99 posts categorized "Women Filmmakers"

April 25, 2022

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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ColeSmithey.comCéline Sciamma's lesbian romantic fantasy almost works on its own terms, but falters during crucial elements.

18th century French portrait painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) travels by boat to paint a wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) at an idyllic seaside estate surrounded by a community that consists solely of women.

Héloïse is bereft over the recent loss of her sister, and angry about her arranged fate of marrying a man she doesn't know.

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Thus the table is set for a doomed lesbian tryst after Héloïse's mother leaves the women alone for a few days.

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An abortion subplot, involving the mansion's servant, allows for a scene of artistically inspired exploitation that breaks the film.

"Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is Céline Sciamma's weakest film to date.

Rated R. 122 mins. 

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March 26, 2022

ADRIENNE

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comHeartbreaker.

Adrienne Shelley was a force of nature. 

She made her mark as an actress in Hal Hartley movies before turning to writing and directing.

The film "Waitress" was her swan song. A successful Broadway version followed.

Tragically, Adrienne Shelley's life was cut short at the age of 40 by a thieving 19-year-old construction worker at her West Village office. 

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Adrienne's widowed husband Andy Ostroy crafted this loving documentary to celebrate her life, and to confront her killer in prison.

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Devastating.

NYC is dangerous town.

Not Rated. 98 mins. 

4 Stars

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March 23, 2022

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comPeople ain't no good.

Writer/director Emerald Fennell makes quite a splash with this steely black comedy.

Predatory guys and the people who protect them get the business end from Carey Mulligan's diabolical mistress of revenge.

Red kisses.

Get back cupid.

These arrows kill.

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Cassie (Mulligan) is a martyr through and through.

Fennell's pitch perfect dialogue stings as much as the clever plotting in this indy gem.

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You'll squirm, you'll laugh, and you'll feel messed up at the end.

Frat boy mentality goes straight to hell.

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Ice is the only thing in the world that is what it's cracked up to be.

Romance this.

Rated R. 113 mins. 

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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