Review: The Hot Flashes

The Hot Flashes was directed by Susan Seidelman and stars a slew of women, chief among them Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim and Wanda Sykes. That attracted me before I even had a clue what the film was about.

part of the hot flashes poster
Part of The Hot Flashes poster

It turns out The Hot Flashes is about the efforts of a group of Texas women who were once state high school champions in basketball to raise money to save a traveling mammogram truck. This was before Texas decided to close nearly all the clinics in the state where a woman could get a mammogram because they also offer birth control services. The mobile mammogram service was desperately needed even then.

The former champs are now a varied assortment of housewives, car salesmen, aspiring mayors, drug mavens, and oft married grocery store clerks. They’re old, out of shape, and have resentments remaining from years ago when they played together in high school.

Somehow Beth, the Brooke Shields character, manages to wrangle them into playing 3 games against the current high school women’s basketball team – which includes her daughter (played by Charlotte Graham) in an effort to raise $25,000 to save the traveling truck.

Mark Povinelli, a little person, is convinced to become the coach. The woman who works in the mammogram truck becomes the team manager. Eric Roberts is Brooke Shields husband – who is not a bit supportive of what she’s trying to do, by the way.

I’d give the film 3 out of 5 stars, meaning I liked it even if it isn’t Oscar material for best picture. It was fun to watch. It was inspiring. For a tale about overcoming all odds, it’s original and worthy of your time.

The Hot Flashes is available on DVD and from Netflix and Amazon. It was released in 2013.

Women Directors Daily News

A post about 10 Female Filmmakers to Follow at Indiewire recently had many comments with additional names of women in film to follow in Twitter. One of the comments mentioned a Twitter list of women directors.

The Twitter List
The Twitter List

Since it’s really easy to make a daily newspaper from a Twitter list using a tool called paper.li, I looked to see if anyone had made this list with 451 women directors in it into a daily paper. I couldn’t find anything like that at paper.li, so I made a daily paper for this list.

You can find Women Directors Daily here.

What the paper does is aggregate tweets from the women on the list into a daily newspaper-like display. If you subscribe to the paper, you get a daily email when the paper has been published. Instead of following all 451 women, you can just read the paper each day and within a few minutes you get 24 hours worth of tweets and information from the women on the list.

Any public list from Twitter can be made into a daily paper at paper.li. It’s very easy. If you have Twitter lists of people in film, people in entertainment, producers, actors, or any other type of list it only takes seconds to make a paper for it.

Queen to Play: Small and Beautiful

Queen to Play – original title Joueuse – is a little-known French film that is quiet, beautiful and ultimately uplifting. Released in French in 2009, it’s available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. I think you’ll love it. Beware, spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Queen to Play: Small and Beautiful”

Review: Enough Said

Enough Said met all my expectations. I thought it would be funny – it was. I thought it would be charming – it was. I thought the cast would be superlative – they were. I thought it would be an outstanding example of storytelling from a female writer, a female director, and a female star – it was.

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis Dreyfus
James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said

Enough Said, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (pictured at the top), is about love and family and trusting yourself and about letting people be who they are. There are a number of storylines running through Enough Said. The basic story between Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Eva and James Gandolfini as Albert is a girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy kind of romance. The twists in this timeless plot are provided by the insecurities in Eva and her lack of trust in her own judgment. Subplots abound from the supporting characters, including Albert and Eva’s daughters who are both heading off to college. Catherine Keener plays Albert’s ex-wife, who savors a poisonous penchant for dishing about Albert’s quirks. Toni Collette and Ben Falcone play friends of Eva’s with their own set of quirks.

Julia Louis Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said

It’s a simple, quiet story about characters who feel absolutely real and who make you laugh. In this tale about a woman, there are no gun battles and no crazy sci fi plot points. It’s refreshing. Bring me dozens more of these, please.

I completely recommend Enough Said.

Enough Said Looks Good

The romantic comedy Enough Said coming to theaters on September 20 looks good. It stars the late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus who get romantically involved as a couple of empty nesters. Look at some of the cast members.

Enough Said
Nicole Holofcener, James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette and Tracey Fairaway and Julia Louis-Dreyfus from “Enough Said”

The film was directed by Nicole Holofcener. It’s one of the last performances of James Gandolfini, who plays a loveable teddy bear of a guy in this film.

Enjoy the trailer for the upcoming Enough Said. Do you agree that it looks like one you want to see? I’m going!

Images and video courtesy Fox Searchlight

The L Word Opening Credits (Season Six)

The idea is that you can get everything you need to know about an episode of The L Word from just the opening credits. If you know who was in an episode, you can remember what happened, right? Well, that’s my contention and I’m here to bring you the recap of final season of The L Word using nothing but the opening credits. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Six)”

The L Word Opening Credits (Season Five)

Recapping season 5 of The L Word using nothing to tell the story but the opening credits. That’s what’s happening right here. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Five)”

The L Word Opening Credits (Season Four)

This is part four of a series of posts that recap The L Word based solely on what you learn by watching the opening credits. We are ready to take on Season 4. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Four)”