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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby enframed on Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:42 pm

numberthirty wrote:Weren't Boxing Helena and Boys Don't Cry directed by women?


Edit: Jennifer Lynch directed Boxing Helena. Looks like she also directed this -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chained_%282012_film%29


He said good films.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby numberthirty on Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:46 pm

enframed wrote:
numberthirty wrote:Weren't Boxing Helena and Boys Don't Cry directed by women?


Edit: Jennifer Lynch directed Boxing Helena. Looks like she also directed this -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chained_%282012_film%29


He said good films.


Hey, hey. What about the crazy, experimental part?
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby famousjunkie on Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:49 pm

That still doesn't account for the American Psycho recommendation.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Ranxerox on Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:51 pm

Larissa Shepitko -- Wings

Catherine Breillat -- Fat Girl

Lila Zanuck -- Rush
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby numberthirty on Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:52 pm

famousjunkie wrote:That still doesn't account for the American Psycho recommendation.


Which American Psycho did you see?
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby famousjunkie on Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:21 pm

numberthirty wrote:
famousjunkie wrote:That still doesn't account for the American Psycho recommendation.


Which American Psycho did you see?


Obvious caricatures aren't really my thing, nor is much else you've "recommended" (aka indiscriminately listed as if you were making some kind of enlightened point). In other words: that'll do, numberthirty, that'll do.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Bangs on Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:10 am

"Jollies" by Sadie Benning
"Fish Tank" by Andrea Arnold
'Salaam Bombay!" by Mira Nair
"Harlan County USA" by Barbara Kopple
"Fast Times At Ridgemont High" by Amy Heckerling
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby tmidgett on Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:44 am

Bangs wrote:"Fast Times At Ridgemont High" by Amy Heckerling


Yes.

It's not faint praise to say this is maybe the best movie ever directed by a woman, since it is maybe the best movie since Apocalypse Now.

What a funny thing to say. But I think I may well believe it.

Claire Denis' Chocolat is good, but that was maybe her first full-length and I haven't seen anything else. I haven't seen too many movies in the last 8yrs or so, though I think that one was late 80s (!). Oh shit, Beau Travail, I liked that quite a lot.

Whale Rider is a very charming film. I think a woman made it.

I liked The Piano when I saw it; for some reason, I'm not sure it would hold up for me now. I have no idea why I feel that way.

Heard nothing but good things about Winter's Bone.

I liked that movie High Art. I think a woman made that.

I really liked Lost in Translation. I was perhaps overly charmed by it. I don't really know if it was that good. I just really liked it.

Triumph of the Will, dawg!

I'm not well-versed in film, so that's all I got right now.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby i am the smud on Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:51 am

tmidgett wrote:Triumph of the Will, dawg!


No but seriously, without that movie film today would be inconceivable. Which is really, really, really fucking weird.

But to contribute, I second Maya Deren.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby ::: on Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:55 am

Born In Flames, dir. Lizzie Borden
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby ::: on Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:59 am

Control Room
Startup.com (both: Jehane Noujaim)
Monster (Patty Jenkins)
Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce)
Sweetie (Jane Campion)
I Shot Andy Warhol (Mary Harron)
Go Fish (Rose Troche)
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby i am the smud on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:00 am

While I wouldn't go as far as to call it 'good', 'Mickey and Nicky' is at least interesting, if for no other reason than to see Peter Falk and John Cassavetes act together.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby ::: on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:01 am

Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan)
The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda)
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby i am the smud on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:03 am

Persepolis is very good, although it is an animated film.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby ::: on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:08 am

Sita Sings the Blues (Nina Paley) (animated)
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby ::: on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:11 am

tmidgett wrote:Heard nothing but good things about Winter's Bone.

Eksvplot hates it. He hates a lot of stuff, though, so.

tmidgett wrote:I liked that movie High Art. I think a woman made that.

Lisa Chodolenko. Good one. I would like to see Laurel Canyon, another movie she made. It has Frances McDormand and Christian Bale IIRC.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby ::: on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:16 am

Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (Sarah Jacobson)
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)
Nitrate Kisses (Barbara Hammer)
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby murderedman on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:39 am

Smithereens
Born In Flames
Working Girls
Gas, Food, Lodging
Near Dark

I'll second Ida Lupino's noir films.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Twilight Sparkle on Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:32 am

Very first person I think of, and thus, thirding Maya Deren. In fact, here you go:



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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:38 am

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tmidgett wrote:Heard nothing but good things about Winter's Bone.

Eksvplot hates it. He hates a lot of stuff, though, so.


Probably wouldn't go so far as to say I hate it, but I do think it's a weak (more or less crap by my standards) movie. Woodrell's novel (which I bought based on BER's recommendation here) is a masterpiece. It takes an interesting, unglamorous milieu and frames it with a gripping story of a girl of slender means just trying to survive the chaos she's thrown into. There's a scene near the beginning of the book in which she smokes a joint that was given to her by the hard-ass tweaker guy. She goes around the woods while high, exploring it with her senses, and it makes for a great poetic interlude. As soon as I realized they cut that scene from the movie it was clear that the director was playing it safe and that I was probably watching the whittled-down, Sundance version of the book. Sure enough the film's story arc was flat and not very suspenseful compared to that of the novel. By the 2/3 or 3/4 mark I was waiting for it to end. One complimentary thing that can be said about Granik's film, though, is that the casting was fine, particularly for the supporting actors. None of those people looked liked Hollywood bozos, most of them had tough, appropriately worn faces. But ultimately the film seemed like less than the sum of its parts.

I had a similar reaction, incidentally, to Kelly Reichardt's films Meek's Cutoff and Wendy and Lucy. Their heart was in the right place, and I liked their ethos and found the themes and subject matter interesting, but somehow the overall execution fell short and the films felt more cursory than consequential. (Which is a shame because I really wanted to like them.)
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