|Zoe Kazan. See? Now don't you wish you'd watched|
The Exploding Girl like I told you to?
Esquire magazine has their "Women We Love" issue, and - since a few of the films I've seen lately have featured some of our favorite women in film here at Superfluity central, I thought that would be an appropriate theme for today's blog.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
The women: Zoe Kazan, Alia Shawkat, Annette Bening
|"In this script - written by you, my girlfriend - I play a writer|
who writes the perfect woman - played by you, my girlfriend.
And you're crying anyway. I can't win."
Still: this is a pretty good movie, and I expect that you will be charmed by Kazan's story as well as her performance.
One For The Money (2012)
The women: Katherine Heigl, Debbie Reynolds, Debra Monk, Annie Parisse
|"The sequel will be better.|
What do you mean, "It doesn't
work that way'?"
The woman: Sophia Myles
|"I am King of the Vikings. You are my daughter. After I die, do you|
know what that makes you?"
"Yes, Viqueen. You need some new jokes, pop."
One gripe: that "blood splattering on the camera lens" effect is intended as callback to low-budget 70s slasher films in which fake blood actually did splatter on the lens and there wasn't enough in the budget to do a second take. The digital recreation of this effect is already overused in modern slasher flicks, and it really doesn't belong in a slick sci-fi film like this one.
The Raven (2012)
The woman: Alice Eve
|"You must chill! You must chill!"|
The only thing that didn't let me down in this film was Alice Eve. (And I doubt she ever will.) The whole thing was just way too heavy-handed. Everyone was yelling. All the time. They were even breathing intensely. I described the film to someone, and they said that it sounded like the script was written in all-caps. I could not have put it any better.
|"Hey, I wonder if she means old Ben Kenobi..."|
The women: Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
I have said this before and I will say it again: I could (and would) happily listen to Kelly MacDonald read the phone book, so when I found out that she would be providing the voice of the latest Disney princess, I could not have been more pleased. I wish I could say that I enjoyed this film more. I can't put my finger on it, but there was just something a bit disjointed about the whole thing. This could be because the original director and screenwriter, Brenda Chapman, was replaced by Mark Andrews abou two-thirds of the way into production. However, I am grading the film a bit more rigidly because it is a Pixar production, and I am accustomed to a higher quality of storytelling from that studio.
Whip It (2009)
The women: Ellen Page, Juliette Lewis, Ari Graynor, Alia Shawkat
|"... And the cat says, "Great! I didn't know you had |
Meals on Wheels up here.' Get it?"
If you haven't seen this one yet, do yourself a favor and rent it this week. I noticed that it has found its way into Redbox kiosks again.
The women: Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks
|"Hey, girl: it purrs like a kitten now, but what do you say|
we just go for a walk along the beach?"
Is director Nicholas Winding Refn trying to tell us something about our entertainment choices or is he just another entertainer? Either way, this film knocked me out.
See you next time, gang. Until then, here's a video and two links to help you with your holiday shopping ideas: