Posts Tagged Naomi Watts
Picks for Best-dressed at Academy Awards
Posted by Amy Steele in Uncategorized on March 4, 2014
on DVD: films directed by/ written by women
Posted by Amy Steele in DVD, Film, Women/ feminism on February 21, 2014
Written and directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani
–a smart, spunky, brave Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition to earn the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that she really wants even though it’s frowned upon for girls to ride bikes in Saudi Arabia.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
–A young Pakistani man chasing corporate success on Wall Street finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.
Directed by: Mira Nair
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson
–riveting, intense film that questions intentions, good vs. evil, nationality, identity and prejudice with Nair’s gorgeous, thoughtful, heartbreaking direction.
–A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
Written and directed by: Lynn Shelton
Starring: Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Josh Pais, Allison Janney
–quirky, charming, sweet
–two best friends fall in love with each other’s teenage sons
Written and directed by: Anne Fontaine
Starring: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts
–unsettling topic but with Wright and Watts it’s beautifully acted and as much about friendship as about these affairs with the young men. plus gorgeous, idyllic scenery.
–Rachel, a savvy stay-at-home mom finds herself stuck in a rut of volunteering at preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and long-gone career. When she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, she ends up adopting her as the family nanny.
Written and directed by: Jill Soloway
Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor
–smart, astute script. unique film.
–29-year-old woman questioning her life’s direction, quits her reporter job in New York and moves home to Connecticut. she takes a job as a lifeguard and falls into a friendship with a teenager.
Written and directed by: Liz W. Garcia
Starring: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gumer, Martin Starr
How much is an actress worth?
Posted by Amy Steele in Film on October 8, 2009
Forbes magazine has come out with its list of the Best Actresses for The Buck list.
At the top is 41-year-old Australian Naomi Watts, who stars in many smaller indie films–notably The Painted Veil and Ellie Parker— but has also made a few bigger ones too– King Kong and The International. She’s super talented and confident in a variety of roles.
Second is 39-year-old American Jennifer Connelly, who chooses eclecticly. I’ve enjoyed her work in Requiem for a Dream, House of Sand and Fog and Blood Diamond. But do not know why she wasted her time in such tripe as He’s Just Not That Into You and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Everyone needs a paycheck and sometimes scripts look better than the final product, I suppose.
Third is a young talent: 29-year-old Canadian Rachel McAdams who charms in even poorly executed films [The Time Traveler’s Wife]. McAdams dazzled in The Notebook and the smaller, little seen thriller State of Play. She made The Red Eye, along with Cilian Murphy, much more entertaining and bankable. She soon stars along with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the much anticipated Sherlock Holmes.
To quote Forbes:
Based on our latest estimations of the actresses in Hollywood who offer studios the best return on investment, there are plenty who offer more bang for the buck than Jolie. The women who came out on the top of our list tend to be lower-profile stars who are happy earning paychecks of around $5 million and under.
Top-ranked Naomi Watts is a perfect example. The actress has yet to be involved in any kind of high-profile scandal and she usually shares equal screen time with a male lead, like in last year’s The International, which also featured Clive Owen.
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