FIVE FAVE FILMS - Female Directors
HEAVEN - Film/Documentary
HEAVEN - Directed by Diane Keaton (original release 1987)
HEAVEN is first on this list because of its originality and because it is one of my favorite films of all times. I have always been inspired by Diane Keaton and this movie has always made me think. I have watched it many times and also have recommended to friends all over the world. Unfortunately it has not been released on a format to play in Europe. It was originally released as a film, but also comes across as a sort of documentary in its filming style. Sort of like more recent films like "What The Bleep Do You Know." Diane Keaton was ahead of her time when she made this film. She takes ordinary people and asks them questions about "Life and Death." The interviews with the strangers are captivating and they are not all "sane." Infact it is their pure character and opinions that leave you with images that never go away. There are clips intercut of old films between interviews and I adore the style and vision of HEAVEN. This film was originally released in 1987 but then rereleased in 2008. A MUST see!!!
THE HOLIDAY - Directed By Nancy Meyers (released 2006)
Who can beat a GOOD Love Story?! I don't know many female directors that have got it quite as RIGHT ON as Nancy Meyers who is a genius when it comes to films about LOVE. This film is about a young American woman named Amanda (Cameron Diaz) Who ends up in England for a change of scenery. She sort of swaps places with a British woman named Iris (Kate Winslet). Without giving too much away, they end up living parallel lives throughout the film and both get involved with different men on different sides of the Atlantic. There are some very funny moments and the film definitely lifts your spirits. Amanda falls for Graham (Jude Laws character in England) and Iris falls for Miles (played by Jack Black). Once again this is a film that I never forgot and still watch from time to time. The casting is brilliant and it gives a very clear picture of dating someone from a different country.
SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE - Directed By Nancy Meyers (released 2003)
Well Nancy Meyers does it again with a classic film. Diane Keaton shines in the role as Erica Barry in this film along with Jack Nicholson (who plays Harry Sanborn). Both actors are in "top form" in this film. This is one of my favorite films ever and I loved the casting and the story. Since I'm a hopeless romantic, I love the idea of two older people falling in love when they least expect it. The chemistry between Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson is perfect and the supporting cast Keanu Reeves, Francis McDormand, and Amanda Peet make the film a classic saga. Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet play young love interests for both Harry and Erica. There are some funny twists in this film and Nancy Meyers is the magician of "surprises." I have watched this film many times and it is timeless. Get ready for some great laughs!!!
MICHAEL - Directed By Nora Ephron (released 1996)
Since I'm a big fan of fantasy films my close friends would not be surprised that I mention this one. John Travolta stars as archangel Michael who is sent to earth to mend wounded hearts and perform various tasks. Other cast members include Andie Macdowell, William Hurt, Joey Lauren Adams and Robert Pastorelli. Michael is no ordinary angel. He is portrayed as an oversexed slob who likes to drink and smoke. Not typical! But the message is a good one and there are very touching scenes in this film. I have always loved Nora Ephron's books and films. She has written quite a few screen plays like Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle which she also directed. Her book and then screenplay Heartburn was made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson and one of her most current films is Julia & Julia.
IT'S COMPLICATED - Directed and Written By Nancy Meyers (released 2009)
Well I did not expect to like this movie. Although I have always enjoyed Meryl Streeps talent but I wasn't quite sure about the casting choices for this film when I rented it a while ago. The main story line is: A couple reignites their relationship after attending their son's college graduation. What ensues is a hilarious romantic adventure! Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin both play the love interests in this film. Meryl Streep is really good in this film and the emotional roller coaster is apparent here in "It's Complicated." Nancy Meyers once again surprises us in this film! The biggest surprise was Alec Baldwins hilarious and confident performance. Although the idea seems a bit far fetched it still comes across as "possible." The film does go back to reality in the end though which is a good thing. This movie is definitely a "chick flick" and is a good film for women who have grown children and have not moved on yet after experiencing "the empty nest" at home. I really enjoyed this film and some of the "surprises." It gave me a sort of calm about my future after my children get older and move out.
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