring: Taylor Kitsch, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Benecio DelToro Blake Lively

–crime drama from Stone about a Mexican drug cartel

release date: July 5
directed by: Michael Winterbottom
starring: Freida Pinto

–a remake of Tess of the d’Urbervilles set in India could work with one of my favorite directors at the helm

Ruby Sparks
release date: July 25
written by: Zoe Kazan
directed by: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas

–Zoe Zazan wrote it and stars in it and it’s about a novelist. Sounds like a charming romantic comedy.

Total Recall
release date: August 3
written by: Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback
directed by: Len Wiseman
starring: Colin Farrell

–I crush Colin Farrell.

Celeste and Jesse Forever
release date: August 3
written by: RAshida Jones and Will McCormack
directed by: Lee Tolad Krieger
starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts

–I’m a big fan of super smart Rashida Jones.

release date: August 20
written and directed by: David Cronenberg
starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche
years ago I interviewed David Cronenberg. He reminded me of a very cool college professor. And Juliette Binoche is a favorite.

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DVD reivew: Cheri


Title: Cheri
Director: Stephen Frears
Written by: Christopher Hampton [based on novel by Colette]
Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates
Running time: 93 min.
Release date: October 20, 2009
Film Company: Miramax
Review source: Click Communications
Rating: C+

A good body lasts a long time. Everyone knows that.

Cheri is my least favorite work by Colette. But Colette can write wonderful stories and this film could have worked particularly with Michelle Pfeiffer back in a Dangerous Liaisons-type role. It is a period film, set before WWI in Paris, when courtesans held the power. Lea [Pfeiffer] is a well-known courtesan to the rich and famous and has been living a luxurious, richly fitting lifestyle for years. Now she’s facing a time [or AGE] when she feels that she might retire. One of her old rivals, played with sufficient bitterness and contempt by Kathy Bates, asks Lea to take her son Cheri and “teach him” about women. The 19-year-old Cheri and Lea fall in love and stay together for six years until Cheri’s mother decides it’s time for Cheri to have children and she arranges his marriage to a daughter of another courtesan. Unfortunately Lea and Cheri are obsessed with each other. Lea wants to remain young and Cheri refuses to take on grown up responsibilities.
The male narrator detracts from the female power of the courtesans, particularly Lea. Cheri is visually stunning with verdant gardens and lovely ornate costumes. Cheri is a bit too melodramatic. Pfeiffer holds her own and she’s gorgeous and regal in every scene. There’s little chemistry between Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend [Cheri]. Pfeiffer fills the screen and is too overpowering for Friend. He lacks the experience to rise to her acting talent even in this poorly scripted film.

Cheri needed a much better script and a different younger actor as Cheri to make it work.

DVD Extras: Deleted scenes, The Making of Cheri [superfluous viewing as the film isn’t that good]


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