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FIVE FAVE FILMS - Female Directors

Updated on January 29, 2011

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

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

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

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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    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      JAMES! So nice to see you here! I have not been here that much lately! I am feeling hubpages guilt! Lots of "life changes" and very busy lately.....trying to focus and do more writing.......Thank you for always being here! Means a lot to me! G

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      DEAN! Can't wait for your reviews! It would be fantastic!!! ha ha G

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for these fine recommendations. I always enjoy hearing your voice, on any subject. :D

    • cheaptrick profile image

      cheaptrick 

      7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Ok G...I watched some but had to give up.They made me feel a little funny.The Mushy stuff I tried to say to my cutey didn't work,she cracked up laughing and I got all red faced[she was very happy I tried though and rewarded me:)}.We agreed It just doesn't fit with the rest of my personality.I know she knows what I mean when I make my caveman compliments and she always plays kissy face when I do so I'll leave that softer stuff to the poets and artists and keep being who I am[it works for me].I think I just might do the review thing you suggested,might be fun!I'll call it"Mushy reviews by a hard a**",or"How to make a Cave Man Cry"!

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      Cool Dean! You just inspired a hub! I'm going to write it just for you......

      Stay tuned.......Let me know what you think of the films that I mentioned.....The reason I mentioned "Shirley Valentine" is cause she is married to a sort of old fashioned Caveman!" ha And throughout the film she explains what she is feeling.....it is funny too!!! Anyway, hope you are well.....It would be funny if you do your own reviews of "chick flicks!" ha

      Gx

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      cheaptrick 

      7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Thanks G.My computer whiz kid [neighbors son]friend just hooked up my computer to my TV and I subscribed to Netflix so I'll pull up these Felix you recommend and watch them soon...Question...will I need a box of tissue...cause I'm a sensitive guy ya know[silly joke]and I might blubber and get all gooey! :O) X

      Dean

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      OK DEAN! I really had to give this some thought. I understand where your little cutey is coming from.

      I guess "Somethings Gotta Give" is one of my choices because of Jack Nicholson's character and how he "gets it" in the end. A very dear friend recommended "Couples Retreat" because it deals with issues in relationships. A few others I would tell you to watch is "Eat, Pray & Love," "Shirley Valentine" (an old film and old favorite of mine), and last but not least "Annie Hall" a VERY quirky love story.

      If you want to watch a young romance film I would recommend the first "Twilight" film which helped me get in touch with my youthful feelings again. NOT that I was a vampire or want to have one for dinner!!!! ha ha ha

      One last suggestion would be the "Sex In The City" films which deals with the way women act in different scenarios, but not serious at all!!! I never saw the first one but the second one was fun to watch.

      I hope this helped....even if I give you a few and you find out about other films through someone else. G

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      Pamela..thank you for being here and leaving your comment! I hope you enjoy "Heaven" the movie if you get to see it. Best, G

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      cheaptrick 

      7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Hi'a G.It seems MS Meyers is one of your favorites.This is a new area for me but you somehow write the right hub right when I need It[that happens allot].My Sweety has assigned me some home work.She wants me to watch five"Chick flicks"so I.ll understand how she and women in general feel.Apparently,I'm not getting it.I love this little cutey and will do this"Home work"but I,m at a lose as to which would be the best movies for my"Cave man"mentality.Sooo...Favor please?Which films do you recommend.She told me I have to watch them buy my self just in case I get emotional,that makes me a little nervous.So how about a little help here for a great guy in training.lol

      Dean...As Arnold said"I'll be back" :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      GPAGE, I love the thought of woman directors as women view things a bit different from men. I missed seeing Heaven but am going to get it as your review sounded great. I have always loved Diana Keaton. I liked the information in this hub.

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      drbg...YES! That is why I wanted to show these women some support! The movies are all so good! Quite a few of them are "timeless." I have always admired women with many talents. Nancy Meyers, Diane Keaton and Nora Ephron are so talented in quite a few different things.....and their heart is shining in everything they do. Best, G

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      prasetio...I'm so glad that I introduced you to movies you did not know about!

      So lovely to see you here my friend....I hope you are having a blessed and beautiful weekend! G

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      IV! Always love to see you! I agree with everything! You know how much I love Diane Keaton and I loved Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated. G

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      Hey LB! Glad u liked! X

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, GPAGE. Nancy Meyers is a hugely talented director and one day Hollywood (and financial backers) will realize that.

      Thank you for this well-written exposition of female directors. I say, exposition, because I don't believe they get enough recognition.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Great hub from you. Actually I never knew about all these movies. But I really liked your review about these movies. I'll search more by watching movie trailer. Good work, my friend. Thanks for writing this for us. Vote up. God bless you.

      Love and peace, prasetio

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Great hub G! I am a big Diane Keaton fan, and will always watch her. Hubby and i agree, "Something's Gotta Give" was super funny. "It's Complicated" was funny as well, with Meryl Streep pairing with Alec Baldwin a surprise.

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      LilianEden 

      7 years ago

      Thanks again G!!!!! I have to watch 'It's Complicated"! Never got around to it, thanks for the reminder! XXXXOO GREAT HUB!

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