Female Filmmaker Friday: Something New, 2006 (dir. Sanaa Hamri)


I actually talked a little bit about this film earlier this week on my new video series on YouTube, but I wanted to write about it as well because I fell head over heels for this film. It was written by Kriss Turner and directed by Sanaa Hamri and as far as I can tell, this is both women’s only feature film to date, which is a real shame. This film follows the rom-com structure perfectly, but is also full of wonderfully layered characters and packed with social/racial commentary.
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Movie Quote of the Day – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, 1947 (dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz)


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Mr. Coombe: In my opinion, you are the most obstinate young woman I have ever met!
Lucy Muir: Thank you, Mr. Coombe. I’ve always wanted to be considered obstinate!

Movie Quote of the Day – Walking and Talking, 1996 (dir. Nicole Holofcener)


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Amelia: Who’s this?
Andrew: It’s just my parents 92 years ago.
Amelia: I wonder if I’ll ever know what it’s like not to breakup with someone.

Movie Quote of the Day – Days of Thunder, 1990 (dir. Tony Scott)


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Dr. Claire Lewicki: Boy, you’re very quick.
Cole Trickle: You oughta see me drive.

Movie Quote of the Day – Flubber, 1997 (dir. Les Mayfield)


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Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds: I know that I love you, but I’m not sure that you can love me.
Professor Philip Brainard: That’s ridiculous. I love you with all my heart, with every cell, with every molecule, with every atom. I love you on the subatomic level.

Movie Quote of the Day – Coal Miner’s Daughter, 1980 (dir. Michael Apted)


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Loretta: Doo, sometimes I think you got a washer missing in your brain. I can’t play that thing!
Doolittle: Most people can’t without they learn how first.

Movie Quote of the Day – Sirens, 1993 (dir. John Duigan)


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Sheela: I should have warned him about the redbacks.
Estella: What are they?
Sheela: Small spiders with big teeth. They live under toilet seats usually.
Estella: How do you know if they’re there?
Sheela: By the screams.

Movie Quote of the Day – Something New, 2006 (dir. Sanaa Hamri)


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Brian: I want to be there for you, Kenya, I really do. And we can talk. We can talk about whatever you like. I may not always relate, but I can promise I’ll empathize. Can you trust that?

Female Filmmaker Friday: Middle of Nowhere, 2012 (dir. Ava DuVernay)


I watched this a few weeks ago when it debuted on Netflix and I was blown away. I wish I had written about it right away, though, because I was going to recommend you all go watch it, but it appears to be not available on Netflix anymore (and it’s not on DVD!) It’s aired on BET before, so hopefully it will again. I know the film was distributed by DuVernay herself, so perhaps that’s part of the reason it’s unavailable (distribution, in theaters or digitally or home video, is super expensive!) I’ll keep you updated if it becomes available, because this is an important film. I remember when it first came out in theaters, it was when I was still living in San Francisco, and it was only playing in one theater and it was quite the bus ride away, but I was determined to go, but then when I finally had the time to go it was gone! But this film was definitely worth the wait and I hope it becomes available on home video sometime soon, because it is beautifully layered (DuVernay won the Best Director award for her work at the Sundance Film Festival!) and deserves multiple re-watchings.

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Movie Quote of the Day – To The Wonder, 2013 (dir. Terrence Malick)


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Father Quintana: You have to struggle with yourself. You have to struggle with your own strength.

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