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Contagion Trailer

*remember not to touch your face so much. germs. germs. germs.*

directed by Steven Soderbergh

starring:
Matt Damon
Gwyneth Paltrow
Jude Law
Kate Winslet
Laurence Fishburne
Sanaa Lathan
Jennifer Ehle
Marion Cotillard

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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 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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