5 Movie Recommendations

Today I have some movie recommendations for you guys, so if you are like me and enjoy quirky films, the majority of these films will appeal to you. Again, slowly learning how to edit seamlessly – one day I will be brilliant at this. Maybe…

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Popcorn Review: The Dressmaker, Ghost World & My Brilliant Career

And here begins my ‘Women in Film’ project and so far it has been a ball! Films about women, written by women, directed by women from all sorts of backgrounds. I’ve been indulgent to add Australian films to my ‘to be watched’ list – and maybe I’m a bit of a patriot but they are pretty stellar films. And guess what? All films are based on literature – two books and a graphic novel – so I’m fulfilling the bookish side to this blog.

The Dressmaker (2015)

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Let’s start with The Dressmaker, a movie that it seemed everyone had seen in Australia except for me. Even my guy friends were highly recommending it! And I can definitely see why.  The Dressmaker is a mix between a dark comedy, revenge story and romance with a period drama flair. With the beautiful Kate Winslet as Tilly the dressmaker returning back to her Australian hometown and the people who spurned her. You will adore Tilly and her beautiful dressmaking skills, Tilly’s mad mother, the flamboyant cop and Liam Hemsworth as the sexy love interest whilst probably hating the townspeople. But also be intrigued by the mystery surrounding the death of a boy that Tilly was blamed for. This movie made me laugh, cry and surprised by a really awesome ending. And now I’m going to read the book the film is based on!

Ghost World (2001)

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If you enjoy quirky, dark comedies about growing up – Ghost World is definitely for you. Ghost World is about two girls who have recently graduated from high school who one day discover an ad in the paper about a man looking for a woman he had met. They set up a date as joke but it turns on them as Enid (the main protagonist) begins to obsess about him. I really liked this film – from Enid’s awesome style to her relationship with Rebecca and Seymour. It was relatable, I still feel in that stage between childhood and adulthood as the two girls do. The characters are both adorable and pathetic – and how feeling lost can really eat you up. This was a wonderful little gem of an indie film and I’m glad I finally got to watch it.

My Brilliant Career (1979)

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I only watched this last night actually – but My Brilliant Career is a lovely period film set in the late 1890’s Australian outback about a woman and her desire to be independent and with a career. The movie is both beautiful and depressing – a charming mix. And the photography was gorgeous, capturing both the harshness and lush beauty of the bush. Judy Davis was brilliant as Sybylla (who was also in the Dressmaker) – this wild, idealistic woman with a clever tongue. I also loved the romance between her and Henry Beecham (played by a young, gorgeous Sam Neill. Oh god, that jaw. Those eyes!) If you adore period dramas or even mean to reach out and try Australian movies – I highly, highly recommend My Brilliant Career.

Women in Film | TBW + Poll!

Greetings all! I thought I might add a tiny post to the run up this week, a project I’m really excited about!

International Geek Girl Pen Pals is hosting a Women in Film Challenge to celebrate Women’s History Month, a challenge I will happily accept.  The challenge: watch 15 films about women, created by women or the themes are about women. You can get on the action too, use #iggleswatch on social media to connect with others who are participating!

Here’s a handy chart:

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To complete this challenge I’m going to give myself a month to watch all the films and at least review most of them on this blog. I also made sure all films on the TBW were films I had never seen before.

Here are the list of films on my TBW list, read on to decide which film you want me to review first:

  1. My Brilliant Career (1979)
    • The heroine, Sybylla, a headstrong girl growing up in early 20th century Australia, has the opportunity of marriage to a wealthy young man whom she loves, but rejects it in order to maintain her independence, preferring to take a job as governess/housekeeper to the family of an illiterate neighbor to whom her father owes money.

  2. Ghost World (2001)
    • With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man’s newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

  3. Ida (2013)
    • Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

  4. The Dressmaker (2015)
    • A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

  5. Kumiko, the Treasure Finder (2014)
    • A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.

  6. Clueless (1995)
    • A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

  7. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
    • Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

  8. Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009)
    • Is about a rumoured affair between Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky in Paris in 1920, the year that Chanel No. 5 was created.

  9. Advantageous (2015)
    • In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.

  10. It’s a Girl (2012)
    • Every year in India and China, millions of babies are killed, neglected or abandoned simply because they are girls.

  11. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
    • A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

  12. The Intern (2015)
    • 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.

  13. Misery (1990)
    • After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

  14. Pariah (2011)
    • A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

  15. The Joy Luck Club (1993)
    • The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

So that’s my TBW, any films you really want me to review that are on this list? Either comment below or vote in the poll.

Choose wisely my padawans.