All posts tagged: Movie Night

BONUS! 5 Extra Fabulous Female Directors Over 38

Since this week’s TueNight is celebrating 38 women over 38, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate five spectacular female directors over that same age threshold. Our absolutely subjective criteria: That each of these talented women have made a minimum of two outstanding features in the course of their career, and are still actively working. Herewith, our 5 over 38.   1. Deepa Mehta Age: 64 Outstanding Features: Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Water (2005) Style: Lush, evocative, often gorgeously primal. Representative Scene: Early intriguing conversation between two burgeoning female lovers in Fire. Career Achievement: Born in India before becoming a Canadian émigré, her trio of films — known as the “Elements Trilogy” mentioned above — each having to do with major social reform in her native country, is considered a towering artistic accomplishment. Fearless and supremely talented, Mehta remains unafraid of stoking controversy: The last film in the trio, Water, was temporarily shut down by Hindu protestors, eventually forcing her to shoot it in Sri Lanka, but ended up earning her an Oscar nomination in the process. Her latest film, Midnight’s Children (2012), was a successful collaboration with the novelist …

Movie Night: Four Films in Need of Aid and One Beyond Assistance

In which we explore the filmic concerns of a given theme, and find new and novel ways of putting together yet another Internet-based list of movies. The wrinkle here, is our fifth pick will actually serve to prove as the counter argument, the best representation of the direct opposite of our theme. 1. What Just Happened (2008) Director: Barry Levinson Essential Characters: Ben (Robert De Niro), an aging Hollywood producer whose career is on the wane; Kelly (Robin Wright), his estranged wife who may be having an affair with a screenwriter; Sean Penn (Sean Penn), an actor whose latest film leaves his character with multiple shot wounds on the bottom of a giant pile of coal. Gist: A maniacal Hollywood producer in desperate need of a hit tries to juggle the chaos involving his estranged wife and her new lover while attempting to get his most recent production off to Cannes on time with the proper edits. Help Needed: Ben needs many things quite desperately, but most of all he needs for his director Michael Wincott …

Movie Night: Four Studmuffin Films and One Stale Cronut

In which we explore the filmic concerns of a given theme, and find new and novel ways of putting together yet another Internet-based list of movies. The wrinkle here, is our fifth pick will actually serve to prove as the counter argument, the best representation of the direct opposite of our theme. NOTE: As a middle-aged hetero male, I felt at somewhat of a disadvantage with this week’s theme, so I quickly assembled a makeshift panel of intelligent, witty Gen-X women I knew (from Tuenight and elsewhere) and conducted a brief poll of what films they found terribly sexy, which greatly informed my process. As you can imagine, there were some deeply felt biases and startling omissions that gave us all pause. (Where’s Idris Elba?! No Daniel Day-Lewis?! And what, oh what, of Michael Fassbender?!) But in the end, there was at least enough consensus to compile this week’s film list. Herewith, four break-out sexy actors and their female counterparts, and one decidedly not. 1. Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise (1991) Director: Ridley Scott Essential …

Movie Night: Four Even-Keeled Films and One Very Off-Kilter

In which we explore the filmic concerns of a given theme, and find new and novel ways of putting together yet another Internet-based list of movies. The wrinkle here, is our fifth pick will actually serve to prove as the counter argument, the best representation of the direct opposite of our theme. 1. After Hours (1985) Director: Martin Scorsese Essential Characters: Paul (Griffin Dunne), Marcy (Rosanna Arquette), and a cast of thousands Gist: Poor nebbish Paul, a midtown working schlub, thinks he’s suddenly hit the jackpot when he meets the radiantly beautiful Marcy, an artist who lives downtown in SoHo. On uncharacteristically spontaneous impulse, he agrees to meet her in artsy, peculiar SoHo for a date he believes will change his outlook. Instead, he gets deeper and deeper embroiled in an ever-more ridiculous series of events and subsequent misunderstandings that leave more and more people chasing after him. Balancing Act (1-10): Perfect 10. *SPOILER ALERT* By the end of the night, with various different factions trying to hunt him down, Paul ends up, er, dropped …