I found How to Make an American Quilt, a 25 year old gem, on Netflix in a queue of films directed by women. I remember loving it, wanting more films like it, and holding it as an example of what I wanted movies to be. I decided to watch it again to see how it held up all these years later.
How to Make an American Quilt was directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. She’s also directed The Dressmaker, A Thousand Acres, Proof, and episodic television. For such a gifted writer and director, her resume should be 10 times longer than it is. That she managed to get this almost-all-women film made in 1995 is amazing.
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Woman Walks Ahead is based on a true story about New York City painter Catherine Weldon. She went to the Dakotas and painted a portrait of the Sioux Chieftain Sitting Bull. Parts of the story are true, parts are not. Overall I found the events improbable in the way they were told, but there’s no denying that the artist and the warrior met and paintings were done.
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The Nightingale is brutal and shocking and horrifying. It’s set in Tasmania in 1825. A young Irish mother and an Aboriginal man set out on a journey of revenge and enlightenment. There are spoilers about the beginning of the story ahead.
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It’s time for one of those posts where I dump a whole lotta short thoughts outta my brain. This one includes Tell It to the Bees, Peppermint, and the Marvel series Runaways.
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Little Women was so rich, I wish I could watch it a couple more times before I write this review. There was everything Louisa May Alcott gave us in the book, with additions and modernized storytelling from writer and director Greta Gerwig.
The film includes parts of Louisa May Alcott’s later work beyond the story contained in Little Women. It’s an American classic, told in a way that’s sure to make this the all time best film version.
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St. Martha’s is a 15 minute indie production from actor, writer, and first time director and producer Madie Riley. The short film is available on Vimeo. Find your way to it by starting at Invalid Productions. You can view it for two bucks.
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I absolutely loved Fast Color! I loved the actors, I loved the plot, I loved the ending. I love the premise that Black women have the power to save the world. Fast Color is available on Amazon Video. If you haven’t seen it you really must watch it.
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Waves is a remarkable and powerful film in many ways. It’s a story of a family and what happens when the stresses become so much that something horrific happens.
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Marriage Story features brilliant performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. The film explores the American way of divorce and how it damages a couple who want to be good parents and friends when it’s over.
This is a sad story, know that going in. It’s painful to witness. However, it’s ultimately full of hope. There are a few spoilers in my review.
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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are also probably the kind of person who has already watched the Wonder Woman 1984 trailers several times. Nevertheless, I am putting them here to show my enthusiasm and to keep the record straight.
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