Female Filmmaker Friday: Little Women, 1994 (dir. Gillian Armstrong)


Full disclosure: I have not actually read Louisa May Alcott’s book (it’s the first thing I am going to read in 2015, though.) I have, however, seen Gillian Armstrong’s masterpiece more times than any other movie. I first saw it when it was in theaters. I went with my mother and we both loved it so much and when it was over she told me all about how much she loved the book (and its sequel), and yet for some reason I still haven’t read the book! *holds head in shame* This movie celebrates its 20th anniversary on Sunday and as far as I can tell the studio that has the distribution rights doesn’t give a hoot and isn’t doing anything for it; no anniversary Blu-ray, no anniversary screenings in LA, nothing! So I thought I would pay tribute to this beautiful film by writing about it for Female Filmmaker Friday right around its anniversary.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Flashdance, 1983 (dir. Adrian Lyne)


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Nick: I was just buying you lunch.
Alex: I don’t want you buying me anything. I don’t want you buying me, period!

Movie Quote of the Day – Starstruck, 1982 (dir. Gillian Armstrong)


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Jackie: My cousin Angus, he’s reading this book: Sex Psychology. And he reckons guitars are like phallic symbols and guitarists masturbate for a living. So God knows why you need me.

It’s Cinema Fanatic’s 5th Anniversary!


Isn’t that exciting?! I’ve got a really big announcement to make, but first I want to run through a few highlights of this last year.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Where the Wild Things Are, 2009 (dir. Spike Jonze)


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Ira: He’s going to make us happy, Judy.
Judith: Yeah, but happiness isn’t always the best way to be happy.

Movie Quote of the Day – Legends of the Fall, 1994 (dir. Edward Zwick)


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Alfred: I followed all of the rules, man’s and God’s. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more. Samuel, Father, and my. . .even my own wife.

Movie Quote of the Day – Cold Mountain, 2003 (dir. Anthony Minghella)


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Ruby: Every piece of this is man’s bullshit. They call this war “a cloud over the land” but they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say “Shit, it’s rainin’!”

Movie Quote of the Day – Le week-end, 2014 (dir. Roger Michell)


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Meg: You always did edit out the arguments and the misery.
Nick: You can’t not love and hate the same person — usually within the space of five minutes in my experience.

Movie Quote of the Day – Monkey Business, 1952 (dir. Howard Hawks)


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Dr. Barnaby Fulton: Aren’t you here early?
Lois Laurel: Oh, yes. Mr. Oxley’s been complaining about my punctuation, so I’m careful to get here before nine.

Female Filmmaker Friday: The Preacher’s Wife, 1996 (dir. Penny Marshall)


I’m not sure if I saw this first or the first film adaptation of Robert Nathan’s book, 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife (with one of my favorite Cary Grant performances!), but I did watch this movie A LOT in the late-90s when it was on TV all the time (I think TBS?) I did, however, have no idea that Penny Marshall directed it until I noticed it was on Netflix last week. I decided it was time I revisited this film (not the least of which because Denzel Washington is so goddamn charming as Dudley!)

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