May 27, 2009

Stonewall (1995)

Stonewall has its heart in the right place which always makes for good viewing. It tells the story of the riot at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, 1969 through the eyes of some well-thought out fictional characters. Excellent acting and great period music add to an engrossing watch which also does well in placing the anointed start of the gay rights movement in historical context.

May 15, 2009

...I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

I Spit On Your Grave (initially and currently - but not intermittently - called The Day of the Woman) is not a comfortable movie to watch. Fortunately, its unflinchingly long and graphic rape scene is bested by the scenes of revenge that follow. By then though you know where director Meir Zarchi's sympathies lie and you can relax and enjoy of the woman.

May 10, 2009

...Isn't She Great? (2000)

Isn't that Bette Midler talking to a tree? Isn't that Nathan Lane with her? Isn't Isn't She Great, purporting to be the life of author Jacqueline Susann, just a really poor mashup of The First Wives Club and Beaches that Bette and Nathan (but not Stockard Channing) should be ashamed of?