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Friday, July 20, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018; Currently Bette Midler’s “Freak Show” is #5 out of 60

Mister D: So far only about 500 people have voted on this list and Freak Show is starting out in great shape. Let’s keep her in the spotlight. Make sure to go to Ranker and sign up. It’s easy. Then head on over and Click Here to vote. Freak Show Poster Ranker Vote for the best drama movies of 2018… July 14, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018.

Whether they’re about historical events or fictional stories of romance, tension, and love, the best drama movies of 2018 left viewers inspired and emotional. What were the best drama movies this year? Help decide below. Featuring romantic dramas, coming-of-age movies, biopics, and comedy-dramas, this list of good 2018 shows includes 12 StrongChappaquiddickLean on Pete, and Permission. Good drama films usually feature compelling characters and intriguing storylines, avoiding melodrama in favor of more realistic plot lines and complicated protagonists. Which drama movies of 2018 fit such a description? Vote on this list of 2018 drama movies. Give an up vote to the best drama movies of 2018 and down vote anything you feel is overrated or downright bad.

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12 Strong Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Following the September 11 attacks, Task…more

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Forever My Girl Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey Forever My Girl is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. After being gone for a decade, a country star (Alex Roe) returns home to the love (Jessica Rothe) he left behind.

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Thoroughbreds Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their …more

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Final Portrait Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film directed by Stanley Tucci. In Paris 1964, famed painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asks James Lord (Armie Hammer), the American…more

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Freak Show Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler Freak Show is a 2018 American drama film directed by Trudie Styler, based on the novel by James St. James. Despite attending an ultra-conservative high school, Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) decides…more

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The Strange Ones Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus Strange Ones is a 2017 American drama film directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein. Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American …more

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Nostalgia Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn Nostalgia is a 2018 American drama film directed by Mark Pellington. A group of people is connected through a loss.

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The 15:17 to Paris Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone The 15:17 to Paris is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the 2015 Thalys train attack. Three Americans (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek …more

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First Reformed Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over the death of his son, an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) is further challenged when a young …more

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Leave No Trace Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober Leave No Trace is a 2018 American film directed by Debra Granik, based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. A father (Ben Foster) and his 13-year-old daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) are living …more

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Every Day Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, Debby Ryan Every Day is a 2018 American romantic-drama directed by Michael Sucsy, based on the novel by David Levithan. 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) falls in love with a spirit named A, a traveling…more

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Disobedience Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola Disobedience is a 2017 British-Irish-American drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the novel by Noami Alderman. A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish home …more

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Eighth Grade Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.

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The Rider Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near-fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for a new identity and what it …more

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Breath Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Samson CoulterBreath is a 2018 drama film directed by Simon Baker, based on the novel by Tim Winton. Two teenage boys form an unlikely connection with an older surfer (Simon Baker).

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life in a car accident, a slacker…more

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Shock and Awe Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden Shock, and Awe is a 2017 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner. Journalists investigate the assertions by the Bush Administration concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of weapons of …more

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A Fantastic Woman Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her …more

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Lean on Pete Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel Lean on Pete is a 2017 British drama film directed by Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. A teenager (Charlie Plummer) gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends…more

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The funniest female-fronted comedy films ever (Bette make the list twice!)

News.Com.Au The funniest female-fronted comedy films ever AUGUST 13, 20165:56PM 2a10edc94d0fd66b987e8c6ba6c131be RELEASED in Australian cinemas this week, Bad Moms is the latest in a long line of female-fronted comedies that put hilarious women front-and-centre. To mark the film’s release, we thought we’d cast our minds back and look at 10 more of the best female-driven comedy films of all time. Firstly, a couple of caveats: We’ve focused here on films celebrating female friendships, as rom-coms are dime a dozen. It means worthy contenders like Amy Schumer’s hilarious Trainwreck and Julia Roberts’ brilliant antihero in My Best Friend’s Wedding haven’t been included. We’ve also honed our list to films that feature two or more standout female comedic roles, so, say, Reese Witherspoon’s star turn in black comedy Election is another that didn’t make the list. Clueless (1995) This classic coming-of-age comedy launched Alicia Silverstone’s career and introduced a generation to a plethora of Valley girl catchphrases, from ‘Whatever’ to ‘As if!’. And in the three central actresses — Silverstone, Brittany Murphy and Stacey Dash — writer / director Amy Heckeling found a perfect trio of comedic talents. Funniest scene: Getting on the freeway. Surely this rivals Speed as one of the most dramatic road scenes in 90s cinema. Alicia Silverstone wailing, “Shut up! Shut upppppp!” to nobody in particular is just perfection. Muriel’s Wedding (1994) Just about the best Australian movie ever, at its heart this was a love story between Muriel (Toni Collette) and Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), the friend she’d needed all her life to give her the confidence to be herself. Endlessly quotable, wonderfully Aussie and at times, hopelessly dark, it’s an absolute classic. Funniest scene: Their entire confrontation with Tanya and the rest of those bitches from Porpoise Spit High on Hibiscus Island. Repeat after us: “I’m not alone. I’M WITH MURIEL.” Bridesmaids (2011) Penned by Kristen Wiig with writing partner Annie Mumolo, this 2011 comedy was a runaway smash, spawning a thousand thinkpieces about the reasons behind its success (spoiler: it was REALLY REALLY FUNNY). Perfectly cast, even minor roles from the likes of Ellie Kemper and Rebel Wilson packed in the laughs. Funniest scene: Take your pick. THAT dress fitting and Wiig’s heavily medicated plane trip are contenders, but for our money, the seething passive-aggression in this exchange between Wiig and Rose Byrne’s characters is one of the film’s best moments. Mean Girls (2004) Written by Tina Fey, this high school satire remains Lindsay Lohan’s best role to date, but flies thanks to other winning comedic roles for women including Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, Fey herself and fellow SNL alumni Amy Poehler. A hilarious skewering of schoolyard politics. Funniest scene: Really anytime Poehler pops up on screen as Regina George’s grotesquely desperate ‘cool mom’. Ghost World (2001) Enid (the woefully underrated Thora Bitch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson, in one of her first film roles) are high school outsiders, ready to graduate and not sure what the rest of their lives will bring — or how they’re ever meant to fit into a society they don’t really understand. Funniest scene: Illeana Douglas’s deranged art teacher showing her short film ‘Mirror, Father, Mirror’ to the class. Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) Ten years on from finishing high school, in some ways Romy and Michele have made it: they’ve escaped the small town where they were nobodies and now live in sunny LA. But in other ways, their lives haven’t amounted to much: they don’t have husbands, children or fancy jobs. So when an invite comes for their high school 10-year anniversary, they settle on the only reasonable course of action: lie through their teeth. Funniest scene: Michele insisting that she invented Post-Its, then panicking and changing her story — with incredible results. The First Wives’ Club (1996) Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn are three divorced women who join forces to take revenge on their ex-husbands. Throw in a scene-stealing Dame Maggie Smith, plus Sarah Jessica Parker, Marcia Gay Harden and Elizabeth Berkley and you’ve got yourself an absolute riot. Funniest scene: The trio escaping a high-rise building the only way they can: via a window washer’s rig. Top marks to Diane Keaton for chewing the scenery with hysterical results. Big Business (1988) Essentially just a vehicle for the comedic talents of Bette Midler (yes, her again) and Lily Tomlin, this oh-so-silly caper saw the pair playing two sets of mismatched twins — one pair country hicks, the other wealthy urbanites — who eventually cross paths, with hilarious results. Funniest scene: The two sets of twins meeting each other for the first time and FREAKING OUT. “They’re clones … what a cheap trick!” The twins meet Nine to Five (1980) Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin (yes, her again) and actual earth angel Dolly Parton are three working women living out their fantasies of getting even with, and their successful overthrow of, the company’s autocratic, “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” boss. The ultimate girl power revenge flick. Funniest scene: Jane Fonda’s undeniably satisfying delivery of the following killer line: Jane Fonda’s one-liner Death Becomes Her (1992) Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn square off in this comedy-fantasy, which looks at the quest for eternal youth and takes it to unimaginably grotesque heights. Critics hated it, but it’s an ultra-camp romp with a vampy cameo from Isabella Rossellini. Funniest scene: Meryl and Goldie’s final, ultra-violent showdown. .
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

I’ m very happy to be here as a politically active Hollywood woman

I’ m very happy to be here as a politically active Hollywood woman. I used to be a sexually active Hollywood woman, but these days politics is much safer. (Michael Dukakis Democratic Fundraiser in Beverly Hills, 1988) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Monday, February 29, 2016

Bette Midler’s Oscar Picks

From JrCEO’s: To rebuild America’s communities from the student up, by fostering entrepreneurship, leadership, personal growth, self-confidence, ambition that gives every young adult 11-17 a level playing-field, the inspiration to succeed and the room to dream. 12534221_1021589994597874_410821981_n Bette Midler Charity of Choice: Stages for Success Best Picture: The Revenant Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne Best Actress: Brie Larson Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander Best Director: George Miller Best Original Screenplay: Ex Machina Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short Best Animated Picture: Inside Out Best Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road Best Song: Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You”
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Michael Douglas among film stars honored by AARP

WNEM Michael Douglas among film stars honored by AARP Februay 9, 2016

(Feb. 7, 2016 - Source: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images North America)

(Feb. 7, 2016 – Source: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images North America)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Michael Douglas was initially confused when he was told that he was being honored with a career achievement honor by the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards. The star of such films as “Wall Street” and “Fatal Attraction” told the crowd at Monday’s glitzy ceremony that his assistant mistakenly informed him that he was receiving an award for his work in adult films. “I remember all my films,” joked Douglas after receiving a standing ovation. “I don’t remember any adult films.” The newspaper drama “Spotlight” was selected as best picture at the 15th annual ceremony presented by the advocacy group AARP to stars over the age of 50 and the films that speak to that demographic. “I think when we set out to make this movie, we weren’t thinking about whether it was for kids or for grownups,” said “Spotlight” filmmaker Tom McCarthy. “Collectively, we understood that it was a story we had to tell. It was that important. We hoped it would reach everybody who needed to hear it.” Mark Rylance was chosen as best supporting actor for “Bridge of Spies,” while Bryan Cranston won the best actor trophy for “Trumbo.” “I’m delighted to be here tonight – and not just because my AARP card gives me a deep discount on the parking,” said Cranston. Lily Tomlin was honored as best actress for “Grandma,” while Diane Ladd was awarded the best supporting actress for “Joy.” In her acceptance speech, Ladd took issue with the competitive race for supporting actress at this year’s Academy Awards, which she is not among. “I’m a little ticked off that the studios with greed put stars in films in the best supporting Oscar category,” said Ladd. “That’s not right. Rooney Mara won the best actress category at Cannes (for “Carol”). Why is she in my supporting category?” At the beginning of night, show host Kathy Griffin joked that #OscarsSoYoung should be trending on Twitter and that she felt comfortable mocking youngsters at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ceremony. “As a comic, there’s only so many groups I can make fun of anymore because everyone is so sensitive, but in this room, I can really talk (expletive) about millennials,” said Griffin. Other winners Monday included “The Intern” as best comedy, “Love & Mercy” as best time capsule, “The Last Man on the Moon” as best documentary, “Learning to Drive” as best buddy picture, “5 Flights Up” as best grownup love story, “Rams” as best foreign film, “Inside Out” for best movie for grownups who refuse to grow up and “Creed” as best intergenerational film. “I’m one of those weird millennials,” said “Creed” director Ryan Coogler during his acceptance speech, which he joking left Sylvester Stallone out of in a nod to the “Rocky” star not thanking him at the Golden Globes. Other attendees at Monday’s star-studded ceremony included Morgan Freeman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bette Midler, Patricia Clarkson, June Squibb, Phylicia Rashad, Elizabeth Banks, Mark Ruffalo and Dick Van Dyke. “I expected to see a lot of old people here,” joked Van Dyke. “I’m 90. I’m probably like the oldest person in this room!”
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Bette Midler, Mark Ruffalo, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, And More To Attend AARP’s Movies For GrownUps Awards February 8, 2016

Broadway World Bette Midler, Mark Ruffalo & More Set for AARP The Magazine’s 15th Annual Movies For Grownups‘ Awards February 1, 2016 By TV News Desk ...  Read More

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Science Behind The Weepies

Irish Independent Get your hankies out… the weepies are coming Hollywood studios have designs on young adults’ tear ducts and they’re using science to help them. By Harry Wallop Harry Wallop Published 03/10/2014 ...  Read More

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Friday, June 6, 2014

A Guide To The Best Tearjerkers

Yahoo Movies Our Guide to the Best, Most Blubber-Worthy Tearjerkers Jen Chaney Jun 5, 2014 254951_228973970447438_6902981_n When the teen-cancer love story The Fault in Our Stars opens in theaters on June 6, we’re expecting a spike in tissue sales as America mops up those tears. We’re also wondering if TFIOS will bring a fresh crying jag of tearjerker movies to theaters. In preparation, we decided to take a deep dive into despair and catalog the essential elements for a heart-wrenching sob-athon. Yahoo Movies dissected the weeper world, breaking it down into seven sub-genres and defining each based on narrative themes and most memorable blubber-inducing contributions to pop culture. A couple of minor caveats: First, some movies have been placed in what we deemed the most appropriate subgenre even though they easily could have landed in two or three. Second, this effort involved hard science, and obviously there’s no crying in hard science. Just kidding! Man, there’s going to be so much crying. 1. The Romantic Tearjerker This is the quintessential tearjerker type, the one most of us think of when terms such as “weepie” are invoked. These are love stories about people who refuse to couple even though they belong together, who love each other but are torn apart, or who kiss each other super-hard in the pouring rain, because that’s just what you do when you’re Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. Basically, these are the kinds of movies Rita Wilson was talking about when she lost it while describing An Affair to Remember in this meta-moment from Sleepless in Seattle. Examples: An Affair to Remember, Love Story, The Way We Were, Ghost, Truly Madly Deeply, The Notebook, Brokeback Mountain Signifiers: Letters that go unread; words that go unsaid; kisses that occur as the score reaches a crescendo; kisses that occur in the rain as the score reaches a crescendo; moments of intense mourning; heart-wrenching farewells; deathbed scenes Signature quote: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” from 1970’s Love Story. This is actually a blatantly false statement, but because a bereft Ryan O’Neal uttered it, turning it into the official Romantic Tearjerker Catchphrase. Signature moment: The final scene of The Notebook, which has been known to induce sob seizures even in the most passionate Nicholas Sparks haters. (Megaspoiler: If you don’t want to know how the movie ends, do not watch.) 2. The Sports Tearjerker This is the subgenre that refutes the silly contention that men don’t cry during movies, a counter-argument also known as “The Field of Dreams Defense.” Sports tearjerkers are love stories too in a way. But in these films, the love is usually between player and game, teammate and teammate, boxer and long-suffering girlfriend, or fathers and sons. Examples: The Pride of the Yankees, Brian’s Song (a TV movie, we know, but a seminal sobber), A League of Their Own, Rocky, Hoosiers, Rudy, Million Dollar Baby Signifiers: Inspirational speeches delivered at crucial moments; underdog protagonists; incredible comebacks; selfless acts of sacrifice Signature quote: “Hey, Dad. You wanna have a catch?” from 1989’s Field of Dreams. And then do you wanna watch us bawl? Signature scene: Billy Dee Williams, as Gayle Sayers, dedicating an award to cancer-stricken fellow Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo (James Caan) in 1971’s Brian’s Song. You might want to take a knee for this one. 3. The Fatal Disease Tearjerker There’s no easier way to wring tears out of an audience than by making a movie about illness. The core narrative in these movies is very simple: Someone has a potentially life-threatening disease, someone eventually dies of that disease and then everyone, the audience included, drowns in tears of grief over a life well lived and lost. Examples: Terms of Endearment, Beaches, Steel Magnolias, Dying Young, Stepmom, Philadelphia, One True Thing Signifiers: Sudden collapse of a character; emotional moments in hospital rooms; protagonist delivering a monologue about embracing life; the presence of Julia Roberts; the deathbed scene (obviously) Signature quote: “Did you ever know that you’re my hero?” To be fair, this is a lyric from Bette Midler’s rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” But that song is played during a highly emotional montage in Beaches, so it totally counts. Signature scene: Sally Field at the cemetery in Steel Magnolias. You don’t actually have to hit play on the clip; just think of this scene for a second and you’ll start to tear up. 4. The Kid Tearjerker This subgenre is a combination of family films and coming-of-age dramas and includes a mourners row of movies that many adults would name as the formative weeper experiences from their childhoods. Examples: Bambi, Old Yeller, The Champ, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, My Girl, Up, Toy Story 3 Signifiers: Animal dies; parent dies; friend dies; child confronts loss of childhood things; child says painful farewell through tears in way that obliterates hearts of viewers. Signature quote: “I’ll be right here,” from 1982’s E.T. Between that moment and the John Williams score: Yeah, good luck keeping your lower lip from quivering. Signature scene: Bambi’s mom dies. That Disney-animated deer calling for his mother is what heartbreak sounds like. 5. The TCM Tearjerker These are the classic weepers that will air on a random Saturday on Turner Classic Movies and immediately suck you into a vortex of melodrama. Some of them focus on romance; some were directed by Douglas Sirk; a number of them end in pure, unrelenting sadness. Examples: Stella Dallas, Penny Serenade, Make Way for Tomorrow, A Brief Encounter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1934 or 1969 version), Imitation of Life, All That Heaven Allows Signifiers: Down-on-their-luck protagonists; difficult family relationships; key characters who die; children separated from nurturers; scenes set during Christmas Signature quote: “Please. Let me see her face when he kisses her, please,” from the wrenching moment in 1937’s Stella Dallas when an uninvited Barbara Stanwyck must watch her daughter’s wedding through a window. Signature scene: Peter O’Toole’s goodbye speech in 1969’s Goodbye Mr. Chips. Honestly the whole end is pretty moving, especially in light of O’Toole’s death just a few months ago. Excuse us a minute. 6. The Historical Tearjerker These films confront devastation that happened in real life, from the horrors of the Holocaust to the unfathomable cruelties of slavery. Movies in this category tackle such serious matters that it feels disrespectful to put a “tearjerker” label on them. But there’s no denying that the dramas mentioned below, and other socially and historically conscious works like them, are responsible for some of the longest, hardest cries in the history of cinema. Examples: Sophie’s Choice, Glory, Schindler’s List, Life is Beautiful, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, 12 Years a Slave Signifiers: Characters stoically tolerating pain and abuse; protagonists forced to make unimaginable sacrifices; parents separated from children; epic scenes of destruction; large-scale death and destruction; many best picture nominations and wins. Signature quote: “I will never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.” Do we really have to tell you that’s from Titanic? Signature scene: Meryl Streep making a wrenching decision in Sophie’s Choice. If by some chance you don’t know what choice Sophie has to make, the following clip is a major spoiler. One more spoiler: This clip also might make you cry from now until next Tuesday. 7. The Life-Affirming Tearjerker Life affirmers are cry-intensive movies that are orchestrated to uplift. Even though some very sad things may happen during the course of their running time, by their conclusions they leave audiences smiling through tears. Examples: It’s a Wonderful Life, The Shawshank Redemption, On Golden Pond, Dead Poets Society, The Color Purple, Forrest Gump, The Pursuit of Happyness Signifiers: Grand gestures; family reconciliation; quotable catch phrases; protagonists that triumph over great odds; protagonists that tell off their adversaries in spectacular fashion; endings that make the heart swell. Signature quote: “Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’. That’s goddamn right.” Preach, Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption. Signature scene: The ending of It’s a Wonderful Life. You cry when you see it every Christmas, and you’ll cry when you watch it right now.
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Movies: What To Do With Sarah Jessica Parker

Yahoo Movies `I Don’t Know How She Does It‘: How to Give Sarah Jessica Parker the Movie Stardom She Seeks By Timothy Sexton | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 2 hours 27 minutes ago ” I Don’t Know How She Does It” is the latest attempt by Hollywood producers to turn Sarah Jessica Parker into that rarest of all Hollywood creatures: the sexy, funny, beautiful leading lady. Doubtlessly without realizing it, Hollywood execs want to turn Sarah Jessica Parker into a 21st century Eve Arden. Sarah Jessica Parker’s transition from a TV show in which mostly women bought into the idea that she was sexy and beautiful into a movie star requiring males to lay down money to buy the same bill of goods hasn’t gone swimmingly. The problem, clearly, isn’t that Sarah Jessica Parker can’t be funny. Ed Wood The story behind the man considered the worst film director of all time before Michael Bay came along is a showcase for Johnny Depp to give his best performance of all time. Sarah Jessica Parker plays the first girlfriend of ” Ed Wood.” According to the real Dolores Fuller, the character that Parker played, the actress never bothered to contact her for any kind of background information or research. Parker then insulted Fuller the first time they met by saying how proud she was to be playing the worst actress in history. She does handle herself competently in this film, perhaps because she’s not spending so much time trying to convince audiences that she’s hot. L.A. Story The closest that Sarah Jessica Parker has ever come to actually being hot is as Steve Martin’s young girlfriend in ” L.A. Story.” She spends most of the movie stretching her body into suggestive poses while wearing tight exercise togs and the real definition of hotness applied here is mainly of the type that compares her to the geeky girl you remember from “Square Pegs.” Parker does lend “L.A. Story” a sense of bubbly fun at odds with the intense self absorption of all the other characters. The Family Stone One of the first movies taking advantage of “Sex and the City” to elevate Sarah Jessica Parker to starring status. The difference here is that ” The Family Stone” is very much an ensemble rather than a Parker movie. Parker purposely sought out a role that contrasted with the TV role that made her a star and as a result, her gloomy demeanor is overshadowed by Rachel McAdams biting sense of humor. Nonetheless, ” The Family Stone” is one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s better movie performances, though certainly not her funniest. Hocus Pocus ” Hocus Pocus” should be required viewing for both Parker and anyone trying to cast her in a comedy. This is the one movie where Sarah Jessica Parker really shines. Considering she’s up against comic heavyweights in Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy, it must be considered some kind of achievement to come out of a film that is a bit of a mess as the funniest thing about it. That cast is another thing for producers to keep in mind when they want Parker to play the prettiest character. What may be keeping Sarah Jessica Parker from success as a sexy, beautiful, funny leading lady isn’t really her lack of beauty. Beauty is relative, after all. Correct casting can easily solve the problem of her lack of great beauty. No, the problem may really be that filmmakers keep wanting to make her sexy, funny, beautiful…and smart. ” Hocus Pocus” proves that Sarah Jessica Parker’s greatest comedic talent is in playing women who aren’t so very bright. Instead of being this century’s Eve Arden, maybe Parker has a shot at being this century’s Judy Holliday.
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